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Facebook Mobile App Hooks Up With OpenTable

Facebook on Monday announced a new integration with restaurant reservation network OpenTable, which will allow Facebook users to book reservations directly through the Facebook mobile iOS app. The update, which will go live on Monday, will also include TV listing information on TV show pages, based on a user’s local time and station lineup. Users are now also to search hashtags for trending discussions via mobile device.

Apps Raise the iPad’s Aptitude for Real Work

iPads and other tablets are being used every day for productivity tasks once reserved for laptops. Walt Mossberg looks at apps that attempt to emulate the features of Office.

Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog, Calls a Facebook Employee “Mom”

Boo’s owner, unmasked!

Microsoft Office on iPad

Walt answers readers’ questions about technology, including opening Office files on the iPad.

Apple Helps Devices Get Their Heads in the Cloud

Apple launches iCloud, a service designed to store and replicate documents on computers, the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad.

Apple Brings iWork Apps to iPhone and iPod Touch

Already available for the iPad, Apple is bringing Pages, Keynote and Numbers to the iPhone and iPod Touch. The apps sell for $9.99 apiece and are free for those who have already purchased the iPad versions.
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Grand Opening: Mac App Store Debuts With 1,000 Apps

Apple’s Mac App Store went live this morning with the release of Mac OS X 10.6.6. And it’s off to a good start already. At launch there are some 1,000 apps, paid and free, spread out over the standard of categories–productivity, games, etc. Among the Apple apps on the store’s virtual shelves: Pages and others from the iWork suite for $19.99, iPhoto and GarageBand for $14.99 and Aperture 3 for $79.99.

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That Was Fast: About.Me Acquired by AOL

Less than a week after its public debut,, the start-up offering simple personal profile pages that tie together social networking contact info from other sites, is being acquired by AOL. The financial terms aren’t being disclosed, but the company had raised less than a half million dollars from AOL Ventures and True Ventures. Other investors include Ron Conway’s SV Angel and the New York Times Company. It had been in an extended beta trial period since September.

Top iOS Apps of 2010: Flipboard, Hipstamatic, Plants Vs. Zombies and Osmos

Just nine days into December and the “Best of 2010? lists are already piling up like early snow. The latest, Apple’s iTunes Rewind, highlights the store’s most popular content of the year and, while its lists of music and movies are certainly worth a look, its breakdown of popular iOS apps is most interesting.

Flipboard Partners With Web Publishers for Full Content (and Full Disclosure: Including ATD)

Yesterday, I wrote about Pulse, a news-reading app with innovative design, going social by integrating Facebook. Now Flipboard, a social news-reading app based around Twitter and Facebook, is adding publisher feeds. (Full disclosure: Including from All Things Digital.) One thing’s clear: There’s a lot of excitement and energy going into how the iPad can re-create content consumption.

iPad Apps Now Live on iTunes

iPad Porn: Apple’s Guided Tours

Apple iPad Event Liveblog