Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Does Apple need to refresh iTunes? Probably — Apple's purchase of streaming music service Lala reportedly represents a shift in the company's iTunes strategy. The aim: Make iTunes more Web friendly. — The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is looking to give consumers more ways …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plots Reboot of iTunes — Apple Inc., the company that restructured the music industry around its iTunes service, is exploring an overhaul of the way it sells and stores music that is aimed at extending its influence to the Web, according to people briefed on the strategy.
Discussion: BetaNews, 9 to 5 Mac, Gadget Lab, VentureBeat, iLounge, GigaOM, Gadgetsteria, The Atlantic Business Channel, TUAW, The Apple Core, Webmonkey, Electricpig.co.uk, Fast Company, MediaPost, Lifehacker, Mashable!, The iPhone Blog, Gizmodo, ArcticStartup, Digits, Macsimum News, Electronista, MacRumors, AppleInsider, EverythingiCafe, Silicon Alley Insider, Pocket-lint.com, Tech Central, Voices on All Things Digital and MacDailyNews, Thanks:atul
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: WSJ: Google Tried to buy Lala before Apple came in, the two are …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Apple's Next Media Frontier Will Be Streaming Video
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat: Apple plans Web-based iTunes, says WSJ
Jesse David Hollington / iLounge: Mix: iTunes Web Store, iPhone school trial, Apple patents
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM: How Apple's New Music Strategy Reflects a Paradigm Shift
Dave Caolo / TUAW: More on Apple, LaLa and the future of iTunes
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: iTunes could become WebTunes
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey: Apple Considers Bringing iTunes Into the Cloud
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk: iTunes browser streaming plans revealed?
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost: Get Off My Cloud: What Web Acquisitions Are In Apple's Sights?
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker: Would You Use iTunes on the Web?
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Apple to Launch iTunes on the Web
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: Apple's Purchase of Online Music Streaming Service Lala to Take iTunes …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo: How Lala and the Web Will Make iTunes Even More Powerful
Nick Mueller / ArcticStartup: Is Spotify Doomed? An Alternate Reality Analysis
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: ‘WSJ’: Apple may ‘reboot’ iTunes
Tim Barribeau / EverythingiCafe: Apple To Start Streaming iTunes?
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Apple planning web-based iTunes?
Nigel Kendall / Tech Central: Is Apple planning an(other) iTunes revolution?
Alastair Tse / Google Mobile Blog:
New version of Google Mobile App for iPhone in the App Store — Hello, iPhone users! We have just received the good news that our new version of Google Mobile App for iPhone was approved and is now available on in the App Store everywhere. — In this version, we have a redesigned search results display …
Discussion: eWeek, Search Engine Land, Macworld, MobileCrunch, IntoMobile, InformationWeek, WebProNews, FierceMobileContent, EverythingiCafe, CNET News, Obsessable, The Apple Core, Softpedia News, MacRumors iPhone Blog, Internet2Go, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Pocket-lint.com, Lifehacker, Phone Scoop, 9 to 5 Mac, ReadWriteWeb, AppScout and The Next Web Network, Thanks:atul
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Google Refreshes Google Mobile App for iPhone
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Mobile iPhone App Updated With Accents & More
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Google Mobile iPhone App gets a minor bump
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek: Google Revs Up iPhone Search App
Chris Crum / WebProNews: The iPhone Gets a New Google Mobile App
Jason Ankeny / FierceMobileContent: Google Mobile App for iPhone gets a refresh
Christopher Meinck / EverythingiCafe: Google Mobile App for iPhone Gets Update
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Google Mobile app for iPhone gets an update
Samuel Axon / Obsessable: Google Mobile App for iPhone
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: Google Mobile app gets revved
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog: ‘Google Mobile App’ Updated With Redesigned Results, Integrated …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Have a Strange Accent? There's a Google iPhone App for That!
