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5:00 PM ET, December 1, 2008

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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Six Apart acquires and shuts down Pownce  —  Blogging company Six Apart has acquired micro-blogging startup Pownce for undisclosed financial terms.  It looks like one of those acquisitions where the buyer was more interested in the people than the product — the Pownce service will shut down in two weeks.
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Leahculver / The Pownce Blog:
Goodbye Pownce, Hello Six Apart  —  We have some very big news today at Pownce.  We will be closing the service and Mike and I, along with the Pownce technology, have joined Six Apart, the company behind such great blogging software as Movable Type, TypePad and Vox.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:   Pownce to shut down after Six Apart sale
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.
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC to vote on smut-free wireless broadband before Christmas
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.
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: Alley Insider
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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / CNN:
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 and updated Monday morning.
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 …
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 …
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:
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.
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.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
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 …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
gOS Cloud - From zero to web browser in just a few seconds  —  gOS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that's designed to make it easy to interface with web-based applications like Gmail, YouTube, and Meebo.  It uses the slightly OS X-like Enlightenment desktop environment …
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 …
John Leyden / The Register:
Malware spread explains Pentagon USB ban  —  Agent infection hardly much of a battle  —  Pentagon systems and computers in warzones in Iraq and Afghanistan reportedly came under a malware-based attack last month.  The infection promoted a recent ban of the use of USB stick and other forms …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Blockbuster OnDemand Unboxing & Setuping  —  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.
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 and Collaboration 2.0
MSDN Blogs:
You asked for it: instant cashback!  —  When we asked users about the improvements they'd like us make to Live Search cashback, many said they want to receive cashback instantly instead of waiting for 60 days.  Well, I'm happy to announce that we've just released the Instant cashback feature with eBay.
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Yahoo Countersues American Airlines for Declaratory Judgment  —  Yahoo, Inc. v. American Airlines, Inc., C08-05308 (N.D. Cal. complaint filed Nov. 21, 2008).  The Justia page.  —  As you recall, American Airlines recently followed its July settlement with Google by bringing a clone …
Discussion: Alley Insider
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
InVision Case Makes the iPhone Blind-Friendly, Defiantly Screenless  —  The screen-based controls and rich visuals that make a device like the iPhone an attractive option for deaf users aren't of much use to the visually impaired.  By employing a combination of an embossed “Moon Type” …
Discussion: textually.org and Yanko Design
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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Kerry E. Grace / Wall Street Journal:
HP Ends IT Restructuring Process
John Markoff / Bits:
A Microsoft Veteran Embraces Open Source
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Songbeat: Interesting New Music Service - But is it Legal?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Joshua Davis / Wired News:
Secret Geek A-Team Hacks Back, Defends Worldwide Web
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Bob Garfield / AdAge:
Widgets Are Made for Marketing, So Why Aren't More Advertisers Using Them?
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Online-only outlets see Black Friday boost over 2007
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Account gets Wave 3 update - Services updates start
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Mitchell J. Katz / Federal Trade Commission:
New Rules Requiring an Automated Voice or Keypress Opt-Out for …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bad Times Ahead for Broadband?
Lessig Blog:
change.gov set free
Discussion: Computerworld and techPresident
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Linux on the iPhone: penguin poop in Apple's walled garden
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