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5:20 AM 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) …
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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.
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 …
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: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
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.
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
Financial Times:
Stars fight search engines over porn links  —  By Jude Webber in Buenos Aires and Rob Minto in London  —  Argentine actress Isabel Macedo heard on the grapevine that her name was appearing on internet porn sites, so she sat down at her computer to Google herself.
Discussion: Profy
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 …
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.
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Force.com + Google App Engine = Cloud Relationship Management  —  Salesforce and Google have extended their strategic partnership with Force.com for Google App Engine, essentially bridging the two cloud-based application development environments.  App Engine applications …
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Register
Wall Street Journal:
Tribune Co. Taps Lazard,Weighs Filing for Chapter 11  —  Tribune Co. is preparing for a possible filing for bankruptcy-court protection as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter, in a sign of worsening trouble for the newspaper industry.
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.
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Cisco rallies around medianets to handle video traffic
Discussion: CNET News
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The space between Twitter and FriendFeed
Discussion: GigaOM
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
The impossibility of rational debate
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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
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Google Blocks World's Largest Porn Torrent Tracker
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 Earlier Items: 
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Apple's iPhone App Store gaining traction, sees more than 2 million …
Discussion: TUAW and Unwired View
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Roadmap of future Intel Netbook chips surfaces
Discussion: Inquirer
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Friend Connect vs. Facebook Connect: Google's Fear of Facebook …
Discussion: Beth's Blog
Stephen Hood / delicious blog:
gettin' taggy wit it
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Products, Funding, Competition
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
 

 
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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
New York Times-Texas Tribune content partnership to end Dec. 31, after four years

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Chris Johnston / Guardian:
BBC now has more staff outside London than in the capital

 
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