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9:40 AM 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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Mashable! and TechFlash
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.
Discussion: Mark Evans and
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
Google Chrome Receives Lowest Password Security Score  —  Safari Ties for Last Place  —  Google's new web browser may be fast and slim, but the password management features it offers are full of bugs.  Chapin Information Services (CIS) reported critical vulnerabilities in this software during …
Discussion: Network World
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: Ciena
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
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:   Estonia to allow citizens to vote via cellphone by 2011
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
MIT students build mobile applications in 13 weeks
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Ex-Yahoos Weigh in on Their Choices for New Yahoo CEO
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