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7:40 PM ET, December 2, 2008

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Nokia:
Desktop.  Laptop.  Pocket: The era of the personal Internet dawns with the Nokia N97  —  Tilting touch display, QWERTY keyboard and personalized home screen - a true mobile computer  —  Barcelona, Spain - Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97, the world's most advanced mobile computer …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Former AOL Chief Seeks Funds for Yahoo Deal  —  Former AOL Chief Executive Jonathan Miller is trying to raise money to purchase a portion or all of Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Mr. Miller has been talking to private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Ex-AOL CEO Miller Reportedly Raising Funds To Bid For Yahoo; But Could Be For His Own Fund  —  Jon Miller, former CEO of AOL and now one of the founders of VC firm Velocity along with Ross Levinsohn, is in the process of raising funds to try to buy Yahoo, reports the WSJ, citing sources.
Discussion: AdAge and Alley Insider
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple announces Top 10 iPhone App downloads of 2008  —  With 2008 on the way out and right around 10,000 applications behind them, Apple has released a series of lists outlining which applications scored the most downloads since the App Store's launch back in July.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Rolls Out Its New Social Network Hub, Boosts SkyDrive/Photo Storage to 25 GB  —  Today, Microsoft is rolling out some of the sweeping changes to Windows Live it announced two weeks ago.  Windows Live seems to be gradually replacing MSN as Microsoft's central hub for everything you do on the Web.
Discussion: Technologizer
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Electronista:
iPhone soars to 16.6% of smartphone market  —  The iPhone is now not only the second most popular smartphone in the world but has saved the smartphone industry from a decline this past summer, according to a research note by Needham analyst Charlie Wolf.  Apple's handset has represented …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Digg: Not for Sale  —  The news aggregation site's CEO, Jay Adelson, spelled out Digg's drive for profitability  —  Over the last few years, Digg has become Silicon Valley's version of the boy who cried wolf.  Like the child who warned local villagers that a wolf was about to attack his flock of sheep …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Jay Adelson's Six Step Plan To Make Digg Profitable
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Acer to challenge Apple and Asus with a low-cost iMac clone and a 10.2Â" netbook  —  Chicago (IL) - The world's #3 PC manufacturer plans on releasing a 10.2" netbook and an all-in-one desktop computer, which will go head-to-head with Asus and Apple.  The company said that the netbook …
Discussion: SlashGear and Maximum PC all
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Mike Nash / The Windows Blog:
Announcing the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Customer Preview Program (CPP)  —  Hi, Mike Nash here.  In late October I announced the Beta of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 - beginning with a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers.
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:   Ask DLS: Vista SP2 Beta released: Does the public care?
YouTube Blog:
A YouTube for All of Us  —  As a community, we have come to count on each other to be entertained, challenged, and moved by what we watch and share on YouTube.  We've been thinking a lot lately about how to make the collective YouTube experience even better, particularly on our most visited pages.
Gina Bianchini / Ning Blog:
The End of the Red Light District  —  As individuals and as a service, we stand for the freedom to create your own social networks for anything.  We believe that people should be able to set their own social norms and Ning, as a broad-based service, is designed to respect many different perspectives …
James Yum / Gmail Blog:
Gmail on your Desktop  —  On the Google Desktop gadgets team, we've seen countless requests for a Gmail gadget over the years.  That gadget is finally here, so if you've got Google Desktop for Windows, give it a try.  —  You'll see that it covers the basics such as reading, searching, and sending messages.
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Netbooks Dominate Cyber Monday on Amazon  —  Netbooks dominated the Computers & PC hardware bestsellers list on Amazon.com on Cyber Monday in the U.S., the biggest online shopping day of the year.  —  The mini-laptops, with 7-inch to 10-inch screens, are popular because they're about half …
Mmanos / LooseBolts:
Our Vision for Generation 4 Modular Data Centers - One way of Getting it just right . . .  Data Centers are a hot topic these days.  No matter where you look, this once obscure aspect of infrastructure is getting a lot of attention.  For years, there have been cost pressures on IT operations and this …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Oodle To Power Facebook Classifieds  —  As we speculated last month, Facebook is about to hand over its official classifieds listings to a partner, and that partner is Oodle, we have been able to confirm.  An announcement may be made as early as tomorrow.
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Windows market share drops to 15-year low  —  Chicago (IL) - Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft's Internet Explorer has dropped below 70% for the first time nearly nine years.  Even worse, market research firm Net Applications now estimates Microsoft's Windows market share at less than 90% …
geeksugar:
Lindsay Lohan Rants About Facebook on MySpace  —  Although her MySpace account was hacked in the past, Lindsay Lohan is setting the record straight on her personal MySpace blog about her love for MySpace and her issues with Facebook. … Needless to say, Ms. Lohan was not impressed and expressed …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Gogo Wi-Fi service begins on Virgin America flights  —  Guests trying out the Gogo service on a recent test flight  —  If you've flown Burlingame-based Virgin America, you already know that it's one of the coolest experiences around with its seat back touch-screen entertainment system Red …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Engadget
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Exploring Liquid Notebook Cooling Systems for Cooler Laps  —  MacNN reports on a newly published Apple patent application which details ongoing research into alternative cooling systems for notebook computers.  —  Specifically, Apple explores the possibility of a liquid cooling system for their notebook computers.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacNN and SlashGear
David Recordon / O'Reilly Radar:
Getting OpenID Into the Browser  —  Google Chrome did a smart thing: Less.  They unified the search box and address bar, since that's what people do anyway.  That gives us back precious pixels for the only thing that's as important to an average web user as where they're going: Who they are.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple finally taking orders for new in-ear headphones  —  Apple this week began accepting orders for a pair of new headphone options designed for iPods, nearly three months after the accessories were first announced at a September media event.  —  The Apple online store is now reflecting availability …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Songbird Takes Flight With 1.0 Release  —  Songbird, the open-source, media focused web browser, has launched its 1.0 milestone release to the public.  The browser, which we've covered extensively since it was first announced back in 2005, offers a number of features that make it an appealing alternative …
Discussion: Download Squad and Ars Technica
 
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BBC:
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Amazon Doesn't Need Kindle 2.0
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