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4:25 PM ET, December 10, 2007


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Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
LinkedIn Needs to ReachOut  —  Professional networking service LinkedIn wants to emulate Facebook's success by drawing users and applications through the use of a similar portal strategy.  But LinkedIn's best chance at success lies in doing just the opposite: reaching out to other web sites and applications.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
LinkedIn Announcement: The Good News and The Bad  —  LinkedIn, the holy grail for widget developers seeking to prove their software is serious, has taken some interesting steps towards a more social future in the release of some new features and discussion of their forthcoming API this morning.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn launches platform — a better business social network  —  LinkedIn has just launched its own developer platform and a new design that promises to make it more useful to its millions of business users.  —  Earlier this year, many wondered if social network Facebook would overtake LinkedIn as a business network destination.
Bernard Lunn / Read/WriteWeb:   LinkedIn's Young & Rich Demographic - Does Today's Announcement Do Enough For Them?
Lucian Beebe / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn's Intelligent Application Platform
Discussion: BetaNews and Mashable!
Microsoft Delivers Office Live Workspace Beta  —  Microsoft Office Director of Consumer and Small Business Product Management Kirk Gregersen discusses the public beta of Office Live Workspace, an online extension to Office that provides new Web storage and collaboration capabilities.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Office Live Workspace (Beta) Finally Goes Live. Still Needs Work.
Randall C. Kennedy / InfoWorld:
Microsoft Office Live Workspaces misses the mark
Discussion:, Computerworld and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NYTimes Surges, Cnet Slumps  —  Ever since the swept away the last remaining boulders of its subscription pay wall (aka Times Select) in mid-September, its traffic has been going through the roof.  According to comScore, it gained 7.5 million readers worldwide from the end …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
YouTube Partner Program Opens to All; Chocolate Rain Guy Gets Ad Deal  —  Tay Zonday, the young man behind the Chocolate Rain song and megameme, is among 100 YouTube power users selected to be added to the YouTube Partners program - the site's ad revenue sharing plan for high quality, original content.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:   Are You a Video Sensation? YouTube Wants to Give You Money
MSN Mobile Launches Advertising and Premium Content  —  Microsoft extends mobile display leadership with premier advertisers Paramount Pictures and Jaguar.  —  Mobile display advertising is now available on MSN Mobile for the first time, Microsoft Corp. announced today.
Azadeh Ensha / New York Times:
Yahoo to Start Internet Program for Technology Investors  —  Yahoo, which already owns one of the most successful financial sites on the Web, is putting the final touches on a new online program for technology investors that is scheduled to begin next month.
Christopher Helman / Forbes:
The Second Coming  —  Michael Dell is back in charge of the troubled computer company he founded 23 years ago.  He's already shaken things up.  But can he bring back the magic?  —  His first official day back as chief executive, after stepping away for two and a half years, was Feb. 2.
Discussion: CNET
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Is Dell readying a new mobile device?
Toshiba Launches High Performance Solid State Drives with MLC Devices  —  TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation today announced its entry into the emerging market for NAND-flash-based solid state drive (SSD) with a series of products featuring multilevel-cell NAND flash memories.
Oliver / StarrTrek:
In Memoriam: Marc Orchant  —  I received the news around 3PM today that my closest friend, business associate, co-conspirator, sometime mentor, sometime  —  protege and full time confidante had passed away a week after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in New Mexico.  He was 50 years old.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Congress Looks To Close Kevin Martin's Loophole For Regulating Cable  —  Last month we noted how amusing it was that supposedly "anti-regulation" FCC chair Kevin Martin suddenly turned "pro-regulation" when it came to cable companies — the arch enemies of Martin's buddies in the telcos.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: Peter Chou, CEO of HTC  —  If you were to make a shortlist of Engadget's most sought after executives, Peter Chou, CEO of the most advanced cellphone manufacturer in the world, HTC, would be right near the top.  We finally got a chance to sit down with the man …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Dude, My Bad: Buyers Forgive Facebook  —  Perhaps they are caught up in the holiday spirit, or maybe everybody loves a good mea culpa, but most digital media buyers are in a forgiving mood when it comes to Facebook's recent string of Beacon blunders.  —  Buyers say they are generally satisfied …
Discussion: and All Facebook
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
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Glen Dickson / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Panasonic HDTVs + Panasonic Blu-ray players = Hot holiday bundles
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
TiVo Shifts to Help Companies It Once Threatened
Discussion: Digital Daily and Engadget
IBM intros 32nm processor technology
Discussion: The Register
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Wiimote repurposed for multi-point interactive whiteboard
Discussion: Gizmodo and Opposable Thumbs
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Ultra-Portable MacBook Rumor Roundup
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Nokia Pushes to Regain U.S. Sales in Spite of Apple and Google