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2:40 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
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
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: Epicenter, ParisLemon and iLounge
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Updates Toolbar, Offers iPhone Version of Picasa
Discussion: Ars Technica
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoble To Leave PodTech, Heading For Fast Company  —  Famous blogger Robert Scoble will be leaving his current job at PodTech in mid January, he says.  He will likely be joining Fast Company to start Fast Company TV.  —  Scoble was with PodTech for just a year and a half.
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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 …
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):
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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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Sources: FTC gets more time to review Google-DoubleClick deal
Discussion: TechSpot News
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Groups ask FTC chair to recuse in Google-DoubleClick review
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.
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
Mobile Jones:
Sam Sethi Shuts Down Blognation  —  Sam Sethi has thrown in the towel.  There's no place to take Blognation given the reality of zero funding and mounting debt.  No bills were paid and the train wreck has run over Sethi.  He announced today that he will not continue and steps down from Blognation.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
BusinessWeek reorganizes, confirms dozen layoffs  —  BusinessWeek announced internally a reorganization of its editorial operations and the fact that it was laying off a dozen editorial and business staff members.  A spokeswoman would not discuss specific employees affected or their last day at work.
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 …
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 and Digg
Times of London:
Microsoft swoop hands Multimap founder $25m  —  The deal, understood to be worth about $50 million, expands Microsoft's fast-growing footprint in web and mobile advertising  —  Microsoft has agreed to buy Multimap, the privately-owned British company that is snapping at the heels of Google's dominance in online mapping services.
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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
A Chapter of 'Jackass' as Web Test
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Google tries search design AOL discarded [Scoop]
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:
US Government leadership in cyber security lacking
Discussion: GovExec.com
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
My Take On Embargoes — Break Them And No More For You!
InfoWorld:
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Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kindle DRM hacked to allow protected Mobipocket ebooks
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Hakia raising $5M for semantic search
Discussion: Mashable!
Reuters:
eBay to Appeal Patent Infringement Ruling
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
November Search Market Share: The Market, Google, and Yahoo! …
Discussion: WebProNews, Epicenter and eWEEK.com
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Ice Cream Company Gives Away 10,000 Frozen iPods Inside Popsicles [Frozen IPods]
Discussion: MacUser and Digg
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: 95 percent of all e-mail has that spammy smell
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb opens up iPhone