The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Apple to sell a $99 4GB iPhone at Walmart? — We just got a tip that in addition to the iPhone 3G actually making its way to Walmart, as we exclusively told you, there will be a 4GB model priced at $99 with a 2-year agreement. We're not putting our stamp of approval behind this one just yet …
Discussion: MacRumors, CrunchGear, I4U News and SlashGear
Matt Burns / CrunchGear: Wal-Mart to sell $99 4GB iPhone?
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: $99 iPhone 3G with 4GB to rumored to sell on Walmart
Chris Davies / SlashGear: $99 4GB iPhone 3G coming to Walmart?
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Times Extra: The New York Times Opens Web Front Page to Outside Content — New York TimesAt a time when the online world is continually seen as a more trusted source of news, mainstream media outlets find themselves forced into the position of becoming more and more open to keep their readers coming back.
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch, mathewingram.com/work and Silicon Alley Insider
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: NYTimes, Now Also in News Aggregator Flavor
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: The New York Times Clutters Up Its Homepage With Links From Elsewhere (In Beta)
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Kogan intros world's second Android phone: Agora / Agora Pro — We'll be totally honest — we pretty much blew Ruslan Kogan off when he proclaimed that he was about to push out a $199 Android phone by the year's end. And truthfully, the guy still hasn't totally delivered …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Boing Boing Gadgets, Pocket-lint.co.uk, Electricpig.co.uk, Mobility Site, Neowin.net and PalmAddicts
John Brownlee / Boing Boing Gadgets: Kogan Agora Pro is a new Android smartphone
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk: World's second Android phone launches
James Holland / Electricpig.co.uk: Second Android phone touches down in Australia
Darren Humphries / Mobility Site: Is this the next Android Phone?
Michael Stanclift / Neowin.net: Australians getting their first Android based phone
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts: Agora (AU$299; US$192) …
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / iTWire:
World's second Google Android gPhone launches!
World's second Google Android gPhone launches!
Discussion: www.kogan.com.au, Gizmodo, Gadget Lab, Android Community, Mobile Tech Addicts, CrunchGear, Android Phone Fans and Phone Arena
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo: Kogan Agora Pro is the Next Android Handset
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab: Aussie Googlephone Announced
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: Next major Android handset revealed: the Agora
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans: Kogan Agora Pro = Android Phone #2
AT&T Announces Job Reductions — DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T - News) today announced a planned reduction of approximately 12,000 jobs, or about 4 percent of the company's total workforce, citing economic pressures, a changing business mix and a more streamlined organizational structure.
Discussion: Between the Lines, Silicon Alley Insider and Tech Trader Daily
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: AT&T cuts 12,000 jobs, will cut capital spending
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: AT&T Cutting 12,000 Jobs; 4% Of Total Workforce
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Online auctions remain piracy problem for Microsoft — Attention software buyers: There's no such thing as Microsoft Office “Blue Edition.” — That's the latest ruse making the rounds on the online auctions. Allegedly it supposed to be some sort of technician version of Microsoft's software …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0, The Microsoft Blog and The Technology Chronicles
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0: Microsoft cracking down on pirates selling fake “Blue Edition” products
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: Microsoft sues counterfeit software dealers
Deborah Gage / The Technology Chronicles: Microsoft goes after software pirates
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.
