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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg  —  It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected.  Thanks to your help, more than 350 million people around the world are using Facebook to share their lives online.  —  To make this possible …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Roll Out New Privacy Controls To Its 350 Million Users, Kills Regional Networks  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just written an open letter to Facebook users regarding a privacy overhaul that is due to hit the site in the next few weeks.  Soon, users will be able to selectively choose …
Discussion: Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's “Project Rushmore” Begins with Massive Facebook Connect Deployment Across Internet Giant  —  A few weeks ago, several sources at Yahoo begin telling BoomTown about a mysterious “Project Rushmore,” which was described as a massive integration of major social networking sites across the giant Internet portal.
DigiTimes:
Acer to launch Chrome OS netbook in 2H10  —  Acer plans to launch a Google Chrome operating system-based netbook, which the company has been developing since mid-2009 in the second half of 2010, according to industry sources.  —  Acer chairman JT Wang also expressed his confidence …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Launches Full Integration With Google Docs  —  Zoho is undoubtedly the lesser known name and an underdog in the productivity suite race with Google and Microsoft.  But the startup has a compelling strategy: Zoho continuously launches integrations …
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight  —  Disclaimer: The information presented here has been gathered and analyzed in my capacity as a graduate student at Indiana University.  This data was gathered and analyzed on my own time, without using federal government resources.
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:   Yahoo, Verizon: Our Spy Capabilities Would ‘Shock’, ‘Confuse’ Consumers
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
One of Google Chrome OS's hardest tasks?  Printing  —  Many challenges will have to be solved before Google is ready to release Chrome OS, it's browser-based operating system for Netbooks.  One of the biggest ones could be something as far offline as it gets.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
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Royal Pingdom:
74% of the world, Google's Chrome OS is not for you
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com and Computerworld
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Steve Jobs intervenes, approves Knocking streaming video app  —  A persuasive e-mail from an iPhone developer to Steve Jobs helped Pointy Heads Software get its Knocking Live Video—the first official iPhone app capable of streaming live video over 3G and WiFi connections—approved for sale in the App Store.
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
Videos on TV With a Flip of a Channel  —  Remember when families used to gather around the television to watch home videos?  The process sounds old fashioned now that we spend so much time watching videos on our computer screens.  The company that introduced the popular Flip hand-held video cameras …
Startup diaries:
Don't be evil, Craigslist  —  Yesterday (Nov 30th 2009), at approximately 2pm PST, Craigslist effectively killed all Yahoo Pipes projects that use Craigslist as a data source.  For those unfamiliar with Yahoo Pipes, it's a nifty tool that allows you to take data from anywhere on the net …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Square Worth $40 Million Before Launch  —  Earlier today we wrote about Square, the new payment service cofounded by Jim McKelvey and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey.  We also interviewed Dorsey and used Square to buy a coffee.  —  We knew Square had closed a hyper-competitive venture round.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey's Square Is (Almost) Open For Business
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Not All Of Square's “Advisors” Are Hollywood Sexpots
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Patent Reveals Data Center Innovations  —  A diagram of an “air wand” indicating the location of cooling vents in the wand, a key feature of a patent application by Google data center engineers.  —  Google has revealed some of the secret technology inside its mighty data centers …
Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Gets A Hefty $30 Million From Accel For Local Offers Service  —  Chicago based Groupon, which was formerly known as ThePoint, has raised a hefty Series B financing - $30 million - from new investor Accel Partners and existing investor New Enterprise Associates.
