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1:00 PM ET, December 5, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Did YouTube Just Turn On HD For Real?  —  After teasing us for a year with the option to watch “higher quality” videos that weren't quite high-def, it appears that YouTube is making the switch to HD, at least for some videos that have been uploaded in that quality.
Stephen Lawson / Macworld:
AT&T hopes for single smart phone OS  —  AT&T hopes to standardize on a single operating system for AT&T-branded smart phones as part of a “dramatic consolidation” of its mobile platforms over the next few years, a company executive said Thursday.  —  The mobile operator believes smart phones …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Soon it will be time to start over, again  —  Here's how the tech industry cycle goes.  —  A new generation of young techies comes along, takes a look at the current stack, finds it too daunting (rightly so) and decides to start over from scratch.  They find that they can make things happen …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Network Profile Costs Woman College Degree  —  Forget losing your job, apparently your MySpace or Facebook profile and photos can now cause you to lose your degree.  In what may be one of the most frightening rulings regarding social networks and privacy to date …
Paul Graham:
Could VC be a Casualty of the Recesssion?  —  (I originally wrote this at the request of a company producing a report about entrepreneurship.  Unfortunately after reading it they decided it was too controversial to include.)  —  VC funding will probably dry up somewhat during the present recession, like it usually does in bad times.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple Apps “Bubble” Talk Just That, As Downloads Soar  —  You may have seen the Apple advertisement in the New York Times this morning (back page of the Business section) extolling the virtues of the iPhone.  Nothing new there.  —  If you made it through the fine print …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Does Amazon's iPhone app go too far?
Chris Coletta / Silicon Valley San Jose …:
Google opts out of grant for North Carolina data center  —  Google Inc. has opted not to take a $4.7 million state grant to build a data center in the town of Lenoir, N.C. - a sign the company may be slowing down its expansion in the state.  —  Google on Thursday formally withdrew its application …
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Slows N.C. Build, Foregoing State Grant
Discussion: Rough Type
Stephen Myers / Cygnet Engineering:
Iphone as a Universe Controller: Part 1  —  Why have a universal remote control when you can have a universe controller?  I was fortunate enough to get to beta test some of ioBridge's forthcoming hardware.  Their hardware lets you connect just about anything to the internet.
Arielle Reinstein / Gmail Blog:
Get your Gmail stickers  —  Not too long ago, one of the Gmail engineers broke out her vinyl cutter and made some Gmail m-velope stickers.  Pretty soon, they were pasted to our desks, stuck on our laptops, and adorning the walls around the office.  Then other people started asking us about them — first it was just other Googlers.
Discussion: geeksugar and Maximum PC all
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:
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Delays Employee Share Sales  —  Facebook Inc. is delaying a previously announced program to allow employees to sell some of their shares in the privately held company, citing the “incredibly difficult” global economy.  —  “After carefully considering the current environment …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook cancels employee stock sale
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Amazon's Team of Rivals  —  Not so long ago, much of my life this time of year was spent following the toy wars.  From 1999 to 2001, Amazon.com, eToys and Toys ‘R’ Us battled for dominance in the online toy market.  (Ultimately, Toys ‘R’ Us joined forces with Amazon, and eToys failed and changed hands several times.)
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
DigiTimes:
Acer branded smartphones to hit the market in 1Q09, company clarifies  —  Yen Ting Chen, Taipei; Meiling Chen, DIGITIMES [Friday 5 December 2008]  —  Despite a bleak economic outlook, Acer remains optimistic about its growth opportunities for 2009.  The company expects its notebook shipments …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and SlashGear
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo CEO Countdown, 26 Days to Go: As Chernin Declines, Will a Dark Horse Emerge?  —  With Yahoo board Chairman Roy Bostock reportedly assuring investors and others that the company will have a CEO in place by the end of the year, it seems prudent for BoomTown to initiate an official Yahoo CEO Countdown.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Gasp, MIGHT Sony have sold more e-readers than Amazon has?  And has Amazon bungled the ePub-creation question?  —  I should have picked up on this yesterday.  A CNN story says “more than a quarter million” Kindles have been sold.  Whose numbers are most helpful?  CNN or Forrester Research, which estimates 400,000?
Discussion: Open Sources and TECH.BLORGE.com
Wailin Wong / Chicago Tribune:
Midway may default on $240 million in debt  —  Video game-maker Midway Games is fighting for its survival after warning Thursday that it could default on $240 million in debt.  —  Chicago-based Midway disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has hired Lazard Ltd. to evaluate “strategic and financial alternatives.”
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
100Mbps FiOS Will Arrive Next Year - Largely aimed at winning the marketing wars...  We've known that Verizon has been testing 100Mbps FiOS for much of this year in select employee homes.  We also know that Verizon has admitted that 100Mbps service is more about marketing bragging rights than anything else.
Discussion: Electronista
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
One place for changing your site's settings  —  One of the many useful features of Webmaster Tools is the ability to adjust settings for your site, such as crawl rate or geographic target.  We've been steadily adding settings over time and have now gotten to the point where they merit their own page.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
IAC sees cascade of M&A opportunities  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - IAC/InteractiveCorp (IACI.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Barry Diller is sitting on a pile of cash but he isn't going to give in to investor demands that he buy back stock to rescue the company's ailing share price.
 
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Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
OpeniMac offers cut-rate, aesthetically challenged Apple clones direct …
Discussion: CrunchGear, 9 to 5 Mac and digg.com
Blaise Alleyne / Techdirt:
Ontario Government Considers Facebook Consultation
Doug McLean / TidBITS:
Grey Lines Mar MacBook Air Displays
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Slashdot
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia N97 hands-on part II: the reckoning
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Exactly Is Adult Content?  Google Forces Ning Onto A Slippery Slope.
Discussion: Notes from the Field and Ning Blog
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
‘Koobface’ virus spreading fast on Facebook
Chris Salmon / Guardian:
Click to download: Bono red-faced over charity website
AppleInsider:
More big names downsizing, pulling out of Macworld Expo
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla to pull antiphishing feature from Firefox 2.0 at Google's request