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10:35 PM ET, December 2, 2008

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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Former AOL Chief Seeks Funds for Yahoo Deal  —  Former AOL Chief Executive Jonathan Miller is trying to raise money to purchase a portion or all of Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Mr. Miller has been talking to private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Bogus Yahoo Takeover Story - The WSJ Gets It Wrong, And This Time People Lost Money  —  Today's Wall Street Journal story talking about yet another takeover attempt of Yahoo is incorrect, say our own sources.  And unlike The Times' story over the weekend, which was equally fictitious …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Ex-AOL CEO Miller Reportedly Raising Funds To Bid For Yahoo …
Mike Nash / The Windows Blog:
Announcing the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Customer Preview Program (CPP)  —  Hi, Mike Nash here.  In late October I announced the Beta of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 - beginning with a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers.
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple announces Top 10 iPhone App downloads of 2008  —  With 2008 on the way out and right around 10,000 applications behind them, Apple has released a series of lists outlining which applications scored the most downloads since the App Store's launch back in July.
Arn / MacRumors:
Developers Can Now Issue Free “Promotional” Copies of iPhone Apps  —  Apple has finally started allowing developers to issue free promotional copies of their iPhone applications.  Once an application has been accepted to the App Store by Apple, developers can issue up to 50 promotional codes.
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Digg: Not for Sale  —  The news aggregation site's CEO, Jay Adelson, spelled out Digg's drive for profitability  —  Over the last few years, Digg has become Silicon Valley's version of the boy who cried wolf.  Like the child who warned local villagers that a wolf was about to attack his flock of sheep …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Jay Adelson's Six Step Plan To Make Digg Profitable
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Rolls Out Its New Social Network Hub, Boosts SkyDrive/Photo Storage to 25 GB  —  Today, Microsoft is rolling out some of the sweeping changes to Windows Live it announced two weeks ago.  Windows Live seems to be gradually replacing MSN as Microsoft's central hub for everything you do on the Web.
Discussion: Technologizer
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David Recordon / O'Reilly Radar:
Getting OpenID Into the Browser  —  Google Chrome did a smart thing: Less.  They unified the search box and address bar, since that's what people do anyway.  That gives us back precious pixels for the only thing that's as important to an average web user as where they're going: Who they are.
Discussion: Webware.com
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YouTube Blog:
A YouTube for All of Us  —  As a community, we have come to count on each other to be entertained, challenged, and moved by what we watch and share on YouTube.  We've been thinking a lot lately about how to make the collective YouTube experience even better, particularly on our most visited pages.
Nokia:
Desktop.  Laptop.  Pocket: The era of the personal Internet dawns with the Nokia N97  —  Tilting touch display, QWERTY keyboard and personalized home screen - a true mobile computer  —  Barcelona, Spain - Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97, the world's most advanced mobile computer …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Hands on with Nokia's iPhone killer
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Lohan clears up Ronson rumors, rips on Facebook  —  Lindsay Lohan was blogging a lot over the summer and into the fall but, like so many people, seems to have fallen into a postelection Internet rut.  —  But she did post two blog entries to her MySpace page last night.
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
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geeksugar:   Lindsay Lohan Rants About Facebook on MySpace
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Acer to challenge Apple and Asus with a low-cost iMac clone and a 10.2" netbook  —  Chicago (IL) - The world's #3 PC manufacturer plans on releasing a 10.2" netbook and an all-in-one desktop computer, which will go head-to-head with Asus and Apple.  The company said that the netbook …
Discussion: Maximum PC all and SlashGear
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Electronista:
iPhone soars to 16.6% of smartphone market  —  The iPhone is now not only the second most popular smartphone in the world but has saved the smartphone industry from a decline this past summer, according to a research note by Needham analyst Charlie Wolf.  Apple's handset has represented …
Hunter / FishBowlNY:
New Staff Cuts At Gawker, Gizmodo and Jezebel  —  FishbowlNY has confirmed layoffs and pay cuts for writers at the blogs Gawker, Gizmodo and Jezebel.  Gawker editor Sheila McClear and Jezebel editorial assistant Maria-Mercedes Lara have been let go, Gawker weekend editor Alex Carnevale's month …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
James Yum / Gmail Blog:
Gmail on your Google Desktop  —  On the Google Desktop gadgets team, we've seen countless requests for a Gmail gadget over the years.  That gadget is finally here, so if you've got Google Desktop for Windows, give it a try.  —  You'll see that it covers the basics such as reading, searching, and sending messages.
Gina Bianchini / Ning Blog:
The End of the Red Light District  —  As individuals and as a service, we stand for the freedom to create your own social networks for anything.  We believe that people should be able to set their own social norms and Ning, as a broad-based service, is designed to respect many different perspectives …
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Netbooks Dominate Cyber Monday on Amazon  —  Netbooks dominated the Computers & PC hardware bestsellers list on Amazon.com on Cyber Monday in the U.S., the biggest online shopping day of the year.  —  The mini-laptops, with 7-inch to 10-inch screens, are popular because they're about half …
Mmanos / LooseBolts:
Our Vision for Generation 4 Modular Data Centers - One way of Getting it just right . . .  Data Centers are a hot topic these days.  No matter where you look, this once obscure aspect of infrastructure is getting a lot of attention.  For years, there have been cost pressures on IT operations and this …
Bob Familiar / Bob's Blog:
Windows 7 Beta 1 for MDC Attendees  —  The MSDN Developer Conference will not only WOW you with the coolest sessions from the PDC but you will also be in the running to win one of 3 Lego NXT Robotics Kits and the WROX Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio book.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Oodle To Power Facebook Classifieds  —  As we speculated last month, Facebook is about to hand over its official classifieds listings to a partner, and that partner is Oodle, we have been able to confirm.  An announcement may be made as early as tomorrow.
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Canon clear to launch new type of TV  —  Canon, the Japanese consumer electronics group, is clear to launch a new type of television after winning a patent lawsuit that has delayed its progress for more than three years.  —  Nasdaq-listed Applied Nanotech, which had sued the Japanese company …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Updated: FT To Do Some Buyouts; Salary Freeze; The Memo  —  The Pink One will pass out some pink slips, though more in form of buyouts than actual layoffs, reports Reuters, citing an internal memo sent out today by FT CEO John Ridding.  The company has already done some redundancies in its library/research division in October.
Discussion: Reuters
 
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Jeremy A. Kaplan / PC Magazine:
The Fastest ISPs in America—and Where You Live
Discussion: GigaOM
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Board Fiddles, Business Crumbles
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Q&A with First Round Capital's Josh Kopelman
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Sprint's Heavy Static
Discussion: Alley Insider
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Gogo Wi-Fi service begins on Virgin America flights
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 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Exploring Liquid Notebook Cooling Systems for Cooler Laps
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacNN and SlashGear
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2009 Registration, New Macs, 32GB iPhones?
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Where extreme cuts may come at papers
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Gartner: Virtualization Disrupts Server Vendors
Discussion: eWeek
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Window Pong turns your browser into a game
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Songbird Takes Flight With 1.0 Release
Discussion: Download Squad and Ars Technica