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2:10 PM ET, December 1, 2008

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Stuart Cohen / Business Week:
Open Source: The Model Is Broken  —  The open-source business model that relies solely on support and service revenue streams is failing to meet the expectations of investors  —  For anyone who hasn't been paying attention to the software industry lately, I have some bad news.
Discussion: The Open Road and InformationWeek
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Head Pushes Free Web Plan  —  Outgoing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is pushing for action in December on a plan to offer free, pornography-free wireless Internet service to all Americans, despite objections from the wireless industry and some consumer groups.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Huffington Post Nabs $25 Million in Funding-Here's a BoomTown Interview With Oak Investment's Fred Harman  —  The Huffington Post will announce this morning that it has raised $25 million, in a single investment from Oak Investment Partners.  —  The large round by Oak, which was led by Palo Alto …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Huffington Post Closes $25 Million Third Round; Plans Include ‘Focused Acquisitions’
Discussion: BoomTown and Tech Confidential
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The End Of Online Anonymity  —  It seems we're approaching a new age here on the Internet.  Instead being anonymous, faceless IP addresses, social computing and changing technologies have allowed the lines between the “real” world and the “virtual” world to blur.
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News:   MySpace ruling could lead to jail for lying online daters
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Nokia's touchiest week  —  We've arrived in Barcelona, Spain for Nokia World, a week where Nokia talks to its top customers.  —  When we got here a Nokia executive met me and bragged that the Internet has no clue what they will announce this week.  I asked “what about the touch screen cell phone that I've seen rumors about?”
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Clearwire to use “Clear” brand instead of “Xohm”  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Clearwire Corp said on Monday that it would call its high-speed wireless WiMax service “Clear” instead of the “Xohm” brand its venture partner Sprint Nextel has been using.  —  The new name was announced after Clearwire closed …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Despite Downturn Clearwire Gets Xohm and $3.2 Billion
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and mocoNews.net
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Simpsons mocks (m)Apple  —  Few have been spared the satire of Matt Groening's long running animated sitcom.  Last night, The Simpsons took on Apple, or uh, Mapple for a full 6 minutes of lampoonery — a pretty harsh ride at a two-joke per minute pace.  It all starts when the Springfield mall gets …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   The Simpsons Meet Steve Jobs, and Hulu Captures the Moment
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Mac Internet share hits record 8.82%; Windows drops below 90%  —  Apple's (AAPL) slice of the Internet pie grew measurably in November as both the Mac and the iPhone hit record numbers in a Net Applications Web survey issued overnight Monday.  —  At the same time, Microsoft's (MSFT) …
Discussion: Electronista and MacBlogz
Fortune:
Now hiring in Silicon Valley  —  High-profile openings at Microsoft, Yahoo, and ... Google?  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Nature abhors a vacuum, but apparently not in Silicon Valley, where it may not be easy to fill some very prominent vacancies.  Right now you've got Jerry Yang abdicating at Yahoo …
Andrew D. Smith / Dallas Morning News:
Blockbuster, Microsoft team up on mobile services  —  asmith@dallasnews.com  —  Blockbuster Inc. caught up to the competition last week by introducing a set-top box that brings rentals from the Internet to the television.  —  Now, the Dallas-based company hopes to pass the pack by teaming …
Merissa Marr / Wall Street Journal:
Redstone Sells Control of Midway  —  In an effort to help resolve his debt problems, Sumner Redstone has sold his controlling stake in videogame company Midway Games Inc. to a private investor.  —  Mr. Redstone's holding company, National Amusements Inc., is expected to announce Monday …
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Richard Bennett / The Register:
Bittorrent declares war on VoIP, gamers  —  The next internet meltdown  —  Gamers, VoIP and video conference users beware.  The leading BitTorrent software authors have declared war on you - and any users wanting to wring high performance out of their networks.
Discussion: Slashdot
New York Times:
CNN Pitches a Cheaper Wire Service to Newspapers  —  CNN, in the afterglow of an election season of record ratings for cable news, is elbowing in on a new line of business: catering to financially strained newspapers looking for an alternative to The Associated Press.
PC World:
Cell Phones Distract Drivers More than Passengers Do  — Cell phones distract car drivers more than talkative passengers, and hands-free devices don't make for safer driving, according to a recent Reuters report on a new study published by the Journal of Experimential Psychology: Applied.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Reviews A Year in Search  —  Through Billions of Searches in 2008, People Sought to Make Sense of  —  the World Around Them, Witnessing a Year of Passionate Politics, Olympic  —  Records, New Celebrities on the Rise and Market Meltdowns  —  Today Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ:YHOO) …
Discussion: AppScout, Profy and Mashable!
Lessig Blog:
change.gov set free  —  Consistent with the values of any “open government,” and with his strong leadership on “free debates” from the very start, the Obama team has modified the copyright notice on change.gov to embrace the freest CC license.  —  This is great news about a subject that's harder than it seems.
Discussion: techPresident
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook Aims to Extend Its Reach Across the Web  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Facebook, the Internet's largest social network, wants to let you take your friends with you as you travel the Web.  But having been burned by privacy concerns in the last year, it plans to keep close tabs on those outings.
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Business Wire:
Web Video Pioneer The FeedRoom Acquires ClearStory Systems
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jevon MacDonald / The FASTForward Blog:
The uncertain future of Blogging
Discussion: Mark Evans
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bad Times Ahead for Broadband?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
More Judges Realizing That Statutory Damages In Copyright Suits Out Of Line
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Linux on the iPhone: penguin poop in Apple's walled garden
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
Amazon Cyber Monday Video Game Deals feature $99.95 Nintendo DS
Discussion: Engadget and GottaBeMobile.com
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Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Marketers Push for Mobile Tuesday as the New Black Friday
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Trutap decimates headcount, keeps skeleton staff, looks for sale
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The Inbox, Part Two: Facebook Has An Ambient Awareness Problem
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Widgets Are Made for Marketing, So Why Aren't More Advertisers Using Them?
 

 
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