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12:50 AM ET, December 25, 2008

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Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley Braces for Firings as Technology Outlook Worsens  —  A A A  —  Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) — Silicon Valley, the technology mecca once considered immune to fallout from the global financial meltdown, now faces the biggest cutbacks since the dot-com crash.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
Admiring Bill Gates  —  Dare I say this on O'Reilly Radar?  I admire Bill Gates.  If I had a vote for Person of the Year, Gates would get mine.  Let me explain why.  —  This year, Gates made an important and potentially difficult transition at age 52, leaving Microsoft as CEO and devoting …
Discussion: Charlie Rose and Anil Dash
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
OMG, We're Not BFFs Anymore?  Getting ‘Unfriended’ Online Stings  —  Users of Social-Networking Sites Delete Friends Who Don't Keep in Touch, Misbehave  —  JoAna Swan recently purged her profile on social-networking site Facebook Inc. of friends she hadn't spoken to for a while.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gawker
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times: November Was So Terrible, Even Our Internet Ads Were Down  —  Earlier this month, executives at the New York Times (NYT) warned investors that they had a miserable November.  They weren't kidding.  —  The grim details are here, but I'll save you some time:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Canary In The Coalmine: NYT Sees First Decline In Online Ad Revenues
Discussion: Webmetricsguru and paidContent.org
Business Wire:   The New York Times Company Reports November Revenues
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Two Expressos show how Silicon Valley reinvents the familiar  —  Silicon Valley invented itself through sheer inventiveness.  So when I recently received two e-mails minutes apart pitching something called Expresso, a thought flittered: Could this finally be the technology that delivers a jolt of caffeine over the Web?
Azadeh Ensha / New York Times:
There's Lots of Tech Help, Yes, on the Internet  —  THIS week, I bought a shiny new BlackBerry.  This made me very happy.  Then I went home and found that my new BlackBerry was inundating my in-box with copies of my sent e-mail messages.  This made me very frustrated.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A Yule Log for your LCD  —  I confess I had completely forgotten about the Yule Log visualization for Windows Media Player, which originally appeared as part of the Windows Media Bonus Pack for XP back in 2002.  Like most visualizations, it hadn't been updated in years and didn't work with newer Media Player versions.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Future Bits: Google's Machiavellianism  —  Defining Moment of 2008: Google's offer to help Yahoo fend off Microsoft's hostile takeover bid.  —  Google's response to Microsoft's bid for Yahoo may represent one of the most brilliant acts of corporate Machiavellianism in recent history.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Time Warner Having Second Thoughts About Bebo?  —  Most would agree that Time Warner overpaid when it bought social network Bebo back in March.  Given the challenges faced by the company's online businesses since then, among them declining ad sales and the difficulty of monetizing social networks …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise of Cloud Agents  —  It was only this morning that we were lamenting about the lack of the perfect social tool when what did we stumble across but Twitchboard?  No, no, it's not the perfect tool, silly, it's a Twitter app.  Yet what it does is something that no other Twitter apps have done before …
Discussion: Twitterrati and PSFK
Times of London:
Christmas presents?  Let me check my e-mails first  —  Instead of switching off during the holiday season, owners of the device will check work messages before opening presents  —  Children may have to wait just a little bit longer than usual before ripping open their Christmas presents tomorrow morning …
Richard Behar / Fox News:
World Bank Admits Top Tech Vendor Debarred for 8 Years  —  For months, the World Bank has been stonewalling and denying a series of FOX News reports on a variety of in-house scandals, ranging from the hacking of its most sensitive financial data to its own sanctions against suppliers found guilty of wrongdoing.
Discussion: ThreatChaos and The Register
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
8 Santa Trackers For Christmas Eve 2008, From NORAD Santa To Twitter  —  It's Christmas Eve, and that means Santa Claus is out doing his run.  But where is Santa right now?  Thanks to the internet, there's a huge number of ways to get Santa sightings.  Below, a summary that covers online …
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Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
Tracking Santa: the backstory
internetnews.com:
Acer, Best Buy Slash XP Netbook Price to $299  —  At ever-cheaper prices, netbooks are looking like a big holiday seller.  But can it last?  —  Experts and PC industry insiders have long wondered whether bare-bones netbooks were too cheap for manufacturers' own good.  —  But don't tell that to Acer.
Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wins ‘Cybersquatting’ Case  —  Verizon Communications Inc. said it has been awarded $33.2 million in a “cybersquatting” case against a San Francisco firm that registered Internet domain names purposely similar to the telecommunications giant's trademarks.
Discussion: Law Blog, CircleID and Domain Name News
internetnews.com:
Sun's Unwired Motherboard Plans  —  Cutting the wires doesn't just work on networking, it could also greatly increase CPU-to-memory communications.  That's if Sun has its way.  —  Sun Microsystems is researching ways to make massive supercomputers even faster, including wireless connections between CPU and memory.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel insists Atom only for Intel chipsets, does not want to share Nvidia's Ion  —  Nvidia's recent move to try to extend Intel's Atom ecosystem to its recently announced Ion platform appears to have been knocked back by Intel, according to a response primarily directed at PC manufacturers as seen by Digitimes.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Wireless Built the Notebook Boom  —  Yesterday's news that notebooks had overtaken PCs in the number of units sold last quarter owes a huge debt to Wi-Fi and a smaller one to 3G cellular networks.  Without those Intel unwired commercials and images of folks surfing the web at Starbucks or sitting in parks …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
InfoWorld:
Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs  —  In the second month of a campaign against fake security software, Microsoft has booted the rogue application “Antivirus 2009” from almost 400,000 PCs, the company recently claimed.  —  December's version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool …
 
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