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11:15 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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The iPhone is coming to Wal-Mart and will be cheaper — by $2
Discussion: Digital Daily
Eric Yep / Reuters:   Wal-Mart to sell $99 iPhone: report
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) …
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 …
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
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).
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson's Walkman Xmini for Japan is awesome, but not for the usual reasons  —  In most parts of the world, the cute little device you're looking at here would pass as a perfectly acceptable Walkman.  In Japan, though, it's more than just a Walkman — it's a Walkman phone, people.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Kotaku and videogaming247
Associated Press:
Laptop searches at border might get restricted  —  WASHINGTON - Mohamed Shommo, an engineer for Cisco Systems Inc., travels overseas several times a year for work, so he is accustomed to opening his bags for border inspections upon returning to the U.S. But in recent years, these inspections have gone much deeper than his luggage.
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.
Harry Wallop / Telegraph:
Discman makes a comeback as cheap gadgets win the day over complex technology  —  Discman, a portable compact disc player that was popular the 1980s, is making a comeback, as consumers seek cheap, simple gadgets as Christmas presents.  —  Years after the obituary of the gadget had been written …
Discussion: Guardian, Gadget Lab and Engadget
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft bullish on BizTalk Server beta  —  One of a kind?  —  Microsoft is today expected to release what promises to be the first, and possibly only, beta for its next BizTalk Server ahead of final release next year.  —  The company will release a BizTalk Server 2009 “feature complete” …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Computer scientists find audio CAPTCHAs easy to crack  —  The Carnegie-Mellon University team behind the reCAPTCHA service is continuing to expand its effort to mix basic security and useful work.  CAPTCHAs are the distorted text that helps various online services ensure that the entity opening …
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
How Credit Crunch Shaved At Least $45 Million Off Jupiterimages' Sale To Getty Images  —  When Jupitermedia (NSDQ: JUPM) sold off its online images business to its larger rival Getty Images (NYSE: GYI) for $96 million in October, some people considered it second-time lucky for the company …
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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