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4:11 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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM
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 digg.com
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
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 …
Discussion: CNET News
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.
comScore:
Holiday E-Commerce Season Sales Finally Match Last Year as Two Workdays this Past Week Each Surpass $800 Million in Online Spending  —  Sales Since Cyber Monday Up 9 Percent Versus Year Ago  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported its tracking …
Discussion: Profy and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Peggy Noonan, Lesley Stahl and Friends Raise More Money: Wowowow.com 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.  Wowowow.com, a site launched earlier this year …
Wikinews:
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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
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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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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
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Friend Connect vs. Facebook Connect: Google's Fear of Facebook …
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PC World:
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