New in Labs: Tasks — Posted by Jonathan Terleski, Michael Lancaster, and Brett Lider, Tasks team — People use Gmail to get stuff done, so we've added a lightweight way to keep track of what you need to do, right from within Gmail. — Take entering a new task: just click in an empty part of your list and start typing.
Discussion: Google Watch, Webware.com, ReadWriteWeb, Download Squad, Google Blogoscoped, VentureBeat, Regular Geek, TECH.BLORGE.com, Lifehacker, /Message, InformationWeek and WebProNews
Steven Musil / Webware.com: Google gives Gmail users a to-do list
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: GMail, Struggling With Email, Wants to Be Your Task Manager Too
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Gmail gets a task list
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped: Gmail Now Supports Managing Tasks
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Forget the milk: Gmail gets its own task list
Robdiana / Regular Geek: GMail Does Tasks! Why?
Stowe Boyd / /Message: Hello Gmail Tasks, Bye Bye Remember The Milk
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek: Google's Gmail Gets To-Do List
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Gmail Gets New Tasks Feature
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gmail Finally Gets A To-Do List — Someone at Google finally realized how helpful it would be to add a to-do list to Gmail. It is called “Tasks” and is now available in Gmail Labs (click on the beaker icon next to “Settings” on the upper right hand corner of Gmail).
Zee M Kane / TheNextWeb.com: Gmail gets ToDo's!
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Apple's iTunes going DRM-free starting Tuesday — Apple is believed to be on the verge of an end-of-year push that would start by finally offering unprotected iTunes Store music from all major labels and would switch a special post-holiday campaign giving away music and videos to Europeans.
Discussion: Tech Central, 9 to 5 Mac, Technologizer, CNET News, The iPhone Blog, Gizmodo, Engadget and Insanely Great Mac
Mike Harvey / Tech Central: Rumour - Apple about to launch DRM-free tunes
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac: DRM Music era over tomorrow?
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: Don't Hold Your Breath for DRM-free iTunes
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: Don't hold your breath for DRM-free iTunes news
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog: iTunes Music About to Go DRM Free? (Maybe Tomorrow?!)
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo: Is iTunes Ditching DRM Tomorrow?
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Google Watch, Local Mobile Search, Between the Lines, CNET News, PC Magazine, VentureBeat, MediaMemo, iMAndroid, IntoMobile, Android Community, Computerworld, Gearlog, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Search Engine Watch, AndroidGuys, Unwired View, TechCrunch, Search Engine Journal, The Register, Silicon Alley Insider, TECH.BLORGE.com, mocoNews.net, Kelsey Group Blogs, Epicenter, Search Engine Land, Mashable!, Technologizer, Tech Beat, iPhone Buzz and CenterNetworks
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Google Lets Advertisers Target Mobile Devices
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search: Google Allowing Targeting of “iPhones and Other Mobile Devices”
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Google's search ads arrive on iPhone, G1
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld: Unlocked Android phone is pricey outside U.S.
Chloe Albanesius / Gearlog: Google Selling Unlocked G1 Developer Phone for $399
Rene LeMerle / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Google Search Advertising Goes Mobile - New iPhone and G1 Targeting
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Google AdWords Launches iPhone and G1 Options (Plus Mobile Marketing Tips from SES!)
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Google Introduces Mobile Ads For Android And The iPhone
Bill Ray / The Register: Google starts selling unlocked G1
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: Google Goes After Mobile Ad Companies With AdWords For iPhone, GPhone (GOOG)
Triston McIntyre / TECH.BLORGE.com: Google rolls out full search ads on iPhone, G1
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net: Google Allows Desktop Ads To Appear On Mobile Phones
Mike Boland / Kelsey Group Blogs: UrbanSpoon's Ethan Lowry on Mobile Advertising
Meghan Keane / Epicenter: Google Brings AdWords to Android and the iPhone
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: AdWords Now Available for iPhone and G1
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: Take that Apple: Google Sells Unlocked G1
Shawn Brown / iPhone Buzz: New Google AdWord options for iPhone
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Target Google AdWords to Android and iPhone
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 …
Discussion: The Register, TechFlash, Silicon Alley Insider, Podcasting News, Gadgetell, VentureBeat, TECH.BLORGE.com, CrunchGear and Unwired View
Rik Myslewski / The Register: Microsoft phone coming Zune?
Todd Bishop / TechFlash: Report: Zune phone coming at CES?
