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5:50 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.
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?
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Head Cancels Vote on Free Internet  —  WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin on Friday evening canceled next week's meeting at which the commission was scheduled to vote on a free Internet plan, after receiving a letter from key U.S. lawmakers asking him to hold off.
Ken Tucker / Reuters:
Radio stations untangle more direct Web connections  —  NASHVILLE (Billboard) - Radio companies took a giant step forward in 2008 by embracing online and mobile applications like never before.  —  Clear Channel, with centralized Web site design services and such innovative Web programing as its …
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
PC Prince of Persia contains no DRM. It's a trap!
Discussion: GamePolitics News and Slashdot
Jack Davis / Bloomberg:
Tech Ticker  —  Google won an appeals court ruling …
Chris Heilmann / Ajaxian:
YQL - converting the web to JSON with mock SQL
Shiv Singh / Going Social Now:
Razorfish files Patent to measure Social Media. What do you think?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Enhanced Listings, “Pagelinks” & Auto-Spelling Correction
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Yapta raises $2.7 million to develop new airfare tracking features
 Earlier Items: 
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Pastebud: It Seemed Like a Good Idea!
Discussion: Gizmodo
Google, Microsoft, Mozilla Battle to Disagree
Blog of helios:
Character-Assasinations-Ain't- Us
Discussion: Slashdot and Boing Boing
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Uh-oh: Gossip site buys up moguls' dot-com names
Discussion: Cityfile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tech Layoffs Surge Past 100,000
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Yahoo offers severance with a soft landing