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1:55 AM ET, December 15, 2007

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB  —  Companies can now go ahead and fire their expensive database administrators—those engineers who keep the Oracle or IBM databases humming.  Amazon has just added an enterprise-class database called SimpleDB to its suite of cloud-based IT infrastructure …
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Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Economics that are impossible to stop  —  A few days ago, Jeff Barr, Amazon's Web services (AWS) evangelist visited my class and got a report of what we'd built over the course of the last semester on top of AWS.  Each student had built part of a project that eventually used 25-30 independent machines.
Cying / inside looking out:
What You Need To Know About Amazon SimpleDB  —  Well after being under NDA for so long, I'm glad to be able to say that Amazon SimpleDB has gone into limited beta.  Congratulations to everyone on the SDS / SimpleDB team; their several years of work on SimpleDB (formerly called SDS) is a brilliant piece of engineering.
Nitin Borwankar / GigaOM:
Amazon SimpleDB 101 & Why It Matters  —  Amazon continues to amaze us with its Amazon Web Services series of offerings.  The latest is SimpleDB, which will be available in limited beta in a few weeks.  And it is bound to have a major impact on web infrastructure.  As Amazon says in its email to existing developers:
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile Turns Off Twitter?  —  Reports alleging T-Mobile has shut off Twitter for their customers are rolling in.  Complaints have surfaced on T-Mobile's user forum on Satisfaction as well as several other personal blogs and forums.  A T-Mobile representative replied to a customer's service request with this email:
Discussion: BibleBoy's Blog
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
What's Wrong With Windows Mobile and How WM7 and WM8 Are Going to Fix It [What's Wrong With Windows Mobile]  —  We just got the scoop from Microsoft on Windows Mobile 7 and Windows Mobile 8, the two upcoming platforms that will fix what is undeniably broken about the Windows Mobile platform to date.
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts, IntoMobile and Digg
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Windows Mobile: more of what's going on in the next two versions  —  Publicly disclosable details about the future of Windows Mobile are still sparse, but we can let the door open a bit wider on what was shown at this year's Mobius with regard to the next two versions of Windows Mobile.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Where is Windows Mobile headed?
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
Chrix Finne / Official Google Reader Blog:
Reader and Talk are Friends! … One of my favorite uses for Reader is to share interesting stuff with my friends.  I click "Share" whenever I find an interesting item, be it hilarious or serious.  This way, all my friends can subscribe to my shared items (and I to theirs) …
Nick / Rough Type:
Googlepedia  —  Just to underscore the impetus behind the launch of Googlepedia - er, Knol - I went back to rerun a test I first ran over a year ago to see how high Wikipedia pages rank in a random set of Google searches.  Here were the results on August 10, 2006:  —  World War II: #1  —  Israel: #1
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   That's Not Evil, It's Business
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Intel Reveals New Mobile SSD, UMPC Concepts, the Skulltrail Gaming Platform and Penryn and Santa Rosa Updates [Intel]  —  At Intel's Pre-CES briefing today, execs discussed a new super-small solid state drive, WiMax-capable devices, and 45nm Penryn chips in everything from UMPCs to television sets …
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
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Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
Intel Will Highlight Silverthorne at CES
Discussion: paidContent.org
ongoing:
Knol  —  There's much ado about Knol, but I haven't noticed many Wikipedian voices.  Well, I'll speak up, and I'm sort of a Wikipedian.  Actually, less so recently, which is relevant.  —  The Target Audience  —  I know exactly who Knol will appeal to.  People like me.  Frustrated editors.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sold Out Kindles Going For Up To $1,500 On Ebay  —  Amazon's new Kindle ebook device sold out almost immediately after going on sale.  And there won't be any more available until after Christmas: … The device, which sells for $400, also is unavailable outside of the U.S. So if you want one now …
Federal Trade Commission:
Petition Seeking My Recusal from Review of Proposed Acquisition of Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners V, LP (DoubleClick Inc.)  —  This statement responds to the "Complaint Requesting Recusal of the Federal Trade Commission Chairman From the Pending Review of the Proposed Google-Doubleclick Merger" …
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Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
A sleek introduction of $299 laptops  —  A little-known Taiwanese firm that makes motherboards for brand-name PCs has put its own moniker on one of the lightest, sleekest, cheapest laptops ever to connect to cyberspace.  —  Today, Asus Technology will unveil a $299 version of the Eee PC …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and WinBeta
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Overnight Success  —  It may come as a surprise to many of us, but not Ray Ozzie, that he has won the war.  While everyone from Nick Carr to the group of consultants known as the Enterprise Irregulars tilt at the Windmill formerly known as ERP, Microsoft has suddenly emerged …
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
S&M blogger outs web host malware attack
Discussion: Franklin and StopBadware Blog
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Technology Live
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft's Ultimate Avatar All Night Party-o-Rama: Actually Pretty Funny
Discussion: GigaOM
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
SocialPicks, a stock market community site, raises round
Discussion: PE HUB, John Furrier and Mashable!
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Electronista:
Fujitsu ReRAM leads to fast mobile devices
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Google tight-lipped on U.K. spectrum bid
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kate Kelly / Wall Street Journal:
How Goldman Won Big On Mortgage Meltdown
Will Greenwald / CNET News.com:
Nintendo, GameStop address Wii shortage
Charles / Channel 9:
Mark Russinovich: On Working at Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 …
Discussion: WinBeta
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Officially unlocked iPhones not really unlocked
eMarketer:
The Promise of Social Network Advertising