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7:50 AM ET, December 8, 2008

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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.
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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, PhoneNews.com and digg.com
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) …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Yahoo Layoffs Wednesday (YHOO)
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
iwf.org.uk:
IWF statement regarding Wikipedia URL  —  IWF is the UK's internet ‘Hotline’ for the public and IT professionals to report potentially illegal online content within our remit.  We work in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, the education sector, charities …
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: Beet.TV, paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel develops fast, cheap optical links on silicon  —  Intel is claiming “world record” performance in optical communications using silicon photonics, in a development announced in the journal Nature Photonics.  —  Silicon photonics-based photo dectors are used to send and receive optical information …
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:
Kamau High / Reuters:
Moby, Daft Punk join iPhone gaming application  —  NEW YORK (Billboard) - You've played the iPhone app.  Now get the soundtrack.  —  EMI Music has become the first major label to line up multiple artists for an edition of Tapulous' popular iPhone game application Tap Tap Revenge.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple's LED Cinema Display: the review  —  Apple's first major update to the Cinema Display line brings a much greener design and a raft of welcome feature updates, especially for MacBook owners.  At the same time, a partial shift away from Apple's mainstay professional crowd makes one wonder …
Discussion: digg.com
 
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Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Discman makes a comeback as cheap gadgets win the day over complex technology
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Engadget
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Cisco rallies around medianets to handle video traffic
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The space between Twitter and FriendFeed
Discussion: broadstuff, Scobleizer and GigaOM
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Force.com + Google App Engine = Cloud Relationship Management
Discussion: eWeek, VentureBeat and The Register
Financial Times:
Stars fight search engines over porn links
Discussion: Profy
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
The impossibility of rational debate
Aron Trimble / TUAW:
Aluminum MacBooks unstable after 3rd-party RAM upgrade
Discussion: Appletell, John Tokash and digg.com
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Peggy Noonan, Lesley Stahl and Friends Raise More Money …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Analysis: more than 16 cores may well be pointless
Discussion: digg.com
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Google Blocks World's Largest Porn Torrent Tracker
Discussion: digg.com
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Apple's iPhone App Store gaining traction, sees more than 2 million …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Products, Funding, Competition
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show