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2:00 AM ET, December 7, 2008


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Justin Blenkle / MobileCrunch:
Google now hawking fully unlocked G1s to developers  —  It didn't take long before people started hacking away at the T-Mobile G1, the first phone to ship with Google's Android platform, and now it looks like Google wants to make it even easier.  Starting today, Google is offering …
Android Developers Blog:
New Resources for Developers  —  We're back in action after a Thanksgiving break filled with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.  Now it's the holiday season (at least, here in the U.S.) and we're filled with good will toward developers.  Today I wanted to talk about a couple things we just finished polishing up.
Chris Putnam / Facebook Blog:
Video Just Got Better  —  Since we launched video last year, more than 45 million videos have been uploaded to Facebook with approximately 100,000 new videos added each day.  Starting today, you'll be able to upload higher quality videos to Facebook and also embed your Facebook videos on other websites.
Survival is Competitive Differentiation  —  We've read a few articles lately claiming that survival is not a strategy.  The arguments in Anand Rajaraman's article on GigaOM last month are sound, and if we understand them correctly include not prolonging a business that will never likely …
Wireless turns iPod into a phone  —  A freeware application for the iPod Touch can turn the music player into a virtual mobile phone.  —  Truphone uses wi-fi technology in an iPod Touch to allow users to make calls to other iPod Touch owners and Google Talk's messaging service users.
Andy Patrizio /
Does Google Have a Secret OS?  —  Net Applications caused a bit of a stir this week with a report that showed Microsoft's operating system share had dipped below 90 percent.  This played very well where anti-Microsoft sentiment was strongest, not surprisingly.
PC World:
Online Shops Stave Off Cybercrooks  —  Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld  —  One predictable trend in recent years has been a sharp increase in online attacks directed against retailers during the holiday shopping season.  —  This year is proving to be no different either …
Discussion: SecureWorks
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Economy, opportunity seen leading to $599 Apple netbook  —  Faced with the perfect storm of a bleak market and a boom in ultra-budget portables, Apple is believed by some to be readying its own take on the netbook for the first half of 2009.  —  Analyst Ezra Gottheil from Technology Business Research …
Discussion: Techmamas and
Charbax /
Online video sites HD quality comparison  —  After a lot of wait and speculation, since I had asked the Youtube founders back in January when Youtube would be in HD (through Robert Scoble fortunately reading my questions through his live Qik broadcast), Youtube finally has launched Youtube HD.
Discussion: Obsessable and NewTeeVee
John Markoff / New York Times:
Thieves Winning Online War, Maybe in Your PC  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Internet security is broken, and nobody seems to know quite how to fix it.  —  Despite the efforts of the computer security industry and a half-decade struggle by Microsoft to protect its Windows operating system, malicious software is spreading faster than ever.
Nelson Minar / Nelson's Weblog:
Warcraft account security  —  My World of Warcraft account is now more secure than my bank account.  It is harder to steal 5,000 fake Warcraft gold from me than $5,000 real US dollars.  Why?  Because unlike my bank, my computer game supports two factor authentication.
Discussion: broadstuff
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Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
Content and Its Discontents  —  For years, we in traditional media …
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Martini Life launches as hub for affluent individuals
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New trojan in mass DNS hijack
PC World:
Holiday Flyers Warned of E-Mail Scam
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Some Details About Yahoo's New Video Platform
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