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3:35 AM ET, December 13, 2007

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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Bebo Embraces Facebook Apps With Its "Open Applications Platform"  —  When Google developed OpenSocial, it was intended to obviate the need for developers to reprogram the same social networking applications for separate platforms.  Several social networks without their own proprietary developer platforms …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Facebook vs. Google — the social wars
Joe Walnes / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Picasa Redefined for your iPhone  —  I was sitting in the pub recently (I'm a Brit, it's what I do), and I wanted to show my friend a photo of the sunset I saw on my honeymoon.  I pulled out my phone and started typing in the URL for Picasa Web Albums.  Before I could continue, he threw his shiny iPhone into my hand.
Discussion: ParisLemon, Epicenter and iLounge
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Aseem Sood / Official Google Blog:
Google Toolbar: Take your tools with you  —  I've started to notice something peculiar about the Toolbar team, and that's this: we literally can't seem to stop carrying the Toolbar around with us.  When we moved to a new space in our Mountain View campus, we brought along a hallway-sized printout of it.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Updates Toolbar, Offers iPhone Version of Picasa
Discussion: Ars Technica
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Second-gen iPhone in final phase; Apple TV update planned - report  —  After meeting with key component suppliers and manufacturers in Asia, researchers for investment bank Goldman Sachs said this week they believe Apple will introduce two revisions to the iPhone in 2008 — one minor …
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Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Goldman Sachs: New iPhones, Apple TV for 2008
Discussion: ParisLemon
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
It's your business  —  Yesterday, while I was on a panel discussion at LeWeb3 talking about the future of video something happened that discussed my future.  I was driving the computer during the panel discussion, demonstrating bleeding edge video technologies like Seesmic and Kyte on stage …
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Meet Veronica, Sexy Skype Spammer  —  Maybe this is commonplace for others, but I've just got my first sex-chat-spam on Skype.  It's from someone called Veronica Sexy, whose profile indicates that it's unlikely to be someone I've met and just forgotten about (as if I would):
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe open-sourcing data access technology  —  San Francisco - Adobe Systems is announcing on Thursday plans to release source code for its high-performance remoting and messaging technology via an open source product called BlazeDS.  —  The technology is leveraged in enterprise rich Internet applications, Adobe said.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Adobe Releases BlazeDS, Open Source Version of LiveCycle Data Services
Discussion: Basement.org and Contentinople
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Cheatsheet: Online Ad Spending to Slow  —  If you have been following this space, here is a conclusion that's not going to surprise you: Online advertising will grow, but it will do so more slowly over the next few years.  —  That's the headline on a handy chart sent over by eMarketer this morning.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House Republican targets Google on privacy grounds  —  A top Republican in the House of Representatives is demanding that Google answer a barrage of questions about privacy, some of which are related to the company's proposed purchase of the DoubleClick advertising firm.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Windows 7 to get more touchy-feely  —  For those wondering when touch features such as those found on the Surface PC or iPhone would make it into mainstream PCs, the answer appears to be "whenever Microsoft gets around to releasing Windows 7."  —  A Microsoft blogger said this week …
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Scoop: Google Analytics Updates - Compare Data Points  —  There's no official announcement from Google, but we're seeing new features showing-up in Google Analytics.  —  It appears you'll be able to compare different data points...  Options let you compare data such as visits, pageviews …
Discussion: Mashable! and ParisLemon
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Hakia raising $5M for semantic search  —  Semantic search outfit Hakia is on its way to launching in 2008, with a new $5 million round from an undisclosed investor.  —  The New York-based company opened for beta testing earlier this year, and has since been adding on services …
Discussion: Mashable!
Popular Mechanics:
10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2008  —  Machines are getting smaller, handier—and much, much smarter.  Think we forgot something?  Go geeky in the comments section below!  Want to test our prediction powers?  Check out last year's list!  —  Fun for the thinking man.
Discussion: Joystiq
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft rebrands PlaysForSure to Certified For Windows Vista, confuses world  —  Microsoft's PlaysForSure DRM just took another step closer to the grave with the help of some rebranding.  Those of you with players from SanDisk, Nokia, and Creative among others, looking for compatible music from Napster …
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
A Chapter of 'Jackass' as Web Test  —  LOS ANGELES — Paramount Pictures is lurching onto the Web with its "Jackass" franchise, with what it says will be the first studio-backed feature film to have its premiere online.  And the studio hopes the result will be considerably more pleasurable …
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Robin Wauters / blognation:
Tag Your Wish List on Del.icio.us And Say You WANTZ.IT
Discussion: Mashable!
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Google tries search design AOL discarded [Scoop]
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Return of the Son of Pentium in 2008?  Intel's new ultramobile processors
Discussion: The Tech Report
Reuters:
eBay to Appeal Patent Infringement Ruling
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November Search Market Share: The Market, Google, and Yahoo! …
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