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia's 2010 Goals: Fix the Symbian UI, release Maemo 6, and make more money  —  Today Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is holding their Capital Markets Day event in Espoo, Finland.  It's similar to the Nokia World event that took place in September, but instead of an having an audience of press …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.3.2 Released for Pixi, Pre Standing By  —  note: webOS 1.3.2 is not Christmas-themed, that'd be an add-on  —  We're not sure what to make of this yet, but andidendel in our forums just let us know that webOS 1.3.2 is getting pushed out to the Pixi right now.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Manufacturers redirecting R&D on declining GPS device orders?  —  If you enjoy the decimation of an industry as much as Google does then you're going to love the latest rumor sourced from DigiTimes' manufacturing moles.  According to the Taiwanese rumor rag, personal navigation device R&D teams …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and DigiTimes
Alex Petcherski / The Official Google Blog:
Show me the pictures: better format for image results  —  I love when I get images back in my Google search results.  There's no better way to quickly understand the difference between an ocelot and a clouded leopard.  But sometimes I want to see more images to really make sure I've identified the right jungle cat.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web-based toy maker Smith & Tinker lays off 30 percent of staff  —  Smith & Tinker had a high-profile launch of its Nanovor toy and accompanying game web site this fall.  It was billed as a marriage of toys and online games.  —  But yesterday the company laid off about 30 percent of its staff …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Charlie Wolf: How the Mac roared back  —  Needham & Co.'s senior analyst explains how Apple outgrew the PC market seven fold  —  Click to enlarge.  —  Needham's Charlie Wolf was as surprised as anyone when Apple (AAPL) reported that it had sold a record 3.05 million Macintosh computers …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Register
Mark Day / YouTube Blog:
Count Down Memorable Videos of the Year  —  We'd give you chocolates with it if we could: This week marks the launch of our advent-style calendar counting down some of the most memorable videos of the year on YouTube.  This sponsored collection, presented by Samsung U10 …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Pocket-lint.com
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Aussie Googler hits the world stage for climate change  —  A Google Map lets users drill down to view votes by country, city and even postcode.  —  An online platform developed by an Australian Googler in his “20 per cent time” has been adopted by the United Nations to show world leaders …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researchers Develop 3-D Squeezable Input Device  —  A team of researchers has developed a squeezable mouse-like input device that gives three-dimensional control to its users.  —  The device is called Suma, short for satsuma or the mandarin fruit, said Duncan Smith, head of consumer product development …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fotonauts Raises $1.1 Million, Shifts Fotopedia From Desktop To Web  —  We are big fans of Fotopedia (which is also known as Fotonauts), TechCrunch50 startup that turns your photo albums into collaborative Web pages about different topics and subjects.  According to an SEC filing …
Discussion: TechFlash
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cisco Leads $27 Million Round For Aravo  —  Aravo, a SAAS supplier chain management tool just raised a whopping $27 million in Series D funding led by Cisco, with other investors participating.  In addition, Cisco's web meeting and collaboration platform, WebEx, will be integrated …
Discussion: Cisco
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Fair Syndication Consortium: Google Responsible For Over Half Of Unlicensed Newspaper Articles  —  As part of its promise to highlight who's benefiting from all the linking done to newspaper articles across the web, the Fair Syndication Consortium says that in a recent 30-day period …
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft says black screens not caused by security updates  —  Updated 3:09 p.m.: Prevx posts response to Microsoft's statement.  —  Contrary to reports earlier this week, Microsoft said Tuesday the “black screens of death” some people have attributed to recent Windows security patches are not caused by those updates.
Reuters:
EA sees fewer titles; digital rising  —  Electronic Arts Inc (ERTS.O) sees a future where its online and mobile games are as critical as “Madden NFL” and other console games as the company focuses on building core franchises and winnows its number of titles, said Chief Executive John Riccitiello.
David Faber / CNBC.com:
GE, Comcast Complete Deal Over NBC Universal: Source  —  The deal between General Electric and Comcast over a majority stake in NBC Universal is complete, and there is nothing left to do but process paper, a source close to the merger told CNBC Tuesday.  —  A deal is expected to be completed …
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
EFF sues feds for info on social-network surveillance
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Intel, AMD Chips Help Fuel Server Market Rebound, IDC Says
Discussion: The Register
Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
Geo-Targeted Display Ads Set for Growth
Peter Pae / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Northrop and U.S. universities launch group to fight hackers
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Under Threat, Nielsen Accelerates Plan to Measure Online Video
Discussion: New York Times
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Power Play: Company Again Alleges Facebook Is A Monopoly
SC Magazine UK:
Koobface begins Christmas campaign on the 1st December with …
Discussion: SC Magazine and Pocket-lint.com
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John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
NCTA Pitches Half-Price Broadband to Middle-Schooler Homes
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech companies to move into Chronicle building
Discussion: BaltTech
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Seeking Alpha Raises $7 Million Second Round
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft exec: Quitting Google as tough as stopping smoking
Discussion: Xconomy
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
SAP readying potential Google Wave rival
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Huffington To Murdoch: Stop ‘Pointing Fingers’
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AT&T Ranked Last in Consumer Reports' Best Cellphone Service Survey
 

 
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