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12:40 AM ET, December 10, 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
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Live: Facebook Announces $250,000 fbFund Grant Winners  —  5:30pm We're here at Facebook for the announcemet of the Round II fbFund $250,000 grant recipients. 25 entrepreneurs who won $25,000 in Round I of the fbFund competition are here demo'ing their apps for the press and developer community, vying for another $225,000.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's fbFund Names Winners of $225,000 Grant
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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
comScore:
YouTube Attracts 100 Million U.S. Online Video Viewers in October 2008  —  Hulu Continues Ascent, Ranks #6 in Online Video Market Share  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released October 2008 data from the comScore Video Metrix service …
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’.
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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Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search:
Local Search: How not to succeed in business without really trying  —  PromoterLocal.com appears to be a local search firm like many others.  They offer a Google Maps listing service for $49.95/mo with a one time setup charge of $249.95.  Unlike some local search firms …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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
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, iLounge and MacBlogz
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.
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
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.
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple's Snow Leopard set to exploit GPU power  —  OpenCL 1.0 spec debuts  —  Apple's Snow Leopard bounded closer to reality today - and there's a strong possibility it leapt well past Windows 7 in the process.  —  Today, at SIGGRAPH Asia in Singapore, the Khronos Group, a self-described …
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, PC World and Edge Online
Dan Fellini / TUAW:
Music video shot entirely on an iPhone  —  Behold, what is claimed to be the world's first music video shot entirely on an iPhone.  —  This gem comes to us from GOSHone, A self-described “mad scientist with computers, gadgets, and musical equipment and stuff,” G1 used his jailbroken iPhone …
Discussion: goshone.com and Gadget Lab
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?
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
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: PC World and GigaOM
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
Robert Vamosi / CNET News:
Study: Cybercriminals cashing in on economic slide  —  Amid the global downturn in the economy, cybercrminals appear to be winning in the war against law enforcement.  That's the sobering conclusion drawn by a panel of experts in a report from McAfee released Tuesday.
Discussion: McAfee Avert Labs
 
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Why You Should Stop Buying Your Computers Fully Loaded
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Dark Knight Blu-ray scratches surface of BD-Live potential
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and Engadget HD
Gary Allen / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin work on first retail store in France
Discussion: Kiedis.fr, CrunchGear and SlashGear
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Psystar drops antitrust gripes in fresh counterclaim against Apple
Discussion: Macworld
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Mac Office users greeted with security, stability updates
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Rustic Canyon Sells Part of Its Portfolio To Give Liquidity …
Discussion: Business Wire
 Earlier Items: 
MacNN:
Apple files for ‘Grand Central’ trademark
Discussion: TUAW
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: About Those Cyber Monday Paid Click Stats We Published...  (GOOG)
Discussion: WebProNews
internetnews.com:
MySQL 5.1 Takes Off Despite Controversy
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Amazon: Armed to Beat the Recession
Discussion: TechFlash
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Founder Building iPhone-Like Operating System For Netbooks
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Next Year Is Looking Even Worse
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A Web Start-Up Counting on Ad Sales? Good Luck
Discussion: GigaOM, Sexy Widget and broadstuff