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2:25 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
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Atheros Wi-Fi goes open-source, Linux friendly
Discussion: Bits, TechSpot and
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 …
David Kaplan /
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.
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?”
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Simpsons Meet Steve Jobs, and Hulu Captures the Moment
Discussion: Gearlog
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Despite Downturn Clearwire Gets Xohm and $3.2 Billion
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Mac Internet share hits record 8.87%; 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
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 …
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 …
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.
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!
Andrew D. Smith / Dallas Morning News:
Blockbuster, Microsoft team up on mobile services  —  —  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 …
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft puts more muscle behind its potential ‘Kumo’ search brand  —  After a weekend of “it's on-again/no it's not” rumors regarding Microsoft doing some kind of search deal with Yahoo, it's worth noting the Redmondians are still pushing ahead with their plan to rebrand Live Search as “Kumo.”
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
The widget conundrum  —  There's a pretty good article in Advertising Age about the benefits of widgets and the fact that not a lot of people are using it.  AdAge says that “entire segment” will amount to around $100 million.  That sounds like a chunk of money, and especially one for an industry …
Discussion: AdAge and Adrants
Lessig Blog: 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 to embrace the freest CC license.  —  This is great news about a subject that's harder than it seems.
Discussion: techPresident
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Linux on the iPhone: penguin poop in Apple's walled garden  —  An iPhone hacker has successfully ported the open source Linux kernel to Apple's popular mobile device.  Although the port is still at a very early stage of development and currently only supports a slim subset of the iPhone's capabilities …
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
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Business Wire:
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Jevon MacDonald / The FASTForward Blog:
The uncertain future of Blogging
Discussion: Mark Evans
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bad Times Ahead for Broadband?
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook Aims to Extend Its Reach Across the Web