AT&T cutting 12,000 jobs That’s about four percent of the company’s workforce; it plans to pay about $600 million in severance over the next year.

Yahoo’s Search Assist gets image previews — The feature, which allows you to see the results for a suggested search before you actually click, is now available on the search results page and will be added to eventually.

“Cyber Monday” e-commerce spending jumps 15 percent — With its heavy online discounts, the day is seen as a bellwether of how the holiday shopping season will go for web sites. This year’s $846 million take makes it the second highest online spending day on record.

Small businesses shedding the most jobs since 2001 — Small businesses lost 79,000 jobs in November, according to the ADP Small Business Report.

IBM launches a Microsoft-free desktopIBM is offering a set of software applications that run on a backroom server and don’t require any products from software giant Microsoft.

The New York Times opens front (web) page to third-party contentThe content in the new Times Extra section comes from Blogrunner, the news aggregator acquired by The Times in 2005.

Second Android phone now available for pre-sale — That’s the Agora Pro fom Australian manufacturer Kogan, shipping at the end of January.

Viacom lays off 850 — The media giant is also suspending salary increases until next year. Gawker has the company memo.

Zapatec introduces Zcounts to fight spamZcounts allow users to generate and manage multiple email aliases for any web site through Zapatec’s 6zap email program.

Electronic Arts buys Korean free-to-play game developer J2MSoft — Gaming giant EA says the purchase will help it expand in Asia.

Largest U.K. indie music distributor Pinnacle goes under — The company distributed records from musicians like The Strokes and Tom Waits to retailers like Amazon and HMV.