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3:55 AM ET, December 8, 2008


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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
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.
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.
Discussion: Appletell, John Tokash and
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT: + Google App Engine = Cloud Relationship Management  —  Salesforce and Google have extended their strategic partnership with for Google App Engine, essentially bridging the two cloud-based application development environments.  App Engine applications …
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Register
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Cisco rallies around medianets to handle video traffic  —  It's a video world and we're just living in it.  So says David Hsieh, Cisco's vice president for marketing of emerging technologies.  —  Cisco is trying to keep up with this reality by reworking its networking architecture …
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: NewTeeVee
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Peggy Noonan, Lesley Stahl and Friends Raise More Money: Gets Another $1.5 Million  —  The purse strings haven't completely closed for start-ups looking to raise money-even niche Web sites that hope to stay afloat by selling advertising., a site launched earlier this year …
British ISPs restrict access to Wikipedia amid child pornography allegations  —  From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!  —  Wikinews has learned that at least six of the United Kingdom's main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have implemented monitoring and filtering mechanisms …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The space between Twitter and FriendFeed  —  I'm a longtime Twitter user, and as you may know a very regular user of FriendFeed.  Each has its strengths but if I had to choose, sort of like Sophie's Choice, I'd have to go with FriendFeed.  I finally figured out why this is a few days ago …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Google Blocks World's Largest Porn Torrent Tracker  —  Visitors to the world's largest adult BitTorrent tracker were met with a surprise this morning.  According to Google and Firefox, users accessing are exposed to four trojan horses and three exploits.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Analysis: more than 16 cores may well be pointless  —  One of the ongoing themes of my microprocessor coverage over the past few years has been the relationship between on-chip execution bandwidth and the “memory wall.”  So I was intrigued to learn of new research from Sandia National Labs …
Mathew /
The impossibility of rational debate  —  I didn't get a chance to write about this when it first hit my inbox, but I just can't resist saying something about the ridiculous “study” that a consulting firm called Precursor did of the bandwidth that Google supposedly uses but doesn't pay for.
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Will Park / IntoMobile:
Apple's iPhone App Store gaining traction, sees more than 2 million …
Discussion: TUAW and Unwired View
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Five Best Media Center Applications
Discussion: boxee blog and GeekTonic
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
10 reasons why Twitter Direct Messages suck (and so do Facebook's)
Discussion: /Message
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Products, Funding, Competition
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
 Earlier Items: 
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Intel Hopes to Bring Free Energy to Mobile Devices
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The End Of Venture Capital As We Know It?
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Nick Mathiason / Guardian:
Technology start-ups to be given £1bn fund
Discussion: metarand, broadstuff, VC Cafe and Altgate
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Online video sites HD quality comparison
Discussion: Obsessable
Wireless turns iPod into a phone

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Playboy magazine, down from a circulation of 5.6M in 1975 to 800K today, will stop publishing images of naked women in March 2016

Joe Pompeo / Politico:
New York alt-weekly The Village Voice sold to company controlled by investor Peter D. Barbey

Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Twitter is laying off 336 employees or about 8% of its global workforce

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