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4:55 AM ET, December 7, 2009

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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Your First Look at Nook: The Technologizer Review  —  In retrospect, it was probably inevitable.  Bookselling behemoth Barnes & Noble has spent much of the past decade and a half duking it out with online archrival Amazon.com.  So when Amazon unveiled its Kindle e-reader two years ago …
Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
Book Learning — Questions for Jeffrey P. Bezos  —  The Kindle, an electronic reader brought out by Amazon two years ago, has become your company's best-selling product and a great success story.  But several rival e-readers are coming out in time for Christmas.  What do you think of the Nook, for instance, from Barnes & Noble?
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Jenny Davey / Times of London:
Amazon in secret plan to open high street shops  —  AMAZON, the world's biggest online retailer and scourge of bookshops everywhere, is planning a surprise invasion of the British high street.  —  Property landlords said that the American company, which has a market value of $59.1 billion …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
What's On Phil Schiller's iPhone?  —  Growing up, I begged my parents for a Swiss Army knife.  I envisioned myself heroically whipping it out to cut away tangled shoelaces and whittle hunks of wood into neat little figures.  They refused — what if I poked the dog's eye out, or worse, my own?
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Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica:
Why Apple's App Store Is So Important
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Takes out 3,000 word ad on the front page of the Sunday NY Times Biz section
Discussion: TUAW and App Advice
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Yahoo Issues Takedown Notice for Spying Price List  —  Yahoo isn't happy that a detailed menu of the spying services it provides law enforcement agencies has leaked onto the web.  —  Shortly after Threat Level reported this week that Yahoo had blocked the FOIA release of its law enforcement …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Pulse2 and Boing Boing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Aardvark Mulls Over A $30+ Million Offer From Google  —  Social search service Aardvark is considering accepting a $30+ million offer by Google, say multiple sources close to the companies (one source says it's $40 million).  The company, which was founded by ex-Googlers, has raised around $6 million in venture capital to date.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
All Hail The iPod Touch  —  As the competition for smart phone domination starts to heat up, it is becoming increasingly clear that the iPod Touch is Apple's ace-up-its-sleeve, and according to a report by Flurry, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics company, 24 million iPod Touches represent …
Discussion: blog.flurry.com and VentureBeat
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Citysearch, Urbanspoon start pulling in tweets.  Take that, Yelp.  —  Citysearch and Urbanspoon, two IAC-run sites devoted to helping people find places to go out and eat, are announcing deep Twitter integrations today.  Citysearch will let businesses claim and manage their listings on the site and tweet from them.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC's 2010 roadmap goes on display?  —  Those among us with minds like steel traps might recall that HTC's 2009 was leaked with shocking accuracy way back in January of this year, which lends some credibility to this already-believable series of slides we have seemingly showing off …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
See That Funny 2D Barcode In The Store Window?  It Might Pull Up A Google Listing.  —  What if every store had a bar-code sticker on its window so that you could pull out your iPhone, wave it in front of the bar code and get all sorts of information about that business—the telephone number, photos, customer reviews?
Boy Genius Report:
Motorola's Opus One: first iDEN Android handset?  —  We're a little light on details at the moment, but we've just received a couple photographs of what we're told is Motorola's first Android iDEN handset, codenamed the Opus One.  Original, huh?  While these images come from a new connect …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Internet entrepreneur Calacanis launches Open Angel Forum, a free-access-to-investors program  —  Entrepreneurs seeking funding for tech startups have found that some angel investors, their only realistic source of seed capital, now charge them thousands of dollars to listen to their business plan pitches.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

 
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