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6:35 AM ET, December 14, 2008

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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.
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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:
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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
TFOT - The Future Of Things:
2009 - SSD Year of Revolution  —  Home >> News >> Storage  —  Since first entering the consumer market about two years ago solid state drives (SSDs) have improved significantly, and while prices remain substantially higher than conventional magnetic storage, it is predicted that in 2009 SSDs …
Discussion: Slashdot
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
Jari Tanner / Associated Press:
Estonia to vote by mobile phone in 2011  —  TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Parliament has approved a law making Estonia the first country to allow voting by mobile phone.  —  Lawmakers approved a measure Thursday allowing citizens to vote by mobile phone in the next parliamentary elections in 2011.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   Estonia to allow citizens to vote via cellphone by 2011
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.
 
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