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Microsoft To Debut “Zune Phone” At CES? (MSFT)
James Lewin / Podcasting News: Barron's: The Future Of The Zune In Danger
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Will Microsoft's CES keynote yield a ZunePhone?
Triston McIntyre / TECH.BLORGE.com: Microsoft finally unveiling Zune phone at CES keynote January?
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: Zune phone coming at CES keynote?
David Gonzales / Unwired View: Microsoft to unveil Zunephone at 2009 CES?
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 …
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Twitterrati
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb: Discovering the Power of Twitter's Real-Time Search
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal and Bits
Tribune Company to Voluntarily Restructure Debt Under Chapter 11
Tribune Company to Voluntarily Restructure Debt Under Chapter 11
Discussion: MediaMemo and Screenwerk
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Tribune Files for Chapter 11; Who's on the Hook?
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Tribune Bankruptcy: Beginning of a Wave?
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
What Sequoia Capital Was Thinking — It's been two months since Sequoia Capital gathered its portfolio company CEOs, for an evening of tough talk about new economic realities. It has come to be known as the graveyard presentation, both by those in attendance and the thousands more who've viewed leaked copies online.
Google Code Blog:
Native Client: A Technology for Running Native Code on the Web — Modern PCs can execute billions of instructions per second, but today's web applications can access only a small fraction of this computational power. If web developers could use all of this power, just imagine the rich, dynamic experiences they could create.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Google's answer to Java, Flash, Windows: Native Client
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Contract-laden 3G Acer Aspire One hitting US at just $99? — These days most people wouldn't think of buying a new phone without getting a couple hundies off in exchange for their wireless free will. But netbooks? Internationally such deals aren't altogether uncommon, but we haven't seen one here yet.
Discussion: Liliputing, Electronista, GottaBeMobile.com and LAPTOP Magazine
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: Subsidized (AT&T) Acer Aspire One Coming to Radio Shack for $99?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 beta 2, now with private browsing — Mozilla has announced the official release of the second Firefox 3.1 beta. This version introduces the new private browsing mode feature and several other noteworthy changes. — The 3.1 roadmap began to coalesce after the release of 3.0 earlier this year.
Discussion: Mozilla, Between the Lines, Computerworld, Lifehacker, TheNextWeb.com and Mashable!
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 includes private browsing mode
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker: Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Now Available for Your Testing Pleasure
Zee M Kane / TheNextWeb.com: Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Now Available!
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Private Browsing Comes to Firefox
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Webware.com, SitePoint, WebProNews, Silicon Alley Insider, Search Engine Land and The Semantic Web
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com: Yahoo BOSS just behind Ask.com for search
Josh Catone / SitePoint: Maybe Don't Count Yahoo! Out Just Yet
Chris Crum / WebProNews: How Much Demand Is There for Open Search?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider: Yahoo Boss Hits The Ground Running, Almost As Big As Ask.com (YHOO)
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Yahoo BOSS Now Serving 100 Queries Per Second
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Technology stalwarts back Google rival Kosmix in fight for cyberspace — A Silicon Valley start-up that is taking on the might of Google has attracted investment from Time Warner, owner of AOL, and the man who launched one of the world's most popular mobile phones.
Discussion: Datawocky, Tech Beat, VentureBeat, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky: Kosmix Adds Rocketfuel to Power Voyage of Exploration
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Kosmix's new approach to search gets $20M
Om Malik / GigaOM: Kosmix Gets $20M
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Kosmix Raises $20 Million More For Its Universal Search Engine
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: Editor and Publisher, TechCrunch, CNET News and Podcasting News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Pulitzer Prize Makes Nice With The Web As Print Media Stumbles
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: As newspapers fade, Pulitzer embraces Web
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, Computerworld and mocoNews.net
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Samsung paints bleak picture for tech sales
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net: Samsung Sees Consumer Electronics Struggling; Will Invest …
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Cloud-Service Provider RightScale Deposits $13 Million in VC Funding — Resource Library: — RightScale's Web-based, cloud-computing management platform enables the use of its own scalable IT infrastructure on demand, while the user maintains complete control of the application itself.
