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3:50 PM ET, December 9, 2008

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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?  —  Updated: Today Sprint offered the lineup for its upcoming mobile developer's conference on Dec. 10-12, which will include a keynote by Rich Miner, Google's vice president of mobile technology.  While we've known that Sprint was considering Android …
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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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.
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 …
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.
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Next Year Is Looking Even Worse  —  The bankruptcy filing on Monday by the Tribune Company underscored that the brunt of the injuries being suffered by the media during the recession are in local markets — especially newspapers.  —  Already, advertising is bracing for the possibility …
Discussion: Screenwerk
PC World:
Microsoft Releases Open-source Content Management App  — Microsoft has released an early version of an open-source content management platform that developers can use to build sophisticated blogs or large Web sites.  —  Called Oxite, its creators describe it as a standards-compliant …
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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 …
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.
Jeremy Kahn / New York Times:
Mumbai Terrorists Relied on New Technology for Attacks  —  MUMBAI, India — The terrorists who struck this city last month stunned authorities not only with their use of sophisticated weaponry but also with their comfort with modern technology.  —  The terrorists navigated across the Arabian Sea …
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.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Bringing That Quirky Video Store Clerk to the Web  —  Next time you're home on a Friday night, searching for a movie to watch, Stuart Skorman wants you to visit Clerk Dogs, his new movie recommendation Web site.  —  The site, officially unveiled Tuesday, uses a novel approach in Silicon Valley …
Associated Press:
LG develops handset chip for fast downloads  —  ANYANG, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. claimed a step forward in the commercialization of the next generation of Internet capable handsets, demonstrating a modem chip with a download speed eight times that of the fastest mobile phones currently on the market.
Roy Mark / eWeek:
FCC Chairman Accused of Abusing Power  —  Resource Library:  —  House Democrats issue 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 over power lines …
Discussion: CNET News and Ars Technica
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.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Ex-VC Joins Google's M&A Department  —  Back in 2006, a number of ex-Googlers became full-time investors, including angels Aydin Senkut, Georges Harik and Paul Buchheit (founder of FriendFeed).  —  It would be overstating things to say that the tide has now turned, but at least one former VC …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendster nabs fourth social-networking patent, dozen more pending  —  Friendster was the first modern social network to really gain traction on the web.  But it has lost ground to rivals like MySpace and Facebook over the last five years or so due to a number of missteps.
Discussion: The Social
Dan Cox / FishBowlLA:
EXCLUSIVE: Yahoo! To Lay Off 1,500 In California on Wednesday; 200 In L.A.  —  Yahoo!, via an email from departing CEO Jerry Yang, told its California employees that on Wednesday, as many as 1,500 employees will be tossed, inside sources confided to FBLA.  —  No details were available regarding …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dealing Virtual Drugs On The iPhone Seems Unlikely To Get People To Do Real Drugs  —  For many, many, many years there has been a very popular application called Dope Wars.  I used to have a copy of it on my Palm Pilot a decade ago, and it was a fantastic way to kill time (that and Rally 1000 were great time wasters).
Discussion: GamePolitics News and Destructoid
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
The Social Life of Routers  —  How a 1960s sociology experiment could hold the key to better Internet routing.  —  Just like an old-fashioned piece of mail, data traveling over the Internet normally follows a predictable path.  As the Internet continues to grow, however …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Amid recession, developer finds hope in App Store  —  Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories about the recession's effect on the tech industry.  —  Not long ago, during an evening of hanging out with friends, five of us sat in my living room, staring at and holding tight to our iPhones or iPod Touches.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How Many iPhones Could Wal-Mart Sell?  —  So, let's assume that the stories are right (they seem pretty convincing) and that Wal-Mart (WMT) stores will start selling Apple (AAPL) iPhones by the end of calendar 2008.  How many iPhones can Wal-Mart actually sell?
Bob Walsh / Webware.com:
Appcelerator Titanium puts more Web apps on your desktop  —  The line between Web and desktop apps is getting fuzzier Tuesday, with the preview release of Appcelerator Titanium, platform designed to turn Web app developers into desktop and mobile phone developers.
 
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Sun puts Shanghai Opterons in Galaxy boxes
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
New Web Attack Exploits Unpatched IE Flaw
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Nokia N85 NAM Now Shipping
Philip Blenkinsop / Reuters:
Mobile phone chip to counter radiation unveiled
PC World:
Novatel Wireless MiFi Puts a Hotspot In Your Pocket
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Microsoft Office to debut online
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TVLoop.com - Where TV Meets Social Networking
Discussion: VentureBeat
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Leaks indicate Microsoft is un-rethinking the Win7 taskbar
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Blackbird Is A Custom Browser For African Americans Built On Top Of Mozilla
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Apple's iTunes going DRM-free starting Tuesday [u]
 

 
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