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7:30 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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Bebo to announce developer platform  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Right now I'm in a theater at San Francisco's Metreon complex, awaiting the official launch of social-networking site Bebo's "Open Application Platform."  The announcement has not yet been made, but from what I gather, this will be exactly what we think it is.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Gets More Social with Applications for Bebo  —  Socializing isn't quite what it used to be.  For many people, it's no longer just about catching up with your pals at an evening happy hour; it's also about staying connected to a wider group by using the web as a networking tool.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook to Compete With OpenSocial
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Analysis: Bebo Snubs Google With Facebook Platform Clone
Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:   Live: Bebo Launching Platform Tonight, Adopts Facebook Platform APIs …
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 …
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.
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 …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
PlayForSure becomes "Certified for Windows Vista"
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Why do Apple customers care so much?  —  The question inevitably comes up when I meet people and they learn I write about Apple for a living: "So, what's that like?"  —  I usually answer, "It's crazy."  There perhaps has never been a more interesting time to write about Apple and its growing impact …
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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.
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Computerworld and Mashable!
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb opens up iPhone  —  Exclusive Orb is expected to announce that it's supporting Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch in the next few days.  Orb provides access to your playlists and songs on your home PC (as well as photos, videos and TV) from anywhere.  It's Sling without the hardware …
MovableType.org:
Movable Type Open Source  —  As of today, and forever forward, Movable Type is open source.  This means you can freely modify, redistribute, and use Movable Type for any purpose you choose.  —  Just want the details and downloads?  Skip to the bottom.  But you might like the story of how we got here.
alarm:clock:
Penthouse Seduces AdultFriendfinder With $500M Buyout  —  A few years back we worked out of a non-descript Palo Alto office.  Our neighbor tenants went by Various Inc. and were a suspicious looking bunch.  Word spread that they were making huge coin operating hook-up sites like AdultFriendfinder.
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.
 
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Cheatsheet: Online Ad Spending to Slow
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MTV Networks and AOL to Deliver Expansive Library of MTVN …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Return of the Son of Pentium in 2008?  Intel's new ultramobile processors
Discussion: The Tech Report
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Windows 7 to get more touchy-feely
Reuters:
eBay to Appeal Patent Infringement Ruling
Discussion: Ars Technica
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
November Search Market Share: The Market, Google, and Yahoo! …
Discussion: Epicenter, WebProNews and eWEEK.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
TomTom developing iPhone GPS module?
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Ice Cream Company Gives Away 10,000 Frozen iPods Inside Popsicles [Frozen IPods]
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Child's view  —  What will a child in the UK make of a laptop designed …
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