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11:05 PM ET, December 9, 2008

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Dave Foulser / The Official Google Blog:
Search and find magazines on Google Book Search  —  The word “magazine” is derived from the Arabic word “makhazin,” meaning storehouse.  Since Daniel Defoe published the world's first English magazine back in 1704, millions of magazines catering to nearly every imaginable taste have been created …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Book Search Puts Magazines Online  —  First Google digitized books, then newspapers, then historic Time-Life photos and now — magazines.  Today through Google Book Search, people can search the full-text of millions of articles from more than 10 magazine with hundreds more to come.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gizmodo and MarketingVOX
Open Handset Alliance:
Open Handset Alliance announces 14 new members  —  The Open Handset Alliance, a group of technology and mobile players, is pleased to announce the membership of 14 additional companies.  By joining the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance, the following companies demonstrate …
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iwf.org.uk:
IWF statement regarding Wikipedia webpage  —  A Wikipedia webpage was reported through the IWF's online reporting mechanism on 4 December 2008.  As with all potentially illegal online child sexual abuse reports we receive, the image was assessed according to current UK legislation and in accordance …
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Guardian:
British censor reverses Wikipedia ban
Discussion: PC World
Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Photos From Google's New Virginia Digs  —  Some images of Google's new office in Reston, Va. See related blog post here and additional photos after the jump.
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Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Google Unveils Reston, Va. Sales Office  —  Google's presence in the Washington area is growing with the opening of a new 15,000-square foot office in Reston, Va. The Internet giant christened its snazzy downtown D.C. hub, which houses its lobbying shop, last January.
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
INQUIRER confirms Apple Macbook Pros have Nvidia bad bump material  —  Bumpgate We break out the electron microscope  —  WHEN THE NEW Macbooks came out a few weeks ago, Nvidia stated that the chips they provided to Apple did not contain the proverbial ‘bad bumps’.
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
Ringtone apps  —  As an iPhone developer who's been in the App Store since its launch, I'm starting to see a trend that concerns me: developers are lowering prices to the lowest possible level in order to get favorable placement in iTunes.  This proliferation of 99¢ “ringtone apps” is affecting our product development.
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0 and iLounge
Jeremy Kaplan / Gearlog:
It's Official: The DirecTV HDPC-20 Tuner Is Canceled  —  Tags:  —  DirecTV, Media Center, television, TV tuner  —  DirecTV fans have been holding their breath in anticipation of a new tuner to link the service to Windows Media Center.  Announced at CES way back in 2006 …
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Stephen Chau / The Official Google Blog:
Street View: A year in review, and what's new  —  With just 22 days left in the year, I can't help but think back to where Street View was at the beginning of 2008.  At that time, we had imagery for 23 cities in the United States, and we had just released embeddable panoramas.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-073 - Critical  —  Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (958215)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities.  The vulnerabilities …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
MS Patch Tuesday whopper: 28 vulnerabilities in Windows, IE, Office
Discussion: Microsoft
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Spam Machine Revs Engines  —  In case the TiVo Central banners, Now Playing List banners, Music & Photos menu banners, banners after recordings, and commercial button overlays weren't enough, TiVo's now pitching ads that render while programming is paused:
Discussion: CloudAve and Boy Genius Report
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TiVo:
TiVo Expands Ad Solutions Portfolio, Enables Advertisers to Reach …
Discussion: Engadget
Financial Times:
Sarin considers Yahoo option  —  Arun Sarin, former head of Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, has been approached about taking on the role of chief executive at Yahoo.  —  People close to Mr Sarin said he was mulling the strong interest expressed by the Silicon Valley internet company to succeed Jerry Yang.
Discussion: paidContent.org and BoomTown
MacNN:
Apple files for ‘Grand Central’ trademark  —  On December 8, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for Grand Central under application 77626943.  This is Apple's second trademark filing associated with Mac OS X Snow Leopard filed in the last month.