Discussion: Technologizer, Decision Factory, Inc., VentureBeat, The Blog Herald, bub.blicio.us, Bits, Jobwire, broadstuff, timesonline.typepad.com, L.A. Times Tech Blog, Life On the Wicked Stage, Data Mining, ReadWriteWeb, RexBlog.com, TECH.BLORGE.com, Webware.com, TechCrunch, Beet.TV, Search Engine Land, Susan Mernit's Blog and Glass House
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Resolved: Humans Are Good at Editing Stuff
Thord Daniel Hedengren / The Blog Herald: Techmeme Adds a Human Touch to Tech News
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us: TechMeme Adds a Human Touch
Jenna Wortham / Bits: Machine-Driven News Site Adds a Human Editor
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Jobwire: Techmeme Hires Megan McCarthy to Edit Site
Mike Harvey / timesonline.typepad.com: When an algorithm is just not enough
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Techmeme gets a helping (human) hand
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage: Techmeme Adds Human Touch To Automated News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: Techmeme Becomes A Cyborg With Hire of Human Editor - Megan McCarthy
Rex Hammock / RexBlog.com: Techmeme's algorithm now ‘officially’ includes an elf
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com: On the record: New overseer for Techmeme robots
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: TechMeme Gives Up On Fully Automated News
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: Techmeme's Gabe Rivera Gets a Human Editor; Is that Good?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Techmeme Now Deploys Human Editing Of News
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog: Techmeme adds human smarts to the algo
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: Profy, The Register, DSLreports, TorrentFreak and digg.com
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy: Quick Lesson to Pirates: Keep It Quiet if You Really Want To Do It
John Oates / The Register: Pirates pee on Amazon's MP3 parade
Ernesto / TorrentFreak: Firefox Pirates Take Over Amazon
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Offers ‘Microsoft-Free’ Desktop — Applications for Thin Clients Would Operate From Back-Office Server — International Business Machines Corp. is hoping to convince corporate customers that they no longer need Microsoft Corp. — IBM says it has created a “Microsoft-free” …
Discussion: CNET News
Steven Musil / CNET News: IBM offers a ‘Microsoft-free’ desktop
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Viacom Lays Off 850, Takes $450 Million Charge — Viacom's long-rumored cuts are here. The media conglomerate is firing 850 people — 7% of its workforce — and will take a charge of up to $450 million. Viacom (VIA.B) says the cuts will save it up to $250 million next year.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Tech Trader Daily
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Viacom To Lay Off 850 (VIA)
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily: Viacom Laying Off 850; 7% Of Staff
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe lays off 600 workers, CS4 demand weaker than expected — Adobe said Wednesday that it will eliminate 600 full-time positions, or roughly 8 percent of its workforce, amid weaker than expected fourth quarter earnings. — The company said in a statement that it will deliver fourth …
Discussion: Business Wire, eWeek, Beyond Binary, Contentinople and Silicon Alley Insider
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek: Adobe Cuts 600 Jobs, Warns of Shortfall Amid Financial Crisis
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary: Adobe warns of shortfall, job cuts
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople: Adobe Revises Q4 Earnings, Cuts 600 Jobs
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Adobe Plans to Cut 600 Jobs
Adobe Plans to Cut 600 Jobs
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Nintendo Thinking About Changing the Accelerometer in Wiimote — At the heart of the success of the Wii is the accelerometer chip inside the Wiimote that detects motion in three dimensional space. — Now, the company that provided that first chip, STMicroelectronics …
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and GoNintendo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches Public Data Sets To Ease Research — Amazon released its previously announced Public Data Sets web service this evening. The project encourages developers, researchers, universities and businesses to upload large (non-confidential) data sets to Amazon - things like census data …
Discussion: Between the Lines
The High-Res Society — For nearly all of history the success of a society was proportionate to its ability to assemble large and disciplined organizations. Those who bet on economies of scale generally won, which meant the largest organizations were the most successful ones.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Forget Cyber Monday: COBY Plans “Moore's Law” MIDGET PC for $100 in March — Sales of 100 million, worldwide, in five years? — Coby Electronics, a leading international manufacturer and distributor of electronics consumer-packaged goods for discount stores, plans to introduce the first under-$100 laptop by March 2009.
