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1:25 AM ET, December 14, 2008

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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Should Michael Arrington Be Invited Back At LeWeb Next Year?  —  I have received many emails and comments from European friends asking me why I invite Michael Arrington with so much stage presence and such a behavior.  They blame Michael for behaving the way he did several times on stage.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joie De Vivre: The Europeans Are Out To Lunch  —  I write this from a hotel room at Newark airport in New Jersey.  I'm half way home from a wonderful week in Paris at the Le Web conference where I mingled with 1,700 or so attendees.  My mood: jetlagged, sated and cranky.  —  My week was spent in luxury.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Le Web's Response To TechCrunch: Censorship  —  As a response to my on-stage comments and this post about entrepreneurial culture in Europe, Le Web organizer Loic Le Meur is asking readers if I should be “invited back at Le Web next year.”  —  As of the writing of this post …
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog
AppShopper.com:
New: Seadragon Mobile (photography)  —  Seadragon Mobile 1.0  —  Description:  —  Get the goodness of Seadragon on your iPhone!  —  Browse large quantities of high-resolution imagery smoothly and quickly with a flick or a pinch.  Explore massive galaxies, pore over maps …
Discussion: TechFlash, Mashable! and LiveSide
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Advertisers Face Hurdles on Social Networking Sites  —  FOR some time, Procter & Gamble, the world's largest advertiser, has been dipping its big toes into the vast pool of Facebook, now the world's largest social network.  I recently knocked on the doors of both companies to hear how the experiment was going.
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com
Marc Miller / Gmail Blog:
Fast PDF viewing right in your browser  —  When I get sent a PDF, sometimes I just want to view it — I don't always need to download and save it right then.  So starting today, you'll see a new “View” link next to PDF attachments you get in Gmail:  —  Clicking “View” quickly opens …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
New Nokia patent introduces an interesting new form factor  —  The odds of us ever seeing this exact form factor in a Nokia handset aren't great but a recently filed patent illustrates an interesting new take on the candy bar form.  When closed and viewed head on as in figure 21 above …
Discussion: mobilesyrup.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ex-Yahoos Weigh in on Their Choices for New Yahoo CEO  —  With so many more ex-Yahoos out there now that the most recent layoffs have taken place, BoomTown put out feelers to a range of them to ask whom they would like to run the company they no longer work for.  —  After all, who better than to pick a new CEO than an ex?
Discussion: Guardian and Webware.com
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Estonia to allow citizens to vote via cellphone by 2011  —  Brutal honesty here: on election day this past November, the entire Engadget staff (well, those of us with US passports) collectively agreed that casting our vote via SMS or some other incredibly simple method would be infinitely …
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Jari Tanner / Associated Press:
Estonia to vote by mobile phone in 2011
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google exec Marissa Mayer engaged  —  It's Silicon Valley's fairytale romance: Girly-girl nerd worth hundreds of millions meets fellow with a job who looks good in a tux.  And now Marissa Mayer and Zack Bogue are getting married, a tipster says.  —  Talk at the Googleplex has it that Bogue …
Frank Davies / Mercury News:
Obama team shifts from online campaigning to more accessible government  —  WASHINGTON — Pushing for greater openness and participation in government, Barack Obama and his team are making the leap from Internet campaigning to Internet governing.  Their goal: a series of new online ventures to make his presidency more accessible.
Steve Johnson / Mercury News:
Companies' holiday party funds rerouted to valley charities  —  With donations to food banks and other charities critically short this year due to the grim economy, some Silicon Valley employers are canceling their holiday parties and sending that money — totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars — to local service agencies.
 
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Tech Ticker  —  Google won an appeals court ruling …
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