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6:25 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: Techcraver.com
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  —  Well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur Reid Hoffman (pictured here) will become CEO of LinkedIn again, taking on the job he had for nearly four years after founding the business networking company in 2003.
Discussion: Valleywag
Brad Stone / Bits:   A Shake-Up at LinkedIn  —  LinkedIn, the business networking site …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple's blind-side hit on IDG  —  Apple shocked Macworld organizer IDG with its decision to have Steve Jobs skip his upcoming keynote.  —  (Credit: Corrine Schulze/CNET)  — Home - News - Apple  —  Apple  —  December 17, 2008 4:32 PM PST  —  Apple's blind-side hit on IDG  —  Posted by Tom Krazit
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple Expo Paris cancelled
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).
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 …
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
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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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, eWeek, AIR and InfoWorld
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: NewTeeVee and TomsTechBlog.com
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.
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078 - Critical  —  Security Update for Internet Explorer (960714)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability.  The vulnerability could allow remote code execution …
Chip Chick:
GPS Homing Device Helps Forgetful People Find Where They Parked  —  Have you ever parked your car in a lot and forgot where you parked it?  You know how it is, you end up wasting an hour looking for your car.  Or maybe you and your friend decide to meet back ar a certain spot in the park, but you get lost and can't find that spot?
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's platform: Rebuilding the plane in midflight  —  Facebook's developer platform was a watershed.  It gave outside companies unprecedented access to users of a major social network.  But the platform, launched in May, has come under increasing scrutiny.
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
Atsuko Fukase / Wall Street Journal:
Panasonic Wins Bid to Buy Sanyo  —  TOKYO - Panasonic Corp. struck a deal with Sanyo Electric Co.'s three major shareholders to buy its smaller Japanese electronics rival, people familiar with the matter said Thursday, paving the way to end weeks of contentious negotiations.
Discussion: Sony Insider
 
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Google censors political-donation transparency ads
Discussion: Network World
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News:
Huawei powers up its Android plans
Discussion: AndroidGuys and MobileCrunch
Ross Mayfield / Socialtext blog:
Corporate Alumni Network offer for the 2009 Recession
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Difference Between Invention And Innovation In The Netbook Space
Discussion: Scripting News
James Flanigan / New York Times:
Software That Opens Worlds to the Disabled
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Why Track will be back - Fred Wilson says so
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Sony PSP2 Rumors Bogus, No New Handheld Gaming Gadget Coming (SNE)
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
InPlay Technologies Announces New WriteSense Digital Pen Technology
Discussion: MobileCrunch, Phone Scoop and Engadget
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Mac OS X Internals:
More User-Space File System Goodies
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Slashdot
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Another One Bites The Dust: Yahoo Shutters Kickstart
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Jobwire:
Dave McClure Joins Founders Fund
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
iPhone gaming is maturing as more major games join the fray
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Your Privacy Is Protected Only if You Are Really Sick
Discussion: Ars Technica
 

 
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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Vice Media's Shane Smith to receive Knight Innovation Award on Dec. 1 at CUNY media innovation summit

 
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