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8:50 PM ET, December 9, 2009

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Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook Asks More Than 350 Million Users Around the World To Personalize Their Privacy  —  Service Gives Users New Tools to Control Their Information  —  Setting a new standard in user control, Facebook announced today that it is calling on its more than 350 million users to review and update …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Day Has Come: Facebook Pushes People to Go Public  —  Facebook announced this morning that its 350 million users will be prompted to make their status messages and shared content publicly visible to the world at large and search engines.  It's a move we expected but the language used in the announcement is near Orwellian.
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Facebook's New Privacy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly  —  Five months after it first announced coming privacy changes this past summer, Facebook is finally rolling out a new set of revamped privacy settings for its 350 million users.  The social networking site has rightly …
Ruchi Sanghvi / Facebook Blog:
New Tools to Control Your Experience  —  Today, we're launching new tools to give you even greater control over the information you share.  Mark Zuckerberg, our founder and CEO, talked about these changes in his post last week.  They include a simpler privacy settings page and a tool …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple tablet set for spring launch?  —  Production is starting and should hit mass-market stride in February, says an analyst  —  Artist's rendition of an Apple tablet computer, with iPhone.  Credit: AppleInsider  —  “The manufacturing cogs for the tablet are creaking into action,” …
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
AT&T to New York and San Francisco: We're Working on It  —  The head of AT&T's wireless unit said Wednesday that the carrier is working to improve its network for iPhone and other smart-phone subscribers in New York and San Francisco. … Manhattan and San Francisco, particularly …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T: Tighter control of cell data usage ahead
Discussion: The Register, TUAW and Macsimum News
David Pogue / New York Times:
Not Yet The Season For a Nook  —  The holidays are no joyride.  Between the stress, the money and the relatives, no wonder so many people contract Seasonal Depression, Financial-Obligation Migraine and Family Drama Disorder.  —  And in the electronics business, Greed-Borne Insanity is contagious.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone Finally Gets Live Video Streaming With Ustream Live Broadcaster  —  Services like Ustream and Qik have long offered the promise of live streaming video from your mobile phone to the web — except if you had an iPhone.  For those devices, that was only possible if you jailbroke your phone.
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
AOL Quietly Returns to Life on Its Own  —  The long, chaotic and star-crossed relationship between AOL and Time Warner finally ended in divorce.  —  AOL began trading as its own public company Wednesday, after its long planned spin-off from Time Warner was finally made official.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tim Armstrong Makes One Last Pitch for AOL: “No More Hail Marys”
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and BoomTown
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
First Mobile Firefox enters home stretch  —  Mozilla is wrapping up work on its first version of Firefox for mobile phones, an important step in bringing the second most popular PC browser to an area where a rival project holds more influence.  —  “Our goal is to have a release candidate next week …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
15 Gadgets That Changed Everything This Decade  —  This decade is the decade of gadgets.  —  From the tiny USB thumb drive introduced in 2000 to the iPhone 3G in 2008, a bunch of revolutionary devices have been brought to the market.  —  Check out the 15 best gadgets of the decade →
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google Near 72% Of All US Searches  —  Google is approaching a 72% market share of searches in the U.S. according to the latest release from Experian Hitwise.  The November 2009 stats show Google getting 71.57% of all U.S. searches, up almost a full percent from October.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why Apple succeeds, and always will  —  Simply put: Apple doesn't play by the rules.  It reinvents them.  Apple applies what I call “David Thinking” to its broader business, product development and marketing.  Apple is David to Microsoft Goliath — and other ones, too.  Goliath plays by one set of rules.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘70% Chance’ Of An iPhone At Verizon Next Year  —  Update: Piper's “70%” prediction apparently originally dates back to a note from Oct. 17, but was reiterated in a note today.  Still, worth discussing...  Earlier: AT&T's era of exclusivity on the iPhone is fading fast.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The American Diet: 34 Gigabytes a Day  —  A report published Wednesday by the University of California, San Diego, calculates that American households collectively consumed 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008.  The paper — entitled “How Much Information?”
