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11:10 AM ET, December 2, 2008

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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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia unveils flagship N97 phone [update: video!]  —  Details are in, Nokia has a new flagship phone.  The N97 packs a 3.5-inch, 640 x 360 pixel (that's a 16:9 aspect ratio) resistive touchscreen display with tactile feedback and QWERTY keyboard into this sliding communicator with an …
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 an S60 “N-Series” smartphone, the N97.  Take a look at our hands-on impressions and the complete rundown on Nokia's new flagship.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Nokia N97: the ultimate Facebook device  —  UPDATE: here's a short video of the N97 in action last night at dinner.  —  I have a second video that shows the photo viewing, which looks a lot like how the iPhone does it.  —  Nokia just announced the N97.  I got a chance to play with it last night …
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 …
Discussion: Alley Insider
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia takes on rivals with N97 touch-screen phone
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and PC World
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 …
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
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Palm:
Palm Reports Preliminary Q2 FY09 Results  —  Palm Implements Programs To Reduce Operating Expenses by 20% by Q4 FY09  —  Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM) today reported preliminary results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2009, which ended Nov. 28, 2008.  —  The company announced that it expects …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Palm revenue craters as Treos fall out of favor
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
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 …
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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 …
Jeff Widman / TechCrunchIT:
Blurring the functional line-Zoho CloudSQL merges on-site and on-cloud  —  This morning, Zoho announced the release of their CloudSQL middleware technology-a powerful pipeline between on-site applications and the cloud.  —  While consumers found the switch to cloud computing relatively simple …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple finally taking orders for new in-ear headphones  —  Apple this week began accepting orders for a pair of new headphone options designed for iPods, nearly three months after the accessories were first announced at a September media event.  —  The Apple online store is now reflecting availability …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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.
Discussion: Twitterrati and TechCrunch
Nokia:
The Nokia Maps story unfolds with new integrated web services and other upgrades  —  New version with Ovi integration offers 3D landmarks and other enhancements including online planning on the web  —  Barcelona, Spain - Nokia has released the latest version of its award-winning mobile mapping …
James Yum / Gmail Blog:
Gmail on your 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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Amazon Doesn't Need Kindle 2.0  —  The e-commerce giant's next e-reader won't be a game-changer.  But it will keep killing the competition.  —  Digital bibliophiles may have hoped Amazon would offer up a new e-reader before the holidays.  But they haven't let their disappointment …
Discussion: TeleRead
YouTube Blog:
The Internet Symphony: YouTube's Orchestra  —  Starting today, musicians around the world can submit audition videos to www.youtube.com/symphony for a chance to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and summit, the world's first collaborative online orchestra connecting aspiring musicians …
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Windows market share drops to 15-year low  —  Chicago (IL) - Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft's Internet Explorer has dropped below 70% for the first time nearly nine years.  Even worse, market research firm Net Applications now estimates Microsoft's Windows market share at less than 90% …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Could They Have Two Down Rev Years Ahead?  —  Here's a scary thought for Google (GOOG) shareholders: What if the company's revenues were to shrink in 2009 - and then shrink again in 2010?  —  That's the unpleasant scenario that Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry laid out in a research note today.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Between the Lines
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Twitter - the Mumbai myths  —  It has quickly become the received wisdom amongst new and old media commentators - Twitter came of age last week during the Mumbai terror attacks.  It is true that the micro-blogging service did provide vast amounts of information, at breakneck speed …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Nokia:
Nokia acquires Symbian Limited  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced that it has completed its offer to acquire Symbian Limited.  All conditions to Nokia's offer to acquire Symbian Limited have been satisfied and it has received valid acceptance of greater than 99.9% of the total Symbian shares that Nokia did not already own.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Extraordinary Rise And Fall Of Denmark's IT Factory  —  Last week, Danish Computerworld awarded IT Factory, a provider of CRM, HRM and Business Intelligence add-on solutions based on a SaaS delivery model, with the prestigious “Denmark's Best IT-company 2008″.
Discussion: The Register and Neowin.net
Chris Williams / The Register:
French courts tighten iPod tax loophole  —  Un peu  —  A French court has ruled that foreign retailers must warn consumers to pay the country's so-called “iPod tax” copyright levy on MP3 players ordered online.  —  The levy, designed to compensate rights holders for digital copying …
Discussion: Macsimum News
 
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