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3:25 PM ET, December 1, 2008

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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
MySpace ruling could lead to jail for lying online daters
Discussion: Homotron.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
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 …
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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?”
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) …
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 …
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.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Blockbuster OnDemand Unboxing & Setup  —  So much for a day of vacation recovery... UPS just arrived with the new Blockbuster OnDemand movie rental box, by 2Wire.  If you recall, $99 gets you the box and 25 video rental credits.  Once those have been consumed, content begins at $1.99 a pop.
Discussion: CrunchGear, NewTeeVee and Engadget HD
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google reveals Chrome extensions plan  —  Google has published its plan to build into Chrome what is arguably its most requested feature: the ability to accept extensions that can customize how the open-source Web browser operates.  —  And guess what?  Google's dependence on advertising notwithstanding …
Discussion: Ajaxian
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
FCC leaks tiny VAIO with WWAN — Sony's first netbook?  —  They might not like it, but Sony looks ripe to enter the netbook market in the US.  Unveiled today is the backside of this tiny “notebook PC” as described by the FCC under the model numbers PCG-1P1L and PCG-1P2L (PCG synonymous with Sony's VAIO laptop brand).
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple offers free licensing for Mini DisplayPort spec  —  When Apple recently introduced its revamped notebook line, it also introduced the world to the Mini DisplayPort.  It turns out that the company is offering no-fee licenses to anyone interested in developing products that use the Mini DisplayPort specification.
Discussion: PC World, MacRumors and MacBlogz
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: mocoNews.net, AppScout, Profy and Mashable!
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Online-only outlets see Black Friday boost over 2007  —  The numbers from Black Friday are in, and traffic measurement firms have released their initial 2008 holiday shopping studies.  Brick-and-mortar stores saw an unfortunate (though unsurprising) drop in online visitors and spending dollars …
Discussion: Andrea on Amazon …
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Account gets Wave 3 update - Services updates start  —  Microsoft has just switched on the new Windows Live Account, bringing with it the first of many expected services upgrades this week to Wave 3.  Unfortunately the update is an anti-climax, as none of the good stuff …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Jevon MacDonald / The FASTForward Blog:
The uncertain future of Blogging  —  Blogging is near and dear to my heart.  —  I admit freely that I am attached to the concept.  I think it is better than something (whatever that is), and that is creates a lot of value.  —  I don't know what the fate of blogging is …
Discussion: Mark Evans
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.”
 
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Qimonda facing liquidity crisis
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Mitchell J. Katz / Federal Trade Commission:
New Rules Requiring an Automated Voice or Keypress Opt-Out for …
Electronista:
MEDION intros three fingerprint-enabled navigators
Discussion: SlashGear and Gizmodo
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Atheros Wi-Fi goes open-source, Linux friendly
Discussion: TechSpot and digg.com
PC World:
Cell Phones Distract Drivers More than Passengers Do
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Bad Times Ahead for Broadband?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
More Judges Realizing That Statutory Damages In Copyright Suits Out Of Line
Lessig Blog:
change.gov set free
Discussion: techPresident
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
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Trutap decimates headcount, keeps skeleton staff, looks for sale
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