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft: Do not mention/use Apple products at our events  —  Probably still reeling from all publicity around these shots, Microsoft reportedly told journalists gathered for a company press event in Germany not to use or mention Apple products.  Our German is a bit rusty and Google is even worse …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer Talks Google Search, Chrome, Online News And More At Le Web  —  TechCrunch's Mike Arrington this afternoon interviewed Marrissa Mayer, Google's VP of Search Product and User Experience, at the Le Web conference here in Paris, France.  —  Last year, Arrington interviewed Mayer …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MSN Strikes Another Local Deal: This Time With NBCU and Hearst  —  MSN has struck yet another local deal, this time with NBC Universal and Hearst, to provide local news and information to the Microsoft consumer portal.  —  The deal encompasses 36 markets in the U.S. and will provide 3,000 …
Discussion: paidContent and BIA/Kelsey Blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Milo's Local Shopping Engine Leaves Beta With One Million Users In Tow  —  There's nothing like shopping online when it comes to finding the lowest price for a consumer product, but when it comes to actually getting something now, online obviously falls far short of driving down to your local retail store.
Bloomberg:
EBay Lawyer Says Company Used Confidential Craigslist Data to Build Site  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — An EBay Inc. executive said the online-auction company used confidential Craigslist Inc. information to help start up a competing classified-advertising Web site.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
Web Sockets Now Available In Google Chrome  —  Starting in the Google Chrome developer channel release 4.0.249.0, Web Sockets are available and enabled by default.  Web Sockets are “TCP for the Web,” a next-generation bidirectional communication technology for web applications being standardized in part of Web Applications 1.0.
Discussion: The Official Google Blog, Thanks:atul
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Vevo Debuts as Top 10 Video Site  —  From Launch, Hulu-Like Music Video Venture Counts Millions of YouTube Views as Its Own  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The music industry doesn't really do subtle, which is why the Vevo launch party in lower Manhattan on Dec. 8 had all the pomp and glitz of an internet launch party circa 1999.
Jeff Bennett / Digits:
Ford's Unbuilt Car Snags 1,000+ Pre-Orders Online  —  Ford Motor said Wednesday that it has collected more than 1,000 online pre-orders for its new subcompact, thanks to a recently launched car-reservation site. … The auto maker hasn't started production of the car, the 2011 Ford Fiesta …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Amazon's Kindle winning battle, but Adobe poised to win e-book war  —  More than 100 publishers, book retailers and libraries use Adobe Content Server 4  —  Computerworld - Barnes & Noble, Sony and other e-book vendors may be the manufacturing brawn in the ongoing e-reader war …
Discussion: Adobe, TeleRead and SlashGear
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Safari edges Chrome in Mac speed trials  —  Google's Mac browser whips Firefox, Opera, lags Apple's Safari in JavaScript rendering race  —  Computerworld - Google's new beta of Chrome for the Mac is nearly twice as fast as Mozilla's Firefox, but can't keep up with Apple's Safari, benchmark tests show.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
MacBooks for jocks  —  A Florida university is providing each of its student athlete with a MacBook Pro  —  USF Bulls with MacBooks.  Photo: Joseph Gamble  —  They get the glory.  They get the cheerleaders.  And now they get free MacBooks.  —  In what it claims is a first …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Health Insurers Caught Paying Facebook Gamers Virtual Currency To Oppose Reform Bill  —  Health insurance industry trade groups opposed to President Obama's health care reform bill are paying Facebook users fake money — called “virtual currency” — to send letters to Congress protesting the bill.
 
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Amy Schatz / Digits:
We Want Our TV Mobile, Study Says
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
The daunting reality facing newspapers
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Thanks:atul
Kit Eatonwed / Fast Company:
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
LCD Maker Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing
Discussion: PC World and Dow Jones Newswires
Dan Macsai / Fast Company:
Find Doctors—in Your Plan!  —With UnitedHealthcare's DocGPS iPhone App
Thanks:melfi
Olivia / YouTube Blog:
PBS NewsHour comes to YouTube
Discussion: WebProNews
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D-Link's Boxee Box Revealed
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
11 things I didn't know about app development
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 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
There's A Stranger In My Tweet House
Discussion: Technologizer and CNET News
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
DOJ lets Microsoft resume collecting protocol royalties
Discussion: BetaNews
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
HP leaks forthcoming Radeon GPUs, Core i3 CPUs, Hulu and Netflix …
Discussion: Softpedia News and I4U News
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
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