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  1. Amazon Launches Outlet for Online Art Shopping, Guess What They Called It!

    We don't know much about Amazon Art, but we know what we like.

    Want to build an art collection but hate stuff like galleries, artists themselves, and leaving the house? No problem. Amazon just partnered with dozens of art vendors and galleries to let users shop for more than 40,000 pieces of fine art. What did they call it? "Amazon Art." That's soooooo postmodern.

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  2. Yahoo Pays $1.1 Billion for Cat GIFs (Gets Rest of Tumblr Free With Purchase)

    Yahoo is holding a big media event in New York tomorrow, at which everyone was expecting them to announce they would be buying Tumblr. Instead of waiting for the big event, The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's board has approved the Tumblr purchase and its $1.1 billion price tag, which will be paid in cash.

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  3. Rumor: Apple Could Have a Cheaper iPhone in the Works

    The Apple iPhones, since its launch, have been at the high end of the smartphone price range. Anyone hoping for a break in price has been relegated to buying previous versions, but there's a rumor going around that says that won't be the case for much longer. Apple may be releasing a cheaper version of the iPhone concurrently with the flagship model, similar to how they recently launched the iPad mini as a more affordable alternative to the full-sized version. This is just a rumor, and considering it's CES week, we'll probably be seeing a lot more of those.

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  4. Google Maps Could Return to iOS, Apple Users Can Stop Asking For Directions Like Savages

    One of two things was bound to happen: Apple was going to fix its terrible Maps app, or Google was going to do it for them. It looks like it's going to be the latter. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is getting ready to submit a new Google Maps app to the iTunes Store. iPhone users the world over rejoice.

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  5. Amazon Reportedly Looking to Launch Netflix Style Service for Books

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is currently talking with a variety of book publishers in hopes of launching an eBook rental service in the same vein as Netflix. While book renting has been around as long as libraries have been, the prevalence of eBooks could, and probably will, permanently change the book rental landscape.

    Considering the amount of control publishers have historically had over the publication and distribution of the books in their stables, it's understandable that they might not be willing to surrender control to Amazon. It doesn't help that Amazon is looking to distrubute eBooks of all things, a product many publishing companies are still wary of. As such, it's reported that Amazon is prepared to offer publishers a sizable chunk of change if they agree to get involved in the program.

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  6. Confirmed: Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion [Update]

    If the business press is to be believed, VoIP and video-chat service Skype's fortunes have taken an interesting turn since the rumors just a few days ago that Facebook or Google might, just might buy it for 3 or 4 billion dollars, but were more likely to enter into a major partnership with it. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is in advanced negotiations to buy Skype for "between $7 billion and $8 billion," with a deal possibly to be announced "as early as Tuesday." But why? Update, 5/10/11, 7:53am ET: According to Forbes, this deal is happening for $8.5 billion, and we should expect confirmation within the hour. Update2, 8:20am: It's official: Microsoft has confirmed the deal.

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  7. Wall Street Journal’s WikiLeaks Clone Gets Low Marks from Security Watchers

    Despite a history of bashing WikiLeaks in its editorial pages, yesterday, the Wall Street Journal launched a whistleblower site of its own called SafeHouse, the aim of which is to allow potential leakers to keep their identities confidential while using "a special system built to be secure." Whatever opinion one holds of WikiLeaks, however, SafeHouse is probably not the best option for would-be whistleblowers: It has gotten low marks on both preserving confidentiality and observing good web security practices.

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  8. iPhone Tracking Even When Location Services Disabled, Steve Jobs Responds (Maybe)

    On the heels of the furor over the iPhone's unsecured location log, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the iPhone continues to store location data in the consolidated.db file even when location services are disabled on the phone. This is in direct opposition with previous statements from Apple, unrelated to this recent revelation, which claimed that users could opt out of all location gathering operations. In their follow-up research to last week's revelation about the consolidated.db location information, the WSJ found that deactivating location services from the iOS settings panel did not stop data from being logged.

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  9. Disney Is Actually Developing Three Marvel-based TV Shows

    Last month fans jumped at the news that Disney and Marvel would be bringing two Marvel properties to the small screen, and one of them would be an Incredible Hulk show. There was, however, no official announcement from ABC television regarding Marvel's statements. Well, now we've got it from an even higher source, Robert Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Company.
    We're developing three live-action series for ABC and ABC Family.
    There's no confirmation yet on which Marvel properties will be chosen for the TV treatment, but there are some indication of which ones are most likely.

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  10. Geekolinks: 10/23

    Lion-O Is Ceiling Cat For Some Reason (FashionablyGeek) Square Enix Is Making A Christmas Album (GameInformer) StarCraft II's New Minigames (Kotaku) Marvel Shelves Runaways Movie (Bleeding Cool) ABC, CBS, and NBC Are All Blocked on Google TV (The Wall Street Journal) CALM DOWN: Rumors of Star Wars Sequel Trilogy are Unfounded (Wired) BlizzCon Costumes, Day 1 (WoW Insider) (pic via Guyism.)

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