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6:25 AM ET, December 7, 2011

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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
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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Jay Greene / CNET News:
Microsoft works to lure devs by taking less for app sales  —  Microsoft's Antoine Leblond at the unveiling of the Windows Store app marketplace.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In a bid to lure developers to its upcoming application store for Windows, Microsoft revealed a new pricing scheme designed to undercut rivals' marketplaces.
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Windows Store launch details: late February, $1.49 minimum price, 80% revenue share after $25K sales
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft confirms Windows 8 public beta coming February 2012
Discussion: SlashGear and netbooknews.com
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
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.
Discussion: The Orange View
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Verizon Couldn't Be More Full Of It  —  Yesterday news broke …
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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
Ed Sutherland / Cult of Mac:
The iPhone Is About To Become The FBI's Newest Crime-Fighting Partner [Exclusive]  —  The next time you are pulled over by police you may encounter a familiar face: your iPhone.  Faster than you can say “Book 'em, Dano,” Apple's handset is quickly becoming law enforcement's favorite tool for identifying unknown fingerprints.
Discussion: The Verge and iClarified
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: Shervin
Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
AMD cuts 800M transistors off Bulldozer, confusion ensues  —  AMD informed us over the weekend that it had erred when it described Bulldozer as an eight “core” / four module CPU with a total of two billion transistors.  Bulldozer is apparently a 1.2 billion transistor CPU (the die size remains unchanged, at 315mm sq.)
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.
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
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?
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.
 
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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
The Street / Forbes:
Netflix Prepared for Post Office Slowdown
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
SoundTracking's New Android App Has Spotify And Rdio Integration (So Yes, You Can Listen To Full Songs)
Discussion: Electronista and AllThingsD, Thanks:alexia
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google to finance affordable housing in Mountain View
Discussion: Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Seeks Better Stake Bids
Discussion: Business Insider
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Guy In Charge Of Google+'s Google Bar Joins Path
Discussion: Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
New York Times's Reveal is the mirror of the future
Discussion: @mattcutts
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
MoPub to become one-stop mobile ad server for games
Discussion: TechCrunch
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kids On Kindle: Amazon Starts Publishing Children's Books
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Amazon Jabs At Brick-And-Mortar Retailers With Price Check Promotion
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With Eric Schmidt as backer, HealthTap raises $11.5M for mobile patient-doctor Q&A network