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Google Mobile iPhone app updated
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Google Revamps Its iPhone Search App
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb: New Google App Approved for iPhones
Brian Heater / AppScout: Google Updates iPhone App
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Why I Hate Ereaders, And Doubt They'll Ever Hit the Mainstream — It started with Sony. Like most poorly thought-out format ideas from the Japanese titan, 2004's Librie ereader promised a revolutionary new way to perform an act you never realized needed an overhaul. Reading.
Discussion: Kindle Review and TeleRead
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Kat Hannaford: E-book semi-skeptic
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Dell Android tablet hitting CES 2010 — Dell is to launch an Android-based tablet device, Pocket-lint has learnt, possibly beating the also rumoured Apple tablet to the market. — The new model, which will go up against the currently available Archos Internet Tablet and recently announced JooJoo …
Discussion: MediaFile, SlashGear, Engadget, VentureBeat, Boy Genius Report, PC World, Maximum PC, I4U News, GottaBeMobile.com and Android Central
Gabriel Madway / MediaFile: Dell tablet rumored for CES
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Dell Android MID tipped for CES 2010 launch
Tim Stevens / Engadget: Tablet Wars: Episode V - Dell Strikes Back at CES?
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat: Dell tablet to debut at CES, says rumor
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report: Dell Streak headed for CES reveal
Chris Brandrick / PC World: Dell To Reveal Android Tablet At CES?
Bart Salisbury / Maximum PC: Dell Also Launching Tablet at CES
Robert Evans / I4U News: Dell Launching Android Tablet, Preview At CES 2010
Sumocat / GottaBeMobile.com: Dell Streak to debut at CES?
The Death of the PC — Well, not quite yet. But among corporate customers, the future is beginning to look very uncertain. — Throughout the computer industry companies of all sizes, from garage startups to Microsoft, are bracing for the possibility that their future will be in the hands of people like Sean Whetstone.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eldar Murtazin: “Foxconn received order for next generation iPhone” — You've heard of Twitter, right? What about Eldar Murtazin, heard of him? He's editor in chief of Mobile Review and the ultimate insider when it come to all things mobile. So when we see a Tweet like this:
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice: Rumor Has It That The iPhone 4G Is Coming
Sajid Farooq / NBC Bay Area: Twitter Pronounces the Death of the iPhone
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog: Rumor Has It: Foxconn Receives Order for Next-Gen iPhone
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: Foxconn Received Order for 4th Generation iPhone?
Robert Evans / I4U News: Foxconn Has Received iPhone 4G Order
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: Brief: Twitter Rumour: Foxconn has been given the order to start …
John Biggs / CrunchGear: Some dude: Foxconn is making the next iPhone
Dave Caolo / TUAW: Rumor: Foxconn receives new iPhone build order
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Surprise! There will be another iPhone next year
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: Rumor: Foxconn wins award for iPhone 4G
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac: Foxonn gets next-gen iPhone production order, as 100,000 units shift in China
Tim Barribeau / EverythingiCafe: More Nextgen iPhone Rumors
Seraphina Brennan / Massively: The Daily Grind: What's the one feature you can't live without?
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Skype 4.2 beta for Windows adds call transfer, Chrome browser plugin — Skype has released a new beta version of its internet communication client. Skype 4.2 beta for Windows includes a number of minor improvements and a couple of major new features including the ability to transfer calls.
Discussion: Skype Blogs and CNET News
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs: Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows - includes Skype Access, call transfer and more
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News: New Skype betas for Windows, Nokia phones
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype for Symbian beta release
Skype for Symbian beta release
Discussion: Skype Journal, IntoMobile, GigaOM, Voice on the Web, Fone Arena, InformationWeek, jkOnTheRun, All About Symbian, Engadget Mobile and Phone Scoop
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: Skype beta for Symbian non touch screen devices launched
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM: Skype Beta Calls on Symbian Phones
Varun Krish / Fone Arena: Download Skype for Symbian Beta
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek: Skype Beta Now Available To Symbian S60
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Skype Beta Lands on Symbian S60 Handsets
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: Skype for Symbian enters beta
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Skype Offering Beta App for Symbian Platform
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
The Woz Says He'll Buy Apple Tablet, Steve Jobs Doing Well — Steve Wozniak may no longer be an active Apple employee, but he's still a loyal shopper, saying Wednesday that he'll buy the much-discussed Apple tablet once it's released next year. … “If there is such a thing,” he said at a conference.
