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9:40 AM ET, December 10, 2008

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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Google To Take Chrome Out Of Beta  —  Google vice president Marissa Mayer announced Google Chrome is coming out of beta in an interview with Michael Arrington at Le Web 08.  The Google's open source browser has a number of eager customers, including OEMs who can't offer the browser until it is in full release.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Search Wiki To Soon Include An Off Button.  Thank You, Marissa.  —  Hallelujah.  Google Search Wiki will soon have an off button.  —  I spoke with Google's Vice President of Search Product and User Experience Marissa Mayer this afternoon at the Le Web conference in Paris, France.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Better Off Without Yahoo!  —  So, you just got laid off from the struggling portal.  Congratulations.  —  Ten years from now Steve Jobs' iPhone will be just another obsolete gadget.  Rob Bailey's vitamin vodka, however, will still refresh.  —  It never would have happened if Bailey …
Discussion: p2pnet
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
A guide to Yahoo's mass layoff  —  Yahoo hasn't been able to do anything right lately.  Why should Wednesday's job cuts be any different?  —  Mass layoffs are always traumatic.  But Yahoo's human-resources department is not approaching this with any particular grace.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Gets More Social With Renovation of Bebo (But There's Much More to Come)  —  This morning, AOL will launch an updated look for its Bebo social networking property, with a new “social inbox” profile for its users.  —  The inbox, which you can see below in the old and new versions …
Discussion: Contentinople, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Blog of helios:
Linux - Stop holding our kids back  —  This blog is momentarily interrupted to bring you a snippet of recently received email. … Karen xxxxxxxxx  —  xxxxxxxxx Middle School  —  AISD  —  Hmmmm....  I suppose I should, before anything else, thank you.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Slashdot
Austin Modine / The Register:
Amazon Elastic Cloud service storms Europe  —  EC2 instances go international  —  Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) service has finally extended to Europe.  —  The online bookseller announced it will spin up EC2 virtual server instances in two “availability zones” in Europe …
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud: Amazon EC2 in Europe
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Close Brickhouse By End Of Year  —  Yahoo Brickhouse, the two year old San Francisco based Yahoo business unit to foster new product development, is to be shut down by the end of the year, says a source.  The announcement may be as early as Wednesday.
Discussion: Webreakstuff
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel: We're on track for 32 nanometer manufacturing  —  Intel said Wednesday that it has completed the development phase of its next manufacturing process that will shrink chip circuits to 32 nanometers.  —  The milestone means that Intel will be able to push faster, more efficient chips starting in the fourth quarter.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Did Loic LeMeur Just Commit a Kevin Rose?  —  When Pownce announced their “all sales final” closing sale, I wondered if the service would have fared better if Internet celebrity co-founder Kevin Rose had pushed the service instead of pushing everyone into their competitor, Twitter.
PC World:
Verizon Aims for LTE Deployment in 2009  — Verizon Wireless expects to begin deploying next-generation LTE (Long-Term Evolution) wireless broadband within a year, a top executive of the carrier said Tuesday.  —  “We expect that LTE will actually be in service somewhere here in the U.S. probably …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Live: Facebook Announces $250,000 fbFund Grant Winners  —  5:30pm We're here at Facebook for the announcemet of the Round II fbFund $250,000 grant recipients. 25 entrepreneurs who won $25,000 in Round I of the fbFund competition are here demo'ing their apps for the press and developer community, vying for another $225,000.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony to launch Home virtual world for PlayStation 3 on Dec. 11  —  Sony will launch its much-anticipated virtual world, Home, for the PlayStation 3 on Dec. 11.  The service will still be in beta testing but it will now be freely available to all 16 million-plus PS 3 users.
Discussion: GamePolitics News
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.
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Dave Foulser / The Official Google Blog:
Search and find magazines on Google Book Search
Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
The global Zeitgeist  —  Google's users are intrinsically curious.  Why else would you search?  And, since we at Google are pretty curious ourselves, we wondered which of our users' queries might be truly global and which may be unique to certain cultures.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun closes ‘future’ pay-per-use utility computing service  —  From flagship to flag maker  —  Sun Microsystems has killed it's once high-profile utility computing experiment, Network.com, which let customers buy computing power by the hour.  —  The company revealed it's no longer accepting …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
MSI to Demo Touchscreen Wind, Release Wind U110, Wind U115 and U300 in U.S.  —  MSI has gained a significant chunk of the netbook market thanks to its 10-inch Wind.  But can the company keep up in the now crowded space that is saturated with products from the top notebook manufactures?
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (960906)  —  Vulnerability in WordPad Text Converter Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new reports of a vulnerability in the WordPad Text Converter for Word 97 files on Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows XP Service Pack 2 …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Vint Cerf's Twitter account hacked, suspended for spam  —  It appears that Vint Cerf, the father of Internet who needs no introduction, has had his Twitter account compromised, with a multitude of spam messages posted on his behalf during the last 24 hours, all of which are redirecting to auction search sites …
Savio Rodrigues / Open Sources:
Is Cisco an open source leech?  —  While the answer may in fact be yes, don't jump to the conclusion that Cisco customers have derived few benefits from Cisco's use of open source.  —  I recently read a post by Dave Roberts, vice president of strategy at Vyatta, titled “Cisco …
Discussion: rand($thoughts);
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search:
Local Search: How not to succeed in business without really trying  —  PromoterLocal.com appears to be a local search firm like many others.  They offer a Google Maps listing service for $49.95/mo with a one time setup charge of $249.95.  Unlike some local search firms …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Dark Knight Blu-ray scratches surface of BD-Live potential  —  The Dark Knight was a huge theatrical release, and Warner Bros. is hoping it's just as large a success on DVD and Blu-ray.  The disc release is special for Warner as well: this is the first Blu-ray disc the studio has released …
Discussion: Engadget, VentureBeat and Engadget HD
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 …
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.
 
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Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
South Korea to Open Up Cellphone Market
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Exclusive: UGO in high-level talks to buy 1UP; EGM not part of deal
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
HP laptops to sport long-lasting ‘Enviro’ batteries
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Why You Should Stop Buying Your Computers Fully Loaded
Dan Fellini / TUAW:
Music video shot entirely on an iPhone
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Psystar drops antitrust gripes in fresh counterclaim against Apple
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Monetizing open source and killing Adobe AIR
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Apple files for ‘Grand Central’ trademark
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Financial Times:
Sarin considers Yahoo option
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Why Apple Won't Sell a $100 iPhone, a Netbook or a Tablet
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