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Alexandra Kenin / Google Mobile Blog:
New AdWords options for iPhone and G1  —  Today, the Google mobile ads team is announcing a new campaign-level option that allows those of you who are AdWords advertisers to show your desktop text and image ads on the iPhone, the T-Mobile G1, and other mobile devices with full (HTML) Internet browsers.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google's search ads arrive on iPhone, G1  —  The iPhone and T-Mobile G1 come with pretty much full-fledged Web browsers, and Google now is according them that status by showing search ads on the phones.  —  Advertisers bidding for search ads through Google's AdWords service now can choose …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Moves Ahead With Layoffs on Wednesday: The Sad Details  —  While there are layoffs all over now, as evidenced by the dismal jobs reports last week, the long-planned Yahoo (YHOO) layoffs will definitely be taking place Wednesday.  —  The layoff number was announced by its (eventually outgoing) …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Google Ready to Make (Unpleasant) History?  —  I vow to provide some upbeat news here sooner than later.  But until then, here's another downbeat data point, from Citibank's (C) Mark Mahaney: He predicts that search advertising, which has been the one dependable growth business during the econalypse …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: To Unveil Zune/Danger Device At CES Keynote?  —  The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off January 7 with a keynote from Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, taking the spot which in past years had been filled by the now semi-retired Bill Gates.  The company always unveils a product …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
BOSS Reaches a Milestone  —  We launched Yahoo! Search BOSS this past July and we just reached a significant milestone - the BOSS API is currently serving more than 10 million queries per day. 10 million in and of itself isn't particularly significant, but we're sharing it because we believe growing …
Steve / The Official Netflix Blog:
Changes in Customer Service  —  Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications, here to let you know about some changes in Customer Service.  —  For those of you who watch movies instantly on your PC or Mac, you may have noticed our player is much easier to install and use now with Silverlight.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix cuts 50 tech jobs; streaming issues linger
Discussion: Electronista and GMSV
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
TiVo Netflix hands-on  —  TiVo was nice enough to hit us with the Netflix-enabling Fall Service Update a little early, and the going's been pretty good — this is probably our favorite Netflix streaming implementation yet.  Although it's not as flashy of an experience as the Xbox 360's Netflix …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Plans to Launch a Mail App Platform  —  Yahoo, the beleaguered web giant, is planning to launch a new program that essentially turns its email offering into a platform on which to run applications, much in the same way Facebook does, according to some of my sources.
Arn / MacRumors:
$99 Wal-Mart iPhone Seems Unlikely  —  Last week, Boy Genius Report cited an unconfirmed source that Wal-Mart may begin selling a 4GB iPhone for only $99.  Based on available Wal-Mart training materials and advertising (pictured above) we've received, however, it seems that this rumor is unlikely.
MediaShift:
Dealing with Friend Inflation on Twitter, Digg  —  It happens several times a day now.  Ever since I opened my Twitter account approximately three months ago, the follow alerts have been gradually increasing in frequency to the point that they clutter up my email inbox if I don't clean them out often enough.
Nick Bilton / O'Reilly Radar:
The Twitter Gold Mine & Beating Google to the Semantic Web  —  There's always been jabs at Twitter for not having a viable business model and the chatter has increased in the current economic climate.  In a recent interview Evan Williams, Twitter CEO, said “We had planned to focus on revenue …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
America is losing its position at the centre of the internet, according to a new study by TeleGeography Research  —  America is losing its position at the centre of the internet, according to a new study.  —  The survey by communications analysts TeleGeography Research, based in Washington DC …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Over 100 fixes coming in Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update  —  Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update is on course to deliver dozens of new bug fixes to users of the company's Leopard operating system, with recently leaked developer notes also offering a status update on software's server counterpart and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Discussion: MacRumors and MacBlogz
Mike Vorhaus / AdAge:
Would You Pay Money to See Your Favorite Site Ad-Free?  —  Mike Vorhaus on Digital Communications  —  Since the early days of the web, consumers have been complaining about banner ads, pop-ups, pop-unders and all sorts of advertising.  We constantly hear from consumers and from those who design websites …
Alex Pell / Times of London:
PlayStation fiends finally get a second life  —  Escape the relatives this Christmas by losing yourself in Sony's long-awaited virtual world  —  The annual battle of the consoles that takes place every Christmas will heat up this week when Sony launches its own version of Second Life for the PlayStation 3.
