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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Nokia N97: the ultimate Facebook device  —  UPDATE: here's a short video of the N97 in action last night at dinner.  —  Nokia just announced the N97.  I got a chance to play with it last night and realized they have built the ultimate Facebook device.  Now, I'm sure, lots of you will wonder how it compares to the iPhone.
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: Symbian-Guru.com
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Joins the Do-It-All Push  —  New Smartphone Will Offer a Touch Screen, Fast Internet Access and Customized Features; Maps Show Landmarks in 3-D  —  Nokia Corp. unveiled an ambitious new smartphone with a touch-sensitive screen, a slide-out full keyboard, and access to a range …
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
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Not even close  —  Pownce is dead.  So what.  Micromessaging has always been about the next phase beyond email, and oh so not about competition between micromessaging vendors.  Twitter is the Kleenex of the space and has survived its most difficult phase.  There is no competition for Twitter, not even close.
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 and Gadget Lab
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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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Hitachi to develop solid-state drives  —  Intel will target solid-state drives for server computers in a tie up with Hitachi that was announced Monday night.  —  Intel and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) said they will “jointly develop and deliver” Serial Attached SCSI …
Discussion: The Register
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:   In Deal With Hitachi, Intel Will Expand Its Flash Memory Business
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!
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 …
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.
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Chana R. Shoenberger / Forbes:
Wii's Future In Motion
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon SimpleDB Grows Up  —  The private beta test of Amazon SimpleDB has gone really well.  We've learned a lot during the beta and have fine-tuned the feature set in order to make sure that we are meeting the needs of current and future users.  —  Before I delve into the details, let me get one important fact out of the way.
Discussion: TechFlash and PC World
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Google's New Open Stack Expanding - Sans Facebook, Microsoft  —  A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the first birthday of Google's OpenSocial project, an open API framework for social networks and websites.  Google's OpenSocial Blog recently presented some statistics, including that OpenSocial …
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
Google Mac Blog:
Google Calendar now supports Apple iCal  —  The Google Calendar team is proud to announce the public release of our support for the CalDAV protocol.  You can now use Apple iCal with your Google Calendar, so you can work even when you're offline, sync almost instantly, respond to invitations …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
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
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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