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1:05 PM 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:
Marissa Mayer's Simple Advice On Who To Hire: Smart People Who Get Things Done  —  Google's Marissa Mayer said a lot of interesting things on stage today on stage at the Le Web Conference in Paris.  We covered the Chrome and Search Wiki news.  —  But the most important thing she said, in my opinion, was also the simplest.
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.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Close Brickhouse By End Of Year
Discussion: Money Out Blog and Webreakstuff
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another Sad Day for Yahoo: Layoffs Begin, While Employees Vent
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Better Off Without Yahoo!
Discussion: p2pnet
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
A guide to Yahoo's mass layoff
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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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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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.
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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 …
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 …
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo Holder Ivory Management Wants MSFT Search Deal
Discussion: CNET News and InformationWeek
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
eMarketer Cuts 2009 Social Network Ad Spending Estimates 28% (NWS)  —  Research firm eMarketer now says ad spending on social networks will grow 10.2% to reach $1.3 billion in 2009.  In a previous estimate, eMarketer's Excel spreadsheet spit out $1.8 billion.
Discussion: CNET News
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eMarketer:   US Social Network Ad Spending Growth Lowered
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?
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
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Latest twist in Apple vs. Psystar  —  Mac clone maker Psystar has modified its counterclaim against Apple.  Gone are the Clayton Act and Sherman Act antitrust claims, and in are sections that refute claims of violating the DMCA.  —  Psystar's latest counterclaim rests on two pillars:
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon EC2 Now Available In Europe  —  We learned something today: Amazon EC2 wasn't available in Europe up until today.  That's news to us, because we thought it already was.  Amazon Web Services just released a statement announcing that European developers and businesses can now run their Amazon EC2 instances locally.
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud: Amazon EC2 in Europe
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VoIP on the iPhone Without Wi-Fi  —  TruPhone just last week released an iPod Touch application that allows for VoIP calls on the device using Wi-Fi and also has such an app for the iPhone.  But this morning the company has pushed out an app that allows iPhone users to make VoIP calls on the cellular network.
Flavio Lerda / Google Mobile Blog:
Street View on Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile?  Check.  —  (cross posted with the Google LatLong Blog)  —  In case you hadn't noticed, the Google Street View team has been busy photographing France, Italy, Spain, and Australia.  Given the international focus of recent Street View launches …
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple could sell a million iPhone gift cards
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Bill Ray / The Register:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Tim Anderson / Guardian:
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Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
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PC World:
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Discussion: The Open Road
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Did Loic LeMeur Just Commit a Kevin Rose?
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Vint Cerf's Twitter account hacked, suspended for spam
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Savio Rodrigues / Open Sources:
Is Cisco an open source leech?