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7:00 AM ET, December 15, 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 …
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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.
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:
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile Turns Off Twitter?  —  Reports alleging T-Mobile has shut off Twitter for their customers are rolling in.  Complaints have surfaced on T-Mobile's user forum on Satisfaction as well as several other personal blogs and forums.  A T-Mobile representative replied to a customer's service request with this email:
Discussion: /Message and Roam4free
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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) …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
What's Wrong With Windows Mobile and How WM7 and WM8 Are Going to Fix It  —  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 and Digg
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Where is Windows Mobile headed?
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Windows Mobile: more of what's going on in the next two versions
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
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Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Intel Reveals New Mobile SSD, UMPC Concepts, the Skulltrail Gaming Platform and Penryn and Santa Rosa Updates  —  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: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
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Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
Intel Will Highlight Silverthorne at CES
Discussion: paidContent.org
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" …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   FTC chairman won't recuse self in Google-DoubleClick
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Majoras Refuses to Recuse Herself in Google-DoubleClick Review
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 …
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 and Engadget
Lewis Wallace / Wired News:
Why Lane Hartwell Popped the 'Here Comes Another Bubble' Video  —  When one of Lane Hartwell's photographs showed up without her permission in a popular viral video, she wasn't flattered.  She was frustrated.  —  Hartwell's frustration quickly morphed into action.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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 …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Admin Faces Prison for Trying to Axe California Power Grid  —  A former Unix administrator has pleaded guilty to shutting down the power supply data center.  —  Recommend this story?  —  A California man pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he shut down the data center responsible for managing the state's electrical supply.
 
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
S&M blogger outs web host malware attack
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft's Ultimate Avatar All Night Party-o-Rama: Actually Pretty Funny
Discussion: GigaOM
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Electronista:
Fujitsu ReRAM leads to fast mobile devices
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Google tight-lipped on U.K. spectrum bid
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Clearview gets official with Infinity miPC
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Citing high cost, Toshiba shelves plans for OLED televisions
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Twitter from your Blackberry with TwitterBerry
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Is This The Year The Grinch Steals E-Christmas?
Will Greenwald / CNET News.com:
Nintendo, GameStop address Wii shortage
Charles / Channel 9:
Mark Russinovich: On Working at Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 …
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Officially unlocked iPhones not really unlocked
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