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10:25 AM ET, December 12, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Many Bodies Exactly Is CBS Interactive Trying To Hide?  Try “275-ish.”  —  The pink slips were passed out on Thursday throughout the various business duchies that make up CBS Interactive—CNET, CBS.com, CBSNews,com, CBSSports.com, BNET, GameSpot, TV.com, last.fm, and CHOW.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Interactive/CNET Re-Org: The Complete Memo  —  CBS paid $1.8 billion for CNET last summer, and today it is dealing with the consequences: A re-org and layoffs.  —  CBS execs won't release specifics on the firings and wont't say how many people were let go altogether.
PR Newswire:
RadioShack Introduces 3G Netbook Utilizing AT&T's Mobile Broadband Service to Help People Stay Connected  —  Innovative portable notebook technology for $99.99 when combined with qualifying AT&T mobile broadband service  —  FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec 11, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Acer Aspire One goes official on AT&T's 3G network  —  Hey, remember that Acer Aspire One equipped with on-board 3G we spied in a Radio Shack ad the other day?  Well guess what?  It's real — and we've got the PR to prove it.  Just as expected, the netbook is being offered for the teensy price of $99.99 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Alcatel's New Plan: Cut 1,000 Jobs, 5,000 Contractors  —  Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) has laid out a new strategic plan in which it will restructure the company and cut 1,000 jobs plus 5,000 contractors.  The company said it will also seek savings in real- estate, support functions and discretionary spending.
Discussion: The Register
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PR Newswire:
Alcatel-Lucent: Major Strategic Transformation and Realignment of Operations
Discussion: Between the Lines
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computing Without a Whirring Drive  —  SHERMAN BLACK, a senior vice president at Seagate Technology, a leader in hard drive manufacturing, lies awake at night worrying that his teenagers are part of a new generation of computer users who don't care if their data is stored locally or in the Internet “cloud.”
Discussion: CNET News
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
NFL Launches “Game Rewind”, Every Game On-Demand In HD With No Commercials  —  Today, the NFL launched a new video on-demand service called Game Rewind that lets you watch every NFL game in HD quality, with no commercials.  The service, which costs $19.99 for the season or $4.99 for a week pass …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia takes on Huawei in connecting laptops  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia plans to tap the surging market for connecting laptops to wireless networks taking on market leader Huawei Technologies, its senior official said.  —  Nokia will start to ship …
Discussion: SlashGear, Phone Scoop and Engadget
Nick Heath / silicon.com:
UK police: ‘We need crime breathalysers for PCs’  —  Cyber cops chase next gen digital forensics  —  UK police are hoping to one day develop a breathalyser-style tool for computers that could instantly flag up illegal activity on any PC it's attached to.  —  Detective superintendent Charlie …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The “capital calls” crisis: separating fact from fiction  —  Recently, reports started circulating that Ambric, a chip company that enables high-performance computing, has shuttered after failing to raise money from its investors.  —  Ambric's fate was sealed by a “capital calls” problem …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Handicapping cloud computing: The big picture  —  Cloud computing isn't going to dominate the tech landscape, but will raise a ruckus for software vendors.  Google and Amazon will be cloud computing winners, but the spoils will be relatively small.  And there's a race to deliver …
Discussion: eWeek
Mike Eckel / Associated Press:
OMG: Russia entrepreneur looks for $$$ from ;-)  —  How much would you pay for a ;-)?  A Russian businessman has trademarked the emoticon — or combination of punctuation marks — used to convey a wink in text messages and e-mail.  —  Oleg Teterin, president of the mobile ad company Superfone …
Bit9:
Threats in Plain Sight: Bit9 Identifies ‘The Dirty Dozen’ - 2008's Most Popular Applications with Critical Security Vulnerabilities  —  Reputable programs found vulnerable; Security gaps often left unaddressed  —  12.11.2008 - Waltham, MA - Bit9, Inc., the pioneer and leader …
Discussion: InformationWeek
Daily Yomiuri Online:
Images read from human brain  —  OSAKA—In a world first, a research group in Kyoto Prefecture has succeeded in processing and displaying optically received images directly from the human brain.  —  The group of researchers at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International …
Discussion: DVICE and Slashdot
Peter Kaplan / Federal Trade Commission:
Sony BMG Music Settles Charges Its Music Fan Websites Violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act  —  Company Will Pay $1 Million Civil Penalty  —  Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Sony Music) has agreed to pay $1 million as part of a settlement to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Now Flickr is hit by Yahoo layoffs  —  Thought the Yahoo layoffs were over?  Not quite... today it seems that George Oates, a high-profile member of the Flickr team and one of the site's early employees, was told that she was being given the chop too.  She's recently been in Australia …
Michael Young / Redfin Corporate Blog:
Our Maps Are Googley Now  —  Redfin just released a new version of the site.  In addition to improving our short sale detection in Orange County and parts of LA and making our neighborhood pages a little more discoverable from the map page, we switched to using Google Maps exclusively instead …
USA Today:
The iTunes App Store is iPhone's killer app; free stuff  —  The killer app for the iPhone is — drum roll, please — the iTunes App Store.  Five months after Apple launched its online emporium, I believe it even more, having downloaded a gaggle of programs, including some that transform …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Video game sales continue ‘blistering’ pace in November, NPD says  —  Shrugging off the effects of a downbeat economy, the video game industry posted a 10% sales increase in the U.S. last month to $2.91 billion, up from $2.64 billion in November 2007, according to market research firm NPD Group …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Growth Slows for Video Game Market
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
Don Clark / Business Technology:
Not Tonight Dear, I'd Rather Blog  —  Men have always faced challenges when it comes to romance.  Here's a sign that technology may have raised another hurdle.  —  An online survey commissioned by Intel has found, among other things, that 46% of women would rather go without sex for two weeks than give up the Internet for that long.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Lady Blog Network BlogHer Gives Bloggers a Pay Cut  —  BlogHer, a women's ad network/publishing network and conference organizer, is cutting the amount it pays to its blog partners by 10 percent.  That's really sort of a double cut, since the blog owners/writers in its network get paid based …
Nick Heath / silicon.com:
Jobless techies turning to crime  —  Impoverished techies and IT workers who have been made redundant will go rogue in 2009, selling corporate data and using crimeware, reports predict.  —  The credit crunch will drive IT workers to increasingly use their skills to steal credit card data …
 
