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9:50 PM ET, December 6, 2011

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Dirk Dougherty / Android Developers Blog:
10 Billion Android Market Downloads and Counting  —  [This post is by Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem.  —Dirk Dougherty]  —  One billion is a pretty big number by any measurement.  However, when it's describing the speed at which something is growing, it's simply amazing.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:   Android Market Now on Pace With Apple at More Than 1 Billion Downloads a Month
Reuters:
Exclusive: Verizon to take on Netflix with Web service  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc plans to launch a standalone service allowing customers to stream movies and television shows over the Web, in a fresh challenge to Netflix Inc and the traditional cable TV business, according to several people briefed on the plan.
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook flaw allows access to private photos  —  Summary: A flaw in Facebook allows users to access private photos that are hidden from view, through no less than the social network's own image reporting tool.  —  Reporting features in Facebook apparently can allow users to access personal …
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Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook acknowledges photo privacy bug; Issues immediate fix
Discussion: Fox News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Verizon Couldn't Be More Full Of It  —  Yesterday news broke that Verizon would be blocking Google's flagship Galaxy Nexus phone from including Google Wallet, the NFC-based system that will let you tap your phone against special sensors to pay for goods and services.
Discussion: Ars Technica, BGR and The Register
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Eric Ravenscraft / RootzWiki:
[EXCLUSIVE] Galaxy Nexus To Drop Stateside December 9th  —  You didn't think we'd leave you hanging, did you?  After all these weeks, the speculation and anticipation is finally coming to a close.  Multiple sources speaking to RootzWiki have confirmed that the CDMA Galaxy Nexus is set to land …
Curtis Cartier / The Daily Weekly:
Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn't a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court—Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her  —  ​A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has drawn a line in the sand between “journalist” and “blogger.”  And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million.
Andrew Munn / Google+:
Follow up to “Android graphics true facts”, or The Reason Android is Laggy  —  Yesterday +Dianne Hackborn posted to Google+ an article that dismissed the common accusation that Android is laggy because UI rendering wasn't hardware accelerated until Honeycomb:  —  https://plus.google.com/105051985738280 261832/ posts/2FXDCz8x93s
Benoit Maison / Benoit Maison's blog:
Why Siri had to start in beta  —  Bashing Siri, the iPhone 4S virtual assistant, seems to be fashionable these days.  Mat Honan declares it “Apple's broken promise”.  CNN reports on Siri's alleged anti-abortion bias (via Danny Sullivan).  Colbert weighs in.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Guy In Charge Of Google+'s Google Bar Joins Path  —  Google+ Lead Product Manager Dylan Casey, the guy most famously in charge of the recently launched Google Bar, is leaving Google to join social app Path, the company tells me.  Casey, who had been at Google since 2003, will start at Path on Tuesday as Director of Product Management.
Discussion: Business Insider
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
It's a start: Facebook begins Timeline rollout in New Zealand  —  Screenshot of Timeline (click to enlarge)  —  Updated.  Facebook has officially started rolling out the new Timeline user interface in earnest, some 10 weeks after announcing its imminent release at the f8 conference in September.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The BBC's global iPlayer expands to iPhone and iPod Touch  —  Five months after BBC Worldwide launched its global iPlayer app to 11 Western European countries on iPad, the commercial arm of the UK broadcaster has announced that it's making the app available on iPhone and iPod Touch too.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Amazon Jabs At Brick-And-Mortar Retailers With Price Check Promotion  —  Not long after wrapping up their string of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, Amazon has pulled back the curtain on yet another way they'll be snagging purchases away from physical retail outlets.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
New York Times's Reveal is the mirror of the future  —  Reveal, created by The NY Times Company Research & Development Lab, is a mirror platform that explores the roles information and media might play in our future routines.  According to the team: We all experience the world in a highly personalized fashion.
Discussion: @mattcutts
Maciej Ceglowski / Pinboard:
Don't Be A Free User  —  Were you a big Gowalla fan?  Did you like Dodgeball?  Did you think Trunk.ly (gasp!) was better than Pinboard?  Did you make a lot of contributions to Nextstop?  Do you miss Aardvark and EtherPad?  Did “I Want Sandy” change your life?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With Eric Schmidt as backer, HealthTap raises $11.5M for mobile patient-doctor Q&A network  —  HealthTap has raised $11.5 million in a first round of funding to expand its expert online physician community, which answers questions that patients pose online or via smartphones.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Comcast: No plans for usage-based broadband pricing  —  Many cable operators are considering new pricing for broadband services that would link the amount of data their subscribers consume with the amount they pay.  But Comcast isn't one of them, according to execs.
Discussion: DSLreports, The Verge and Electronista
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cisco solidifies cloud strategy, launches CloudVerse  —  Summary: Cisco goes public with its cloud strategy, a framework called CloudVerse that's designed to cater to all flavors of cloud computing.  —  Cisco on Tuesday publicly rolled out its cloud computing strategy dubbed CloudVerse …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Seeks Better Stake Bids  —  Yahoo Inc. has requested more information and better terms from potential buyers of a minority stake in the company as the board weighs a variety of proposals, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Discussions with private-equity-led bidders …
Discussion: Business Insider
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Understanding Apple's endgame  —  Whenever you bring up Apple or any of its products, the conversation inevitably goes to market share.  So much so that it seems clear to me that some people believe that Apple thinks about market share when it releases products.  I don't believe that at all.
Reuters:
Chinese court rejects Apple lawsuit over iPad name  —  (Reuters) - A court in southern China has rejected a lawsuit by Apple Inc, accusing a Chinese technology company of infringing its iPad trademark, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, the latest move in a protracted tug-of-war over the name.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kids On Kindle: Amazon Starts Publishing Children's Books  —  With the release of its color-screened, picture-book-friendly Kindle Fire, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is expanding into publishing books for a new audience: Kids.  To start, the company's publishing division is acquiring …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
SuccessFactors acquires Jobs2web for $110 million  —  Summary: SuccessFactors plans to integrate Jobs2web in its business execution software.  —  SuccessFactors, which was just acquired by SAP, is making an acquisition of its own with the purchase of Jobs2web for $110 million. .
Discussion: PC World, Reuters and Pulse2
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Actually, Windows 8 Will Be TOTALLY Relevant On Desktop PCs — Here's Why  —  Research firm IDC issued 10 predictions for 2012 over the weekend.  —  One of them seems to predict that Windows 8 will be a flop on desktop PCs, while doing OK in tablets.  —  As Mary Jo Foley reports …
 
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Tim Carmody / Wired:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
MoPub to become one-stop mobile ad server for games
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature
Discussion: VentureBeat, MacNN and Ubergizmo
Fred / A VC:
engag.io  —  About a month ago, William Mougayar …
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