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11:45 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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Marissa Mayer's Simple Advice On Who To Hire: Smart People Who Get Things Done
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 …
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
AOL Readies High-Stakes Social-Media Debut  —  Time Warner Bets Big on Bebo as Such Sites Explode in Popularity, but Value as Advertising Vehicles Is Doubted  —  In the world of social networking, it's time for AOL's big debut, and there's a lot of money riding on the outcome.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Bebo launches Social Inbox aggregation service
Discussion: GigaOM
Google:
2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist  —  As the year comes to a close, it's time to look at the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated us in 2008.  As it happens, studying the aggregation of the billions of search queries that people type into the Google search box gives us …
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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 …
Margaret Kane / CNET News:
Report: Yahoo investor urges Microsoft search deal  —  A major Yahoo shareholder is reportedly pushing for the company to renew discussion with Microsoft for a deal over its search business, CNBC reported Wednesday.  —  Ivory Investment Management, a hedge fund based in Los Angeles …
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PR Newswire:
Major Yahoo Stockholder Urges Board to Salvage Microsoft Deal
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: Silicon Alley Insider and p2pnet
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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
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo's secret layoff doublespeak revealed!  —  Yahoo isn't firing people en masse — it's “getting fit.”  That noisome euphemism for today's layoffs of 1,500 people must have hissed forth from the brain of some overpaid management consultant.  Likewise for pages upon pages of instructions …
InfoWorld:
HP to offer 3-year laptop battery  —  A fast-charging laptop battery that promises to last at least three years without any degradation in performance is coming to the market as an option with Hewlett-Packard laptops.  The Sonata battery is the product of three years of development work …
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.
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Nortel Taps Legal Advice as Sales Sink  —  Nortel Networks Corp. has sought legal counsel to explore bankruptcy-court protection from creditors in the event that its restructuring plan fails, according to people familiar with the situation.  The move comes as the Toronto-based company grapples …
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.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Plod hopes Bluetooth messages will stem drinking  —  Tried everything else  —  Police in Edinburgh are to pester locals with Bluetooth messages asking them how they plan to get home, in the hope of making them think before getting behind the wheel drunk.  —  The news comes courtesy of The Scotsman …
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 …
Discussion: The Register and Switched
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?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
First iGoogle Banking Gadget Released By Fidelity  —  Fidelity, one of the world's largest financial service institutions, has just launched the first iGoogle secure banking gadget for use by their tens of millions of customers.  With the new Fidelity Secure Gadget, customers no longer …
Tim Anderson / Guardian:
How iPlayer will become our player for your friends  —  Ratings will play a major part in Broadcast 2.0 - so says the man behind the BBC's iPlayer, who will roll out a new version in 2009  —  “Imagine that you can be at home in the morning and watch half of the news bulletin …
 
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Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Gathering recalls the unveiling of innovations that led to the personal computer
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Juniper Research: Video chat services to drive mobile adult content …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: CenterNetworks
PC World:
Microsoft Revising ‘us vs. Them’ Attitude Toward Open Source (PC World)
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The Age:
Labor plan to censor internet in shreds
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Savio Rodrigues / Open Sources:
Is Cisco an open source leech?
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Dark Knight Blu-ray scratches surface of BD-Live potential
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and Engadget HD
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search:
Local Search: How not to succeed in business without really trying
Discussion: Screenwerk
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun closes ‘future’ pay-per-use utility computing service
 

 
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