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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Morgan Stanley: Mobile Internet Market Will Be Twice The Size of Desktop Internet  —  Morgan Stanley has released a couple of bulky documents about the mobile Internet: ‘The Mobile Internet Report,’ a 424-page report which explores eight major themes; and 'The Mobile Internet Report Key Themes …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Morgan Stanley drinks the Apple Kool-Aid  —  The investment bank has seen the future and it looks a lot like the iPhone  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Morgan Stanley  —  Apple's (AAPL) iPhone was the hero of an hour-long conference-call seminar on The Mobile Internet presented Tuesday by Morgan Stanley.
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Challenges Intel's Dominance of Worldwide Microprocessor Markets  —  FTC Charges Anticompetitive Tactics Have Stifled Innovation and Harmed Consumers  —  The Federal Trade Commission today sued Intel Corp., the world's leading computer chip maker, charging that the company has illegally used …
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Europe Drops Microsoft Antitrust Case Over Browsers  —  BERLIN — European regulators dropped their antitrust case against Microsoft on Wednesday after the company agreed to offer customers a choice of rival Web browsers.  The settlement ends what could have been a second costly legal battle for the American software giant.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement on European Commission Decision  —  Brad Smith, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, on the European Commission's decision in favor of formal adoption of measures Microsoft has offered to address competition law issues.  —  REDMOND, Wash., - Dec. 16, 2009 …
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Bar-code Scanning RedLaser iPhone App reaches 750K downloads, over $1M in revenue  —  Yep, it's still happening.  You can still become a millionaire on the iPhone without a marketing budget and a brand name.  Occipital, the company behind RedLaser [iTunes Link], has struck gold with its barcode-scanning iPhone app.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
iPhone developers abandoning app model for HTML5?  —  Lots of iPhone application developers are frustrated with the process to get new apps into your hands.  It takes about three weeks lately for an app to get approved and into the iTunes store.  —  Lately I've noticed that some developers …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Apple Core
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bing Crushes Yahoo Again In November  —  Another good month for Microsoft's Bing, and another very bad month for Yahoo, according to comScore's November search stats just delivered via a note from JPMorgan's Imran Khan.  —  Yahoo search is going down the tubes.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Mozilla exec: Bing is not popular enough for Firefox
Discussion: PC World, Search Blog and eWeek
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Are Google's Local Barcode Stickers Their Backdoor Check-Ins?  —  A couple weeks ago, Google sent out 190,000 2D barcode stickers to the most popular local businesses around the country who had set up a Place Page on Google Maps.  When people who are walking by a store or restaurant …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Alisher Usmanov: The Scary Russian Oligarch Seducing Silicon Valley  —  Alisher Usmanov is nicknamed “the hard man of Russia,” but he's good at seducing the softies in California's tech community: An investment firm he backs lead a $180 million investment in Zynga, the gaming company that trafficked in scammy ads.
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Brad Stone and Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Russians Buy Stake in Web Games
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Which Is the Top Tech Company to Work For?  —  Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson.  Photo courtesy of Juniper Networks  —  Looking for a tech job?  Well read on for the results of a new poll from Sausalito, Calif.-based Glassdoor.com as to the best — and worst — tech companies from which to draw a paycheck.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Gestapo: How Apple Hunts Down Leaks  —  They call themselves the Worldwide Loyalty Team.  Among some employees, they are known as the Apple Gestapo, a group of moles always spying in headquarters and stores, reporting directly to Jobs and Oppenheimer.  Here's how they hunt people down.
Discussion: p2pnet and DailyTech
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google: Actually, We Count Only 16,000 Apps In Android Market  —  Yesterday, I wrote a post on our sister site MobileCrunch about the estimated amount of applications that were available on Android Market according to AndroLib, which aims to serve as both a comprehensive directory …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
FBI makes arrest in ‘Wolverine’ uploading case  —  “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was uploaded to a file-sharing network last spring, before its release to theaters.  —  The FBI has accused a man of copyright infringement for allegedly uploading to the Web the feature film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” last spring.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, AppScout, p2pnet and Maximum PC
Dan Rayburn / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's New Video Streaming Service Will Disrupt The CDN Industry(AMZN, AKAM, LLWN)  —  This morning, Amazon announced that their CloudFront content delivery service now supports Flash streaming as long as the videos are stored on Amazon's S3 service.  Amazon has deployed version 3.5.2 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Mikael Ricknäs / InfoWorld:
Amazon adds media streaming to content delivery service
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: Screenshots of Twitter's New Contributors Feature  —  It's official.  Twitter's making a play for big business with features and services that distinguish select accounts from regular accounts.  After laying the foundation in 2009, the social networking service finally revealed …
Discussion: The Next Web Network
Business Wire:
Photobucket and Ontela Announce Agreement to Merge Operations  —  Combined Company to Leverage Photobucket's 22 Million Users, Ontela's Leading Edge Software and Wireless Carrier Partnerships  —  DENVER & SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Photobucket.com, Inc., one of the Web's top photo sites …
Discussion: mocoNews
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
A Future iPhone will Control Your Desktop Remotely  —  Today, The US Patent and Trademark Office published a unique granted patent of Apple's which has yet to surface that could prove to be a very powerful tool for consumers and professionals on the go.  The concept involves using an iPhone …
Google LatLong:
Go beyond just a few stars: See what makes a business shine  —  Today, we launched a new feature to rank and show distinguishing aspects for businesses on their Place Pages.  By taking a look at a Place Page, you can quickly get a better sense of what people are saying about a business …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Bing App Debuts on iPhone (So When's the Android Version Coming?)  —  Microsoft's feisty little search service, Bing, has finally made an iPhone app, which is now up on the Apple iTunes app store tonight.  —  Bing showed off the free app at a party thrown by its mobile team in San Francisco.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple wins permanent injunction against clone Mac maker Psystar  —  First on AI: Apple and Psystar concluded 17 months of litigation Tuesday when a federal judge issued a permanent injunction against the unauthorized Mac OS X hardware creator, banning it from selling hardware with Apple's operating system.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Professor claims Square took his credit card reading technology  —  Square, a new company that makes a small device to let anyone make a credit card payment from their mobile phone, has probably stirred up more excitement than any other startup launching in recent months.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Worth Remembering: Evernote App Hits Android Market (Screenshots)  —  Digital memory aid and note taking service Evernote already has mobile applications for the iPhone and BlackBerry, among others, but so far it wasn't part of the now more than 20,000 applications for the Android platform.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Foursquare rival Rummble acquires wi-fi finder Total Hotspots  —  Rummble, the U.K.'s answer to the location-based services craze, has bought wi-fi finder Total Hotspots.  —  It's largely a talent acquisition: Total Hotspots managing director Alex Housley becomes Rummble's vice president of business.
Discussion: mocoNews and Rummble
 
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