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11:40 PM ET, December 12, 2007


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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Bebo Embraces Facebook Apps With Its "Open Applications Platform"  —  When Google developed OpenSocial, it was intended to obviate the need for developers to reprogram the same social networking applications for separate platforms.  Several social networks without their own proprietary developer platforms …
Mathew /
Facebook vs. Google — the social wars
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Second-gen iPhone in final phase; Apple TV update planned - report  —  After meeting with key component suppliers and manufacturers in Asia, researchers for investment bank Goldman Sachs said this week they believe Apple will introduce two revisions to the iPhone in 2008 — one minor …
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Goldman Sachs: New iPhones, Apple TV for 2008
Discussion: ParisLemon
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoble To Leave PodTech, Heading For Fast Company  —  Famous blogger Robert Scoble will be leaving his current job at PodTech in mid January, he says.  He will likely be joining Fast Company to start Fast Company TV.  —  Scoble was with PodTech for just a year and a half.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
House Republican targets Google on privacy grounds  —  A top Republican in the House of Representatives is demanding that Google answer a barrage of questions about privacy, some of which are related to the company's proposed purchase of the DoubleClick advertising firm.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft rebrands PlaysForSure to Certified For Windows Vista, confuses world  —  Microsoft's PlaysForSure DRM just took another step closer to the grave with the help of some rebranding.  Those of you with players from SanDisk, Nokia, and Creative among others, looking for compatible music from Napster …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Cheatsheet: Online Ad Spending to Slow  —  If you have been following this space, here is a conclusion that's not going to surprise you: Online advertising will grow, but it will do so more slowly over the next few years.  —  That's the headline on a handy chart sent over by eMarketer this morning.
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
Ina Fried / CNET
Windows 7 to get more touchy-feely  —  For those wondering when touch features such as those found on the Surface PC or iPhone would make it into mainstream PCs, the answer appears to be "whenever Microsoft gets around to releasing Windows 7."  —  A Microsoft blogger said this week …
Mobile Jones:
Sam Sethi Shuts Down Blognation  —  Sam Sethi has thrown in the towel.  There's no place to take Blognation given the reality of zero funding and mounting debt.  No bills were paid and the train wreck has run over Sethi.  He announced today that he will not continue and steps down from Blognation.
Times of London:
Microsoft swoop hands Multimap founder $25m  —  The deal, understood to be worth about $50 million, expands Microsoft's fast-growing footprint in web and mobile advertising  —  Microsoft has agreed to buy Multimap, the privately-owned British company that is snapping at the heels of Google's dominance in online mapping services.
Joe Walnes / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Picasa Redefined for your iPhone  —  I was sitting in the pub recently (I'm a Brit, it's what I do), and I wanted to show my friend a photo of the sunset I saw on my honeymoon.  I pulled out my phone and started typing in the URL for Picasa Web Albums.  Before I could continue, he threw his shiny iPhone into my hand.
Discussion: Epicenter, iLounge and iPhone Atlas
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Meet Veronica, Sexy Skype Spammer  —  Maybe this is commonplace for others, but I've just got my first sex-chat-spam on Skype.  It's from someone called Veronica Sexy, whose profile indicates that it's unlikely to be someone I've met and just forgotten about (as if I would):
Discussion: …
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Hakia raising $5M for semantic search  —  Semantic search outfit Hakia is on its way to launching in 2008, with a new $5 million round from an undisclosed investor.  —  The New York-based company opened for beta testing earlier this year, and has since been adding on services …
Discussion: Mashable!
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: 95 percent of all e-mail has that spammy smell  —  This news will come as a shock to none, but the volume of spam has continued to rise throughout 2007.  So much so, in fact, that spam researchers say that electronic junk mail has long surpassed the volume of human-issued e-mail this year, despite efforts to thwart it.
Popular Mechanics:
10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2008  —  Machines are getting smaller, handier—and much, much smarter.  Think we forgot something?  Go geeky in the comments section below!  Want to test our prediction powers?  Check out last year's list!  —  Fun for the thinking man.
Discussion: Joystiq and Digg
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
BusinessWeek reorganizes, confirms dozen layoffs  —  BusinessWeek announced internally a reorganization of its editorial operations and the fact that it was laying off a dozen editorial and business staff members.  A spokeswoman would not discuss specific employees affected or their last day at work.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kindle DRM hacked to allow protected Mobipocket ebooks
Aseem Sood / Official Google Blog:
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PR Newswire:
MTV Networks and AOL to Deliver Expansive Library of MTVN …
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Return of the Son of Pentium in 2008?  Intel's new ultramobile processors
Discussion: The Tech Report
eBay to Appeal Patent Infringement Ruling
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techdirt
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Ice Cream Company Gives Away 10,000 Frozen iPods Inside Popsicles [Frozen IPods]
Discussion: MacUser and Digg
Child's view  —  What will a child in the UK make of a laptop designed …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
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