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3:45 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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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Analyzing Windows Store tidbits  —  Here's just a few interesting and lesser-known tidbits about the Windows Store I found from various Microsoft documentation published today to coincide the announcement event held in San Francisco.  —  From the “Certification requirements for Windows apps”:
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 …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Definitive Look Into Apple's New Mothership Campus Shows Mysterious Research Facilities
Thanks:gizmodo
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.
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Mike Isaac / Epicenter:   Planking, Charlie Sheen and Stupid Acronyms: A Facebook Memeology of 2011
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.
Keith Peiris / Facebook Blog:
A Faster Facebook for Android  —  Today we're launching an updated Facebook app for Android.  It's now quicker and easier to view photos, get messages and navigate around the app.  —  Photos get better  —  Photos and albums are up to two times faster than the previous Android app.
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.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Verizon's McAdam: Family data plans coming in 2012  —  Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) expects to offer data plans for multiple devices sometime in 2012, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam, fulfilling hints that Verizon executives have given about such plans this year.  —  McAdam
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: MarketWatch, TechEye and Digits
Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos—now ready to cloud enable apps on Windows 8, Windows Phone and more  —  With the announcements on Windows Store we wanted to share new work we were doing to help developers on Windows, Windows Phone and other platforms use SkyDrive in their applications.
Discussion: LiveSide.net, Thanks:chrisjoneshome
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) …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
DataSift To Offer Access To Historical Tweets  —  Twitter developers have long been pining for access to historical Tweets.  Right now, the best they can get is 7 days worth based on keyword search.  DataSift, one of Twitter's data partners which currently provides developers and third parties …
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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.
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
Laura Locke / Technologizer:
Steve Jobs on the iTunes Music Store: The Unpublished Interview  —  On April 28th, 2003, moments before I was about to interview Steve Jobs at San Francisco's Moscone Center, I was jittery.  Anticipation?  Nerves?  Excitement?  You bet.  All of those visceral emotions were firing.
Thanks:zennie62
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: CNET News, Engadget and Inquirer
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Verizon CEO: We looked at buying Hulu  —  Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam had a lot to share at an investor conference today.  —  Verizon Communications considered buying Hulu when the streaming video site was shopping itself around to potential acquirers.  —  Hulu was just one of the online …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Nokia and T-Mobile USA making announcement on December 14th  —  T-Mobile just sent out an invitation for an event on December 14th that it's co-hosting with Nokia.  Something tells us this isn't for a Symbian device, which leads us to the conclusion that T-Mobile is likely …
Thom Weidlich / Bloomberg:
Cablevision Sues Verizon Over Claims in Advertisements for Internet Speeds  —  Cablevision Systems Corp. (CVC), the fifth- largest U.S. cable-television provider by subscribers, sued Verizon Communications Inc. for allegedly running an advertising campaign that misrepresents Cablevision's Internet speeds.
Discussion: The Verge
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Instagram photo app for Android is under way
Discussion: Gizmodo and GeekSugar
Sandy Brundage / Almanac News:
Facebucks: Economic impact study released
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Makers Of The SwiftKey Android App Land $2.5 Million In Funding
Discussion: SwiftKey X, TechCrunch and VentureBeat
James Carroll / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! Mail - Coming to a Language Near You
Reuters:
U.S. “virtual embassy” blocked by Iran net censor
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Fast Company
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
AT&T confirms NYC LTE network will be officially live this month; holiday smartphone sales expected to soar
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Eric Schmidt at LeWeb
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Jive IPO Gets Boost Following Billion-Dollar Cloud Deals: Tech
 Earlier Items: 
The Street / Forbes:
Netflix Prepared for Post Office Slowdown
Mobiledia / Forbes:
Smaller, Thinner and Maybe Bendable Phones Coming Soon
Discussion: InfoWorld
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]
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Emoji in iPhones Signals a Shot at Mainstream Success
Discussion: Betabeat