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7:25 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 …
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.
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.
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:   Overnight Success  —  It may come as a surprise to many of us …
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
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Knol - Google's Play To Aggregate Knowledge Pages
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Windows Mobile: more of what's going on in the next two versions
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Engadget Mobile
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Year Later, the Same Scene: Long Lines for the Elusive Wii  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Linda Beattie is trying desperately to pay Nintendo $250, but the company is not cooperating.  —  Two weeks ago, Ms. Beattie went to a video game retailer in the Bay Area in search of a Wii, Nintendo's intensely popular video game machine.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Nintendo's Wii Rainchecks Mean You Get the Console Plus the …
Yiwyn / Techland:
Nintendo offers a raincheck for Wii shortage
Discussion: ParisLemon and Digital Trends
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" …
Ina Fried / CNET
FTC chairman won't recuse self in Google-DoubleClick
Bill Gates / BBC:
The skills you need to succeed  —  One of the most important changes of the last 30 years is that digital technology has transformed almost everyone into an information worker.  —  In almost every job now, people use software and work with information to enable their organisation to operate more effectively.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
SocialPicks, a stock market community site, raises round  —  SocialPicks is one of many community sites for stock market investors.  (Other such sites include Cake Financial, Wikinvest, Zecco, and StockPickr.)  Like some of its rivals, SocialPicks has been persevering with its vision for years …
Discussion: alarm:clock and Mashable!
How to create custom ringtones in GarageBand 4.1.1  —  With GarageBand 4.1.1 you can export your original song, your original audio recordings, or use Apple Loops and iLife jingles to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone.  —  Here's what you need to do it:  — GarageBand 4.1.1 or later
The Promise of Social Network Advertising  —  How much can social networks net?  —  Social networking is an Internet success story.  —  This year, 37% of the US adult Internet population used online social networking at least once a month.  That figure will rise to 49% in 2011.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
The Fact And Fiction Of Sam Sethi  —  So Sam Sethi, former TechCrunch UK editor, announced the closing of his Blognation blog network today.  Hey lays 100% of the blame for the failure on me personally.  And while I agree with Mathew Ingram, Techfold and others that it isn't appropriate to lay blame on others for your own failure.
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Officially unlocked iPhones not really unlocked  —  It turns out that the officially (Apple-sanctioned) unlocked iPhone you bought for 649 Euros (about US$965) from Orange in France — which, according to some reports, accounts for up to 20% of total iPhone sales in France — is not really unlocked.
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
YouTube adds cool visualization for browsing related videos  —  For a while, YouTube was just, well, YouTube.  Now under Google's wing, the popular video sharing site receives the random, occasional upgrade.  Here's a new one: You can now browse videos related to the one you're watching through an interactive web-like interface.
Kate Kelly / Wall Street Journal:
How Goldman Won Big On Mortgage Meltdown  —  A Team's Bearish Bets Netted Firm Billions; A Nudge From the CFO  —  The subprime-mortgage crisis has been a financial catastrophe for much of Wall Street.  At Goldman Sachs Group Inc., thanks to a tiny group of traders, it has generated …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
10 Ways To Deal With Twitter's 12-Hour Outage on Saturday
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sold Out Kindles Going For Up To $1,500 On Ebay
Fujitsu ReRAM leads to fast mobile devices
Discussion: Gizmodo
Tom Espiner / CNET
Cracking open the cybercrime economy
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Clearview gets official with Infinity miPC
Discussion: Electronista and Gadgetell
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Twitter from your Blackberry with TwitterBerry
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Is This The Year The Grinch Steals E-Christmas?
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
First Russian BitTorrent User Sentenced, Activists Call For Support
 Earlier Items: 
Charles / Channel 9:
Mark Russinovich: On Working at Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 …
Discussion: WinBeta
Darren Murph / Engadget:
iPhone integral part of Land Rover LRX concept
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Annotating the Web with Google Toolbar
The Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Treo 755p coming December 17th
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget Mobile
Michael Tolosa / The Commute from Hell:
CNET Sweeps  —  A couple weeks ago, Natalie Del Conte announced …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and CenterNetworks
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Webkinz Advertises, and Parents Say That's OK
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Eee PC Running Vista Make Us Go Eeek [Asus Eee PC]
Tom Espiner / CNET
Microsoft strikes back at Opera antitrust claims