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5:15 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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Bebo unveils new application platform, touts Facebook compatibility  —  This post was updated at 10:18 a.m. PST to add information about Bebo's plans for OpenSocial.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—When Bebo co-founder and CEO Michael Birch took the stage in a theater at the Metreon complex here to announce …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Analysis: Bebo Snubs Google With Facebook Platform Clone
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Live: Bebo Launching Platform Tonight, Adopts Facebook Platform APIs …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Facebook to let other sites access platform code
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook to Compete With OpenSocial
Discussion: The Praized Blog
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Study: 95 percent of all e-mail sent in 2007 was spam
Discussion: Hightouch
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.
Marcf / Maison Fleury:
I join the advisory of Appcelerator  —  So it had to happen one day, I couldn't stay at home all day long and play video games.  I have decided to get out of the house and as much as I like taking care of the children, I have to say that when Nathalie said "why don't you get an office" …
Tom Krazit / CNET
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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.
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) + CNBC Distribution Deal: Cable Screwed?  —  Yahoo and CNBC have signed a distribution deal in which Yahoo Finance will distribute a handful of CNBC clips each day.  This is a smart step for both parties, but it's also only a tiny fraction of what the two companies could and should do together.
Child's view  —  What will a child in the UK make of a laptop designed to help children in the developing world?  Rory Cellan-Jones brought an XO home to find out.  —  In late November I returned from Nigeria with a sample of the XO laptop.  —  The computer, made by the One Laptop per Child charity …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Larry Downes / ZDNet:
Save Internet freedom—from regulation
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
NBC continues anything-but-Apple strategy with SanDisk deal
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Stringer: Sony Won't Go It Alone
Declan McCullagh / CNET
House Republican targets Google on privacy grounds
Discussion: Computerworld and Mashable!
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
DivX Pro for Mac free again (for some odd reason)
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
United Online Pulls Classmates IPO; Stock Gets Whacked
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft yanks free Vista, Office offer
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Cisco's Social Networking Strategy Comes Into Focus
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Anne Z / Anne Truitt Zelenka:
Scott Karp: Talking to You People is a Massive Waste of Time
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell Latitude XT tablet will have multi-touch, just not for a while
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Toolbar 5 for Internet Explorer Released
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
The Next Social Network: WordPress
Maryanne Murray Buechner / Time:
Top 10 Gadgets  —  #1. Apple iPhone  —  The iPhone changed …