Discussion: Out of the Box, UMPCPortal, CrunchGear, Liliputing, Gizmodo, thegadgetsite, LAPTOP Magazine and Engadget
Nzomatrix / thegadgetsite: Coby to release $99.95 Netbook
Kenneth Butler / LAPTOP Magazine: Coby to be Latest Netbook Newbie with > $100 PC
Darren Murph / Engadget: Coby prepping sub-$100 7- / 9-inch PoqetMate netbooks
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Look Before You Click: Search Assist for Image Search — We just took a look back at the progress we've made over the last year with Search Assist and a look forward to our goals of continuing to improve the usefulness of our assistance technology. — With this objective in mind …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, MarketingVOX, WebProNews and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Yahoo Adds Search Assist to Image Search
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Yahoo Suggestions for Image Search
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Startups seek more dignified exit than a belly flop into the dead pool — Remember the dead pool? No, not Clint Eastwood's fifth and final Dirty Harry movie, but the internet graveyard that became a byword for failure during the last dotcom crash. In the lowest days of 2000 and 2001 …
Google Apps SLA loophole allows for major downtime without consequences — Gmail could be unavailable for more than 21 hours in a day, and Google could still tell you that according to their SLA, the service has had 100% uptime. — It sounds impossible, but it's a direct consequence …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's unexpected iPod shortage spreading — Although Macs and iPhones were seen as Apple's ticket to a healthy holiday quarter, the electronics maker has reportedly been struck by surprising demand for iPods and is now scurrying to restock some of its reseller channels.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage, Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
Chris Barylick / O'Grady's PowerPage: Apple Facing Potential iPod Shortfall for Holiday Season
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: You Might Have a Hard Time Finding an iPod for Christmas
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac: iPods are in healthy supply (update: mostly)
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's iPod Problem
Apple's iPod Problem
Discussion: Technologizer, MacDailyNews, Infinite Loop, Crave and digg.com
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Is There an iPod Shortage? Apparently!
Jasmine France / Crave: The gadget blog: Presents for the Apple iPod Classic
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tapulous Brings Weezer And World-Class DJs To Tap Tap Revenge — iPhone development house Tapulous has announced two new premium versions of its mega-hit Tap Tap Revenge, both of which feature licensed music (still a rarity on the fledgling platform). Tap Tap Revenge is an intuitive …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Silicon Alley Insider
Michelle Maltais / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Appiphilia: Review of new Tapulous release Tap Tap Dance
Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
Google Makes a Hard Push With Friend Connect — Tonight I've been seeing a lot of buzz about Friend Connect, Google's open initiative to take of Facebook Connect. The service lets you login using your Google, Orkut, or Plaxo account. Both MySpace and Facebook decided to opt-out of integrating …
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
Apple says others are behind Psystar's misdeeds — Will make them pay — APPLE FILED a motion on Tuesday to amend its complaint in its lawsuit against Psystar. — Psystar attracted Apple's lawsuit by selling unauthorised clones of Apple brand computers.
Discussion: CNET News, CrunchGear, Technologizer and Computerworld Blogs
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Apple looking for Psystar's backers
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: Apple loses it, suggests puppetmaster behind Psystar
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Virtually every Windows PC at risk, says Secunia — Almost all PCs scanned by patch tool have an unpatched app; 46% have 11-plus — Computerworld) More than 98% of Windows computers harbor at least one unpatched application, and nearly half contain 11 or more programs at risk from attack …
Discussion: Zero Day, Simple Thoughts, Hardware 2.0 and The Register
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day: Secunia: Less that 2% of Windows PCs fully patched
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0: Almost every Windows PC contains at least one insecure program
John Leyden / The Register: Windows patching abysmal, and getting worse
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun sneaks JavaFX Mobile into desktop FX — Any RIA in a storm — Sun Microsystems, it is generally felt, lost the desktop to Microsoft a long time ago. Aware of this, Sun in recent years evangelized mobile as Java's habitat - mobile is, after all, where Microsoft's at its weakest.
Discussion: InfoWorld, CNET News, Ed Burnette's Dev Connection, Computerworld and eWeek
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: With JavaFX, Sun seeks new coders, new revenue
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection: Sun launches JavaFX 1.0
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld: Sun rolls out its JavaFX Rich Internet Application tool
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek: Sun Ships JavaFX Rich Internet Application Platform
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Greystripe Brings Flash to the iPhone, Sort Of — Adobe may be hard at work creating a version of its Flash Player that works on the iPhone, but until Apple gives its OK, iPhone users must muddle along without viewing most online video content. — Except that on Monday …