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3:25 PM ET, November 30, 2011

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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.
Discussion: CNET News and IntoMobile
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:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Amazon.com, TechFlash and WebProNews
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Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Tells Lawmakers It Supports Sales Tax
Discussion: Law Blog
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Tech and China and Bloomberg
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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.
Thanks:sarahfrier
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 …
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 …
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Impending crisis for Microsoft: Office tablet pricing  —  Summary: If Microsoft is readying a version of Office for the iPad, it better be prepared for the ripple effect in its other business.  —  ZDNet reported yesterday that Microsoft is getting a version of Office ready for the iPad.
Discussion: TechFlash and Pulse2, Thanks:jkendrick
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
FCC report slams AT&T's proposal to buy T-Mobile: the highlights  —  Although AT&T has withdrawn its application to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion while it regroups and evaluates its options, the FCC isn't letting it go without a spanking: the Commission and its staff have released …
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Path Blog:
Introducing Path 2, the Smart Journal  —  Over the last year, you have told us about the ways you've been recording and sharing your lives on Path — things like summer road trips and high school graduations, a baby's first words, and hundreds of sunsets.  You also used Path in ways we could have never imagined.
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Researcher's Video Shows Secret Software on Millions of Phones Logging Everything  —  The Android developer who raised the ire of a mobile-phone monitoring company last week is on the attack again, producing a video of how the Carrier IQ software secretly installed on millions of mobile phones reports …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Debuts The New Radian6-Powered Social Marketing And Monitoring Cloud  —  Radian6, which was acquired by Salesforce for $326 million earlier this year, has offered some of the world's largest brands a web-based social media monitoring platform.  Brands like Dell, GE, Southwest Airlines …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Adobe Acquires Efficient Frontier To Boost Its Digital Marketing Solutions  —  Adobe this morning announced its acquisition of Efficient Frontier, a digital marketing company, without disclosing the financial terms of the deal.  —  Adobe says the acquisition of the company will enable …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
You Bet Apple TV Is Coming, Says Apple Guru Gene Munster — Here Are The Details  —  Apple analyst Gene Munster just reiterated his belief that Apple is going to launch a TV next year.  —  He made the comments at our IGNITION: Future of Media conference this morning.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Brian Bergstein / Technology Review:
Mark Pincus on What Makes Zynga Hum: Short Attention Spans  —  A booming business in virtual goods adds up to huge profits for the online gaming company.  —  Online games company Zynga is planning to raise $1 billion by selling a small portion of its shares in an IPO that is expected to occur before the end of the year.
Eddie Kessler / The Official Google Blog:
The next stage in our redesign  —  Six months ago we started rolling out a new look and feel for Search, News, Maps, Translate, Gmail and a bunch of other products.  Our goal was to create a beautifully simple and intuitive user experience across Google.  —  We're now ready for the next stage …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Steve Jobs Was Right: Google IS Turning Into Microsoft  —  Last spring as Larry Page was preparing to retake the helm at Google, he asked Steve Jobs for advice.  —  Jobs told him to focus on fewer things and do them really well.  —  Jobs later recounted the conversation to his biographer Walter Isaacson.
Foursquare Blog:
Nerds need redesign love too!  Announcing the brand new foursquare developer site  —  From apps that create soundtracks of our lives to ones that help plan our travels, answer our burning questions, and even feed our dogs, we're constantly inspired by the amazing things built on the foursquare API.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tip Desk
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
It's War: Former SGI Surprises Apple with another Patent Infringement Lawsuit  —  Late last week, Apple filed two separate patent infringement lawsuits against Graphic Properties Holdings Inc. (GPH), formerly known as Silicon Graphics.  One was filed in San Francisco and the other in Oakland …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
How Cisco Spinoff Agari Aims To Finally Kill Phishing  —  As head of security technologies at the startup Ironport in 2007, Patrick Peterson was once so obsessed with tracking a group of drug-hawking spammers that he spent day and night in front of a computer, following leads and ignoring …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Clearwire Weighs Keeping Cash or Creditor Support as Debt Payment Looms  —  Clearwire Corp. (CLWR), facing a $237 million interest payment tomorrow, will have to decide between conserving cash to fund its wireless business or satisfying creditors the company may need for financing in the future.
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and TechFlash
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook In Talks To Open Platform For Real-Money Gambling In The UK
Discussion: VatorNews
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Foursquare Rolls Out New Buttons for Publishers
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jive Sets Price Range For IPO At $8 To $10 Per Share, Valued At Over $500M
Discussion: The Tech Trade and PE Hub Blog
Kyong-Ae Choi / MarketWatch:
Korean regulators raid Google's Seoul office
Discussion: The Next Web
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Amazon Says It Has 20,000 CDN Customers; But What Does That Really Mean?
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog, Thanks:danrayburn
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
‘Olive’ Aims To Be The First Feature-Length Smartphone-Shot Film In Theaters
Discussion: Computerworld and PhoneArena
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Paul Allen calls for ‘open science’ and wider sharing of data
Discussion: Forbes and Wall Street Journal
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Stross: publishers' insistence on DRM “hands Amazon a stick with which to beat them”
Discussion: Charlie's Diary
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
A Proposal for E.U.-Wide Data Protection Regulation
Steven Levy / Wired:
The Revolution According to Steve Jobs
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Samsung tablet ban lifted