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11:00 PM ET, December 8, 2008

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Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Tasks  —  Posted by Jonathan Terleski, Michael Lancaster, and Brett Lider, Tasks team  —  People use Gmail to get stuff done, so we've added a lightweight way to keep track of what you need to do, right from within Gmail.  —  Take entering a new task: just click in an empty part of your list and start typing.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gmail Finally Gets A To-Do List  —  Someone at Google finally realized how helpful it would be to add a to-do list to Gmail.  It is called “Tasks” and is now available in Gmail Labs (click on the beaker icon next to “Settings” on the upper right hand corner of Gmail).
Alexandra Kenin / Google Mobile Blog:
New AdWords options for iPhone and G1  —  Today, the Google mobile ads team is announcing a new campaign-level option that allows those of you who are AdWords advertisers to show your desktop text and image ads on the iPhone, the T-Mobile G1, and other mobile devices with full (HTML) Internet browsers.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: To Unveil Zune/Danger Device At CES Keynote?  —  The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off January 7 with a keynote from Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, taking the spot which in past years had been filled by the now semi-retired Bill Gates.  The company always unveils a product …
Nick Bilton / O'Reilly Radar:
The Twitter Gold Mine & Beating Google to the Semantic Web  —  There's always been jabs at Twitter for not having a viable business model and the chatter has increased in the current economic climate.  In a recent interview Evan Williams, Twitter CEO, said “We had planned to focus on revenue …
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Twitterrati
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:   Discovering the Power of Twitter's Real-Time Search
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Apple's iTunes going DRM-free starting Tuesday  —  Apple is believed to be on the verge of an end-of-year push that would start by finally offering unprotected iTunes Store music from all major labels and would switch a special post-holiday campaign giving away music and videos to Europeans.
DealBook:
Tribune Files for Bankruptcy  —  Updated: The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection in a federal court in Delaware on Monday, as the owner of The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs baseball team struggled to cope with mountains of debt and falling ad revenue.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Tribune's Ch. 11: Its Letter to Advertisers
Discussion: Gawker
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
What Sequoia Capital Was Thinking  —  It's been two months since Sequoia Capital gathered its portfolio company CEOs, for an evening of tough talk about new economic realities.  It has come to be known as the graveyard presentation, both by those in attendance and the thousands more who've viewed leaked copies online.
Google Code Blog:
Native Client: A Technology for Running Native Code on the Web  —  Modern PCs can execute billions of instructions per second, but today's web applications can access only a small fraction of this computational power.  If web developers could use all of this power, just imagine the rich, dynamic experiences they could create.
Discussion: CNET News and TechFlash
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Google Ready to Make (Unpleasant) History?  —  I vow to provide some upbeat news here sooner than later.  But until then, here's another downbeat data point, from Citibank's (C) Mark Mahaney: He predicts that search advertising, which has been the one dependable growth business during the econalypse …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS Reaches a Milestone  —  We launched Yahoo! Search BOSS this past July and we just reached a significant milestone - the BOSS API is currently serving more than 10 million queries per day. 10 million in and of itself isn't particularly significant, but we're sharing it because we believe growing …
The Pulitzer Prizes:
Pulitzer Prizes Broadened to Include Online-Only Publications Primarily Devoted to Original News Reporting … The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers appearing in print, have been expanded to include many text-based newspapers and news organizations …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 beta 2, now with private browsing  —  Mozilla has announced the official release of the second Firefox 3.1 beta.  This version introduces the new private browsing mode feature and several other noteworthy changes.  —  The 3.1 roadmap began to coalesce after the release of 3.0 earlier this year.
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Technology stalwarts back Google rival Kosmix in fight for cyberspace  —  A Silicon Valley start-up that is taking on the might of Google has attracted investment from Time Warner, owner of AOL, and the man who launched one of the world's most popular mobile phones.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Plans to Launch a Mail App Platform  —  Yahoo, the beleaguered web giant, is planning to launch a new program that essentially turns its email offering into a platform on which to run applications, much in the same way Facebook does, according to some of my sources.
Business Technology:
Samsung: It's Ugly Out There  —  Samsung Electronics, South Korea's largest electronics company, is often considered a bellwether for the global electronics manufacturing industry.  If that's the case, things aren't looking so good for the industry.  —  At Samsung's Tech Forum in San Francisco …
Discussion: VentureBeat and mocoNews.net
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Cloud-Service Provider RightScale Deposits $13 Million in VC Funding  —  Resource Library:  —  RightScale's Web-based, cloud-computing management platform enables the use of its own scalable IT infrastructure on demand, while the user maintains complete control of the application itself.
