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8:30 AM ET, December 10, 2008

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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.
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.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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  —  Starting today the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) supports the ability to launch instances in multiple geographically distinct regions.  The new EU region enables users to launch instances in Europe.  —  This addresses the requests …
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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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.
Discussion: Webware.com, Mashable! and VentureBeat
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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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, PhoneNews.com and Phone Scoop
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 …
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: TechCrunch
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
South Korea to Open Up Cellphone Market  —  SEOUL — South Korea on Wednesday said it will remove a regulatory hurdle on the sale of advanced cellphones by outside manufacturers such as Apple Inc.'s iPhone.  —  The decision eliminates a barrier that protected South Korea's big electronics manufacturers …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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 …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
HP laptops to sport long-lasting ‘Enviro’ batteries  —  Hewlett-Packard early next year will begin offering a new line of “Enviro” batteries for laptop users who want to upgrade to longer-lasting and more sustainably designed batteries.  —  HP and Boston Power have been testing the Sonata lithium-ion batteries for three years.
Discussion: Earth2Tech
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
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.
Novatel Wireless, Inc.:
Novatel Wireless Drives New Era of Mobile Broadband with Industry First MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot  —  Ultra Portable Stand-Alone Device Creates a Mobile Wi-Fi Cloud  —  Capable of Connecting Users and Devices  —  Novatel Wireless, Inc., (Nasdaq:NVTL), today unveiled MiFi(TM) …
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: bit-tech.net, eWeek and ReadWriteWeb
Associated Press:
AT&T to test in-home cell phone boosters next year  —  NEW YORK - AT&T Inc., the country's largest wireless carrier, is testing a technology that can improve the signal available to cell phones in subscribers' homes, and plans to make it available in a trial market next year.
 
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Exclusive: UGO in high-level talks to buy 1UP; EGM not part of deal
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News:
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Dan Fellini / TUAW:
Music video shot entirely on an iPhone
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft Will Discard Search Data Sooner If Rivals Do Same
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Psystar drops antitrust gripes in fresh counterclaim against Apple
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Apple files for ‘Grand Central’ trademark
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Sarin considers Yahoo option
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Why Apple Won't Sell a $100 iPhone, a Netbook or a Tablet
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