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10:25 AM ET, December 3, 2008

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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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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 …
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.
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.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Developers Can Now Issue Free “Promotional” Copies of iPhone Apps
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 …
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple removes antivirus support page  —  A support page on Apple's Web site recommending users purchase antivirus software for their Macs received a lot of attention over the past couple of days, but on Tuesday Apple removed the page from its Web site.  —  “We have removed the KnowledgeBase article …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo's Music Outsourcing Continues: CBS Takes Over Radio Offering  —  Here's a Yahoo story I can report with certainty: The company is getting out of the Internet radio business, by handing over its Launchcast streaming music service to CBS.  —  The transition will kick in during …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Ties Up With CBS To Save Streaming Radio Service
Discussion: TechCrunch, A VC, Yahoo! and 901am
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: Apple 2.0, Inquirer, TUAW and MobileCrunch
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dimdim Exits Beta With New SynchroLive Platform, Releases Source Code (Get Your Free Pro Accounts Here)  —  Dimdim, provider of a browser-based web conferencing platform that doesn't require the installation of any desktop software, is dropping the beta tag with the release of a new edition …
Discussion: Open Source and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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
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.
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: IntoMobile and CNET News
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Firm makes one billionth mouse  —  Logitech says its factory in Suzhou, in western China, has produced the firm's billionth computer mouse.  Video courtesy of Logitech.  —  A Silicon Valley company has hailed as a major landmark the production of their one billionth computer mouse.
Discussion: Technology Live and Slashdot
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.
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
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
Jay Lyman / 451 CAOS Theory:
Open source, VC and the long path  —  My CAOS colleague Matt Aslett wrote recently about how we expect to see an uptick in open source merger and acquisition activity given the current economic conditions and bargains for the larger, mostly proprietary players.
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.
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 …
 
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Scott Woolley / Forbes:
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Jeremy A. Kaplan / PC Magazine:
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Getting OpenID Into the Browser
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