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1:30 AM ET, December 9, 2008

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Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Tasks  —  Posted by Jonathan Terleski, Michael Lancaster, and Brett Lider, Tasks team  —  People use Gmail to get stuff done, so we've added a lightweight way to keep track of what you need to do, right from within Gmail.  —  Take entering a new task: just click in an empty part of your list and start typing.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gmail Finally Gets A To-Do List  —  Someone at Google finally realized how helpful it would be to add a to-do list to Gmail.  It is called “Tasks” and is now available in Gmail Labs (click on the beaker icon next to “Settings” on the upper right hand corner of Gmail).
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Apple's iTunes going DRM-free starting Tuesday  —  Apple is believed to be on the verge of an end-of-year push that would start by finally offering unprotected iTunes Store music from all major labels and would switch a special post-holiday campaign giving away music and videos to Europeans.
Alexandra Kenin / Google Mobile Blog:
New AdWords options for iPhone and G1  —  Today, the Google mobile ads team is announcing a new campaign-level option that allows those of you who are AdWords advertisers to show your desktop text and image ads on the iPhone, the T-Mobile G1, and other mobile devices with full (HTML) Internet browsers.
Google Code Blog:
Native Client: A Technology for Running Native Code on the Web  —  Modern PCs can execute billions of instructions per second, but today's web applications can access only a small fraction of this computational power.  If web developers could use all of this power, just imagine the rich, dynamic experiences they could create.
Discussion: CNET News, Ajaxian and TechFlash
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: To Unveil Zune/Danger Device At CES Keynote?  —  The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off January 7 with a keynote from Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, taking the spot which in past years had been filled by the now semi-retired Bill Gates.  The company always unveils a product …
Nick Bilton / O'Reilly Radar:
The Twitter Gold Mine & Beating Google to the Semantic Web  —  There's always been jabs at Twitter for not having a viable business model and the chatter has increased in the current economic climate.  In a recent interview Evan Williams, Twitter CEO, said “We had planned to focus on revenue …
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Twitterrati
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:   Discovering the Power of Twitter's Real-Time Search
DealBook:
Tribune Files for Bankruptcy  —  Updated: The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection in a federal court in Delaware on Monday, as the owner of The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs baseball team struggled to cope with mountains of debt and falling ad revenue.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Tribune's Ch. 11: Its Letter To Advertisers
Discussion: Gawker
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
What Sequoia Capital Was Thinking  —  It's been two months since Sequoia Capital gathered its portfolio company CEOs, for an evening of tough talk about new economic realities.  It has come to be known as the graveyard presentation, both by those in attendance and the thousands more who've viewed leaked copies online.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Contract-laden 3G Acer Aspire One hitting US at just $99?  —  These days most people wouldn't think of buying a new phone without getting a couple hundies off in exchange for their wireless free will.  But netbooks?  Internationally such deals aren't altogether uncommon, but we haven't seen one here yet.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Google Ready to Make (Unpleasant) History?  —  I vow to provide some upbeat news here sooner than later.  But until then, here's another downbeat data point, from Citibank's (C) Mark Mahaney: He predicts that search advertising, which has been the one dependable growth business during the econalypse …
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Broadcom squeezes 11n, Bluetooth, FM into new, cheap chip  —  Broadcom has released the latest of its so-called combo wireless chips, this time putting single-stream 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and FM radio reception and short-range transmission into its BCM4329.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 beta 2, now with private browsing  —  Mozilla has announced the official release of the second Firefox 3.1 beta.  This version introduces the new private browsing mode feature and several other noteworthy changes.  —  The 3.1 roadmap began to coalesce after the release of 3.0 earlier this year.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS Reaches a Milestone  —  We launched Yahoo! Search BOSS this past July and we just reached a significant milestone - the BOSS API is currently serving more than 10 million queries per day. 10 million in and of itself isn't particularly significant, but we're sharing it because we believe growing …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Technology stalwarts back Google rival Kosmix in fight for cyberspace  —  A Silicon Valley start-up that is taking on the might of Google has attracted investment from Time Warner, owner of AOL, and the man who launched one of the world's most popular mobile phones.
internetnews.com:
Yahoo Counting on New Ad Tech as Woes Mount  —  As a year of turmoil ends in a sour economic climate, the troubled Web pioneer remains hopeful for the future of display ads.  —  The jots and turns throughout Yahoo's past year paint a clear enough picture of a Web pioneer struggling to figure out its future.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Cloud-Service Provider RightScale Deposits $13 Million in VC Funding  —  Resource Library:  —  RightScale's Web-based, cloud-computing management platform enables the use of its own scalable IT infrastructure on demand, while the user maintains complete control of the application itself.
