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Wall Street Journal:
Google Gears Down for Tougher Times  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Corporate austerity is reaching one of the most extravagant spenders of the boom years.  Google Inc. has begun to tighten its belt.  —  For much of its 10-year history, Google spent money at a pace that was the marvel of Silicon Valley.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: With Online Ads Weakening, BofA Cuts Estimates
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista SP2: What's inside?  —  Microsoft is continuing to broaden the pool of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) testers beyond the fairly small, select group who've been working with test builds for the past few months.  —  Over on the jkOnTheRun blog, Kevin Tofel posted the most complete list I've seen of what's in Vista SP2.
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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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Pandora solidifies its place as the top iPhone app with its 2 millionth user  —  Late last night, Apple unveiled its new iTunes 2008 section of the iTunes store showcasing the best of what the store offered this year.  The area dedicated to the App Store shows the apps which have been most downloaded.
Discussion: Pandora and TechFlash
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple announces Top 10 iPhone App downloads of 2008
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Apple deletes Mac antivirus suggestion  —  Updated 7:45 p.m. PST with expert comment, at 7:20 p.m. PST with context on previous coverage, and at 7:08 p.m. PST with background.  —  Apple removed an old item from its support site late Tuesday that urged Mac customers to use multiple antivirus utilities …
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Everything you always wanted to know about Google...  ...But were afraid to ask.  This is the title of this very interesting 34-slide presentation on Google prepared by FaberNovel, a french consulting firm.  It is hard to realize the real nature of this just 10 years old giant given the number …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
MySpace Video Goes Mobile (But Sans Hulu & Not on iPhones)  —  You know it's a strange, finicky sign of the times when MySpace announces that it has launched a beta mobile video site that will stream video directly to handsets around the globe — but that news is almost immediately deflated …
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Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
MySpace delivers video to mobile phones
Discussion: CNET News
Tech-On! : tech news:
World's 1st 3D LED Display Sports 180-inch Screen  —  NewSight Corp of the US developed a 3D display using LEDs as pixels for the first time in the world.  —  Featuring a 180-inch screen with a width of 3.84m, the “3D LED Video Wall” is one of the world's largest 3D displays.
Arn / MacRumors:
Developers Can Now Issue Free “Promotional” Copies of iPhone Apps  —  Apple has finally started allowing developers to issue free promotional copies of their iPhone applications.  Once an application has been accepted to the App Store by Apple, developers can issue up to 50 promotional codes.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Windows 7 Beta 1 to arrive January 13?  —  At the Professional Developers Conference in late October, Windows chief Steven Sinofsky announced that Windows 7 Beta 1 would be ready “early next year.”  A Microsoft insider has now confirmed the actual date, which is indeed very early next year.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple's Snow Leopard still evolving, developers say  —  Although there's been some evidence to suggest Snow Leopard could hit the market several months ahead of expectations, new information reveals that Apple remains heavily engaged in building out some of the features first previewed back in June.
Discussion: MacRumors
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
LG Vu coming to AT&T in new wine color  —  The LG Vu isn't exactly the the newest kid on the block but there's no question this sexy touchscreen handset from LG is a great value - if you can find it.  Many have noticed the earlier Vu model (915) has been hard to come by lately and some early speculation pointed to a discontinuation.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Vlingo one-ups Google with a better voice-powered iPhone app  —  Voice-transcription service Vlingo has launched a really fantastic new iPhone application that lets users talk into their phones to search the Web, dial contacts, and update their status on Twitter and Facebook.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Device Designed To Annoy Young People Can Now Annoy Everyone  —  We've written about the Mosquito device a few times in the past.  Originally launched back in 2005, the device emitted a high pitched annoying noise that could only be heard by those under 25 (or thereabouts).
Reuters:
Nokia eyes wider use of Linux software in phones  —  BARCELONA (Reuters) - The world's biggest mobile phone maker, Nokia, could start to use open-source Linux software on its more expensive phone models, a senior company official said on Tuesday.  —  “In the longer perspective …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Web Marketing That Hopes to Learn What Attracts a Click  —  ONLINE advertisers are not lacking in choices: They can display their ads in any color, on any site, with any message, to any audience, with any image.  —  Now, a new breed of companies is trying to tackle all of those options …
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
Market Wire:
Research In Motion Reports Preliminary Q3 Results  —  Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NasdaqGS:RIMM - News)(Toronto:RIM.TO - News) today reported certain preliminary third quarter results for the period ended November 29, 2008 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S GAAP, except where indicated).
whathifi.com News:
Samsung TV boss: LCD can hold off OLED for many years  —  While some companies are saying Organic LED (OLED) panels are the future of home TVs, Samsung remains committed to developing current technologies.  —  Speaking to WHFSV at Samsung's huge Suwon R&D complex here in Korea, HS Kim …
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
T-Mobile slashes G1 pricing “in light of recent launches” … T-Mobile has made some dramatic price cuts for its exclusive Android-based G1 mobile phone.  —  Although the device only went on sale on 30 October, it's just over a month later and the operator is now giving away the phone for free on £30 tariffs.
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and Engadget
Glynnis / FishBowlNY:
Flip.com to Close December 16  —  Conde Nast suffered another blow today with news that Flip.com, their online social-networking/scrapbooking site aimed at teenage girls, was shutting down effective December 16.  Users received an email earlier today (read after the jump) …
Discussion: Mediaweek, CNET News and Guardian
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Getting a grip on Python: six ways to learn online  —  Recently, Google has stepped up its presence in the cloud computing arena.  Google's new App Engine (aka “AppSpot") lets you design and run web applications using Google's existing infrastructure.  Their (free) basic account offers …
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.
Discussion: Webware.com
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Hacker in final showdown to avoid extradition to US  —  The British man accused of hacking into US military computers will have his final showdown in the UK courts next month.  —  After almost four years of fighting extradition to the US as a result of what prosecutors have called …
 
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