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4:40 PM ET, December 7, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Products, Funding, Competition  —  I recently had a chance to sit down and have a one-on-one chat with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  There was lots to talk about, and he answered questions about, among other things, Facebook products, privacy issues …
British ISPs restrict access to Wikipedia amid child pornography allegations  —  From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!  —  Wikinews has learned that at least six of the United Kingdom's main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have implemented monitoring and filtering mechanisms …
Rupert Goodwins / ZDNet:
UK ISPs switch on mass Wikipedia censorship  —  The following notice has appeared on Wikipedia today when many UK users attempt to edit content:  —  “Wikipedia has been added to a Internet Watch Foundation UK website blacklist, and your Internet service provider has decided to block part of your access.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Technovia
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.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Crave
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The End Of Venture Capital As We Know It?  —  Last week, something turned.  We found out that not only are we in a recession, but it started a year ago.  Tech layoffs went into overdrive (12,000 at AT&T, 600 at Adobe, 130 at Real Networks), bringing the total unemployed tech workforce to at least 90,000, by our count.
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 …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Friend Connect vs. Facebook Connect: Google's Fear of Facebook will be their Undoing  —  A few days ago, the top news story on Techmeme was the fact that Google launched Google Friend Connect and Facebook announced the final version of Facebook Connect within minutes of each other.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
10 reasons why Twitter Direct Messages suck (and so do Facebook's)  —  OK, over on Twitter they have this feature.  It's called “Direct Messages.”  It means you can send me a Tweet that no one else can see.  A LOT of people try to use this feature with me and I really, really, hate it.
Discussion: /Message
Nick Mathiason / Guardian:
Technology start-ups to be given £1bn fund  —  The government plans to launch a £1bn emergency venture capital fund in a bid to throw a lifeline to technology start-up firms.  —  The fund has won the backing of the new science and innovation minister Lord Drayson.
Discussion: VC Cafe and broadstuff
Nicole Maestri / Reuters: offers “thousands” of Wiis from Monday  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii has emerged as one of the few hot products this holiday season, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc will offer “tens of thousands” of the hard-to-get video game consoles on its website starting on Monday.
Discussion: I4U News and videogaming247
Stephen Hood / delicious blog:
gettin' taggy wit it  —  Among the hundreds of millions of bookmarks saved on Delicious are a large number of audio files, collected from across the Web.  Rock, jazz, house, spoken word — you name it, you can probably find a link to it somewhere on Delicious.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Youtube's Desperation  —  Youtube has been messing with the magic quite a bit lately.  Wide screen, high quality and the drive me crazy pre rolls to subscribe among many others.  (BTW, watching the subscribe button scurrying around the screen was fun the first 300 times).  But lets talk Youtube business.
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 …
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
We need a mobile broadband space race
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google's Chrome Team Mulls Local File Restrictions
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Online video sites HD quality comparison
Discussion: Obsessable, Scobleizer and TechCrunch
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 Earlier Items: 
Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
Content and Its Discontents  —  For years, we in traditional media …
Discussion: Open Access News
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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Peter Sterne / Politico:
As Gawker traffic stalls, writers told to work faster

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
By end of 2015, McClatchy expected to scale back national coverage and close its five foreign bureaus in Beijing, Mexico City, Istanbul, Berlin, and Irbil, Iraq

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