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2:30 AM ET, December 8, 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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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Xbox 360 update: new media features, no right to sue Microsoft  —  Sony raised the ire of gamers when it took away the ability to sue the company during a seemingly standard PS3 software update, and some gamers decided to opt out of the deal in order to retain their rights to legal action if wronged by the company.
Discussion: BetaNews
Chris Jaffe / The Official Netflix Blog:
Netflix Unveils New Xbox Experience
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.
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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Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects:
Apple's New Campus Will Put On A Spectacular Show Every Year, Starting On Steve Jobs' Birthday  —  The City of Cupertino published more details on Apple's enormous circular headquarters Tuesday.  And if you're looking for ‘one last thing,’ that final flourish that Apple Chief Steve Jobs was known for …
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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
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.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Schmidt Reckons Most TVs Will Have Google TV By Mid-2012  —  What with self-driving cars and such, Eric Schmidt is not averse to some blue-sky thinking.  But one new prediction may be a moonshot too far. … The whole connected TV space will explode in 2012, as more new TVs ship with internet connectivity …
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
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft quietly launches AnswerDesk.com, takes the ‘Genius Bar’ idea online  —  Earlier today, and with no fanfare that we can find, Microsoft pushed AnswerDesk.com live, a new ‘premium service’ from the company that aims to help consumers get their software sorted, and their brains trained.
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”:
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Motorola And Sony Ericsson Weigh In On The Android 4.0 Upgrade Process  —  The era of Ice Cream Sandwich is upon us, and while some of us are waiting diligently for our Galaxy Nexuses to to arrive, others are left pondering a more different question: when will my device get Android 4.0?
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Facebook Does A Major Reorg Around Key Products  —  Facebook has done a major corporate reorganization in an effort to be more nimble, sources said.  —  The new structure integrates design, product and engineering teams around key product areas such as privacy and communication.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Three Months After Bartz's Firing, It's Hurry Up and Wait at Yahoo (A Big Honking Update)  —  “Let's go.  Yes, let's go.”  [They do not move.]  — Samuel Beckett, “Waiting for Godot”  —  In Internet terms, the removal of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz happened a dog's age ago.  —  In fact, it was September 6.
Discussion: Business Insider
Ellis Hamburger / Business Insider:
OnLive's Mind Blowing New App Lets You Play Xbox And Playstation Games On Your iPad  —  Today, streaming video game service OnLive announced its new app and wireless controller for smartphones and tablets.  —  Essentially what this means is that you can play top tier games like L.A. Noire and Batman …
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 …
Royal Pingdom:
The mobile web in numbers  —  There can't be much doubt that the mobile web is exploding in popularity.  From the first mobile web access offered commercially with the Nokia 9000 Communicator phone in Finland in 1996, things have moved fast.  —  Today we're seeing increased sales in smartphones …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com:
Exclusive: First Image of BlackBerry Milan - next generation BlackBerry 10 slider!!  —  Well that didn't take long.  Last week we posted our BBX (now BlackBerry 10) Roadmap Preview for 2012, where we dropped a number of new codenames into the mix beyond the already photographed BlackBerry London.
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.
Discussion: MacNN, GeekWire and Business Insider, Thanks:zennie62
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft and GE creating new health care company in Seattle region, employing 750 to start  —  Updated with additional details from Microsoft.  —  In a surprise joint venture between two corporate giants, Microsoft and General Electric plan to form a new health-care technology company …
Discussion: Bits, Bloomberg, TechNet Blogs and Seattle Times, Thanks:johnhcook
Sean Murphy / CNET Download.com:
A note from Sean regarding the Download.com Installer  —  Some press surfaced yesterday about how we're bundling advertising offers with an open source software called Nmap.  The bundling of this software was a mistake on our part and we apologize to the user and developer communities for the unrest it caused.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Verizon And RedBox Planning Major Partnership For Early 2012 Launch  —  Yesterday, it was reported that Verizon was planning a Netflix competitor and in talks with various content producers to provide the streams and downloads.  TechCrunch has obtained additional information on this story …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Buys OpenCal, Launches Online Appointment Booking Service ‘Scheduler’
Zack Whittaker / London Calling Blog:
Exclusive: European data protection law proposals revealed
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon Wireless 4G Network Hit with Widespread Outage
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Quietly Offering Downstream Conversion Tracking To Its Favorite Advertisers
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Popular Mac email client Sparrow updated with Dropbox integration, comprehensive search and more
Discussion: LAUNCH, Business Insider and Sparrow
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Vevo and MTV renew licensing deal for music videos
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Wins $610M Judgment Against Fake Email Spammers
Thom Weidlich / Bloomberg:
Cablevision Sues Verizon Over Claims in Advertisements for Internet Speeds
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Nokia and T-Mobile USA making announcement on December 14th
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 and MSDN Blogs, Thanks:chrisjoneshome
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Verizon CEO: We looked at buying Hulu
Discussion: BGR, BGR and Between the Lines Blog