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11:05 AM ET, December 8, 2009

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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New Digital Publishing Venture Boasts Access To 144 Million-Plus Audience; Squires Talks  —  Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith (NYSE: MDP), News Corp (NYSE: NWS). and Time Inc. are making it formal: the five publishers are equity partners in a new digital publishing venture with grand designs.
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Wall Street Journal:
Media Firms to Unveil Joint Venture for Digital Devices  —  Four major magazine publishers and News Corp. are set to unveil a joint venture to prepare print publications for a new generation of electronic readers and other digital devices, as media companies team up to tackle vexing industry issues.
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Relevance meets the real-time web  —  Search is a natural starting point for discovering the world's information, and we strive to bring you the freshest, most comprehensive and relevant search results over an ever expanding universe of content on the multitude of devices you use to access it.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
How Microsoft does and doesn't stack up against Google's latest search and mobile wares  —  Hoping (unsuccessfully so) to head off the glowing press Google was bound to get this week for its “future of search” preview, Microsoft showed off some of its latest enhancements to Bing last week.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Vic Gundotra / Google Mobile Blog:
Mobile Search for a New Era: Voice, Location and Sight  —  Editor's note: today Google held a launch event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.  Fresh off the stage, we've invited Vic to highlight the mobile team's announcements, and the unique set of technologies that make them possible.
Rafe Needleman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Hands-on with the JooJoo  —  CNET snagged the first journalists' demo of the new JooJoo (formerly CrunchPad) Web slate on Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan's San Francisco media tour.  Quick impressions: yeah, this is a really cool device.  Everyone reading a tech site like CNET will want one.
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Gmail Blog:
Offline Gmail graduates from Labs  —  Almost a year ago, we launched Offline Gmail in Gmail Labs.  By installing Offline Gmail, you're able to use the normal Gmail interface to read and write mail, search, and organize, even when there's no internet connection.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate finally makes move from hard drives to flash storage  —  Seagate makes about $10 billion a year in revenues from its 30-year-old hard drive business.  But today, after two years of study, the company is launching a new flash memory storage business.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LaLa Was Bought By Apple For $17 Million, Not $80 Million  —  Sometimes you have to apply the smell test to what your sources are telling you, and the rumors we're hearing about Apple's purchase of music service LaLa are definitely smelling a little off.  $80 million for LaLa?  That isn't what we're hearing.
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Boxee shows off beta version with improved interface  —  At an event in Brooklyn on Monday, Boxee showed off the upcoming beta version of its media center application for OS X, Windows, Linux, and Apple TV.  The Boxee software, based on the open-source XBMC, lets you watch and listen …
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Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Dell Rings Up $6.5 Million in Sales Using Twitter Promotions  —  Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) — Dell Inc., relying on social- networking sites to drum up sales of personal computers, said its promotions on Twitter have helped generate more than $6.5 million in orders for PCs, accessories and software.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple reveals best-selling iTunes content, iPhone apps of 2009  —  Apple this week revealed the most critically acclaimed and best selling content of the year in the iTunes Store, the world's most popular online music seller and mobile application destination.
Discussion: MacRumors
The Official Google Blog:
Fighting fraud online: taking “Google Money” scammers to court  —  “Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!” or “Easy Cash with Google: You Could be Making up to $978 a Day Working from Home!”  You may have seen offers like these using Google's name or logo that sounded too good to be true.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Million People Riding Google Wave.  Most Of Them On Their Stomachs.  —  The first time you go surfing, it's a pretty significant achievement to just stand up on the board and ride a wave.  Most people never leave their stomachs, or when they do, they fly face first into the wave.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft labs tests a Wikipedia of average Joes  —  The EntityCube listing for Microsoft Research chief Rick Rashid.  —  Think of Microsoft's latest labs effort as the software maker's attempt to give everyone their own Wikipedia entry.  —  Dubbed EntityCube and now live to try out …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Robert McMillan / PC World:
New Cloud-based Service Steals Wi-Fi Passwords  —  For US$34, a new cloud-based hacking service can crack a WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) network password in just 20 minutes, its creator says.  —  Launched Monday, the WPA Cracker service bills itself as a useful tool for security auditors …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Hyperlocal Aggregator Outside.in Raises $7 Million From CNN, Others  —  Time Warner's CNN is taking a stake in hyperlocal aggregator Outside.in—the latest example of a big media organization making a play in the hyperlocal space.  CNN is getting a share of Outside.in as part …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Almost 1% Of The App Store Pulled Over A Rating Scam  —  Glyn Evans over at iphoneography brought a very interesting story to the public's attention this weekend.  A friend of his, SCW, was looking into some photography apps by the developer Molinker (the apps actually look curiously similar …
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appfreak:
Molinker on AppStore scam: “We don't know what's wrong so far”
Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal:
Journalism and Freedom  —  Government assistance is a greater threat to the press than any new technology.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  We are at a time when many news enterprises are shutting down or scaling back.  No doubt you will hear some tell you that journalism is in dire shape, and the triumph of digital is to blame.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Forecast: Online Will Take More Ad Dollars Than Newspapers By 2015  —  Is the upswing in effect?  Three industry forecasts are raising their expectations for next year's ad spend...  Magna Global is reckoning on a six percent rise, GroupM on just .8 percent and ZenithOptimedia is raising …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Daylife gives publishers self-updating topic pages  —  Daylife, a company that gives online publishers access to content from some 8,000 media sources, is making it easier to run entire sections of curated content.  —  The New York company, which launched in 2007, so far has let publishers …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Measures target child web safety  —  The government will also announce a ‘Green Cross Code’ for internet safety  —  Lessons in using the internet safely are set to become a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary schoolchildren in England from 2011.  —  The lessons are one element …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: MSN Inks New Deal With Wonderwall Creator BermanBraun for Online Lifestyle Site  —  MSN will announce a new deal with BermanBraun-the Hollywood production company run by former Yahoo media chief and well-known television exec Lloyd Braun (pictured here)-to create …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Follow the money: The ROI Scareware, Spyware, click fraud, pharma spam  —  Massive banking exploits and easy to deploy threats will be more prevalent in 2010, but the real cash cows will remain scareware, spyware, click fraud, advance-fee fraud and pharma, according to Cisco's annual security report.
Discussion: Computerworld
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Gear6 Brings Memcached to Amazon's Cloud  —  Startup Gear6 today launched the availability of its memcached appliance on Amazon's Web Services platform, bringing a widely used distributed memory caching system for web companies to the cloud.  Gear6 will soon offer its beefed-up version …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
PicScout expands catalog; adds Ito as adviser
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Dave Caolo / TUAW:
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Travel Startup With Ties To Twitter Founders Gets Funding
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Look Up, Don't Look Down!  TC50 Star Tonchidot Raises $4 Million Series A
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Cisco Completes Acquisition of Cloud Based ScanSafe
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
If You Can Draw It on a Whiteboard, You Can Send It to a Kindle
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James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google - from friend to foe?
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Soars As Intel Cancels Graphics Chip
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