Discussion: Kotaku, Gizmodo, Joystiq and AppScout
Business Technology:
Samsung: It's Ugly Out There  —  Samsung Electronics, South Korea's largest electronics company, is often considered a bellwether for the global electronics manufacturing industry.  If that's the case, things aren't looking so good for the industry.  —  At Samsung's Tech Forum in San Francisco …
Discussion: VentureBeat
The Pulitzer Prizes:
Pulitzer Prizes Broadened to Include Online-Only Publications Primarily Devoted to Original News Reporting … The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers appearing in print, have been expanded to include many text-based newspapers and news organizations …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Understanding HP Lab's Twitter Research  —  Left: The famed HP Labs think tank in Palo Alto.  —  A few months ago, I spent an entire day with the HP Labs group in Palo Alto, they're responsible for the R&D and innovation that goes into their thousands of technology products on the market.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's ARM Plans in 2009?  NetBooks, Tablets, Other?  —  A couple of speculative reports have come out about what plans Apple might have for its ARM-based processors in the coming year.  Apple is rumored to be a major architectual licensee for ARM.  This would offer Apple an added level of control and ownership over its processors.
Business Wire:
HP and Arizona State University Demo Flexible, Unbreakable Displays  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ) and the Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University (ASU) today announced the first prototype of affordable, flexible electronic displays.
DealBook:
Tribune Files for Bankruptcy  —  Updated: The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection in a federal court in Delaware on Monday, as the owner of The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs baseball team struggled to cope with mountains of debt and falling ad revenue.
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
The New MySQL Landscape  —  Interesting things are afoot in the MySQL world.  You see, it used to be that the MySQL world consisted of about 20-40 employees of MySQL AB (this funny distributed Sweedish company that built and supported the open source MySQL database server) …
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory and Paul Murphy
Electronista:
HP drops Mini 1000 to $360 with 1GB RAM bump  —  HP on Monday quietly dropped the price of its Mini 1000 netbook down to $360 from its original $400 price tag.  The update puts the system into closer competition with same-size models and is accompanied by a new offer that doubles the RAM to 1GB for free.
AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs key to selecting tunes for Apple ads  —  Ever wonder how those catchy tunes find their way into Apple's iPod commercials?  You'll have to look no further than the ear of chief executive Steve Jobs.  —  In SongFacts an interview with the Asteroids Galaxy Tour …
Discussion: Apple 2.0, PC World and Edible Apple
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Broadcom squeezes 11n, Bluetooth, FM into new, cheap chip  —  Broadcom has released the latest of its so-called combo wireless chips, this time putting single-stream 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and FM radio reception and short-range transmission into its BCM4329.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Paging Dr. Google: Will Google Replace Your Doctor?  —  Can a search engine accurately diagnose health problems?  Can it someday replace your doctor?  Questions like this aren't new, but the discussion has gotten a bit louder in recent weeks.  —  Just a couple weeks ago …
 
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should keep its prices high during the recession
Discussion: TUAW
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
New shirts remain true to Microsoft tradition — including delayed release
Discussion: PC World, The Register and Techdirt
Glenn Fleishman / Infinite Loop:
Boingo releases iPhone app for its worldwide hotspot network
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Sun announces GA of mySQL 5.1
Discussion: eWeek and LinuxWorld.com
Business Technology:
Cheap PCs Weigh on Microsoft
Discussion: Electronista
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Mozilla makes Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 available
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
AMD announces 45nm desktop CPUs
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, Engadget and The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Bruce Upbin / Forbes:
IBM's Infinite Research Problem
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Bonjour, FriendFeed, Que Tal?
Discussion: VentureBeat and RotorBlog.com
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
Coming to Tiny Screens All Over
Discussion: mocoNews.net and WatchingTV Online
PC World:
SugarCRM Adds Hooks to Cloud Data Services
Discussion: The Open Road and CloudAve
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Mobile data: Be careful what you wish for