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4:40 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.
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 …
Discussion: Digital Trends and Lifehacker
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: TUAW and Macsimum News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Spawned 50,000 Apps To Date, Will Open Up Firehose For More  —  Twitter's Director of Platform Ryan Sarver just took the stage at Le Web a couple of minutes ago, and shared some announcements with the audience about the future of the platform and the effect this will have on the ecosystem.
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica and 901am, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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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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 …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Tim Armstrong Makes One Last Pitch for AOL: “No More Hail Marys”  —  AOL is about to cut ties to Time Warner (TWX), and CEO Tim Armstrong has been making his case to current and potential investors.  Here's one last pitch, delivered to the crowd at the annual UBS (UBS AG) Media and Communications Conference in New York.
Discussion: TechCrunch and BoomTown
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Tim Arango / New York Times:   AOL Quietly Returns to Life on Its Own
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
60 Million People A Month Use Facebook Connect  —  Facebook's Director Development Network Ethan Beard took the stage at the Le Web conference in Paris to talk about the status of Facebook Connect.  —  Beard's talk focused on the notion of identity as defined by connections - to people …
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Ethan Beard / Facebook Developers:   Facebook Connect: One Year Later
Rajen Sheth / The Official Google Blog:
Join this group: Google Groups joins Google Apps  —  Blogs, wikis, social networks, YouTube and Twitter are changing how many of us connect with others.  Yet within most businesses, especially large corporations, the software hasn't evolved much over the last decade.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: ParisLemon
MySpace Developer Team:
Opening the Gates, and Unleashing Data!  —  MySpace is a busy place.  For example, our users share approximately 35 million public activities and updates per day.  As a platform, we're committed to open standards, and providing rich data, available to the world in real-time.
DigiTimes:
Acer chairman blames HP and Dell for poor ultra-thin notebook sales  —  Acer chairman JT Wang believes ultra-thin notebooks with long battery-lives will be the future trend in the notebook industry and he recently urged Intel, which plans to mainly push mainstream notebook platforms in 2010 …
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.
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?”
Roselyn Roark / Gadget Lab:
The Droid Has Been Rooted — Now What?  —  Verizon's Motorola Droid is a brand-new phone today.  Like many smartphones before it, the Droid has been rooted so that owners of the Android 2.0-based smartphone can install multitouch support (including pinch-to-zoom gestures), enhanced themes and other previously forbidden goodies.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skyfire Lights Up New Version Of Rich Windows Mobile Browser  —  Skyfire, the developers of a “game-changing” PC-like web-browser for mobile devices, has launched a new version of its browser for Windows Mobile.  Skyfire is free and the only browser of the bunch to support Flash, Silverlight …
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 …
Variety:
Variety.com behind paywall  —  Subscribers to get full access to all content  —  Starting Thursday, Variety will begin its rollout of the website's paywall as part of an overall revamp of the publication's subscription structure.  —  After clicking on two pages of content at Variety.com …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Text Messages: Digital Lipstick on the Collar  —  There is a question that has crossed the mind recently of anyone who has sent a cellphone text message while cheating on a spouse: What was I thinking?  —  Text messages are the new lipstick on the collar, the mislaid credit card bill.
 
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Laura June / Engadget:
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Goggles' visual search headed for Chrome
Discussion: Computerworld
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘70% Chance’ Of An iPhone At Verizon Next Year
Discussion: MacRumors and Brainstorm Tech
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Perfect 10 Still Not Giving Up In Lawsuit Against Google
BBC:
Future of iTunes  —  iTunes has revealed its biggest selling singles …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac