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Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Spotify Becomes a Music Platform  —  At a posh press event in Manhattan's Greenwich Village on Wednesday, freemium music subscription service Spotify revealed the “new direction” at which it has been hinting: a new API (application programming interface) that will let any developer …
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Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Say hello to Spotify Apps  —  We're introducing a new world inside Spotify.  It's a world where there's even more music for you to discover and a ton of new experiences to be enjoyed.  Spotify Apps are here!  —  Spotify Apps are a bunch of cool, exciting and integrated apps inside Spotify …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Spotify's app platform: That's it?  —  Spotify launched its app platform Wednesday, making it possible for third-party developers to run apps right within the music service.  This move was predicted by some ahead of the company's mystery event, but few had gotten it completely right - and many will be left disappointed by the details.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will Yahoo turn out to be an egg on its buyer's face?  —  Last night a source of mine sent me a text message about spotting Jerry Yang and David Filo (in a suit) at Palo Alto's Four Seasons Hotel in company of some serious looking men, who spend a lot of time (and money) appearing to be self-important …
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Bloomberg:
Alibaba-Led Group Said to Prepare Yahoo Bid  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Softbank Corp. (9984) are in advanced talks with Blackstone Group LP (BX) and Bain Capital LLC about making a bid for all of Yahoo! Inc., said three people with knowledge of the matter.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Netflix Viewing Seen Swelling U.S. Cable Bills  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) and U.S. pay- TV companies, weighing how to profit from surging Internet demand spurred by Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Hulu, are on the verge of instituting new fees on Web-access customers who use the most.
Discussion: GigaOM, PC World and TechSpot, Thanks:sarahfrier
Felix Salmon:
Chart of the day, Apple valuation edition  —  Andy Zaky at Bullish Cross has a great post on Apple's valuation, showing the astonishing degree to which the market is discounting the value of a dollar of Apple's earnings today, compared to just two years ago.  Back then, it was worth $32; now, it's worth just $13.
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Mulls Joint Venture With T-Mobile's Parent  —  AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent of T-Mobile USA, have discussed forming a joint venture that would pool network assets from the two U.S. wireless carriers as an alternative transaction if their current acquisition deal falls apart, people familiar with the matter said.
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
FCC report slams AT&T's proposal to buy T-Mobile: the highlights
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Internet sales tax fight returns to Congress  —  eBay is preparing to amplify its attack on a proposed law that would usher in sales taxes on Internet shopping, CNET has learned.  —  The online auctioneer plans to tell a congressional panel considering the legislation tomorrow that the measure …
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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Tells Lawmakers It Supports Sales Tax
Discussion: The Verge, TechSpot and Law Blog
New York Post:
MTA hands Apple ‘unique’ lease at Grand Central  —  Apple is poised to reap a bonanza in Grand Central Terminal — but it won't be sharing any upside with the landlord.  —  As reported by The Post, the money-minting iPad maker is gearing up for a splashy opening next weekend …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Whitman: HP Decision on webOS Coming Within Two Weeks  —  Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman just gave an interview to Le Figaro, a French newspaper, saying that a decision on what to do with HP's webOS software will come within the next two weeks.  —  Here's the key quote, courtesy of Google Translate:
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing Bans Holiday Deals Sites, Including One By Group That Created Cyber Monday  —  Ironically, the trade group that created the Cyber Monday concept had its own CyberMonday.com site lost in cyberspace this week.  Lost, that is, if you tried to use Bing to find it.
Discussion: Forbes
Kunal / Sammy Hub:
Samsung unveils Cortex-A15 2GHz Exynos 5250 SoC  —  Samsung has just unveiled a new System-on-chip (SoC) for future mobile devices.  It's the Exynos 5250 that boasts two Cortex-A15 chips clocked at 2GHz.  The dual-core Exynos 5250 is created using a 32nm-low power HKMG process and is said to double …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
New Apple Board Member Bob Iger Buys $1M In AAPL Shares  —  Newly appointed Apple board member and Disney president and CEO Bob Iger purchased 2,670 shares of Apple stock on the open market, according to a filing with the SEC. The average purchase price of the shares was roughly $375, valuing the purchase at $1,001,250.
Discussion: parislemon
Reuters:
Exclusive: Zynga aims for $10 billion valuation in IPO  —  Facebook games developer Zynga Inc is seeking a lower-than-expected $10 billion valuation for its initial public offering, which is to be priced on December 15, two people close to the process said on Wednesday.
Discussion: @alexia
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
100Plus Raises $1.25M From Greylock and Band Of Angels To Make You Live Longer  —  Less than a month after securing $500K from Founders Fund, health prediction service 100Plus has brought its funding up to $1.25 million.  The new $750K in funding comes from Reid Hoffman and John Lilly via …
Discussion: EON and silicontap.com
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Japan rumor: LTE iPad 3 coming in summer 2012, LTE iPhone 5 in Fall  —  According to the Japanese blog Macotakara, which relayed a Nikkei Business story, Apple is gearing up for a 2012 release of both 4G LTE iPhone and iPad on NTT DoCoMo, the predominant mobile phone operator in Japan.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Early Termination Fee Be Damned — I Want My iPhone  —  How badly do some folks want a new iPhone?  —  Badly enough to eat an early termination fee to get one.  —  A survey by newly-founded Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that many consumers were willing to break …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Dell Will Drop the Flashy Vegas Act for CES This Year  —  Dell's presence at the Consumer Electronics Show the past few years has been hard to miss. This year, it may be hard to find.  Sources say the company is scaling back its participation in the annual trade show — drastically.
Discussion: Electronista
Kate Rose / YouTube Blog:
Announcing YouTube Analytics - the next generation in Insight  —  Video can transcend language and cultural barriers.  It can showcase real human moments all across the globe, even the silly ones.  Take the video of the talking twin babies.  That video was shot in Brooklyn …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows author Ed Bott and partners launch ‘digital first’ book publishing company  —  Ed Bott, the independent writer known for his books and blog posts on Microsoft Windows, is one of the founders of a new company aiming for a sweet spot between blogging and print publishing …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Ed Bott
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
Android 4.0 for x86 processors released to developers  —  Google's Android development team has released Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) for x86 machines. … Developing..
EE Times:
PCI Express 4.0 drives to 16 GT/second  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - The widely used PCI Express printed-circuit board interconnect will double its data rates to support up to 16 GTransfers/second in an upcoming version 4.0.  The PCI Special Interest Group hopes to complete the spec by the end …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: No Silverlight 5 release in November  —  Summary: Microsoft didn't make its own deadline of releasing to the Web version 5 of Silverlight.  And there's still no word as to when and if the Softies will talk about the platform's future.  —  Microsoft officials said earlier this fall …
JD Rucker / Fast Company:
Is Daily Deals Dashboard Frugalo The Cure For Groupon Fatigue?  —  There is a lot of money riding on the daily deals phenomenon.  Consumers are able to take advantage of special discounts offered through the service based upon bulk sales.  Businesses get large spikes in their business by making the offers.
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
GamePro magazine and website to shutter next month  —  GamePro magazine is set to shut down this coming month, owner IDG Games announced today.  The magazine that enjoyed so much popularity in the 1990s will shut down its website in five days, and one more issue of the physical quarterly will be published.
 
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AJ Glasser / Inside Facebook:
TL;DR: Facebook Increases Status Update Character Limit From 5K to 60K+
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Academia.edu Raises $4.5 Million To Help Researchers Share Their Scholarly Papers
Discussion: bijan sabet and AllThingsD
Brian Cute / AdAge:
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Akky Akimoto / Asiajin:
Twitter Japan Announces Alliance With Mixi
Discussion: AllTwitter and The Next Web
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Cambridge University Press to try renting academic articles
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
China Unicom: “A Network Permit Is All We Need to Start Selling iPhone 4S”
Discussion: GigaOM, eWeek, AppleInsider and MacNN
Agence France Presse:
Toshiba to shut three Japan semiconductor plants
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Clearwire Weighs Keeping Cash or Creditor Support as Debt Payment Looms
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jive Sets Price Range For IPO At $8 To $10 Per Share, Valued At Over $500M
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Debuts The New Radian6-Powered Social Marketing And Monitoring Cloud
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Steve Jobs Was Right: Google IS Turning Into Microsoft