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4:50 PM ET, December 12, 2007


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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.
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 …
Discussion: Damien Mulley
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook to Compete With OpenSocial  —  Ami Vora has just posted about Facebook opening up their platform.  This is huge!  Here's the release: … There had been a lot of of speculation about Facebook joining OpenSocial once the platform had stabilized.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Bebo Launching Platform Tonight, Adopts Facebook Platform …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Web Strategy …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Analysis: Bebo Snubs Google With Facebook Platform Clone
Discussion: Mashable! and VentureBeat
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
United Online Pulls Classmates IPO; Stock Gets Whacked  —  United Online (UNTD) this morning announced that it is canceling its planned IPO for its Classmates Media IPO, which operates the social networking site.  The company said that "proceeding with the initial public …
Joseph Weisenthal / New York Times:
United Online Cancels Classmates IPO
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: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
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 …
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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