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9:15 PM ET, November 29, 2008

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why I Love Twitter  —  If you care what I think, you know that Twitter is just about the best way to learn what I'm paying attention to.  I pass along tidbits of O'Reilly news, interesting reading from mailing lists and blogs I follow, and of course, tidbits from the twitterers I'm following.
Discussion: Joe Duck and Microblink
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Three Reasons Why Netbooks Just Aren't Good Enough  —  The debate about Netbooks, which are very small and very cheap laptop devices, is beginning to heat up.  The category is only about a year old but sales are expected to top 5 million this year.  —  Lots of people think Netbooks …
Arn / MacRumors:
‘Push’ Notifications Coming in iPhone 2.2.1?  —  RussianiPhone.ru claims that they have seen iPhone 2.2.1 Beta 1 and that it implements Push notifications as well as over-the-air MobileMe syncing with Notes support.  —  As proof they've posted a screenshot showing the Notes and Calendar applications …
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
Google's Gatekeepers  —  In 2006, Thailand announced it was blocking access to YouTube for anyone with a Thai I.P address, and then identified 20 offensive videos for Google to remove as a condition of unblocking the site.  —  ‘If your whole game is to increase market share,’ says Lawrence Lessig …
Discussion: madisonian.net and WinBeta
Tony Levene / Guardian:
Porn bill for couple who can't download  —  Innocent people are getting letters from lawyers claiming they should pay for films they've never seen.  Tony Levene investigates  —  Consumers have received bills for downloads they know nothing about  —  A Hertfordshire couple in their 60s …
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Joost gets back on our radar with iPhone app  —  Men in Black playing on Joost's new iPhone app.  —  If ever there was a Web service that experienced a rapid fall from grace, it was online video start-up Joost.  What started out as a much anticipated new service ultimately fell short …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
You're Leaving a Digital Trail.  What About Privacy?  —  HARRISON BROWN, an 18-year-old freshman majoring in mathematics at M.I.T., didn't need to do complex calculations to figure out he liked this deal: in exchange for letting researchers track his every move, he receives a free smartphone.
NEWS.com.au:
Terrorists turn technology into weapon of war in Mumbai  —  THEIR battle fatigues are jeans, T-shirts and trainers.  They are the new breed of terrorist ¿ using everyday technology as a weapon of war.  —  Among their arsenal of weapons are bags of almonds and BlackBerry mobile phones …
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Fred / A VC:
Trading Analog Dollars For Digital Pennies  —  Jeff Zucker, head of NBC Universal, was famously quoted earlier this year warning that the media industry had to work so “that we do not end up trading analog dollars for digital pennies.”  —  It's a great line and an even better observation.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Paul Graham:
The Other Half of “Artists Ship”  —  One of the differences between big companies and startups is that big companies tend to have developed procedures to protect themselves against mistakes.  A startup walks like a toddler, bashing into things and falling over all the time.  A big company is more deliberate.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
What If the Recession Does Turn Into a Depression?  —  It's far from certain — it's even a fairly remote possibility — but the possibility of an economic depression is being discussed more and more these days.  As is to be expected, the discussion tends to be centered around how much of what we're used to having could be destroyed.
Datamation:
Secondhand PCs Go Unused Despite Demand  —  While the supply of PCs isn't keeping up with worldwide demand, retired desktops are largely going untapped as an alternative, with less than 50 percent of machines being reused, according to a Gartner study released today.
 
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Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
Open source hardware 2008 …
Discussion: Slashdot
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newspaper sales fell almost $2B in one quarter
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Nokia Build comes to UK; Allows customization of Nokia 7310 Supernova
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Macbook Video DRM Problems Continue to Make Waves
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
More Ways to Hide Google SearchWiki
Discussion: Googling Google
Chris Mellor / The Register:
So what will happen to Sun?  —  The new Silicon Valley parlour game
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Where was Sock Puppet's bailout?
Discussion: Alley Insider, TechWag and TechFlash
VentureBeat:
Breaking: Google News doesn't break tech news
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The iPhone and the Ensuing Wireless Broadband Boom
Discussion: Newsome.Org and DSLreports
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Don't know what you've got till it's gone