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1:55 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.
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New: Seadragon Mobile (photography)
Discussion: Channel 10 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.
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.
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: Signal to Noise
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 …
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 …
Ed Sutherland / problognews.com:
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
Shane O'Neill / PC World:
Windows XP: The OS That Won't Quit  —  Phasing out an old operating system is nothing new for Microsoft, but Windows XP is unique in that it may be too good to die.  —  This week, Dell announced it will offer systems with the aging Windows XP for a surcharge of US$150 over the newer Windows Vista …
Discussion: digg.com
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:
Le Web's Response To TechCrunch: Censorship
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Kogan's Agora gets tweaked ahead of release — in Photoshop, anyway  —  You're bound to face a few hiccups when you're a no-name brand trying to source an Android handset from a no-name ODM buried deep inside a Shenzen industrial park, and it seems Kogan's going through those growing pains right about now.
Discussion: IntoMobile and AndroidGuys
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Bleak Future for Telecom  —  The future of the telecom industry is looking rather bleak these days.  The news out this week alone is enough to paint a particularly stark picture:  — Alcatel-Lucent is cutting jobs, which might not be enough.  As one Wall Street analyst quipped, pruning isn't enough when you need a hacksaw.
Discussion: Signal to Noise and Ciena
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Canada Increases ‘Music Industry Subsidy’ on Blank CDs  —  Canadian users again face an increase in the cost of blank CDs, as the Copyright Board has increased levies on them by 38%.  The raise was authorized in response to rises in music compression and increases in songwriter royalties.
Discussion: digg.com
 
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Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Music stars' digital strategies still in flux
Discussion: PC World
Ken Tucker / Reuters:
Radio stations untangle more direct Web connections
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
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Ex-Yahoos Weigh In on Their Choices for New Yahoo CEO
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