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1:35 PM ET, December 11, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Copy and Paste Now Working Between Safari and Mail  —  Finally, someone has conceived a way to copy and paste text from Safari to Mail, and between web pages.  And this time, it doesn't require any software installation and it's legal: … In fact, it doesn't require anything to be installed …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube Videos Pull In Real Money  —  Making videos for YouTube — for three years a pastime for millions of Web surfers — is now a way to make a living.  —  One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become “partners” and added advertising to their videos …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T now offers iPhone 3G home activation, for real this time  —  All you potential iPhone 3G buyers who loathe the thought of having to go into an AT&T store to activate your newly purchased phone can rejoice today as AT&T has finally enabled home activation for the iPhone 3G.
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JG Mason / Gadgetell:
Breaking: Apple left out?  AT&T brings back iPhone online and at-home activation  —  Yes!  AT&T is now offering the iPhone online with home activation.  I found this by looking for info on another phone, but found this advert when landing on their site.  At first, I figured I was reading it wrong …
Discussion: CrunchGear and O'Grady's PowerPage
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Did Accel Just Raise Money For A Facebook Bailout?  —  VC firm Accel Partners just closed two funds worth more than $1 billion.  —  $525 million will go toward a London-based fund for European startups.  —  The rest — about $480 million — will create the Accel Growth Fund, the firm's first for late-stage companies.
Discussion: All Facebook
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
What Recession?  Accel Partners Raises $1 Billion  —  Who says that money is tight for venture capitalists?  Accel Partners, the Palo Alto, Calif., venture capital firm behind companies such as Facebook, Glam Media and MetroPCS, announced Thursday that it has raised two new funds for a total of $1 billion.
Discussion: The Social
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Exploring 3D Desktop and Application Interfaces  —  Dozens of Apple patent applications were published today revealing research that Apple had done in 2007 on many topics encompassing future versions of Mac OS X. The most intriguing is a series of patent applications which describe a “Multidimensional” user interface.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple working on 3D Mac OS X user interface (images)  —  A series of Apple patent filings published this week reveal the Mac maker has spent a considerable amount of time outlining a new multi-dimensional interface for Mac OS X that would make better use of screen real estate by increasing …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Said Web 2.0 Was R.I.P.?  Microblog Tumblr Raises $4.5 Million, Expectations  —  Tumblr is exactly the kind of start-up that's supposed to be gasping for air in today's dismal economy: A trendy but niche Web service with a prominent founder and exactly zero revenue.
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Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane”  —  The first thing you'll notice about 2.7 is its new interface.  From the top down, we've listened to your feedback and thought deeply about the design and the result is a WordPress that's just plain faster.  Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks …
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Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
New WordPress 2.7 Paves the Way for WordPress Social Networks
Discussion: The Web Life and Podcasting News
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
YouTube is not so wild anymore  —  Tanya Derveaux's cleavage may not be suitable for minors.  (image via iPower)  —  On some bright, parched morning back in the Old West, folks must have heard grumbling as a boy nailed a list of new town laws to the wall of the saloon.
Discussion: Know It All
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google anticipates a bright and shiny future for Chrome  —  When Google first began to expand beyond search, the company pioneered a new release management strategy that—to put it diplomatically—challenges the conventional definition of “beta.”  Although some of Google's most prominent …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft hires an open-source identity expert  —  Microsoft, long the bastion of proprietary thought, is increasingly adding open-source DNA to the fold.  And it's adding to its roster of open-source veterans: Dick Hardt, founder and CEO of Sxip Identity and ActiveState …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
“Report a Concern” at Google Maps  —  Since a recent Google Maps Street View update, Google shows the wording “Report a concern” at the footer of their panorama photos (in older versions, a text for this elsewhere was reading “Report inappropriate image” - the title to the report page still uses that wording).
