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9:10 PM ET, December 10, 2009

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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
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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.
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 …
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 …
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:
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
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
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 and eWeek
Forbes:
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.
Thanks:atul
Cyrus Mistry / Google Enterprise Blog:
Search Appliance gets real-time: Twitter feeds now available on the GSA  —  Real-time information is becoming an increasingly important part of searching online - both for business and consumer search users.  Yesterday we announced the launch of real-time results on Google.com …
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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 …
Business 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.
DigiTimes:
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 …
KRAPPS:
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft licenses another flash file format  —  Microsoft on Thursday said it has started licensing the technology behind another flash memory format.  —  The company announced a program to license out the Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) format, which is an updated version of the file allocation table format.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
IMDb Comes to the iPhone  —  TUAW noted yesterday that the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), a popular source for information on movies and TV, has released a dedicated iPhone application [App Store, Free].  The application allows access to IMDb's full offerings, boasting information …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
WiGig alliance creates next-generation wireless networking standard  —  By next year, the speed of Wi-Fi networks could be significantly faster thanks to a new generation of technology being announced today by the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig).  —  The WiGig 1. standard combines …
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.
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.
Discussion: SlashGear
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Netvibes Launches Ultimate News and Lifestyle Dashboard  —  In late November, ReadWriteWeb asked the question, Can Netvibes pull off integration of real-time feeds into its existing dashboard product?.  At the time, early testers were just gaining access to Wasabi beta.
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 and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
 
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Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Adobe dropping Flash support for older Macs
Discussion: CNET News and Ars Technica
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
How to sift through Twitter's noise?  MyTweetSense, FriendBinder give it a go
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
yFrog Launches Twitter Clients For BlackBerry And Android
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
Pageonce has 1M users, gets $6.5M Series A
Discussion: mocoNews and silicontap.com
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
How the iPhone Changed Kayak's Business
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Microsoft is developing its own cloud storage O/S
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VeriFone Rushes To Announce Square Competitor; Jack Dorsey Comments
Discussion: Pulse2 and pymnts.com
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Microsoft Asked Apple To Pull 360 Live
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Cable Freedom Is a Click Away
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider