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3:00 PM ET, December 8, 2009

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Brian Rakowski / The Official Google Blog:
Google Chrome for the holidays: Mac, Linux and extensions in beta  —  There was nothing more excruciating for me as a kid than seeing the presents pile up under the Christmas tree but knowing that I couldn't open them until Christmas morning.  On the Google Chrome team …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome For Mac Is Here!  —  The wait is over.  Google Chrome for Mac is now available in beta.  It's still missing a few features that are in the Windows version (like support for extensions), but the browser is lickety-split and more-or-less stable.  —  I've been holding off really using Chrome until now.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google Chrome Extensions Gallery is open for business!  —  Those of you who have been waiting for the official Google Chrome Extensions gallery to open, wait no more!  The switch has been flipped and Google's repository is now open the the public.  —  Things have been fairly active already …
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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Now's the Time, Finally: Publishers Announce Their “Hulu for Magazines.”  Next Up: Building It.  —  So here you go: The magazine industry is finally ready to announce that it is forming a joint venture to distribute and sell digital versions of its products.
The Official Google Blog:
Exploring a new, more dynamic way of reading news with Living Stories  —  There's been no shortage of talk recently about the “future of news.”  Should publishers charge for news online?  How do they replace lost sources of revenue such as classified ads?  How will accountability journalism endure?
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.
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.
Mel Martin / TUAW:
Dragon Dictation comes to the iPhone.  Wow.  —  Put this into the 'I didn't think they could ever get this to work on an iPhone' category.  —  I'm talking about Dragon Dictation [iTunes link] from Nuance, the developers of the very popular Dragon Naturally Speaking for the PC.
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.
Owen Van Natta / MySpace:
Imeem Becomes Part of MySpace Music  —  Today, MySpace Music has completed a deal to acquire certain assets of imeem - a leading social media music service.  MySpace Music and imeem share a common vision and commitment to further enabling the socialization of content across the Web.
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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo's Bartz: ‘Things Are Looking Up’  —  Asked about the disparity between online media usage and internet ad spending at UBS Media Week, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz said that the gap was in part because internet advertising had initially over-sold itself: “I think internet advertising oversold itself …
Discussion: Digits and Silicon Alley Insider
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
Pandora Is Coming to Your Car  —  Net radio provider Pandora is preparing to move more aggressively into the automotive space, with deeper integration with car radios and controls on the horizon.  During an early afternoon panel at the SF Music Tech Summit, chief technology officer Tom Conrad …
Discussion: Mashable! and SlashGear
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
How Microsoft stacks 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.
Google LatLong:
Changing your perspective  —  As an avid travel planner or discerning house hunter, you might always be looking for another view of a location before you make your final decision.  On the Google Maps team we're always looking for ways to make search experiences like this more useful for you.
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Thunderbird 3 Officially Released with New Features, Improved Look  —  Windows/Mac/Linux: A whopping two years at its second major release, Mozilla's popular desktop email client Thunderbird is now available as the new and improved Thunderbird 3.0, and there's a lot to love in the new Thunderbird.
Discussion: Internetnews Blog and TechCrunch
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 …
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
$200 Boxee Box Based on D-Link  —  Boxee hosted an event Monday night at a club in Brooklyn, where the social entertainment platform joined forces with D-Link for the “Boxee Box” Internet-connected set-top box.  —  The “Boxee Box” has an odd, “sunken cube” shape, just shorter than a soda can …
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Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Boxee shows off beta version with improved interface
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple appeals $21.7 million patent infringement decision  —  After a patent holder was awarded $21.7 million from Apple last week over technology related to cache memory, the Mac maker has officially appealed the court's decision.  —  On Dec. 4, Apple filed its formal appeal in the case.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Engadget
ComingSoon.net:
The Facebook Movie is Coming Next October  —  ComingSoon.net has learned that Sony's Columbia Pictures has set an October 15, 2010 release date for director David Fincher's The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Joe Mazzello.
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Lazerow / MediaPost:
Alert!  Facebook Pages Are Changing: Are You Ready?  —  In late October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the head of Facebook Platform, Ethan Beard, provided insight into the future of the platform in the company's inaugural road map address.  —  Overlooked by almost every marketer …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Dyyno Launches Free 1080p Live Streaming Solution  —  Dyyno, which allows its users to stream and record live video from any application on their desktops, is launching a major upgrade of its service today.  The company's service will now allow users to stream live and recorded video streams in full 1080p HD resolution.
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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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Study: Redbox Will Destroy the Entertainment Industry
Discussion: Video Business Online and /Film
Joel / Socialthing! blog:
Transition to AIM Lifestream
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NPR Makes Its Mobile Website Appalicious (And Readies An Android App)
Discussion: Digital Daily and mocoNews
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Forecast: Online Will Take More Ad Dollars Than Newspapers By 2015
Discussion: TeleRead and Silicon Alley Insider
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Daylife gives publishers self-updating topic pages
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft labs tests a Wikipedia of average Joes
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Dave Caolo / TUAW:
The first iPhone development reality show?
Discussion: Geek.com and IntoMobile
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Travel Startup With Ties To Twitter Founders Gets Funding
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