Tony Smith / The Register:
Netbook SSD usage to fall under 10% in 2009  —  Has the solid-state drive had its day - at least as a key component of Small, Cheap Computers?  That's what one Asian market watcher reckons.  —  This week, DRAMeXchange forecast that the percentage of notebooks shipping with SSDs …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Sony collected, shared kids' info; FTC sues  —  In Robert Bly's “The Sibling Society,” the poet compares modern society to “Jack and the Beanstalk.”  Jack is running from the giant and the giant's wife hides him in a cupboard.  As parents giving our kids over to television and computer games and movies …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Reselling MP3s: The music industry's new battleground?  —  A new digital music service is getting lots of attention for proposing to help consumers sell their used MP3s in much the same way people once unloaded second-hand albums.  —  Bopaboo has generated splashy headlines recently for coming …
Discussion: PC World, TorrentFreak and hypebot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer At Le Web: The (Almost) Complete Interview  —  The video above shows twenty two minutes of my and Loic Le Meur's half hour interview with Google's Vice President of Search Product and User Experience Marissa Mayer at the Le Web conference in Paris on Wednesday afternoon.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mac firmware upgrades do NOT fix the 4 GB RAM problem  —  The appearance of the Apple firmware upgrades released yesterday for late 2008 MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs was welcome news to me and other owners and many applied the upgrades immediately.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Maximum PC all
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM Acquires Chalk Media  —  RIM has just gobbled up a solution developer by the name of Chalk Media, who allow enterprises to push content (video, text, images and otherwise) to their workforce's BlackBerrys, as well as receive feedback and statistics on its usage.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 50Mbps Hits Baltimore, Atlanta, Fort Wayne - Company's ‘wideband’ DOCSIS 3.0 deployment continues...  Comcast this morning stated that the nation's soon to be largest broadband operator would be deploying their new “Extreme 50” 50Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 tier in parts of Baltimore, Atlanta, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eduardo / E71Blog.com:
Black And Red E71 Spotted At Nokia World 2008  —  I had a secret ninja scoping out Nokia World 2008 last week in Barcelona, looking for any hot E71-related news, and it turns out, I wasn't disappointed!  There on the expo floor, Nokia was showing off two new color schemes for our QWERTY-equipped sexiness …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
White House Opposes FCC Free Wireless Internet Plan  —  WASHINGTON - Bush administration officials are trying to put the brakes on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to encourage a free, national wireless Internet plan, which the agency could approve next week.
Microsoft Live Labs:
Introducing Thumbtack  —  People have always had a need to make sense of the world around them.  We want to identify, classify and clarify things.  Lately that need has become even greater, since we're being bombarded with information wherever we look.  Now there's a new tool to help you organize all that information: Thumbtack.
Karen Brooks / Dallas Morning News:
Developer for George W. Bush library Web site paid $35K to buy back domain name  —  kmbrooks@dallasnews.com  —  AUSTIN - After losing a valuable piece of online real estate to enterprising cyber-squatters, the Bush presidential library has replanted its flag into that e-territory.
Discussion: Webware.com and TechCrunch
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows 7 build 6956 performance test  —  My Hardware 2.0 mailbag is brimming with Windows 7 related questions.  The main question on everyone's lips is the obvious one - How does Windows 7 stack up against Vista? … This test will pitch Windows 7 build 6956 32-bit against Windows Vista RTM 32-bit and Windows Vista SP1 32-bit.
 
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Sony finally opens Home, and we've got video
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Will There Ever Be Another Tech IPO?
Tony Smith / The Register:
BBC, ITV propose ‘open’ TV-over-net platform
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Discussion: GigaOM
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Cellphone Blocker Stops Swindles at ATM
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and textually.org
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Microsoft Prepared For the Winter of Our Economic Discontent
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
How Twitter's competitors do what it doesn't
Discussion: Twitterrati
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CBS Interactive To Merge CBSNews.com and CNET Newsrooms; Some Layoffs
Leo Dirac / Gmail Blog:
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