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12:40 AM ET, December 9, 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!
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.
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
MySpace buries Imeem  —  Here's an interesting study in contrasts.  When MySpace acquired iLike back in August, MySpace left the site mostly intact.  The iLike home page is still there, you can still add iLike's music-finding and sharing application to your Facebook page …
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Bruce Johnson / The Official Google Blog:
Faster apps for a faster web: introducing Speed Tracer  —  Do you ever wonder what's going on inside the browser when a webpage doesn't load or respond as quickly as it should?  Many developers do, especially when trying to build powerful web applications for their users.
Saul Hansell / Saul Hansell's Blog:
Official Announcement: I'm going to AOL  —  I'll have more to say on this soon.  Check back here.  In the mean time, I'll let the official announcement give the who-what-where.  —  SAUL HANSELL, FORMERLY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, JOINS AOL AS FIRST EMPLOYEE OF SEED, AOL's NEW CONTENT MANAGEMENT PLATFORM
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, TechCrunch, Gawker and Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
CONFIRMED: Saul Hansell Quits The New York Times For AOL
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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?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Vostro V13 hands-on impressions: ‘yes’  —  What if you took an original Adamo, shaved a couple pounds off the weight and a grand off the price?  You'd end up with something pretty close to the new Dell Vostro V13.  We just got a quick look at the machine, and while some of the cheaper materials Dell …
Rajen Sheth / The Official Google Blog:
Join this group: Google Groups joins Google Apps  —  Blogs, wikis, social networks, YouTube and Twitter are changing how many of us connect with others.  Yet within most businesses, especially large corporations, the software hasn't evolved much over the last decade.
Nancy Scola / techPresident:
The Open Government Directive has dropped.  Here's what's in it — and why it's a big deal.  —  So we finally have our hands on the long-awaited Open Government Directive.  In just eleven pages, it lays out the Obama Administration's vision for what transparent, participatory …
Discussion: White House.gov Blog Feed and Epicenter, Thanks:atul
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
White House Releases Open Government Initiative
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Ebay exec emails: Feign surprise to Craigslist  —  * Feign surprise if Craigslist balks, eBay exec wrote  —  Emails from a top eBay Inc (EBAY.O) executive showed the Internet giant was aware that a competing online classifieds site it launched while sitting on the board of Craigslist …
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
Windows Server and Windows Azure come together in a new STB organization: the Server & Cloud Division  —  Microsoft is announcing today the formation of a new organization within the Server & Tools Business that combines the Windows Server & Solutions group and the Windows Azure group …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Study: Redbox Will Destroy the Entertainment Industry  —  If you thought the movie 2012 was disaster porn, just wait for the entertainment apocalypse that Redbox's dollar-a-night movie rentals will bring about.  That, in a nutshell, is the bottom line of a new report (PDF, hat tip to Video Business) …
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
The Economics of AWS  —  For the past several years, many people have claimed that cloud computing can reduce a company's costs, improve cash flow, reduce risks, and maximize revenue opportunities.  Until now, prospective customers have had to do a lot of leg work to compare the costs …
Discussion: Computerworld
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Hostess Gets Pie on its Face in Domain Dispute  —  Decision in domain dispute favorable to non-use of domains for bad faith argument. … Hostess, the bakery that sells treats such as Twinkies and Ding Dongs, has lost a domain dispute over Hostess.com.  —  The domain name was purchased …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple updates Airport client software/silences loud Superdrives  —  Apple released Airport Client Update 2009-002 today fixing some minor issues in Snow Leopard's wireless access software.  A restart is required.  —  Update: Apple also released MacBook Pro EFI 1.8 firmware update for MacBook Pro 5,1 and 5,2.
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Cisco Has ‘Little Interest’ in Selling Smart Phones  —  CEO John Chambers says he'd rather work on the networking that supports products from RIM, Apple, and Palm  —  (Bloomberg)—Cisco Systems Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Chambers said the company has “little interest” …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
VeriFone follows Square's lead with its own iPhone credit card payment system [Updated]  —  PAYware Mobile.  Courtesy of VeriFone  —  Not to be outdone by tech visionary Jack Dorsey — one of the brains behind Twitter — and his Square cellphone payment start-up, point …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ Vevo Launch: Google's Schmidt: The Music Industry Will Finally Make Money Selling Music Online  —  The Vevo launch party has been going on for an hour and executives and stars are ready to take the stage.  I spoke briefly with Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt, who told me that Vevo …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Reuters and Mashable!
Lucas Mearian / InfoWorld:
Microsoft and NetApp sign cloud deal  —  The three-year collaboration agreement will focus on private and public cloud management  —  Microsoft and data storage company NetApp announced today a three-year agreement that cements what had already been years of product collaboration and technical integration.
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Streaming will never stop downloading  —  Far from being a cure for the industry's woes, substituting streams for downloads wastes bandwidth, reduces privacy and slows innovation  —  Someone convinced the record and movie and TV industries that there is way of letting someone listen to audio …
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Two Publishers Delay E-Books  —  Simon & Schuster is delaying by four months the electronic-book editions of about 35 leading titles coming out early next year, taking a dramatic stand against the cut-rate $9.99 pricing of e-book best sellers.  —  A second publisher, Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group …
A. G. Sulzberger / City Room:
City Explores Deal With Google to Digitize Tax Photos  —  In a move aimed at increasing the sale of prints from its collection of old tax photographs, New York City is exploring a deal with Google to digitize part of the collection in exchange for the right to use the images on the company's searchable maps.
Discussion: New York Times
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Internet Set-tops May Have a Limited Shelf Life: Analyst  —  With the proliferation of new broadband-connected TV sets and Blu-ray players ready to take the world by storm, the demand for standalone Internet set-top boxes will be limited.  That's one takeaway from new research released today …
 
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U.S. Online Holiday Spending Reaches $16 Billion for First 36 Days …
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Yahoo!:
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Jackie Dove / Macworld:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Support for Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 ends next July
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