Occupy Wall Street: The Book, Chinese Hackers Attack Japanese Parliament, Android Overtakes Apple On Apps

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Foursquare+Yelp+Oink+Locavores=Loku, Launching Now. A reviews site with a local twist called Loku, one of Dave McClure’s 500, launches in beta today. Loku plans to use a big trough of location data to help you find your nearest sushi restaurant, say, and also link that up with what locals are saying about the place. The idea is to help you avoid tourist traps, find more authentic spots, and strengthen community, even. Still up in the air is whether it’s too thin a slice of a crowded space dominated by Yelp and colonized by AroundMe and, more recently, Kevin Rose-backed Oink. –NS


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Occupy Wall Street: The Book. Progresssive publishing house OR Books is rushing a draft of the 200-page Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action That Changed America to market on December 17. December 17 will mark the three-month anniversary of the protest; Occupying Wall Street will be authored by “Writers for the 99%” and will be available for purchase as both a print-on-demand and independent e-book. –NU

Chinese Hackers Attack Japanese Parliament. The Japanese government has admitted that hackers using China-based computers successfully infiltrated the computer systems of the lower house of the Japanese Diet. After an MP downloaded a trojan horse attachment, the unknown hackers gained access to passwords and other information belonging to the politicians. –NU

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Bluetooth 4.0 Renamed “Smart.” The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, responsible for managing the wireless protocol, just sent out a press release stating the new protocol Bluetooth 4.0 has been renamed “Bluetooth Smart.” Devices supporting BT4.0 will now sport a special “Smart” logo, or “Smart ready” if they only do a limited version. Though it’s just a name change, it represents how prominent BT4.0 will become for connecting devices–including being touted by some as “Apple’s NFC.” –KE


Android Overtakes Apple On Apps. People are buying more applications from Google than Apple. Following a surge in Android smartphone purchases, that make up 40% of the U.S. smartphone market according to a recent study,  44% of all apps downloaded come from the Android marketplace, Bloomberg reports. Apple apps, in comparison, account for 31%. —NS

China iPhone Manufacturer Is Cleaning Up. In advance of its third quarter investor conference, three subsidiaries of device manufacturer Pegatron have been cited in recent Chinese environmental reports for noise and releasing waste gas releases and polluted water. Two of the contractors have begun replacing equipment and reworking production lines. The third, Pegatron told Digi Times, is beginning to buy new equipment and work out regular pattern of maintainance checks. —NS

“Steve Jobs” Could Be Amazon Top Seller. A spokesperson for Amazon has said that in the last two months of the year, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs could become a top seller for 2011. The book is ranked first on’s bestseller list and is most popular on the Kindle e-book store, Reuters reports. We had a feeling this might happen.  —NS

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Yesterday’s Fast Feed: Netflix Suffers Big Subscription Losses, China Bans “Occupy Wall Street” Searches, Apple Posts Jobs Memorial Video, and more.