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1:55 PM ET, December 7, 2011

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Antoine Leblond / MSDN Blogs:
Previewing the Windows Store  —  Hi.  I'm Antoine Leblond, Vice President of Windows Web Services.  This is the first post in our new Windows Store blog, which will be dedicated to informing developers both on the progress of the Store as a service, and the platform and economic opportunity the Store represents.
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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.
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
Grand Central's Grand New Apple Store Looks Like ... An Apple Store  —  This morning, I got a sneak peek at the new Apple Store in New York's Grand Central Terminal, set against the backdrop of the transit hub's famed night-sky ceiling and central four-sided information clock.
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Apple:
Apple Store Grand Central Opens Friday, December 9  —  Amazing Location to Serve Customers in One of New York's Busiest Transportation Hubs  —  The Apple Store® Grand Central, Apple's fifth store in Manhattan, will open Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m., just in time for the holidays.
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Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Flipboard launches sleek iPhone app with new ‘Cover Stories’ section
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple: Will Next Gen iMac Have Apple TV Built In?  —  Now, here's a novel piece of speculation on Apple.  —  Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair this morning asserted in a research note that that the next version of the iMac, likely in the 2012 first half, will include some new TV functionality …
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Tim Carmody / Wired:
With TVs, Microsoft Is Right and Apple Is Wrong
Discussion: Evolver.fm
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Evernote Launches Two New iPhone Apps: ‘Food’ And ‘Hello’  —  Today at the Le Web conference in Paris, Evernote is debuting two new applications for the iPhone and iPod touch devices.  The first one is called Food, and is designed to help people easily save and ‘relive’ all of their favorite meals and food experiences.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
In fundamental breakthrough, SuVolta cuts chip power use by 50 percent  —  Fujitsu revealed today that it has confirmed that startup SuVolta's PowerShrink technology can cut power consumption in a chip by 50 percent without hurting performance.  —  Fujitsu Semiconductor …
Discussion: TechEye, MarketWatch and Digits
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Apple job openings hinting at Siri API, prettier interface and additional languages  —  Siri, Apple's artificial intelligence-driven digital secretary exclusive to iPhone 4S, is being worked on, improved and is about to get smarter, a pair of job openings indicate.
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Benoit Maison / Benoit Maison's blog:
Why Siri had to start in beta
Discussion: TechPinions and Inquirer
Know Your Mobile:
Exclusive: Amazon Kindle Fire coming to UK in January  —  Know Your Mobile has been told Amazon's Android-powered Kindle Fire tablet will be getting a UK release date in January  —  Amazon will be bringing the Kindle Fire to the UK, a source close to the launch has informed us.
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook to launch a Subscribe button for websites ‘imminently’  —  Speaking on stage at LeWeb 2011, Joanna Shields, VP & Marketing Director EMEA at Facebook announced that the world's largest social network is to launch a new Subscribe button that will allow Facebook users to subscribe to user updates anywhere on the web.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Reed Hastings And John Doerr Put $11M In Adaptive Online Math Learning Platform DreamBox  —  DreamBox Learning, an adaptive e-learning platform for students, has raised $11 million in new funding led by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (who is investing through the Charter School Growth Fund) …
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.
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Confirms E-Book Probe  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Justice Department confirmed Wednesday that it is conducting an antitrust investigation into the pricing of electronic books, the latest antitrust watchdog to probe whether there was improper collusion by publishers and Apple Inc. to prevent discounting.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Eric Schmidt at LeWeb  —  During LeWeb in Paris this afternoon, Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt took the stage together with Loic Le Meur to discuss a wide variety of topics, including the state of local and mobile development, the state of Google Android and the role of technology in society.
Boonsri Dickinson / Business Insider:
Sean Parker Invests In Music Startup StageIt  —  We've learned that billionaire Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame has invested in StageIt, an online platform for live concerts.  —  The investment makes sense, as Parker has been focused on shaking up the music industry.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sandy Brundage / Almanac News:
Facebucks: Economic impact study released  —  Facebook employees will get credit to spend at local businesses  —  With all the fanfare over Facebook relocating to Menlo Park,the question of why that was such a boon to the city sometimes led to hazy answers: “This is fantastic!”  “Why?”
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: Betabeat and @jennydeluxe
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Jive IPO Gets Boost Following Billion-Dollar Cloud Deals: Tech  —  Jive Software Inc. has every reason to lift its initial public offering price after billion-dollar cloud-computing acquisitions led by SAP AG and Oracle Corp.  —  Jive, a social-networking software maker …
James Carroll / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Mail - Coming to a Language Near You  —  Hello, world!  We'd like to give a big welcome to our new Yahoo! Mail markets and languages around the world.  —  Yes, that's right - today we're announcing the international expansion of Yahoo! Mail to 27 new markets and 22 new languages.
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
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Sharp, Samsung Among LCD Makers to Pay $388 Million in U.S. Pricing Case  —  Sharp Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), and six other makers of liquid crystal display panels used in computers and televisions agreed to pay $388 million to settle price-fixing claims by direct purchasers of the products.
Discussion: Engadget and Inquirer
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: InfoWorld
 
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Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Makers Of The SwiftKey Android App Land $2.5 Million In Funding
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and SwiftKey X
Reuters:
U.S. “virtual embassy” blocked by Iran net censor
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
AT&T confirms NYC LTE network will be officially live this month; holiday smartphone sales expected to soar
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Library of Congress says Twitter archive will build “unique record of our time”
Discussion: FederalNewsRadio.com
The Street / Forbes:
Netflix Prepared for Post Office Slowdown
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Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:
The Future of Computing: Forget Search?
Discussion: New York Times
Ed Sutherland / Cult of Mac:
The iPhone Is About To Become The FBI's Newest Crime-Fighting Partner [Exclusive]
Discussion: iPhone in Canada Blog
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
RIM loses BBX trademark battle, next OS is named BlackBerry 10
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Isn't it ironic: Google Wallet “closed” on the airwaves Google lobbied the FCC to keep “open”
Discussion: TechCrunch