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Open Handset Alliance:
Open Handset Alliance announces 14 new members  —  The Open Handset Alliance, a group of technology and mobile players, is pleased to announce the membership of 14 additional companies.  By joining the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance, the following companies demonstrate …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint Getting Closer to Android Phone?
Dave Foulser / The Official Google Blog:
Search and find magazines on Google Book Search  —  The word “magazine” is derived from the Arabic word “makhazin,” meaning storehouse.  Since Daniel Defoe published the world's first English magazine back in 1704, millions of magazines catering to nearly every imaginable taste have been created …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Book Search Puts Magazines Online  —  First Google digitized books, then newspapers, then historic Time-Life photos and now — magazines.  Today through Google Book Search, people can search the full-text of millions of articles from more than 10 magazine with hundreds more to come.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Gizmodo
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
INQUIRER confirms Apple Macbook Pros have Nvidia bad bump material  —  Bumpgate We break out the electron microscope  —  WHEN THE NEW Macbooks came out a few weeks ago, Nvidia stated that the chips they provided to Apple did not contain the proverbial ‘bad bumps’.
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iwf.org.uk:
IWF statement regarding Wikipedia webpage  —  A Wikipedia webpage was reported through the IWF's online reporting mechanism on 4 December 2008.  As with all potentially illegal online child sexual abuse reports we receive, the image was assessed according to current UK legislation and in accordance …
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Guardian:
British censor reverses Wikipedia ban
Discussion: PC World and Guardian
comScore:
YouTube Attracts 100 Million U.S. Online Video Viewers in October 2008  —  Hulu Continues Ascent, Ranks #6 in Online Video Market Share  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released October 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
Ringtone apps  —  As an iPhone developer who's been in the App Store since its launch, I'm starting to see a trend that concerns me: developers are lowering prices to the lowest possible level in order to get favorable placement in iTunes.  This proliferation of 99¢ “ringtone apps” is affecting our product development.
Discussion: iLounge, Chuqui 3.0 and MacBlogz
Jeremy Kaplan / Gearlog:
It's Official: The DirecTV HDPC-20 Tuner Is Canceled  —  Tags:  —  DirecTV, Media Center, television, TV tuner  —  DirecTV fans have been holding their breath in anticipation of a new tuner to link the service to Windows Media Center.  Announced at CES way back in 2006 …
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Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Photos From Google's New Virginia Digs  —  Some images of Google's new office in Reston, Va. See related blog post here and additional photos after the jump.
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Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Google Unveils Reston, Va. Sales Office
Discussion: Valleywag
Stephen Chau / The Official Google Blog:
Street View: A year in review, and what's new  —  With just 22 days left in the year, I can't help but think back to where Street View was at the beginning of 2008.  At that time, we had imagery for 23 cities in the United States, and we had just released embeddable panoramas.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A Web Start-Up Counting on Ad Sales?  Good Luck  —  During the dot-com bust, as the online advertising market dried up and the Web companies that had been buying most of the ad space went bankrupt, the people who start and fund companies in Silicon Valley began questioning whether Web sites could survive on advertising alone.
Financial Times:
Sarin considers Yahoo option  —  Arun Sarin, former head of Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, has been approached about taking on the role of chief executive at Yahoo.  —  People close to Mr Sarin said he was mulling the strong interest expressed by the Silicon Valley internet company to succeed Jerry Yang.
Roy Mark / eWeek:
FCC Chairman Accused of Abusing Power  —  Resource Library:  —  House Democrats issue a report accusing FCC Chairman Kevin Martin of egregious abuses of power, suppression of information and manipulation of data.  Among the charges: burying engineering reports that said broadband …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Founder Building iPhone-Like Operating System For Netbooks  —  Last month I wrote about why Netbooks, which are small, low end computers that are selling like crazy, just aren't good enough for most users.  —  Small screens, small keyboards and underpowered hardware make for a less than stellar Netbook user experience.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Interactive Exec Patrick Keane Out, Replaced by CNET Counterpart  —  We haven't heard of much bloodletting since CBS (CBS) bought CNET for $1.8 billion this summer.  But obviously there have to be some cuts as the companies continue to merge the network's CBS Interactive unit with the Web publisher.
