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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Following Layoffs, Yahoo Cuts Products: MyBlogLog, Delicious, Yahoo Buzz  —  At an all-hands meeting for the Yahoo product team following a round of layoffs yesterday that significantly impacted that group, EVP of Americas Ross Levinsohn and Chief Product Officer Blake Irving announced plans to …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Is Yahoo Shutting Down Del.icio.us?  [Update: Yes]  —  For a couple of days now, we've been hearing rumors that the Yahoo layoffs included the entire Delicious team.  Now Former Yahoo employee and Upcoming founder Andy Baio has tweeted out the above Yahoo! product team meeting slide that seems …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Confirmed: Yahoo Closing Buzz, Traffic APIs - Maybe Delicious & AltaVista  —  News is traveling fast about a leaked slide from a Yahoo “all hands” meeting earlier this week that listed several products — including Delicous and AltaVista — to be “sunsetted.”  Yahoo confirms that Yahoo Buzz will be closed, as will the Traffic APIs.
Discussion: Bits, SAI, Pulse2 and The Next Web
Michael Siliski / The Official Google Blog:
The next generation of mobile maps  —  I'm excited to announce Google Maps 5.0 for Android, with two significant new features: 3D interaction and offline reliability.  We launched Google Maps for mobile a little more than five years ago.  Since then, we've added dozens of features …
ifixit:
Nexus S Teardown  —  Nearly one year after the release of the Nexus One, Google, in partnership with Samsung, has released its second official phone the Nexus S. It has some fancy gimmicks features that separate it from other Android phones on the market, such as a curved display and the newest 2.3 Gingerbread update.
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and Engadget
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
“At Apple you can get fired for saying K48”  —  A supplier is overheard tipping a hedge fund off to the project that became the iPad  —  The complaint.  Source: Wall St. Journal  —  On Oct. 1, 2009, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday, a Flextronics director named Walter Shimoon …
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Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Apple iPad: Secrets from the Insider Trading Case
Discussion: iLounge
Apple:
Apple's Mac App Store to Open on January 6  —  Apple® today announced that the Mac® App Store℠ will open for business on Thursday, January 6.  By bringing the revolutionary App Store experience to Mac OS® X, the Mac App Store makes discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever.
Carlos Pizano / Google Chrome Blog:
Safer plug-ins, faster search, and richer graphics  —  Last week, we previewed several upcoming features that will be available to users on Chrome and Chrome OS.  Today we're excited to introduce a few of these new security, speed, and open web platform features into Chrome's beta channel.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chrome Browser Sandboxes Flash To Protect Against Malware
Discussion: Softpedia News
Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Seek New Funding After Rebuffing Google's $6 Billion Offer  —  Groupon Inc., owner of a daily coupon website with 40 million subscribers, is seeking funds after rejecting a takeover offer from Google Inc., three people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Q: Why No Twitter Board Seat for Kleiner's John Doerr? …
DigiTimes:
Apple to upgrade MacBook Pro and iMac in 1H11  —  In addition to iPad, Apple is set to launch upgraded MacBook Pro and iMac models in the first half of 2011, according to sources from upstream component makers.  —  The sources noted that Apple plans to launch at least four upgraded MacBook Pros …
Justin Mitchell / Facebook Blog:
Making Photo Tagging Easier  —  Every day, people add more than 100 million tags to photos on Facebook.  They do it because it's an easy way to share photos and memories.  Unlike photos that get forgotten in a camera or an unshared album, tagged photos help you and your friends relive everything …
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Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
Nokia Takes Another Bite At Apple (13 Bites, Actually)
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The new Facebook Fan pages are live.  No tabs, cleaner interface and more features.  —  Update: It appears that Facebook the pages update, for the time being.  This is likely related to widespread reports of Facebook being “down” right after the features rolled out.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Thanks:imgtxt
Dick Craddock / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail introduces interactive email using Active Views  —  Starting today, Hotmail and select partners are introducing a new type of interactive and dynamic email that runs on the Hotmail Active Views platform.  —  Beginning in the late 90s, email services evolved from supporting just plain text …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google, MySpace Finally Land New Ad Deal  —  Google and MySpace have finally struck a new ad deal, replacing the three-year, $900 million pact that expired this fall.  The two companies aren't handing out details on the new pact, but have made it clear that it's not going to be anything like the old one …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Best Buy getting locked out of Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global for selling them too cheaply?  —  Drama!  We're hearing from many, many tipsters right now that Best Buy has issued a stop-sale on two of Verizon's latest (and presumably more popular) models.  Officially it's a “recall” of some sort …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Who bought those 882 Novell patents?  Not just Microsoft  —  The mysterious CPTN Holdings — the organization that bought the 882 Novell patents as part of the terms of the Attachmate acquisition of Novell — has been unmasked.  —  CPTN Holdings isn't just a front for Microsoft.
Paul Tarjan / Facebook Developer Blog:
Making registration simple and social in just a few steps  —  Today we're launching a new registration tool that gives website owners the ability to offer quick, easy and social options for sign-up.  It is an excellent alternative to using Facebook Login (formerly Facebook Connect) when …
Arik Hesseldahl / All Things Digital:
Oracle Beats Q2 Earnings Forecasts  —  Oracle's earnings are in.  Both revenue and profits beat the expectations of analysts.  —  Sales were $8.6 billion, helped mostly by new software license sales that grew 21 percent to $2 billion, while updates and product support revenue grew 12% to $3.7 billion.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Oracle and SAI
Nielsen Wire:
Young and Mobile: A Global View of Cellphones and Youth  —  Nielsen's new whitepaper on Mobile Youth Around the World reveals that most young people with mobile phones chose their own device.  In fact, across all the countries surveyed, only 16 percent of young people reported that their parents selected their mobile phone.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook to Big Media: We Like You.  We Really, Really Like You.  —  Facebook has more than 550 million users, but right now the company has its eyes on a very particular set of friends: Big media companies.  —  Mark Zuckerberg's company is working hard to win over heavyweight content distributors …
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly adds new touch panel suppliers for iPad 2  —  Apple has reportedly added two additional touch panel makers, Chimei Innolux and Cando, to its touch panel supplier list for iPad 2 in addition to current suppliers Wintek, Sintek Photronics and TPK Touch Solutions due to expanding market …
Discussion: SAI, Pulse2 and Edible Apple
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's Best Kept Secret: Ad Hoc Installs for Testing Purposes  —  One of the major pain points in developing mobile applications for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) is testing those apps.  As we've noted before, the traditional testing method is time-consuming and cumbersome …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Sales Said Likely to Reach $2 Billion This Year, Beating Target  —  Facebook Inc., the world's most popular social-networking service, is likely to generate sales of about $2 billion this year, a faster pace than originally projected, according to three people familiar with the matter.
 
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Vimeo turns its video site into a film school
Discussion: GigaOM, Macworld and Podcasting News
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Beats Revenue, Profit Estimates as BlackBerry Sales Rise
Discussion: Mobilized and Electronista
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foodspotting Swallows Food Sharing Community Eat.ly
Discussion: Spotted, Thanks:jonsteinberg
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
SkyFire web browser brings Flash video and social features to iPad
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Google Goes To the Cloud For New Idea In PC System
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Flipboard Adds Google Reader, Flickr and More
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