Discussion: Fusion-io, MacDailyNews and eWeek
Robert Brumfield / Fusion-io: Fusion-io Debuts Faster, Cooler Solid-State Technology
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Apple Will Release Tablet PC in March or April, Says Analyst
Official Playboy App Approved, For The Articles Of Course! — We're willing to bet our left nut that Hugh Hefner is a member of the “Cult Of Mac” as Playboy has always been quick to embrace Apple's emerging technologies. In 2004, Playboy introduced iBod ... a set of specially formatted thumbnail images …
Discussion: Gizmodo, mocoNews, Gadget Lab, Neowin.net, The Huffington Post and Mobile Whack
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: Official Playboy App Now Available On iPhone
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Porn-Free Playboy iPhone App Is Here, But Who Will Buy It?
Benjamin Rubenstein / Neowin.net: Apple approves Playboy app for your viewing pleasure
Grant Gross / PC World:
GAO: FCC Needs to Better Monitor Mobile Carriers — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to improve its oversight of mobile telephone carriers, because the agency has no way to measure the outcomes of the tens of thousands of complaints it receives each year …
Discussion: mocoNews, CNET News, Computerworld, The Register, Between the Lines, DSLreports, eWeek, Electronista and FierceWireless
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: GAO to FCC: Wireless users need more protection
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld: Government report blasts wireless fees
Rik Myslewski / The Register: Watchdog spanks FCC over US wireless
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: GAO thumps FCC on wireless oversight
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: GAO: FCC needs to improve oversight of wireless
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
When Google Runs Your Life — Forbes Magazine dated December 28, 2009 — Eric Schmidt wants to merge play and work on the desktop. Is that such a terrible thing? … Your day begins with a wake-up call from your Google Android phone. As you run to the shower, you hit Google News and check headlines, then Gmail.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Owen Thomas / NBC Bay Area: Facebook Nation: We Are All Oversharers Now
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Social Times/AllFacebook Acquired By WebMediaBrands — The Social Times, the company behind AllFacebook.com, has been acquired by WebMediaBrands. We've confirmed the news with Social Times founder Nick O'Neill, who will be joining WebMediaBrands as Director of Social Times.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, paidContent, SocialTimes.com and VatorNews
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Alan Meckler Buys Another Blog Network
David Kaplan / paidContent: WebMediaBrands Acquires Social Times; Meckler: One More Acquisition This Year
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews: WebMediaBrands acquires Social Times
Malaysia's MOL Global to buy Friendster — Malaysia's MOL Global will buy US social-networking service provider Friendster Inc. MOL Global Ltd expects to generate US$110 million in annual revenue from the takeover, chief executive officer Ganesh Kumar Bangah told reporters in Kuala Lumpur after the signing ceremony today.
Discussion: Download Squad, Financial Times, paidContent, MediaMemo, Epicenter, VentureBeat, Guardian, PR Newswire, Between the Lines, Softpedia News, Tech Trader Daily, PC World, GigaOM, CNET News, Mashable! and TechCrunch, Thanks:amanfirdaus
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad: Malaysian company MOL buys Friendster. In other news, Friendster still exists.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Friendster's Cautionary Tale Ends in $100 Million Sale
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter: Malaysian Firm Buys Friendster (You Forgot Friendster?)
