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Brad Stone / Bits:
E-Commerce Shrinks for First Time, Research Firm Says  —  Just as many Web retailers feared, online shoppers are being unusually frugal this holiday season.  —  During the first 23 days of November, according to a report to be released later on Tuesday by the research firm comScore …
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Business Technology:
Online Retail: Dead or Just Resting?  —  Online retailers are hoping that the United States is a nation of procrastinators.  —  Because the holiday season will be rough if current trends continue.  The amount of money consumers spent online on retail goods between November 1 and November 23 fell 4% …
Discussion: shop.org and VatorNews
Chris Evans / Google Online Security Blog:
Gmail security and recent phishing activity  —  We've seen some speculation recently about a purported security vulnerability in Gmail and the theft of several website owners' domains by unauthorized third parties.  At Google we're committed to providing secure products, and we mounted an immediate investigation.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Google silences Gmail security blogorumors  —  Domain hijack vuln doesn't exist  —  Google security pros have taken exception to recent reports of a Gmail vulnerability that led to a rash of domain hijackings.  They were the result of a plain-vanilla phishing campaign, they say.
Discussion: TechSpot
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sling Opens Up Its Hulu Competitor To The Public  —  Sling Media, the company behind the popular Slingbox TV-streaming hardware devices, has opened the gates to its video portal Sling.com.  The site pits Sling directly against Joost and Hulu (though Hulu is a Sling partner) …
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Sling takes its video portal public  —  Sling.com, the streaming site of Slingbox maker Sling Media, has emerged from private beta and is opening up access to its video content to the public.  —  With the move, which was expected, Sling.com delivers TV episodes, clips, full-length movies …
Michael Gartenberg / MobileDevicesToday:
Microsoft will NOT do their own phone anytime soon  —  Rumors persist and folks believe that there will be a Zune or some other Microsoft branded phone.  I've talked about this in the past but it's worth saying again.  —  Sorry Joe and David, there won't be a Microsoft phone.  I say this for a simple reason.
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Microsoft's Zune To Evolve Into New “Pink” Smart Phone?  —  I'm hearing from a good source that Microsoft is ready to give a major facelift to the company's Zune music player that could mean its evolution into a new smart phone from the company.  —  My source says that the new device falls under …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Digital Sales Surpass CDs at Atlantic  —  Since MP3s first became popular a decade ago, music industry executives have obsessed over this question: when would digital music revenue finally surpass compact disc sales?  —  For Atlantic Records, the label that in years past has delivered artists …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   What Happened to the Digital Music Boom? Ask Apple.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google admits breaking App Store rules  —  Google acknowledged breaking the official rules of Apple's iPhone software development kit when it created the latest version of the Google Mobile application for the iPhone, but denied a more serious charge.  —  A Google spokesman confirmed Tuesday …
Discussion: MacBlogz and digg.com
Google LatLong:
Happier travels through Street View with Pegman  —  Today we're happy to announce some big improvements to the Street View feature in Google Maps!  Thanks to feedback from our users, we've now made Street View even better and easier to use.  —  For one thing, Pegman, our plucky mascot, is now close at hand wherever you go.
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
eBay Traffic Plummeting (EBAY)  —  eBay's (EBAY) core business continues to fall apart.  Some of the decline is likely the result of the declining economy.  The rest of it is likely the result of the trends that have been clobbering eBay for the past two years: competition, overpricing …
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Will undone deals be the next Big Thing in Silicon Valley?  —  Consider two discussion topics recently submitted to ExpertCEO, a new online community with Silicon Valley roots that allows chief executives to anonymously kvetch, commiserate and seek advice among their peers.
Discussion: broadstuff
Arn / MacRumors:
QuickTime 7.5.7 for DisplayPort Allows Standard Definition Playback  —  Apple has issued a new QuickTime update for the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air which come equipped with the mini DisplayPort.  The update addresses the issue of standard definition playback through the DisplayPort:
Discussion: Alley Insider and AppleInsider
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Social Networking Traffic Up as Advertising Falls Flat  —  More than half the country actively uses social networking sites, but so far advertising on these properties is nothing short of anemic  —  More than half the country actively uses social networking sites, but so far advertising …
Discussion: sfnblog, Swarming Media and ReveNews
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NYT sees success in Facebook push  —  The New York Times is happy to be your Facebook friend.  An internal memo yesterday from Times president Scott Heekin-Canedy touted the newspaper's “successful” advertising campaign on Facebook in the days following the presidential election.