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The Technium:
Movage  —  Digital continuity is a real problem.
Discussion: Pogue's Posts
Electronista:
Ericsson to offer Intel anti-theft tech in notebooks
Discussion: SlashGear and eWeek
Marc Ferranti / PC World:
Wall Street Beat: IT Forecasts Slashed
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Which operating system is best for solid-state drives?
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Digeo Unveils New Moxi HD DVR
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget HD
David Berkowitz / AdAge:
Facebook, Google and MySpace Represent the Future of Web Registrations
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Meraiah Foley / New York Times:
Proposed Web Filter Criticized in Australia
Discussion: TeleRead
Josh Babetski / MapQuest Blog:
MapQuest Local Gets More Social with Twitter; Adds Jobs
 Earlier Items: 
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
JetBrains Delivers Meta Programming System Beta
Discussion: InfoWorld
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Windows Mobile: What Microsoft Needs to Fix
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
App Store Lessons: Creative uses of promotional codes
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Addonics' USB-to-NAS adapter: all your external HDDs, now network accessible
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Apologies for organizational issues at LeWeb
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
As Chrome leaves beta, here's an update on the Mac version
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update may be around the corner
 

 
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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
New York Times-Texas Tribune content partnership to end Dec. 31, after four years

Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Matt Taibbi returning to Rolling Stone after split from First Look Media

Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson releases video of apparent computer hack

 
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