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7:40 AM ET, December 18, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Death To The Embargo  —  PR firms are out of control.  Today we are taking a radical step towards fighting the chaos.  From this point on we will break every embargo we agree to.  —  Background:  —  Tech companies are desperate for press and hammering their PR firms for coverage on blogs and major media sites.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Entrepreneurs: We Will Happily Respect Your Embargoes  —  Michael Arrington at TechCrunch said today that his site will no longer respect press embargoes, the informal system where press outfits agree to hold back publishing until an agreed upon time so that multiple sources can cover a story well.
Discussion: CloudAve and Techcraver.com
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
That He Not Busy Being Born Is Busy Dying … A big part of what makes Apple so fascinating is that they're so utterly unlike other companies of similar size and stature.  It's hard to imagine any other company abandoning something like Apple's traditional role at Macworld Expo.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Chuqui 3.0
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Major leadership shakeup at LinkedIn: Nye leaves, Hoffman back at the helm  —  After a two-year stint in which he helped propel dramatic growth, LinkedIn Corp. Chief Executive Dan Nye is handing back the reins to company founder Reid Hoffman in a major leadership shakeup at one of Silicon Valley's hottest companies.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
LinkedIn's Hoffman Takes Back CEO Title, as Nye Departs and Weiner Enters
Discussion: Between the Lines and Valleywag
Brad Stone / Bits:   A Shake-Up at LinkedIn  —  LinkedIn, the business networking site …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are bloggers & social networks killing the big shows?  —  I've noticed a trend lately (actually I noticed it back when I worked at Microsoft and my bosses kept refusing to buy booths at conferences, saying they didn't return the ROI, but that trend has grown and grown big time).
PR Newswire:
Toshiba Launches Industry's First 512GB Solid State Drive and Next-Generation SSD Family Using 43nm MLC NAND  —  New SSD Family Achieves High Levels of Performance, Endurance, Capacity and Reliability to Meet Market Requirements for Notebook Computers, Gaming and Home Entertainment Systems
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Toshiba to show 512GB solid-state drive at CES  —  Toshiba said Wednesday that it will showcase a 512GB solid-state drive at the Consumer Electronics Show next month and begin shipments in the second quarter of 2009.  —  To date, this would be one of the largest-capacity solid-state drives …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joost Just Gives Up On P2P Altogether  —  Joost's two year old online video service was a pretty darned smart idea when it first launched.  —  Instead of streaming video through the Joost website, users would download a Mozilla-based client and watch it there instead.  The user experience could be more tightly controlled.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Joost to disable software clients, only notable features
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SnapTell: One Of The Coolest iPhone Apps Gets Even Better  —  SnapTell, the awesome iPhone app that lets you take a photo of nearly any CD, DVD, book, or video game to get instant product reviews, has just released an upgrade that introduces a number of useful new features.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Adobe squeezes AIR out of beta for Linux users  —  Adobe Systems on Wednesday is taking the Linux version of its Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) product out of beta, and bringing it up to speed with the versions available for Windows and Mac users.  —  The new version differs from previous beta versions …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The iPhone is Apple's Netbook: Almost Half of All Traffic from WiFi Networks  —  According to the latest report from AdMob, 42% of all requests from iPhones to Admob's partners worldwide are coming in over WiFi instead of through the networks of mobile operators.
Discussion: GigaOM and MobHappy
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
What Gmail does better than its competitors  —  As someone who spends an inordinate amount of time wading through e-mails, finding the best e-mail service is paramount in my life.  —  Realizing that, I've done my fair share of shuffling from one e-mail program to the next …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Deloitte survey shows we're living in a “media democracy”  —  We're living in a media democracy, where no single form of media dominates the attention of Americans.  It's also an age where everyone contributes to the media, not just traditional media companies.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and NewTeeVee
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Sky moves towards 3D broadcasts  —  Sky has filmed several sporting events using the new technology  —  Sky TV says it has made a significant step towards bringing 3D television to British viewers.  —  The satellite broadcaster says it has successfully tested the delivery of 3D programming …
PC World:
Wi-Fi Coming to Japan's Bullet Trains Next Year  —  Passengers on Japan's super-fast bullet trains will be able to surf the Web while travelling at 270 kilometers per hour thanks to a new service that will start in March.  —  NTT Communications will offer Wi-Fi service throughout cars …
Discussion: Working Anywhere
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Adobe's Other Battle: The Economy  —  Adobe is battling Microsoft over the future of Internet software.  But its more pressing battle might be against the economy.  —  The San Jose, Calif., software maker on Tuesday reported that the economic downturn has hurt sales of its flagship Creative Suite …
Discussion: TeleRead
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Targets Adobe in Web-Design Software
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0 and jd/adobe
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
GTA maker is hit-and-run victim  —  Video game software sales are up 30 per cent this year in the US, but the rising tide is not floating all boats - most publishers appear to be holed below the waterline.  —  Take-Two, publisher of the Grand Theft Auto series, is the latest harbinger of bad news.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Difference Between Invention And Innovation In The Netbook Space  —  from the it's-all-about-the-tweaking dept  —  Business Week's Steve Hamm has a short post talking about the “sudden” success of “netbooks,” those mini-laptops that are suddenly selling like crazy.
Discussion: Scripting News
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
The Definitive Coast-to-Coast 3G Data Test  —  After a grueling eight-city coast-to-coast test of the 3G networks run by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, we've come up with some clear-cut test results.  Think you know who has the best network?  Think again.  —  The Test  —  3G is more important now than ever before.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Don't tell the boss: most 'Net video viewing happens at work
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
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Atsuko Fukase / Wall Street Journal:
Panasonic Wins Bid to Buy Sanyo
Discussion: Sony Insider
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Google censors political-donation transparency ads
Discussion: Network World
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's platform: Rebuilding the plane in midflight
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Suzanne Tindal / CNET News:
Huawei powers up its Android plans
Discussion: AndroidGuys and MobileCrunch
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Dave McClure Joins Founders Fund
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
iPhone gaming is maturing as more major games join the fray
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