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7:00 PM ET, December 7, 2011

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Larry Hryb / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Introducing the official Xbox LIVE iOS App  —  Xbox LIVE has released the official Xbox LIVE app for iOS owners.  This is a universal app that is designed for all iOS devices.  —  This free app will allow you to say connected to the Xbox LIVE community when you are away from you console.
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Chris Jaffe / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Unveils New Xbox Experience  —  Here at Netflix we love the Xbox 360.  Since November 2008 our members have instantly watched millions of hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix via their Xbox.  Today I am excited to share two big announcements about Netflix on Xbox!
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech of the Hub
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Xbox Companion for Windows Phone now available: hands-on pictures and impressions  —  In addition to rolling out the new Xbox Live Dashboard, Microsoft today released an Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone users, and it's actually a pretty great virtual remote for navigating through the menus …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   Xbox 360 update: new media features, no right to sue Microsoft
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”:
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
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.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
What if Apple Television Is an iMac?  —  Here's a novel theory: The Internet-connected HDTV that Apple is rumored to have in the pipeline will be preceded by another device, which will pave the way for it:  —  A new iMac with integrated TV functionality.  —  That's the latest speculation …
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Business Insider:
LivingSocial Delays IPO, Offers $400 Million In Private Sale - Can Only Raise $176 Million  —  LivingSocial has raised $176 million in a private offering, according to a filing with the SEC. Investors include Amazon and US Venture Partners.  Former AOL CEO Steve Case's investment firm also re-upped.
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
LivingSocial Receives Funding Valuing It at $6B
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Definitive Look Into Apple's New Mothership Campus Shows Mysterious Research Facilities  —  The City of Cupertino has published the complete proposal for Apple new mothership campus.  There's a lot of interesting new things that nobody has seen yet, like a mysterious “research facilities” …
Thanks:gizmodo
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Instagram photo app for Android is under way  —  Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom speaking at LeWeb.  —  PARIS—Instagram has risen to popularity in the photo-sharing realm just with an iPhone app, but Chief Executive Kevin Systrom today said an Android version is on the way.
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
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
HP Is Reviving The $99 TouchPad Firesale!  Refurb Models To Hit HP's Ebay Store On 12/11  —  Get your clicking fingers ready!  These boys are going to go fast.  —  Starting Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. Central time, 16GB and 32GB Touchpads will be available on HP's ebay store.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Wins $610M Judgment Against Fake Email Spammers  —  Yahoo has just announced that it has been awarded a $610 million default judgment against spammers responsible for a fake Yahoo lottery email scheme.  The order was handed down by a federal district court judge in New York on Monday, December 5, 2011.
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.
Discussion: PC Magazine
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Mike Isaac / Epicenter:   Planking, Charlie Sheen and Stupid Acronyms: A Facebook Memology of 2011
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Popular Mac email client Sparrow updated with Dropbox integration, comprehensive search and more  —  Sparrow, an efficient and minimalistic email application for the Mac, has been updated today with useful new features, including integration with the popular cloud storage, Dropbox.
Discussion: Sparrow and Business Insider
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Flash Sale Site Fab.com Lands $200 Million Valuation  —  Newly public Internet companies are having a tough time on the stock market this fall, but that hasn't stopped venture capitalists from making some big bets on startups.  —  Case in point: investors led by venture firm Andreessen Horowitz …
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) …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon Wireless 4G Network Hit with Widespread Outage  —  Verizon Wireless customers are reporting what appears to be widespread network issues affecting customers in various places across the United States.  —  Customers took to both Twitter and the Verizon Wireless support forums to kvetch …
 
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David Ulevitch / OpenDNS Blog:
DNSCrypt - Critical, fundamental, and about time.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google Goggles for Android updated with continuous mode, improved text recognition, and more
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Quietly Offering Downstream Conversion Tracking To Its Favorite Advertisers
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft could charge for Skype video archiving and authentication
Nicola Leske / Reuters:
AT&T vows to keep pursuing T-Mobile merger
Thom Weidlich / Bloomberg:
Cablevision Sues Verizon Over Claims in Advertisements for Internet Speeds
Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos—now ready to cloud enable apps on Windows 8, Windows Phone and more
Discussion: LiveSide.net, Thanks:chrisjoneshome
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
DataSift To Offer Access To Historical Tweets
Discussion: WebProNews
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Verizon CEO: We looked at buying Hulu
Discussion: BGR and Between the Lines Blog
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
In fundamental breakthrough, SuVolta cuts chip power use by 50 percent
Boonsri Dickinson / Business Insider:
Sean Parker Invests In Music Startup StageIt
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:
The Future of Computing: Forget Search?