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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  —  A new and important milestone for Google's Android mobile operating system.  Some 10 billion applications have been downloaded from the Android Market to date.  An impressive number and one that's growing at a rapid pace.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Windows Store launch details: late February, $1.49 minimum price, 80% revenue share after $25K sales  —  Microsoft just revealed when we can expect the Windows Store for Windows 8, and how much you can expect apps to cost.  Starting in late February, developers can submit apps starting at $1.49 and charge as much as $999.
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Antoine Leblond / MSDN Blogs:
Previewing the Windows Store
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.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Netflix's Chief Sees HBO as Its Main Rival
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Flipboard launches sleek iPhone app with new ‘Cover Stories’ section  —  Popular iPad news reading application Flipboard has made the move to the iPhone and while it retains its smart and simple design, it also has added a new Cover Stories section to boot.  —  Flipboard's application …
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flipboard CEO's new media mission: ‘crawl the social networks’
Discussion: CNET News and MacStories
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Apple Submits Updated Campus 2 Plans to Cupertino, Reveals Stunning Renderings  —  Steve Jobs surprised the Cupertino City Council when he personally showed up to explain and debut plans for a new massive Apple Campus 2.  The original campus plans were submitted back in the summer …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Isn't it ironic: Google Wallet “closed” on the airwaves Google lobbied the FCC to keep “open”  —  About four years ago, Google was in activist mode, campaigning the FCC to force our wireless airwaves “open”, serving consumers' interests above those of wireless operators.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twilio Raises $17 Million Series C From Bessemer and Union Square To Expand Abroad  —  Cloud communications pioneer Twilio is dominating the US with APIs that let developers add SMS, voice, and VoIP functionality to apps.  Now it plans to roll out services to 20 more European countries using a $17 million Series C funding round.
Tim Carmody / Wired:
With TVs, Microsoft Is Right and Apple Is Wrong  —  “The problem with innovation in the television market is the go-to-market strategy,” Steve Jobs told Hillcrest Labs' Dan Simpkins at D8 in 2010.  “It's not a problem of technology; it's not a problem of vision; it's a fundamental go-to-market problem.”
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
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
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
RIM loses BBX trademark battle, next OS is named BlackBerry 10  —  Die-hard fans of RIM's mobile efforts should put those BBX tattoo plans on hold, as the US Federal Court has blocked the company from using the BBX trademark, favoring the existing use by BASIS International for its software.
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.
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:
The Future of Computing: Forget Search?  —  I opened my dead tree version of the New York Times a few minutes ago.  I noticed an insert called “Science Times: The Future of Computing.”  You may be able to find the December 6, 2011, story at this link.  No promises, however.
Discussion: New York Times
The Street / Forbes:
Netflix Prepared for Post Office Slowdown  —  Netflix (NFLX) would seem like the most likely loser in cuts to the U.S. Postal Service.  But for all the company's stumbles, it has at least minimized its reliance on the post office (purposely or by accident) in recent months.
Jonathan Chang / Facebook Blog:
Like My Status: Memology 2011  —  Each year, millions of people post on Facebook to share what's important to them, discuss world events, or just catch up with friends.  With more than 800 million people connected around the globe on Facebook, news about the world's triumphs and tragedies spreads fast.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Uber Announces $32 Million In Funding From Menlo Ventures, Jeff Bezos, And Goldman Sachs  —  18 months into operations, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick just announced that the company has closed $32 million in funding lead by Menlo Ventures, Jeff Bezos and Goldman Sachs.
Discussion: CNET News, SiliconFilter and Shervin
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Emoji in iPhones Signals a Shot at Mainstream Success  —  Say you wanted to invite a friend to happy hour.  You could send a simple text message, but that would be boring.  Instead, why not send a cartoony picture of two clinking beer mugs?  —  That's the kind of thing Alicia Fernandez …
Discussion: @jennydeluxe and textually.org
Mobiledia / Forbes:
Smaller, Thinner and Maybe Bendable Phones Coming Soon  —  A new chip-making material may compete against silicon, according to researchers, leading to smaller, thinner and possibly flexible mobile devices. … Scientists at the Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures have created …
Discussion: CNET News
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iBooks updated with nighttime reading theme, full-screen option, and more  —  Apple has pushed out a fairly major update to its iBooks application for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  The 1.5 update includes a new nighttime reading theme for a better digital reading experience in the dark.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Do You Really Want a 3-D Laptop?  HP Hopes So.  —  Over the past couple of years, 3-D has been making its way onto PCs faster than consumers can say, “Wouldn't it be great to watch a two-hour movie on my laptop while wearing battery-operated glasses?”  —  Tomorrow, Hewlett-Packard is launching …
 
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Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
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Grant Gross / Network World:
Lawmaker proposes cyberthreat sharing organization
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
VEVO Will Expand Beyond Music Videos — Just Like MTV Did 20 Years Ago
Al Jazeera:
US launches virtual embassy for Iran
Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
AMD cuts 800M transistors off Bulldozer, confusion ensues
Ed Sutherland / Cult of Mac:
The iPhone Is About To Become The FBI's Newest Crime-Fighting Partner [Exclusive]
Discussion: The Verge and iClarified
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
SoundTracking's New Android App Has Spotify And Rdio Integration (So Yes, You Can Listen To Full Songs)
Discussion: AllThingsD and Electronista, Thanks:alexia
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Microsoft confirms Windows 8 public beta coming February 2012
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google to finance affordable housing in Mountain View
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Guy In Charge Of Google+'s Google Bar Joins Path
Discussion: Business Insider
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
New York Times's Reveal is the mirror of the future
Discussion: @mattcutts
Benoit Maison / Benoit Maison's blog:
Why Siri had to start in beta
Maciej Ceglowski / Pinboard:
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Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Amazon Jabs At Brick-And-Mortar Retailers With Price Check Promotion