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: After seven years, Friendster sells to Malaysian company
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Malaysian online payment outfit buys Friendster
Liz Gannes / GigaOM: Mol Global Buddies Up With Friendster
Steven Musil / CNET News: Friendster finds buyer in Asian payment company
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!: Friendster's Fate: Sold to Malaysian E-commerce Giant
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
LeWeb: ‘Google to buy Twitter’ rumour re-surfaces — Jack Dorsey, Twitter founder and chairman, has re-ignited rumours that Google could buy the microblogging service. — During a panel session entitled: ‘European Gang Live’ at LeWeb 09 in Paris, Mr Dorsey was asked if Google was planning on acquiring Twitter.
Asustek planning to launch Eee Pad device — Asustek Computer is making preparations to launch a new device named Eee Pad featuring a 4- to 7-inch panel, and which will offer a combination of tablet PC and MID functions, according to industry sources. Current details of the Eee Pad suggest …
Discussion: Engadget, Mashable!, TeleRead, VentureBeat, The Tech Report, Liliputing, I4U News, Maximum PC, SlashGear, 9 to 5 Mac, GottaBeMobile.com and Pocket-lint.com
Vladislav Savov / Engadget: ASUS Eee Pad coming soon?
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!: The Age of the Internet Tablet Is Nigh
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: More tablet rumors; Amazon to change Kindle revenue split?
Cyril Kowaliski / The Tech Report: Asus could launch an Eee tablet
Robert Evans / I4U News: Asus Working On An Eee Pad?
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC: Latest Tablet Rumor Points to Asus
Chris Davies / SlashGear: ASUS Eee Pad with 4-7 inch touchscreen tipped
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: ASUS is building a tablet
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Is Asus planning an Eee Pad?
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
T-Mobile adds new payment options for Android Market purchases — T-Mobile told us carrier billing for Android apps was coming and we speculated it could arrive by December 11. They surprised us by quietly pushing the update out last night. Beginning December 9, T-Mobile and Google began rolling …
Discussion: T-Mobile Forums, TmoNews, MobileCrunch, Gadgetsteria, jkOnTheRun, Phone Scoop, Electronista and Android Central
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: T-Mobile Starts Rolling Out Carrier Billing Support In The Android Market
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: U.S. T-Mobile Android Customers — Pay for Apps With No Credit Card
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: T-Mobile First to Add Carrier Billing to Android Market
Phil Nickinson / Android Central: No credit card for the Market? T-Mobile will take your money
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search & Real Time Madness — Make no mistake. I think real time search is indeed one of the most exciting developments that's happened in the search space in years. But I also think search engines are acting a bit like cats getting a sniff of catnip. They're high on real time search and acting kind of crazy.
Discussion: Sebastian's Pamphlets, Thanks:atul
Sebastian / Sebastian's Pamphlets: The anatomy of a deceptive Tweet spamming Google Real-Time Search
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Posterous Makes a Play for Business Blogs — Posterous has long supported group blogging functionality, which is 100 percent manageable via a clever and simple method: e-mail. Perhaps the one downside to Posterous group blogs has been that the original group creator's bio and information appears front and center on the group page.
