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4:35 AM ET, December 2, 2008

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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.
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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.
Discussion: Evolving Web and innonate
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pownce Deadpooled, Team Moves To Six Apart
Business Week:
Michael Wolff's Calm, Reasoned Analysis Of MySpace, And The “Cretins” That Flock To It  —  Part of writing my latest column required interviewing Michael Wolff, a friend and the author of the new Rupert Murdoch bio “The Man Who Owns The News.”  After some negotiation, the interview took the form of a lengthy discussion-cum-argument.
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Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
Michael Wolff: MySpace And Its Braindead Users Are Going To Zero  —  BusinessWeek's Jon Fine takes Rupert Murdoch tell-all author Michael Wolff out for dinner.  Michael then reveals the secret he didn't put into the book: why Murdoch's News Corp (NWS) is trying so hard to ditch MySpace:
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple: Mac users should run multiple anti-virus  —  One of Apple's better Mac vs PC ads features a strong message that Windows computers are a magnet for viruses (malware) but Macs are automatically protected.  As PC “ah-choos” his way through an infection, Mac offers a tissue and smugly infers …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple now “encourages” antivirus use for Mac OS X  —  After years of jabbing Microsoft for the seeming need to run antivirus software on Windows, Apple has quietly posted its own recommendation for similar security with its own operating system.  —  The knowledge base article …
Discussion: CNET News
Microsoft:
Xbox 360 Registers Biggest Black Friday in Its History  —  Xbox 360 consoles and games sell at record levels; outsells PlayStation 3 by three-to-one ratio.  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system kicked off the holidays with record-breaking console sales …
Discussion: TechFlash, I4U News and Alley Insider
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Nokia N97 Unveiled, The First High-End N-Series Touch Phone  —  It's been a long time coming, but after dabbling with touch on the midrange 5800, Nokia has finally brought a touchscreen to its brand new flagship S60 smartphone, the N97.  —  But it's not quite a full dive into touch …
Discussion: Nokia and Scobleizer
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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Joins the Do-It-All Push
Discussion: Crave and Reuters
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Yahoo Rumor Mill-The Broken Clock Will Be Right at Some Time  —  [UPDATED: I added a stronger first sentence to leave no doubt about there is no Microsoft-Yahoo deal at the present time and to be clear I am not backing off on my weekend post on the topic.]
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:   Why Carl Icahn Didn't Buy Enough Yahoo!
Live Search:
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.
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Randy Nelson / Joystiq:
Forbes: Nintendo making $6 profit on every Wii sold  —  While Sony and Microsoft dream of turning a profit on their consoles, Nintendo is doing just that.  According to a new article from Forbes, the Big N makes $6 in operating profit from every Wii unit sold.
Discussion: Forbes and Kotaku
Sydney Morning Herald:
Take note PayPal, cashing in on a legend is ‘degrading’  —  The PayPal ad with the modified $50 note featuring David Unaipon as seen on the side of a bus.  —  Asher Moses  —  The family of the Aboriginal inventor and writer pictured on the $50 note have called on PayPal to pull down its …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Legal challenge mounts against Baidu's online business model  —  Baidu, China's largest internet search engine, looks set to face a wave of legal challenges as a group of lawyers is organising a mass complaint against the company's business practices.  —  Led by Li Changqing …
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
FCC to vote on free broadband Internet across USA  —  Free broadband for America has inched closer to reality: The plan, after two years of debate, is finally on the calendar for a full vote by the Federal Communications Commission.  —  Assuming the plan is approved at the FCC's Dec. 18 meeting …
Discussion: ChannelWeb and Hear 2.0
Lincoln Spector / Industry Standard:
BitTorrent: Register report on protocol change is “utter nonsense”  —  BitTorrent has slammed a report in The Register that suggests a planned protocol change could threaten the stability of the Internet.  —  According to blogger Richard Bennett, developers of the BitTorrent client uTorrent …
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
BitTorrent at War With VoIP? Hardly
Brent Goldman / Facebook Developers:
Check Out the New Developer Application Settings Editor  —  We're always looking for ways to make developing Facebook Platform applications easier for you.  Today we want to show you how we're improving the way you configure your application settings.  —  The application settings editor …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
mediacentre.o2.co.uk:
O2 cuts energy wastage with launch of energy efficient universal mobile phone charger  — New charger cuts power when battery fully charged potentially saving Brits over £30m* a year -  —  London, UK 1st December 2008: Telefónica O2 UK has today announced the launch …
Discussion: Unwired View and Engadget Mobile
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
High-quality unboxing photos of Apple's LED Cinema Display  —  Apple's first LED-backlit and DisplayPort-based desktop monitor has arrived at AppleInsider; we now have high-quality photos as well as some early impressions.  —  The new 24-inch screen will seem instantly familiar to anyone who's used …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Nokia's Next Move  —  The device maker is expected to announce a major new product Tuesday.  —  At Nokia, the clock is ticking.  —  The Finnish mobile communications giant is poised to make a major announcement Tuesday at its Nokia (nyse: NOK - news - people ) World conference …
Discussion: SlashPhone
John Markoff / Bits:
A Microsoft Veteran Embraces Open Source  —  Keith Curtis has just written a book about the future of software.  —  That in itself isn't unique.  More unusual is that Mr. Curtis, an 11-year veteran of Microsoft, the world's largest software company, believes deeply that open source is the future of software.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Cyber Monday traffic better than last year  —  If Web traffic translates into online sales, this year's holiday season is gearing up to much better than last year's - contrary to the doom-and-gloom forecasts for the holiday season.  —  Traffic to online retail sites today - Cyber Monday - far exceeded last year's Cyber Monday traffic.
Andrew LaVallee / Business Technology:
Reviving F—ed Company  —  Now that we can officially say we're in a recession, it makes sense that there's a resurgence of sites devoted to floundering companies.  —  We have to bleep out some names, but they include LayoffBlog.com, Screwdd F—edStartups, It Died, Timely Demise and web2.0f …
Discussion: Ask Pud
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Memeorandum runs rings around Google News  —  If you want to know what's happening in the world, then Memorandum will tell you - at least in a couple of areas.  It's an automated news clipping service, known in the trade as a “news aggregator”.  It provides headlines and short texts updated every few minutes …
 
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In Deal With Hitachi, Intel Will Expand Its Flash Memory Business
Discussion: CNET News
Jim Goldman / CNBC.com:
CES: A Smaller, Slimmer Expo Is Sign Of The Times
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Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon SimpleDB Grows Up
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Watching Google's Gatekeepers
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Obama Puts Change.gov Under Creative Commons
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Protect yourself from telemarketers
BBC:
EU to search out cyber criminals
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WARP speed for Windows 7
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PayPal Brings Allowances Into the 21st Century
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HP Ends IT Restructuring Process
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Blockbuster, Microsoft team up on mobile services
 

 
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