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11:25 PM ET, December 14, 2007


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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB  —  Companies can now go ahead and fire their expensive database administrators—those engineers who keep the Oracle or IBM databases humming.  Amazon has just added an enterprise-class database called SimpleDB to its suite of cloud-based IT infrastructure …
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Economics that are impossible to stop  —  A few days ago, Jeff Barr, Amazon's Web services (AWS) evangelist visited my class and got a report of what we'd built over the course of the last semester on top of AWS.  Each student had built part of a project that eventually used 25-30 independent machines.
Cying / inside looking out:
What You Need To Know About Amazon SimpleDB  —  Well after being under NDA for so long, I'm glad to be able to say that Amazon SimpleDB has gone into limited beta.  Congratulations to everyone on the SDS / SimpleDB team; their several years of work on SimpleDB (formerly called SDS) is a brilliant piece of engineering.
Nitin Borwankar / GigaOM:
Amazon SimpleDB 101 & Why It Matters  —  Amazon continues to amaze us with its Amazon Web Services series of offerings.  The latest is SimpleDB, which will be available in limited beta in a few weeks.  And it is bound to have a major impact on web infrastructure.  As Amazon says in its email to existing developers:
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
What's Wrong With Windows Mobile and How WM7 and WM8 Are Going to Fix It [What's Wrong With Windows Mobile]  —  We just got the scoop from Microsoft on Windows Mobile 7 and Windows Mobile 8, the two upcoming platforms that will fix what is undeniably broken about the Windows Mobile platform to date.
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts, IntoMobile and Digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Windows Mobile: more of what's going on in the next two versions
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Where is Windows Mobile headed?
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
Nick / Rough Type:
Googlepedia  —  Just to underscore the impetus behind the launch of Googlepedia - er, Knol - I went back to rerun a test I first ran over a year ago to see how high Wikipedia pages rank in a random set of Google searches.  Here were the results on August 10, 2006:  —  World War II: #1  —  Israel: #1
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /   That's Not Evil, It's Business
Linuxchic / Alternageek Technology Podcast:
T-Mobile blocks Twitter? (updated 12/14/07 9:17 PM CST)  —  After several days of no Twitter SMS service I contacted T-Mobile customer support.  After the standard technical support for my phone (even though ALL phones on my account are denied access to Twitter SMS via 40404) …
Federal Trade Commission:
Petition Seeking My Recusal from Review of Proposed Acquisition of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners V, LP (DoubleClick Inc.)  —  This statement responds to the "Complaint Requesting Recusal of the Federal Trade Commission Chairman From the Pending Review of the Proposed Google-Doubleclick Merger" …
Will Greenwald / CNET
Nintendo, GameStop address Wii shortage  —  The Nintendo Wii launched more than a year ago, and the system is still incredibly hard to find.  This long after the system started shipping, people are still camping in front of stores as soon as they hear about new shipments.
Yiwyn / Techland:
Nintendo offers a raincheck for Wii shortage
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nintendo establishes official raincheck program for Wii
Discussion: Switched and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Intel Reveals New Mobile SSD, UMPC Concepts, the Skulltrail Gaming Platform and Penryn and Santa Rosa Updates [Intel]  —  At Intel's Pre-CES briefing today, execs discussed a new super-small solid state drive, WiMax-capable devices, and 45nm Penryn chips in everything from UMPCs to television sets …
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Scott Ferguson /
Intel Will Highlight Silverthorne at CES
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
A sleek introduction of $299 laptops  —  A little-known Taiwanese firm that makes motherboards for brand-name PCs has put its own moniker on one of the lightest, sleekest, cheapest laptops ever to connect to cyberspace.  —  Today, Asus Technology will unveil a $299 version of the Eee PC …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and WinBeta
Chrix Finne / Official Google Reader Blog:
Reader and Talk are Friends! … One of my favorite uses for Reader is to share interesting stuff with my friends.  I click "Share" whenever I find an interesting item, be it hilarious or serious.  This way, all my friends can subscribe to my shared items (and I to theirs) …
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Overnight Success  —  It may come as a surprise to many of us, but not Ray Ozzie, that he has won the war.  While everyone from Nick Carr to the group of consultants known as the Enterprise Irregulars tilt at the Windmill formerly known as ERP, Microsoft has suddenly emerged …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sold Out Kindles Going For Up To $1,500 On Ebay  —  Amazon's new Kindle ebook device sold out almost immediately after going on sale.  And there won't be any more available until after Christmas: … The device, which sells for $400, also is unavailable outside of the U.S. So if you want one now …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Judge: Man can't be forced to divulge encryption passphrase  —  A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that prosecutors can't force a criminal defendant accused of having illegal images on his hard drive to divulge his PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) passphrase.  —  U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerome …
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
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Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Twitter from your Blackberry with TwitterBerry
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Charles / Channel 9:
Mark Russinovich: On Working at Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 …
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Officially unlocked iPhones not really unlocked
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
YouTube adds cool visualization for browsing related videos
Michael Tolosa / The Commute from Hell:
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