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10:55 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 and Scripting News
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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 …
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 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Microsoft Snags Yahoo...'s VP, That Is!
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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
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 …
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Jeff Ventura / GracefulFlavor:
From Apple to RIM, With Love
Discussion: Edible Apple
Suzanne Choney / MSNBC:
A cloud hangs over BlackBerry Storm
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
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
Discussion: DSLreports and Tech Daily Dose
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
RealDepressing: The Entire RealNetworks 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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Bill Hankes / The Real Story:
Layoffs at Real  —  This morning we told about 130 employees around the world that we are eliminating their positions at the end of the year.  That's roughly 7.5 percent of our worldwide employment base.  —  The layoffs, in addition to other cost cutting measures, are part of a budgeting process …
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 …
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.
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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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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 and All Facebook
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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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
FBI: widespread copper theft puts US infrastructure at risk  —  Up until recently, economies around the globe were on a fairly steady upward trajectory, a growth that put pricing pressure on some of the raw materials needed for both production and infrastructure.
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Condé Nast Suspends New Website Launches Indefinitely; Another Blow To Razorfish?  —  Condé Nast's plans to build out new websites for mags such as Details have been suspended for an indefinite period, according to AgencySpy, which cited an unidentified source.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and TechFlash
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
“You Could Go To Google,” Says Yahoo — But Why Not Stay Here?  —  Yahoo has changed the way they handle a query for a competing search engine.  Now, if you search at Yahoo for google, live or ask.com, Yahoo will tell you, “You could go to [Search Engine Name Goes Here].
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 …
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla to pull antiphishing feature from Firefox 2.0 at Google's request
Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
Shazam service now recognises 8 million tracks
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Warner Music Pitches Music Tax To Universities: You Pay, We Stop Suing
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Consumer electronics group cuts 4th-quarter view
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
How YouTube Broadcasts Your Taste in Videos
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With 850K Users In 2 Months, Circle Of Moms Comes Out Of Nowhere
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Paging Researchers, Analysts, and Developers
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New short film asks, “Why Copyright?”
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A Winning Web Formula
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Apple more closed than Microsoft
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