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunchIT and VentureBeat
Business Technology:
Cheap PCs Weigh on Microsoft  —  The growing popularity of low-priced, stripped-down computers, or netbooks, is weighing on Microsoft's revenue growth, just as the software company grapples with weak Vista sales.  —  Netbook sales have gained traction among budget-conscious computer buyers.
Discussion: Computerworld and Electronista
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Dell Sees Double With Data Center in a Container  —  Ty Schmitt, principal thermal and mechanical architect for Dell's Data Center Solutions group, outside of Dell's double-stacked data center in Round Rock, Tex. (Credit: Erich Schlegel for The New York Times)
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Wikipedia row escalates as internet watchdog considers censoring Amazon US over Scorpions image  —  The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is reviewing its decision to list as “child pornography” the image on one version of the album “Virgin Killer” by the rock band The Scorpions hosted on Wikipedia …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Wenner Hires First Digital Head; May Take Back RollingStone.com From RealNetworks  —  Wenner Media is finally getting serious about this thing called the Internet, and has hired Steve Schwartz as its first ever chief digital officer.  Schwartz has been the GM of the Reader's Digest website since January …
AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs key to selecting tunes for Apple ads  —  Ever wonder how those catchy tunes find their way into Apple's iPod commercials?  You'll have to look no further than the ear of chief executive Steve Jobs.  —  In SongFacts an interview with the Asteroids Galaxy Tour …
Discussion: PC World, Apple 2.0 and Edible Apple
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
America is losing its position at the centre of the internet, according to a new study by TeleGeography Research  —  America is losing its position at the centre of the internet, according to a new study.  —  The survey by communications analysts TeleGeography Research, based in Washington DC …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix cuts 50 tech jobs; streaming issues linger  —  Web video-rental store Netflix has laid off 50 technical specialists, the people who typically do most of the trouble-shooting for customers with tech issues, such as struggling to connect the service to their laptop or set-top boxes.
David / TmoNews:
The blurrycam strikes again..  —  Rumors have swirled about an 8 megapixel camera phone headed to T-mobile.  We can confirm its existence and and we've discussed so here.  The alleged big brother to the Samsung Behold is said to sport an 8 megapixel camera along with the same user interface as the Behold, Touchwiz.
Arn / MacRumors:
$99 Wal-Mart iPhone Seems Unlikely  —  Last week, Boy Genius Report cited an unconfirmed source that Wal-Mart may begin selling a 4GB iPhone for only $99.  Based on available Wal-Mart training materials and advertising (pictured above) we've received, however, it seems that this rumor is unlikely.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Paging Dr. Google: Will Google Replace Your Doctor?  —  Can a search engine accurately diagnose health problems?  Can it someday replace your doctor?  Questions like this aren't new, but the discussion has gotten a bit louder in recent weeks.  —  Just a couple weeks ago …
MediaShift:
Dealing with Friend Inflation on Twitter, Digg  —  It happens several times a day now.  Ever since I opened my Twitter account approximately three months ago, the follow alerts have been gradually increasing in frequency to the point that they clutter up my email inbox if I don't clean them out often enough.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
New shirts remain true to Microsoft tradition — including delayed release  —  There was lots of buzz over the weekend about the new line of “softwear” retro shirts to be offered by Microsoft in selected retail stores.  The shirts are an extension of Microsoft's work with ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky …
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Sun announces GA of mySQL 5.1  —  Sun on Monday announced an upgrade of MySQL that offers enhanced partitioning and replication as well as an event scheduler and query analyzer.  —  MySQL 5.1, which Sun says has been downloaded more than 250,000 times over the past 10 days …
Discussion: eWeek
 
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Evan Koblentz / Wireless Week:
Bluetooth SIG: 2009 Update is 3.0, not 2.2
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Crave
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers to Reduce Search Data in Europe
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Adds Slick Magazine Layout Options; Supports OpenSocial
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Slide of mysterious touchscreen Nokia device proven authentic
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
Rick Auricchio / MacFixIt:
Unibody (Late-2008) MacBooks have a relatively audible hum
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Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple disables Egyptian iPhone GPS
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should keep its prices high during the recession
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's ARM Plans in 2009? NetBooks, Tablets, Other?
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
The New MySQL Landscape  —  Interesting things are afoot in the MySQL world.
Discussion: PC World and 451 CAOS Theory
Electronista:
HP drops Mini 1000 to $360 with 1GB RAM bump
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Over 100 fixes coming in Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update
Discussion: MacRumors and MacBlogz
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Understanding HP Lab's Twitter Research
Discussion: Gearlog
Alex Pell / Times of London:
PlayStation fiends finally get a second life
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