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8:00 PM ET, December 13, 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
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
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 …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Tech Media Discovers FCC Staffed With Dunces, Lobbyists - Opinion: gutting consumer protections fine, but don't pick on WOW  —  We've talked extensively of the FCC's dysfunction the last few years, be it Kevin Martin's well, Kevin-Martin-ness, Robert McDowell's fear mongering and disdain for reality …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
MIT students build mobile applications in 13 weeks  —  MIT professor Hal Abelson started today's final presentation for the school's “Building Mobile Applications” class by saying, “A course like this couldn't have existed ten years ago... maybe not even a year ago.
Discussion: The Gong Show and Open Gardens
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and PalmAddicts
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 …
Security Vulnerability Research & Defense:
Clarification on the various workarounds from the recent IE advisory  —  Today Microsoft revised the Workarounds section of Security Advisory 961051.  We wanted to share more detail about the vulnerability and explain the additional workarounds here to help you protect your computers.
Discussion: eWeek, blogs.chron.com and MSRC
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 and Gizmodo
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.
 
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Ken Tucker / Reuters:
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Jack Davis / Bloomberg:
Tech Ticker  —  Google won an appeals court ruling …
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