Discussion: TUAW
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Monetizing open source and killing Adobe AIR  —  Appcelerator, an open-source company that makes it easier to build and manage rich Web applications with aim to bring them to the desktop, today announced Titanium, its new platform to do just this.  —  Titanium is primed to be the open-source …
Discussion: eWeek
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
New York Times: Our Digital Ads “Could Be Under Great Stress”  —  A glum quartet of New York Times (NYT) executives appeared at the UBS media conference today to repeat what they had already said via press release this morning: Business is grim, but we're sure we'll be OK.  Also, anyone want to lend us money?
Rice University National Media Articles:
Wii bit of fun at Rice University has serious intent  —  Research into robotic learning systems uses popular gaming system  —  Why are some people fast learners?  Can we teach everybody to be like them?  Yes, Wii can.  —  A Rice University research project recently funded …
Discussion: Kotaku and PC World
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A Web Start-Up Counting on Ad Sales?  Good Luck  —  During the dot-com bust, as the online advertising market dried up and the Web companies that had been buying most of the ad space went bankrupt, the people who start and fund companies in Silicon Valley began questioning whether Web sites could survive on advertising alone.
Discussion: GigaOM, Sexy Widget and broadstuff
Roy Mark / eWeek:
FCC Chairman Accused of Abusing Power  —  Resource Library:  —  House Democrats issue a report accusing FCC Chairman Kevin Martin of egregious abuses of power, suppression of information and manipulation of data.  Among the charges: burying engineering reports that said broadband …
Discussion: Techdirt, CNET News, Electronista and GigaOM
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun closes pay-per-use utility computing service  —  From flagship to flag maker  —  Sun Microsystems has killed it's once high-profile utility computing experiment, Network.com, which let customers buy computing power by the hour.  —  The company revealed it's no longer accepting …
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Founder Building iPhone-Like Operating System For Netbooks  —  Last month I wrote about why Netbooks, which are small, low end computers that are selling like crazy, just aren't good enough for most users.  —  Small screens, small keyboards and underpowered hardware make for a less than stellar Netbook user experience.
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Why Apple Won't Sell a $100 iPhone, a Netbook or a Tablet  —  Apple fans love speculating about imaginary new products almost as much as they love getting their hands on a brand-new MacBook Air.  —  But it's easy to get carried away and take these speculative flights of fancy as true, or even as somewhat credible rumors.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Associated Press:
AT&T to test in-home cell phone boosters next year  —  NEW YORK - AT&T Inc., the country's largest wireless carrier, is testing a technology that can improve the signal available to cell phones in subscribers' homes, and plans to make it available in a trial market next year.
Discussion: Crave and Between the Lines
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Psystar drops antitrust gripes in fresh counterclaim against Apple  —  Florida's now well-known unofficial Mac clone maker has modified its counterclaim against Apple to drop some of the riskier assertions of anti-competitive behavior, but has similarly added new sections that refute allegations of violating the DMCA.
Discussion: Macworld
Gary Allen / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin work on first retail store in France  —  Apple will soon be free to move into a high-profile space in Paris that's expected to become home to the company's first retail store in France.  —  Construction on the store may begin after December 13th, when the existing Résonances retailer …
Discussion: Kiedis.fr, CrunchGear and SlashGear
 
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Dan Fellini / TUAW:
Music video shot entirely on an iPhone
Discussion: goshone.com and Gadget Lab
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Live: Facebook Announces $250,000 fbFund Grant Winners
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Mac Office users greeted with security, stability updates
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
GPLv3 to reinforce FSF open-source license position?
Discussion: eWeek
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Rustic Canyon Sells Part of Its Portfolio To Give Liquidity …
Discussion: Business Wire
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
EA lowers 2009 outlook
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Amazon: Armed to Beat the Recession
Discussion: TechFlash
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Interactive Exec Patrick Keane Out, Replaced by CNET Counterpart
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Next Year Is Looking Even Worse