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Monetizing open source and killing Adobe AIR  —  Appcelerator, an open-source company that makes it easier to build and manage rich Web applications with aim to bring them to the desktop, today announced Titanium, its new platform to do just this.  —  Titanium is primed to be the open-source …
Discussion: eWeek, Webware.com and ReadWriteWeb
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Why Apple Won't Sell a $100 iPhone, a Netbook or a Tablet  —  Apple fans love speculating about imaginary new products almost as much as they love getting their hands on a brand-new MacBook Air.  —  But it's easy to get carried away and take these speculative flights of fancy as true, or even as somewhat credible rumors.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
An update to the AdWords alcohol policy  —  As many of you know, we're constantly evaluating our AdWords program policies to keep them current and effective.  This means making changes from time to time by either adding new policies, such as the endangered species policy, or updating existing policies, such as the Display URL policy.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Spam Machine Revs Engines  —  In case the TiVo Central banners, Now Playing List banners, Music & Photos menu banners, banners after recordings, and commercial button overlays weren't enough, TiVo's now pitching ads that render while programming is paused:
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Rustic Canyon Sells Part of Its Portfolio To Give Liquidity To Chandler Family, Its LP  —  A crazy but true story, along with a strange co-incidence: Rustic Canyon (RC), one of the largest VC firms in Southern California that has invested in a bunch of digital media companies …
Discussion: Business Wire
Lena Lee / Bloomberg:
Sony Will Cut 16,000 Jobs as Recession Curbs Demand  —  A A A  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Sony Corp., the world's second-biggest consumer-electronics maker, plans to eliminate 16,000 jobs in the largest reduction announced by a Japanese company since the credit crunch drove the world into recession.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Mac Office users greeted with security, stability updates  —  Mac Office users have the exciting Tuesday afternoon task of updating their software this week, as the Mac BU has released updates for both Office 2008 and Office 2004.  —  For those of you running the most recent version of Office …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times: Our Digital Ads “Could Be Under Great Stress”  —  A glum quartet of New York Times (NYT) executives appeared at the UBS media conference today to repeat what they had already said via press release this morning: Business is grim, but we're sure we'll be OK.  Also, anyone want to lend us money?
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple's Snow Leopard set to exploit GPU power  —  OpenCL 1.0 spec debuts  —  Apple's Snow Leopard bounded closer to reality today - and there's a strong possibility it leapt well past Windows 7 in the process.  —  Today, at SIGGRAPH Asia in Singapore, the Khronos Group, a self-described …
 
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
GPLv3 to reinforce FSF open-source license position?
Discussion: eWeek
MacNN:
Apple files for ‘Grand Central’ trademark
Discussion: TUAW
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Monopoly passes Go, comes to the iPhone
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: About Those Cyber Monday Paid Click Stats We Published...  (GOOG)
Discussion: WebProNews
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
TuneCore to help bands get paid for free downloads
Discussion: Epicenter
Associated Press:
AT&T to test in-home cell phone boosters next year
Discussion: Between the Lines
internetnews.com:
MySQL 5.1 Takes Off Despite Controversy
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Amazon: Armed to Beat the Recession
Discussion: TechFlash and Mobile Phone Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
MS Patch Tuesday whopper: 28 vulnerabilities in Windows, IE, Office
Discussion: Microsoft
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Amid recession, developer finds hope in App Store
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How Many iPhones Could Wal-Mart Sell?
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Next Year Is Looking Even Worse
Discussion: Screenwerk
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Ex-VC Joins Google's M&A Department
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendster nabs fourth social-networking patent, dozen more pending
Discussion: Epicenter and The Social
 

 
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