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9:40 PM ET, December 4, 2008

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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Facebook, Google Launch Data Portability Programs to All  —  Google and Facebook separately announced the general availability of their respective data portability programs on Thursday.  —  Google Friend Connect and Facebook Connect are generally designed to extend social-networking capabilities broadly across the Web.
Discussion: Economist
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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Across the Web  —  Over the summer we announced an extension of Facebook Platform called Facebook Connect.  Facebook Connect makes it easier for you to take your online identity with you all over the Web, share what you do online with your friends and stay updated on what they're doing.
Mussie Shore / The Official Google Blog:
Google Friend Connect: now available  —  We're pleased to share that Google Friend Connect is now available in beta to any webmaster looking to add a “dash of social” to his or her site.  This service lets webmasters add social features to their sites by simply copying and pasting a few snippets of code …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Friend Connect Now Open To All Websites  —  Update: Facebook just opened up FB Connect as well in a self-serve fashion.  It's mano-a-mano.  —  The battle over who will control access to your online identity is heating up.  In the wake of more and more partners finally starting …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Facebook Connect officially open  —  Facebook is officially announcing on Thursday that its log-in system, Facebook Connect, is officially open for business for non-Facebook sites.  —  The social network is making the implementation of Facebook Connect self-service, so anyone who has a site …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Facebook Connect vs. OpenID: Who Will Emerge Victorious?
Microsoft:
Microsoft Appoints Dr. Qi Lu to Run Online Services Group  —  Yahoo! veteran to oversee Internet offerings for consumers, advertisers and publishers.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Dr. Qi Lu will join the company as president of the Online Services Group.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
It's official: Qi Lu to head Microsoft's online effort  —  Microsoft is indeed hiring former Yahoo executive Qi Lu to run its online services business, but in the process, it is also losing one of its own top advertising executives.  —  In its announcement of Lu as the president …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Email From Steve Ballmer To The Microsoft Troops: Yahoo'er Qi Lu …
Jenna Bilotta / Google Reader:
Square is the new round.  —  On the Reader team, we know that the old adage “change is good” isn't always true.  Sometimes, change is just change.  In this case, we hope that these decisions both improve your Reader experience today, and pave the way for additional improvements down the line.
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Reader Gets A Facelift, Still No Ads (GOOG)
Discussion: Download Squad
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Apple to sell a $99 4GB iPhone at Walmart?  —  We just got a tip that in addition to the iPhone 3G actually making its way to Walmart, as we exclusively told you, there will be a 4GB model priced at $99 with a 2-year agreement.  We're not putting our stamp of approval behind this one just yet …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Readers React to David Pogue's Review of the BlackBerry Storm  —  I learned something last week.  —  In my Times print column, I reviewed the BlackBerry Storm, by far the worst product Research in Motion has ever produced.  I had problems with its concept, problems with its clicky touch screen …
Scott Cleland / The Precursor Blog:
Google uses 21 times more bandwidth than it pays for — per first-ever research study  —  The 27 page research study can be accessed at this link:  —  Contact: Scott Cleland 703-217-2407  —  First-Ever Study of U.S. Consumer Internet Usage and Cost Finds  —  Google Uses 21 Times More Bandwidth than it Pays For
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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Response to phone companies' “Google bandwidth” report  —  Earlier this week I thought that the announcement of a broadband access “call to action” was an encouraging sign that the phone and cable carriers could set aside their differences with Internet companies and public interest groups …
Discussion: DSLreports and Tech Daily Dose
Avner / boxee blog:
boxee <3 Netflix  —  when we planned the Dec 4th release we had minor changes in mind, mainly bug-fixes.... but we were undisciplined and immature.. and it turned from a minor release into a big one..  —  we could not ignore the number of people asking for Netflix on boxee.. so we called …
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Shanan Delp / Flickr Blog:
Going More Mobile  —  Over the last year we've seen an explosion of mobile devices uploading to and browsing Flickr.  It's rapidly becoming the norm for our members to use a camera phone to share their immediate world with others, and a mobile browser to keep track of friends and family.
Discussion: TechCrunch, TUAW and Lifehacker
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Real Depressing: The Entire Real Networks Layoff Memo  —  Earlier this afternoon, Peter Kafka reported in Media Memo that RealNetworks (RNWK) was “next up in today's layoff parade.”  Here's the official internal memo from RealNetworks founder, chairman and CEO, Rob Glaser:
Discussion: GigaOM
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Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
World's Second Android Phone Now on Presale  —  Kogan's Agora and Agora Pro hinted at last month is now ready to roll, costing AU$299 and AU$399, and shipping on January 29th.  The Agora Pro's specs are as follows:  — Operating System: Android™  — Google Mobile Functions …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes infrared matrix to aid larger multi-touch designs  —  A fairly new filing from Apple discusses the advantages of using proximity sensors more generously to aid its multi-touch technology on devices larger than the iPhone, which would allow certain functions to be invoked without …
Opera Community:
Peregrine takes flight... Opera 10.0 Alpha 1 is here!  —  It seems like yesterday we released Opera 9.6 and now you can all get your hands on Opera 10.0.  Rather than ramble on, here's a quick list of what's new:  — Presto 2.2 Engine  — Performance boost  — 100/100 and pixel-perfect on the Acid3 test
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
AT&T: Hold the Java  —  SAN FRANCISCO—AT&T is planning for a future with just one or two mobile operating systems running on its products, and that may imply a limited future for Java phones at the carrier.  —  Roger Smith, director of next-generation services at AT&T …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook cancels employee stock sale  —  So much for Silicon Valley's latest get-rich-quick scheme.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has cancelled a plan to let employees cash out their shares early.  —  In August, before the markets started to melt down and with Facebook worth $15 billion on paper …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Smartphone Sales Reached Its Lowest Growth Rate With 11.5 Per Cent Increase in Third Quarter of 2008  —  Apple Overtakes Microsoft As No. 3 Smartphone OS Vendor  —  In the third quarter of 2008, the global smartphone market reached its weakest year-on-year growth since Gartner, Inc. began tracking the industry.
 
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