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1:45 PM ET, December 8, 2008


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Moves Ahead With Layoffs on Wednesday: The Sad Details  —  While there are layoffs all over now, as evidenced by the dismal jobs reports last week, the long-planned Yahoo (YHOO) layoffs will definitely be taking place Wednesday.  —  The layoff number was announced by its (eventually outgoing) …
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple to Sell IPhones in Wal-Mart Stores This Month  —  A A A  —  Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will become the second mass-market retail chain to start selling Apple Inc.'s iPhone, with two store representatives saying the world's largest retailer will carry two models of the Web-surfing handset this month.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The iPhone is coming to Wal-Mart and will be cheaper — by $2
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
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 …
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google's search ads arrive on iPhone, G1  —  The iPhone and T-Mobile G1 come with pretty much full-fledged Web browsers, and Google now is according them that status by showing search ads on the phones.  —  Advertisers bidding for search ads through Google's now can choose …
Discussion: The Register and
Alex Pell / Times of London:
PlayStation fiends finally get a second life  —  Escape the relatives this Christmas by losing yourself in Sony's long-awaited virtual world  —  The annual battle of the consoles that takes place every Christmas will heat up this week when Sony launches its own version of Second Life for the PlayStation 3.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: The Freedoms That Technologies Help Bring  —  AMONG international outrages, depriving citizens of personalized maps seems far down on the list.  —  Still, that was the condition put on the introduction of Apple's 3G iPhone in Egypt.  The government demanded that Apple disable …
Mike Vorhaus / AdAge:
Would You Pay Money to See Your Favorite Site Ad-Free?  —  Mike Vorhaus on Digital Communications  —  Since the early days of the web, consumers have been complaining about banner ads, pop-ups, pop-unders and all sorts of advertising.  We constantly hear from consumers and from those who design websites …
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Mobile data: Be careful what you wish for  —  The consensus around the industry seems to be that mobile data is starting to take off.  Text messaging is still the leading data function, accounting for about 65% of total data revenue, according to Informa (link).
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PC World:
SugarCRM Adds Hooks to Cloud Data Services  — Commercial open-source CRM (customer relationship management) vendor SugarCRM said Monday it will give customers the ability to plug in feeds from third-party data sources like the business social-networking site LinkedIn.
Discussion: The Open Road and CloudAve
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Understanding HP Lab's Twitter Research  —  Left: The famed HP Labs think tank in Palo Alto.  —  A few months ago, I spent an entire day with the HP Labs group in Palo Alto, they're responsible for the R&D and innovation that goes into their thousands of technology products on the market.
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
The Way We'll Watch  —  Coming soon: DVDs that let you chat with friends watching the same movie.  Kiosks that burn movies while you wait.  Super-crisp movies in theaters.  And more.  —  Get ready for a lot more ways to catch a movie.  —  Hollywood studios and tech companies are rolling …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Over 100 fixes coming in Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update  —  Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update is on course to deliver dozens of new bug fixes to users of the company's Leopard operating system, with recently leaked developer notes also offering a status update on software's server counterpart and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Discussion: MacBlogz
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Twenty 9th Graders from Georgia Take On Google  —  The Digiteen Dream Team, a group of passionate ninth graders who have been using Google's Lively as part of the Digiteen Project, are planning to protest this Wednesday against Google's decision to close down its virtual world environment, Lively, at the end of this year.
Discussion: CNET News
Jeff Vandam / New York Times:
The Online Customer Is Spending Less  —  For all the significance attached to Cyber Monday, the unofficial start of the online holiday shopping season on the day after Thanksgiving weekend, this year's numbers were hardly inspiring.  Chase Paymentech's Cyber Holiday Pulse Index reported …
Pew Internet:
Adults and Video Games  —  Amanda Lenhart Sydney Jones Alexandra Rankin Macgill  —  More than half - 53% - of all American adults play video games of some kind, whether on a computer, on a gaming console, on a cell phone or other handheld device, on a portable gaming device, or online
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
Coming to Tiny Screens All Over  —  Korea Offers Evidence Consumers Will View Video on Cellphones  —  SEOUL — Watching TV and movies on cellphones is so common in South Korea, people no longer think twice about it.  —  Since 2005, South Koreans have been able to buy cellphones …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Netflix Arrives on TiVo Today  —  Hot on the heels of a system software update, and as promised, TiVo Series 3, HD, and HD XL subscribers who also partake in an unlimited Netflix plan will be able to stream a wide variety of video content at no additional cost:
Steve / The Official Netflix Blog:
Changes in Customer Service  —  Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications, here to let you know about some changes in Customer Service.  —  For those of you who watch movies instantly on your PC or Mac, you may have noticed our player is much easier to install and use now with Silverlight.
Discussion: Business Technology and NewTeeVee
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Atari's Centipede crawls onto the iPhone  —  When I was growing up, the local roller rink in my hometown had the classic arcade game Centipede.  I remember it well because unlike some of my friends, I was really bad at it.  And now I can be bad at it once again — on my iPhone.
Stefanie Olsen / New York Times:
Storefronts in Virtual Worlds Bringing in Real Money  —  Want to walk a mile in Elvis Presley's blue suede shoes?  It'll cost you 50 cents.  —  In a down economy, that might be an affordable luxury to a teenager or twentysomething hanging out in a virtual world like Gaia Online …
Discussion: Wikinomics
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America is losing its position at the centre of the internet …
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Vodafone, Western Union Team Up
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
EA, Take-Two lift Nvidia physics to next level
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
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Microsoft bullish on BizTalk Server beta
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Associated Press:
Laptop searches at border might get restricted
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Discman makes a comeback as cheap gadgets win the day over complex technology
Discussion: Guardian, Engadget and Gadget Lab
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple's LED Cinema Display: the review
Kamau High / Reuters:
Moby, Daft Punk join iPhone gaming application
Wall Street Journal:
Tribune Co. Taps Lazard,Weighs Filing for Chapter 11
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Cisco rallies around medianets to handle video traffic
Discussion: Tech Beat, eWeek, NewTeeVee and CNET News