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6:50 PM ET, December 3, 2008

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Guess what?  Automated news doesn't quite work.  —  Any competent developer who tries to automate the selection of news headlines will inevitably discover that this approach always comes up a bit short.  Automation does indeed bring a lot to the table — humans can't possibly discover and organize news as fast as computers can.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
News aggregator Techmeme melds algorithms and humans  —  News aggregator Techmeme is perhaps the fastest way to find interesting tech news - it takes minutes to find and link to breaking stories, as opposed to the hours or days that rivals like Digg or Google News take.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechMeme Gives Up On Fully Automated News  —  3+ year old TechMeme, an automated news site that shows breaking news clustered by topic, has always generated “headlines” by analyzing how news sites link to each other.  If a lot of sites start linking to something unique, TechMeme guesses it's news.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon.com Invades the Apple App Store  —  Amazon.com will join the iPhone frenzy on Wednesday with a new application available free for download through Apple's App Store.  —  The software is relatively straightforward, offering a way for iPhone or iPod Touch owners to browse through …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Analyst: iPod shortage spreading  —  An iPod shortage at Amazon.com appears to have spread to other distribution channels, according to an analyst.  —  Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros. reports that after checking in with his retail sources, he believes that Apple is experiencing an iPod shortage …
Discussion: Between the Lines and 9 to 5 Mac
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's iPod Problem
Discussion: Gizmodo, Crave and MacDailyNews
Gabriel Madway / MediaFile:
iPods' scarcity points to popularity, analyst says
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPod holiday sales: Hot or cold?
Discussion: AppleInsider
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Why Twitter Turned Down Facebook  —  For now, a marriage between Twitter and Facebook is not meant to be — but the courtship between the two Web 2.0 companies could be rekindled in the future.  That was one message from Ev Williams, the chief executive and co-founder of Twitter …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Twitter CEO: The revenue's coming soon, but I won't tell you how  —  At a Churchill Club event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams brushed off—again—criticisms that the company is slow to turn on its revenue-generating engines.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Cost Cuts Take The Company Away From Its Engineers (GOOG)  —  Google was never quite the engineer company its public relations and human resources teams made it out to be, but as Google gets serious about cutting costs, that myth of a decentralized company run by its engineers …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
588 Kleiner Perkins iFund Applications Accidentally Published To Web  —  Kleiner Perkins's iFund is a $100 million fund to invest in startups building applications for the iPhone.  —  Startups that wish to apply for funding can fill out an online application here.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Stores Clueless About Mobile Barcode Scanning Applications?  —  With the rise of app-laden smartphones like the iPhone and Google's Android OS, now on T-Mobile's G1, many penny-pinching shoppers have downloaded barcode scanning applications onto their mobile devices.
Nate Raymond / amlawdaily.typepad.com:
Hogan's Litvack Discusses Google/Yahoo  —  Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. called off their joint advertising agreement just three hours before the Department of Justice planned to file antitrust charges to block the pact, according to the lawyer who would have been lead counsel for the government.
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   Google a Monopolist? Seems So
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Apple Tells Court It Believes Someone Is Behind Psystar; Adds New Claims, Including DMCA Violation  —  Apple has filed a motion to amend its complaint [PDF] to add a claim of violation of the DMCA, among other new and enlarged claims.  Here's the proposed Amended Complaint [PDF].
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Apple looking for Psystar's backers
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Adobe warns of shortfall, job cuts  —  Adobe added its name Wednesday to the list of companies warning of weaker sales and cutting jobs.  —  In a press release, the company said it would slash 600 jobs amid less-than-anticipated demand for its recently launched Creative Suite 4 series of products.
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comScore:
E-Commerce Spending Jumps 15 Percent on Cyber Monday to $846 Million, the Second Heaviest Online Spending Day on Record  —  Eclipsed Only by Green Monday 2007 with $881 Million in Online Spending  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported its tracking …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple: Our Ads Don't Lie, But You're a Fool if You Believe Them  —  Apple doesn't want you to believe what it says, even though the company claims it's not lying.  —  That's the gist of the Cupertino company's legal response to a lawsuit regarding allegedly misleading advertising for the iPhone 3G.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Confessions of a man who does the layoffs  —  Editors note: This is part of a series of stories about the recession's effect on the tech industry.  —  Over the last few months, there have been countless stories of cutbacks at companies large and small.  Real people are losing jobs.
Tim Westergren / Pandora:
2,000,000 Pandora iPhone users!!!  —  At 10:04am this morning we hit 2,000,000 registered iPhone Pandora users!  —  We're hearing all sorts of wonderful feedback from listeners who are using it on their commute, jogging with it, plugging it into home audio systems...you name it.
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Debut of new Windows Live hits a snag  —  The debut of the new Windows Live, which introduces a set of social networking-like features to Microsoft's suite of online services, has not gone exactly as planned.  —  On the Windows Live team blog this afternoon, the team writes that some users have had trouble accessing the services:
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Icahn: “I Would Vote Against” Miller's Yahoo Takeover (YHOO)  —  Corporate raider and Yahoo board member Carl Icahn just told CNBC he would vote against former AOL CEO Jon Miller's plan to buy Yahoo for $20-$22 a share with money from private equity and sovereign wealth.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
New Firefox extension turns Amazon.com into illegal free-for-all  —  A new Firefox extension called Pirates of the Amazon lets users download movies, games, TV shows, and MP3s free of charge by cross referencing Amazon's product pages with torrent files from the Pirate Bay.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Danielle Belopotosky / Bits:
.Tel Them Where to Find You  —  On Wednesday, companies and organizations can register Web addresses with a new top-level domain, .tel. The new domain, which stores and encrypts contact information directly into the Domain Name System, has the potential to become a phone book for the Internet.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
More webcast consolidation: Yahoo sends LAUNCHcast to CBS  —  Congress may have done its part to sort of save Internet radio back in September, but the higher webcasting royalties that land in February 2009 are resulting in an industry shakeout.  Yahoo today announced that it is handing …
 
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