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5:30 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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Technovia
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.
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.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
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 …
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
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
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Roadmap of future Intel Netbook chips surfaces  —  An Intel Netbook processor roadmap has emerged showing technology that extends to the 32-nanometer generation of silicon.  —  One recent take on Intel's handheld and Netbook roadmap shows a chip platform code-named Medfield …
Discussion: Inquirer
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Five Best Media Center Applications  —  The past ten years have completely changed the way we listen to music, watch movies and television, and take photos, and one thing is abundantly clear: The future of your media lies undeniably in the digital realm.  Now you just need to find …
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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Discussion: Yahoo! Music Blog and TechCrunch
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google's Chrome Team Mulls Local File Restrictions
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Discussion: Obsessable, Scobleizer and TechCrunch