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5:40 AM ET, December 10, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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 and VentureBeat
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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 …
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Guardian:
British censor reverses Wikipedia ban
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
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: PC World
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.
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
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 $249.95.  Unlike some local search firms …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Open Handset Alliance:
Open Handset Alliance announces 14 new members  —  The Open Handset Alliance, a group of technology and mobile players, is pleased to announce the membership of 14 additional companies.  By joining the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance, the following companies demonstrate …
Savio Rodrigues / Open Sources:
Is Cisco an open source leech?  —  While the answer may in fact be yes, don't jump to the conclusion that Cisco customers have derived few benefits from Cisco's use of open source.  —  I recently read a post by Dave Roberts, vice president of strategy at Vyatta, titled “Cisco …
Discussion: rand($thoughts);
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
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.
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.
Discussion: iLounge, Chuqui 3.0 and MacBlogz
Financial Times:
Sarin considers Yahoo option  —  Arun Sarin, former head of Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, has been approached about taking on the role of chief executive at Yahoo.  —  People close to Mr Sarin said he was mulling the strong interest expressed by the Silicon Valley internet company to succeed Jerry Yang.
Discussion: paidContent.org and mocoNews.net
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Spam Machine Revs Engines  —  In case the TiVo Central banners, Now Playing List banners, Music & Photos menu banners, banners after recordings, and commercial button overlays weren't enough, TiVo's now pitching ads that render while programming is paused:
Discussion: CloudAve and Boy Genius Report
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TiVo:
TiVo Expands Ad Solutions Portfolio, Enables Advertisers to Reach …
Discussion: Engadget
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Why Apple Won't Sell a $100 iPhone, a Netbook or a Tablet  —  Apple fans love speculating about imaginary new products almost as much as they love getting their hands on a brand-new MacBook Air.  —  But it's easy to get carried away and take these speculative flights of fancy as true, or even as somewhat credible rumors.
Discussion: Technology Questions
Robert Vamosi / CNET News:
Study: Cybercriminals cashing in on economic slide  —  Amid the global downturn in the economy, cybercrminals appear to be winning in the war against law enforcement.  That's the sobering conclusion drawn by a panel of experts in a report from McAfee released Tuesday.
Dan Fellini / TUAW:
Music video shot entirely on an iPhone  —  Behold, what is claimed to be the world's first music video shot entirely on an iPhone.  —  This gem comes to us from GOSHone, A self-described “mad scientist with computers, gadgets, and musical equipment and stuff,” G1 used his jailbroken iPhone …
Discussion: goshone.com and Gadget Lab
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple's Snow Leopard set to exploit GPU power  —  OpenCL 1.0 spec debuts  —  Apple's Snow Leopard bounded closer to reality today - and there's a strong possibility it leapt well past Windows 7 in the process.  —  Today, at SIGGRAPH Asia in Singapore, the Khronos Group, a self-described …
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Exclusive: UGO in high-level talks to buy 1UP; EGM not part of deal  —  Multiple sources in and around Ziff Davis Media have told Joystiq that UGO Entertainment is on the verge of finalizing a deal to buy parts of Ziff's 1UP Network, including 1up.com, GameVideos.com and MyCheats.com.
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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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Why You Should Stop Buying Your Computers Fully Loaded
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
Discussion: Byte of the Apple and Macworld
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Monetizing open source and killing Adobe AIR
Discussion: eWeek
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
GPLv3 to reinforce FSF open-source license position?
Discussion: eWeek
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Rustic Canyon Sells Part of Its Portfolio To Give Liquidity …
Discussion: socalTECH.com and Business Wire
MacNN:
Apple files for ‘Grand Central’ trademark
Discussion: TUAW
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Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Photos From Google's New Virginia Digs
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: About Those Cyber Monday Paid Click Stats We Published...  (GOOG)
Discussion: WebProNews
internetnews.com:
MySQL 5.1 Takes Off Despite Controversy
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times: Our Digital Ads “Could Be Under Great Stress”
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Amazon: Armed to Beat the Recession
Discussion: TechFlash and Mobile Phone Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Founder Building iPhone-Like Operating System For Netbooks
 

 
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