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6:00 PM ET, December 14, 2008


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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's first iPhone app: Live Labs releases Seadragon Mobile viewer  —  Given the popularity of the iPhone, this was bound to happen sometime, and here it is: Microsoft Live Labs today becomes the first group inside the Redmond company to release an application for Apple's mobile phone.
Microsoft Live Labs:
Seadragon Goes Mobile  —  Want to see giga-pixel images on your iPhone?  Now you can—with Seadragon Mobile.  Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform.  Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger.
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.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
What Yahoo Should Do  —  In this economic day and age, cash is king.  As markets, industries and companies delever in what seems to be a chorus of balance sheet deflation, the value of cash as an investment vehicle has increased exponentially.  What does this have to do with Yahoo's strategy ?
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
John Markoff / New York Times:
A Software Secretary That Takes Charge  —  SHOULDN'T your computer know a reasonable amount about your likes and dislikes?  Wouldn't it be great if it could anticipate your needs and take action without you pressing a key?  —  Booking travel and restaurant reservations …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SwissCom Tries To Deflect Criticism Of Le Web Internet Failure  —  I'm going to put aside my differences with the Le Web conference and organizer Loic Le Meur for a moment to address another issue at the event: the complete lack of Internet connectivity, both days.  —  A good conference has at least three separate connections.
Discussion: broadstuff
Ed Sutherland /
WordPress Targets Premium Designers for Deletion  —  In a page possibly taken from Microsoft's crushing of Netscape, Automattic is using its WordPress theme directory to penalize the sale of customized blog designs.  —  “Themes for sites that support “premium” (non-GPL or compatible) …
Discussion: Alister Cameron
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Challenges remain for Amazon digital music service  —  DENVER (Billboard) - After its first full year selling tracks from all four major labels, Amazon's digital music store has become the second-largest a la carte service, according to industry estimates.  —  But it's a very distant second to iTunes.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sony's PS3 Virtual World “Home” Plagued By Sex Fiends (Video) (SNE)  —  Back in October, when Sony (SNE) changed the “Terms of Use” for the PS3 to allow the company to eavesdrop on and censor its users, we applauded the move.  Why?  Because we know the truth about virtual worlds …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Signal to Noise
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Myst Online to be released fully open-source  —  Cyan Worlds has decided to release all of Myst Online URU Live's assets to the public as open source.  This includes the client and server architecture.  Cyan will also hold one Myst Online server shard open for players to have a centralized world …
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Riot Tagging  —  Tokyo is currently the largest city of origin of Twitter messages in the world, more than twice that of second placed San Francisco and New York in the USA as of this summer.  —  (Incidentally, while the Japanese Kanji language Twitter service, which only launched in April of this year …
Discussion: Guardian
Fred / A VC:
Display Advertising Works, But It Works Differently Than Search  —  There's been a lot of talk recently that search and other forms of “performance” or “direct” online marketing will continue to grow in the downturn while display and other forms of “brand” marketing will struggle.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Kogan's Agora gets tweaked ahead of release — in Photoshop, anyway
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Shane O'Neill / PC World:
Windows XP: The OS That Won't Quit
Discussion: Slashdot and
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Canada Increases ‘Music Industry Subsidy’ on Blank CDs
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Music stars' digital strategies still in flux
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Bleak Future for Telecom
Discussion: Signal to Noise
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Ex-Yahoos Weigh In on Their Choices for New Yahoo CEO
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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Condé Nast buys Pitchfork Media, the company behind the independent music site and quarterly magazine, for an undisclosed sum

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New York Times creates digital newsroom to cover and add reporting, commentary on viral stories

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