PR Newswire:
Toshiba to Launch 16GB microSDHC  —  Additional enhancements to SDHC memory card lineup include ultrafast, Class 6 SDHC cards in 8GB and 16GB capacities  —  Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), a leading innovator in memory card technologies and solutions, and Toshiba America Electronic Components …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Why I switched from Firefox to Chrome  —  Sorry if it sounds like I'm drinking the Google Kool-Aid here, but I switched from Mozilla Firefox to Google Chrome as my default browser for the very reason Google's executives said we should: speed.  (Get Google Chrome from Download.com.)
Discussion: Matt Cutts, ExtremeTech and digg.com
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Apple Confuses Speech with a DMCA Violation  —  Slashdot reports that Apple has sent a “cease and desist” email to bluwiki, a public wiki site, demanding the removal of postings there by those who are trying to figure out how to write software that can sync media to the latest versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Discussion: PC World and MacBlogz
Gregg Keizer / LinuxWorld.com:
Mozilla eyes extra beta for Firefox 3.1  —  Mozilla will probably add a third beta to the development schedule for Firefox 3.1 to get a better handle on remaining bugs and give several new features, including a faster JavaScript engine and a private browsing mode, more testing time, the company's browser director said Tuesday.
Discussion: Open Source
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Writers' Guild Claims Studios Ignoring Earlier Settlement As Actors Get Ready To Strike  —  While I have no doubt that the movie studios are being sleazy and underhanded in how it deals with both writers and actors concerning various contracts, it still seemed like both movie and TV writers …
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Widening Internet search lead propels Google stock  — Widening Internet search lead propels Google stock  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s stock snapped out of its recent funk Tuesday after new data showed the Internet search leader is becoming even more dominant in the most lucrative part of the online advertising market.
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Tom Yager / Ahead of the Curve:
Is the BlackBerry Storm doomed for lack of Wi-Fi?  —  RIM's design-out of Wi-Fi dooms the BlackBerry Storm in the same way that lacking essentials have buried the iPhone 3G and Wii — not at all.  —  I had already filed my review of the BlackBerry Storm, a.k.a. BlackBerry 9530, when Galen Gruman …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and InfoWorld
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YCombinator Startup Creates A Better Download App Store For Windows (BaseShield)  —  When Microsoft opened up its own online store for software downloads earlier this month, it signaled that packaged software is not long for this world.  The problem is that the store offers only Microsoft products.
Richard Jalichandra / Technorati:
Changes and Tough Decisions at Technorati  —  Changes and Tough Decisions at Technorati  —  There's not much I can say about the economy that hasn't been said a hundred times already.  We're facing the worst crisis of our lifetimes, and no one can say with certainty what lies ahead or how long it will last.
Discussion: Webware.com and TechCrunch
Murad Ahmed / Tech Central:
10 celebrities who play World of Warcraft  —  First of all, I should come clean about something.  —  I'm not really a Warcraft player or fan.  Over the past few weeks I've had to report on a number of World of Warcraft events (see here and here).  This has allowed me to meet and befriend …
Discussion: digg.com
ongoing:
What Sun Should Do  —  Sun is going through a lousy spell right now.  Well, so is the world's economy in general and the IT business in particular, but this is about Sun.  This is my opinion about what my employer should do about it. … Our Advantages  —  As I look at Sun's portfolio …
Mike Blumenthal / Search Engine Land:
MapQuest: “We've Come Out Of Hibernation”  —  I recently had the opportunity to interview two senior level executives from Mapquest to find out what the longtime provider of online mapping services is up to.  Despite perceptions, MapQuest is actually a more popular mapping destination …
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Young entrepreneurs bond on the beach
Discussion: Gawker
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
A great time to start an open source company
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