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunchIT and VentureBeat
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM: IronScale: Not Another Cloud
Jeff Widman / TechCrunchIT: RightScale Announces $13 Million Series B
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: PC World, Apple 2.0 and Edible Apple
Dan Moren / PC World: Choosing the Anthem for the Funnest IPod Ever
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0: Music video: The original iPod touch song
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Dell Sees Double With Data Center in a Container — Ty Schmitt, principal thermal and mechanical architect for Dell's Data Center Solutions group, outside of Dell's double-stacked data center in Round Rock, Tex. (Credit: Erich Schlegel for The New York Times)
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge and Microsoft Pri0
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge: Dell Unveils Double-Decker Container
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0: Dell's Humidors packed with ‘puro’ servers for Microsoft?
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Wenner Hires First Digital Head; May Take Back RollingStone.com From RealNetworks — Wenner Media is finally getting serious about this thing called the Internet, and has hired Steve Schwartz as its first ever chief digital officer. Schwartz has been the GM of the Reader's Digest website since January …
Discussion: Jobwire, AdAge, Gawker and Recovering Journalist
Doug Coleman / Jobwire: Wenner Hires Its First Ever Chief Digital Officer
Nat Ives / AdAge: Wenner (Finally) Gets Serious About the Web
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist: Gathering Lots of Moss
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Changing Way
Andrew / Changing Way: Yahoo Email Application Platform
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should keep its prices high during the recession — An analyst named Ezra Gottheil from Technology Business Research said late last week that Apple needs to consider bringing the prices of its computers down to fall in line behind other PC vendors that are lowering their own PC prices to compensate for less consumer spending.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers to Reduce Search Data in Europe — BERLIN — Microsoft offered Monday to abide by a European privacy panel's request that it reduce the length of time it kept records of Web searches if its rivals, Yahoo and Google, did the same. — Google and Yahoo, in separate statements …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and The Microsoft Blog
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: Microsoft offers to clear search data sooner
Yahoo Counting on New Ad Tech as Woes Mount — As a year of turmoil ends in a sour economic climate, the troubled Web pioneer remains hopeful for the future of display ads. — The jots and turns throughout Yahoo's past year paint a clear enough picture of a Web pioneer struggling to figure out its future.
Cheap PCs Weigh on Microsoft — The growing popularity of low-priced, stripped-down computers, or netbooks, is weighing on Microsoft's revenue growth, just as the software company grapples with weak Vista sales. — Netbook sales have gained traction among budget-conscious computer buyers.
Discussion: Computerworld and Electronista
Shane O'Neill / Computerworld: Microsoft to handle managing three operating systems in '09
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix cuts 50 tech jobs; streaming issues linger — Web video-rental store Netflix has laid off 50 technical specialists, the people who typically do most of the trouble-shooting for customers with tech issues, such as struggling to connect the service to their laptop or set-top boxes.
Discussion: Electronista, NewTeeVee, Business Technology, GMSV and The Microsoft Blog
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee: Netflix to Lay Off 50. Blames Silverlight.
John Murrell / GMSV: Upgrade enables Netflix to stream techs out the door
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: Silverlight success means Netflix job cuts
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 …
David / TmoNews:
The blurrycam strikes again.. — Rumors have swirled about an 8 megapixel camera phone headed to T-mobile. We can confirm its existence and and we've discussed so here. The alleged big brother to the Samsung Behold is said to sport an 8 megapixel camera along with the same user interface as the Behold, Touchwiz.
Discussion: MobileCrunch, Gizmodo, PhoneDog.com Cell … and Engadget Mobile
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: Leaked: 8-Megapixel Samsung “Memoir” headed for T-mobile
John Mahoney / Gizmodo: Spied T-Mobile-Branded Samsung May Be The States' First 8-Megapixel Cameraphone
Noah Kravitz / PhoneDog.com Cell Phones articles: Memoir: Blurry photos of T-Mobile's 8MP Samsung cameraphone
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
New shirts remain true to Microsoft tradition — including delayed release — There was lots of buzz over the weekend about the new line of “softwear” retro shirts to be offered by Microsoft in selected retail stores. The shirts are an extension of Microsoft's work with ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky …
Discussion: Industry Standard, Macworld and Techdirt
Sindya Bhanoo / Industry Standard: Briefly: Stylin' like Bill G.
David Dahlquist / Macworld: Microsoft to release ‘Softwear’ retro clothing line
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: Microsoft Jumping On The T-Shirt Bandwagon
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple disables Egyptian iPhone GPS — Wandering in the desert — If you buy your iPhone G3 in Egypt, don't expect it to help you navigate the trackless wastes of the Sinai or Akabat. — According to a story published both by The New York Times, the Egyptian government has demanded …
Discussion: The Mac Observer