Discussion: The Official Posterous … and The Next Web Network
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Jolicloud pre-beta now ready for download, and I love it — While Chrome OS has been getting the lion's share of netbook/smartbook buzz of late, Tariq Krim and company have been steadfastly plugging away at Jolicloud. — Today, the Jolicloud pre-beta has been released and is ready …
Discussion: TechCrunch, eWeek, GottaBeMobile.com and Liliputing
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Jolicloud Launches Beta Version Of Its Netbook OS At Le Web
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Jolicloud Pre-Beta Now Available for Download
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Windows Live Messenger 2010 revealed — We promised you a look at Windows Live Messenger 2010 earlier this week when we revealed Microsoft is planning both Bing and Messenger iPhone applications next year. — Thanks to an anonymous tipster we received several screenshots of Microsoft's upcoming Messenger client due in 2010.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Maximum PC, ithinkdifferent, Redmond Pie, Softpedia News, LiveSide, GeekSmack, The Next Web Network and Download Squad
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 screenshots leaked
Bart Salisbury / Maximum PC: Microsoft Adds Tabs, Social Stream in Messenger 2010
Imran Hussain / ithinkdifferent: Windows Live Wave 4 screenshots and information revealed
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie: Windows Live Messenger 2010 Screenshots
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide: An early peek at Wave 4: Neowin posts screenshots
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web Network: Windows Live Messenger 2010 Screenshots - Oh God My Eyes, They Burn (It's Ugly)
Lee Mathews / Download Squad: First screenshots of Live Messenger 2010 appear
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Year's Most-Hacked Software — Move over, Microsoft. This year Adobe took center stage for cybercriminals. — At the beginning of this decade, Microsoft represented a cybercriminal's dream target: universally-used software, brimming with bugs ready to be exploited to hijack users' PCs.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigates tamper-resistant hardware, iPod motion controls — New patent applications revealed this week show Apple has worked on new methods to discourage users from opening its hardware and voiding its warranty, as well as extending additional accelerometer controls to iPod playback.
Discussion: Engadget, MacRumors, Gizmodo, TG Daily and MacDailyNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Apple patent application details universal iPhone / iPod dock
Aharon Etengoff / TG Daily: Apple eyes tamper-resistant hardware
Nicholas Deleon / MobileCrunch:
Samsung bringing its familiar charging stations to colleges around the U.S. — Well here's ones way to get your “brand” out there. Samsung will install its mobile chargers (you might have seen them at airports here and there) at 15 colleges around the U.S. That's just step one.
Brennon Slattery / PC World:
Amazon's Disc+ On Demand Could Be Big — Brennon Slattery — Amazon has unveiled a “limited time only” promotion called Disc+ On Demand that has the potential to change the way we consume media. Now when you purchase select DVD or Blu-ray discs, you can download a digital copy of your film …
Discussion: Mashable!, Online Media Cultist, Gadgetsteria, Maximum PC and TeleRead
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Amazon Disc+ On Demand: Buy a DVD, Stream it Immediately
Eric Berlin / Online Media Cultist: Blog Focus: Amazon's Disc+ On Demand
Bart Salisbury / Maximum PC: Amazon Adds Instant Streaming to Some DVD Purchases
David Rothman / TeleRead: Time for Amazon to offer Kindle/p-book bundles
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Adobe dropping Flash support for older Macs — PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ: — Were Macworld prone to tabloid-style controversy, we might use this paragraph to boldly declare that Adobe is dropping Mac support for Flash! — But Macworld is about the cold, hard facts. And the facts are these:
Discussion: CNET News and Ars Technica
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News: Adobe to drop Flash Player support for PowerPC G3
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica: Adobe warns that the Flash train is leaving G3-land forever
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mozilla worker touts Bing over Google, citing privacy — Google CEO Eric Schmidt is the latest Silicon Valley CEO to draw ire after suggesting that folks seeking privacy might not want to look to the Internet to find it. — “I think judgment matters,” Schmidt said, appearing on CNBC (see video below).
Discussion: The Register, Computerworld and Asa Dotzler
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
CONFIRMED: Playdom Hires Wall Street Analyst As CFO — Confirming our earlier story, social games startup Playdom today announced it hired Thomas Wiesel Internet analyst Christa Quarles to be its CFO. — The thought is Playdom's Wall Street-friendly choice could mean it's eyeing an IPO.
French army sides with Mozilla in Microsoft email war — PARIS/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A new email client unveiled by Mozilla this week contains code from an unusual source — the French military, which decided the open source product was more secure than Microsoft's rival Outlook.
Discussion: GigaOM, Microsoft Watch, The Microsoft Blog, Boy Genius Report and DailyTech, Thanks:blogfisher
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM: Why Mozilla's Deal With Google Gets Ever Shakier
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report: French military contribues to Thunderbird 3, Gallic rooster beware