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunchIT and VentureBeat
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Dell Sees Double With Data Center in a Container  —  Ty Schmitt, principal thermal and mechanical architect for Dell's Data Center Solutions group, outside of Dell's double-stacked data center in Round Rock, Tex. (Credit: Erich Schlegel for The New York Times)
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Wenner Hires First Digital Head; May Take Back RollingStone.com From RealNetworks  —  Wenner Media is finally getting serious about this thing called the Internet, and has hired Steve Schwartz as its first-ever chief digital officer.  Schwartz has been the GM of the Reader's Digest website since January …
Business Technology:
Samsung: It's Ugly Out There  —  Samsung Electronics, South Korea's largest electronics company, is often considered a bellwether for the global electronics manufacturing industry.  If that's the case, things aren't looking so good for the industry.  —  At Samsung's Tech Forum in San Francisco …
AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs key to selecting tunes for Apple ads  —  Ever wonder how those catchy tunes find their way into Apple's iPod commercials?  You'll have to look no further than the ear of chief executive Steve Jobs.  —  In SongFacts an interview with the Asteroids Galaxy Tour …
Discussion: Apple 2.0, PC World and Edible Apple
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix cuts 50 tech jobs; streaming issues linger  —  Web video-rental store Netflix has laid off 50 technical specialists, the people who typically do most of the trouble-shooting for customers with tech issues, such as struggling to connect the service to their laptop or set-top boxes.
David / TmoNews:
The blurrycam strikes again..  —  Rumors have swirled about an 8 megapixel camera phone headed to T-mobile.  We can confirm its existence and and we've discussed so here.  The alleged big brother to the Samsung Behold is said to sport an 8 megapixel camera along with the same user interface as the Behold, Touchwiz.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers to Reduce Search Data in Europe  —  BERLIN — Microsoft offered Monday to abide by a European privacy panel's request that it reduce the length of time it kept records of Web searches if its rivals, Yahoo and Google, did the same.  —  Google and Yahoo, in separate statements …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Plans to Launch a Mail App Platform  —  Yahoo, the beleaguered web giant, is planning to launch a new program that essentially turns its email offering into a platform on which to run applications, much in the same way Facebook does, according to some of my sources.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Closer to Naming CEO  —  Yahoo Inc. directors steering the search for a new chief executive are moving closer to a recommendation and have authorized checking references on a few key candidates, say people familiar with the matter, although a decision is likely to be weeks away at the earliest.
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should keep its prices high during the recession  —  An analyst named Ezra Gottheil from Technology Business Research said late last week that Apple needs to consider bringing the prices of its computers down to fall in line behind other PC vendors that are lowering their own PC prices to compensate for less consumer spending.
Discussion: TUAW
Business Technology:
Cheap PCs Weigh on Microsoft  —  The growing popularity of low-priced, stripped-down computers, or netbooks, is weighing on Microsoft's revenue growth, just as the software company grapples with weak Vista sales.  —  Netbook sales have gained traction among budget-conscious computer buyers.
Discussion: Computerworld and Electronista
 
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Business Technology:
Burn Rate: Laid Off But No Longer Looking
Discussion: Jobwire
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia will comply with OpenCL standard for new graphics-based computing
Discussion: Electronista and insideHPC
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With Seagate?  —  To answer my own question …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Slide of mysterious touchscreen Nokia device proven authentic
Discussion: Engadget and IntoMobile
Rick Auricchio / MacFixIt:
Unibody (Late-2008) MacBooks have a relatively audible hum
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple disables Egyptian iPhone GPS
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
New shirts remain true to Microsoft tradition — including delayed release
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Sun announces GA of mySQL 5.1
Discussion: eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's ARM Plans in 2009? NetBooks, Tablets, Other?
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Paging Dr. Google: Will Google Replace Your Doctor?
Electronista:
HP drops Mini 1000 to $360 with 1GB RAM bump
MediaShift:
Dealing with Friend Inflation on Twitter, Digg
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
America is losing its position at the centre of the internet …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Over 100 fixes coming in Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update
Discussion: MacRumors and MacBlogz