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1:10 AM ET, December 8, 2008


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Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Apple's netbook/tablet to be based on ARM Cortex architecture?  —  The Apple tablet has been a topic of discussion ever since Steve Jobs yanked the Newton out of the product line in the late 90's.  Speculation was rejuvenated at last month's conference call, where Jobs himself was on hand to say of the Netbook category:
Discussion: MacBlogz, Mac Soda and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Layoffs Wednesday (YHOO)  —  If has been so long since Yahoo announced its mass layoffs, we had almost forgotten about them.  The word after Q3 was that they would happen before the holidays, so as to help Yahoo avoid being blasted for Scrooge-like timing.  As far as we know, however, they haven't happened yet.
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.
Aron Trimble / TUAW:
Aluminum MacBooks unstable after 3rd-party RAM upgrade  —  Lucky enough to have purchased one of those shiny new unibody MacBooks?  If you happen to be in the market for a RAM upgrade you may want to hold off for a little while.  It seems the latest MacBooks are a little more fickle about the RAM they support than previous models.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Peggy Noonan, Lesley Stahl and Friends Raise More Money: Gets Another $1.5 Million  —  The purse strings haven't completely closed for start-ups looking to raise money-even niche Web sites that hope to stay afloat by selling advertising., a site launched earlier this year …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Google Blocks World's Largest Porn Torrent Tracker  —  Visitors to the world's largest adult BitTorrent tracker were met with a surprise this morning.  According to Google and Firefox, users accessing are exposed to four trojan horses and three exploits.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Two Months After Release, Brightcove Announces Nearly 100 API Partners  —  Web video platform Brightcove has so many API partners just two months after the release of Brightcove 3 that it had to create an alliance to contain them all.  Actually, the Brightcove Alliance is more of a marketing exercise …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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: broadstuff, metarand, VC Cafe and Altgate
Mathew /
The impossibility of rational debate  —  I didn't get a chance to write about this when it first hit my inbox, but I just can't resist saying something about the ridiculous “study” that a consulting firm called Precursor did of the bandwidth that Google supposedly uses but doesn't pay for.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT: + Google App Engine = Cloud Relationship Management  —  Salesforce and Google have extended their strategic partnership with for Google App Engine, essentially bridging the two cloud-based application development environments.  App Engine applications …
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Register
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Analysis: more than 16 cores may well be pointless  —  One of the ongoing themes of my microprocessor coverage over the past few years has been the relationship between on-chip execution bandwidth and the “memory wall.”  So I was intrigued to learn of new research from Sandia National Labs …
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Will Park / IntoMobile:
Apple's iPhone App Store gaining traction, sees more than 2 million …
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Roadmap of future Intel Netbook chips surfaces
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Friend Connect vs. Facebook Connect: Google's Fear of Facebook …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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