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10:25 AM ET, December 9, 2008

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Gmail Blog:
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.
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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).
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Google launches to-do lists; You'd think an email revolution was underway
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Apple's iTunes going DRM-free starting Tuesday [u]  —  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.
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Margaret Kane / CNET News:   Sony to lay off 8,000
Bob Walsh / Webware.com:
Appcelerator Titanium puts more Web apps on your desktop  —  The line between Web and desktop apps is getting fuzzier Tuesday, with the preview release of Appcelerator Titanium, platform designed to turn Web app developers into desktop and mobile phone developers.
Discussion: VentureBeat, techno.blog and Ajaxian
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Appcelerator Raises $4.1 Million for Open Source RIA Platform
Discussion: Open Source
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life blog:
Kosmix - searching for optimism  —  What's the definition of optimism in these troubled times for the hi-tech economy?  How about starting a business which plans to take on Google from a base in Mountain View, the search giant's home town?  Or maybe ploughing $20m into that business …
Discussion: Tech Beat, paidContent.org and GigaOM
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Kosmix's new approach to search gets $20M
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Closer to Naming CEO  —  Yahoo Inc. directors steering the search for a new chief executive are moving closer to a recommendation and have authorized checking references on a few key candidates, say people familiar with the matter, although a decision is likely to be weeks away at the earliest.
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.
Jeremy Kahn / New York Times:
Mumbai Terrorists Relied on New Technology for Attacks  —  MUMBAI, India — The terrorists who struck this city last month stunned authorities not only with their use of sophisticated weaponry but also with their comfort with modern technology.  —  The terrorists navigated across the Arabian Sea …
Discussion: Communications …
Business Technology:
Tech Spending to Grow 1.6% in 2009  —  Technology spending will grow at its lowest rate in six years in 2009, a research firm said, as businesses shift their buying habits in response to the economic downturn.  —  Businesses and other organizations in the U.S. will spend $573 billion on computer software …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
New MacBooks Are Cranky: They Have Insomnia and Hate Third-Party RAM  —  The standard “journalism” rule is that three is trend.  So here's one with the new MacBooks: They've got problems!  Screwy video cards, insomniatic, power-sucking sleep and not playing well with other RAM.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Leaks indicate Microsoft is un-rethinking the Win7 taskbar  —  During last week's touring WinHEC conference in Beijing, attendees were treated to the latest Windows 7 build running in a virtual machine.  Trouble is, someone apparently pilfered a copy of the VHD, and now it's loose.
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
FYI: Blending a Charged iPhone Causes Explosions  —  On Saturday at the Gizmodo Gallery, we blended a fully-functioning iPhone with a Blendtec, sacrificing it to the gods of copy and paste.  What we learned was that if you blend an iPhone with its battery inside, it explodes.  Whoops!
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
An update to the AdWords alcohol policy  —  As many of you know, we're constantly evaluating our AdWords program policies to keep them current and effective.  This means making changes from time to time by either adding new policies, such as the endangered species policy, or updating existing policies, such as the Display URL policy.
GamesIndustry.biz:
Atari acquires Cryptic Studios  —  Atari has announced that it has acquired US-based MMO developer Cryptic Studios in a performance-linked deal.  —  The company, previously responsible for City of Heroes and City of Villains, which made over USD 100 million for NCsoft, is in production on three titles …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Oxite: Just MIX and Serve  —  The thing is called Oxite, and Microsoft released the code to its CodePlex site on Dec. 5, but made the announcement today.  Oxite is labeled an alpha, and as of this posting a whopping 344 people had downloaded the software.  Let's not rush to give up Movable Type or WordPress, shall we?
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendster nabs fourth social networking patent, dozen more pending  —  Friendster was the first modern social network to really gain traction on the web.  But it has lost ground to rivals like MySpace and Facebook over the last five years or so, due to a number of missteps.
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
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:   Discovering the Power of Twitter's Real-Time Search
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
The Social Life of Routers  —  How a 1960s sociology experiment could hold the key to better Internet routing.  —  Just like an old-fashioned piece of mail, data traveling over the Internet normally follows a predictable path.  As the Internet continues to grow, however …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell, EMC expand storage partnership  —  Dell and EMC said Tuesday that they have extended their partnership through 2013.  As part of that agreement, EMC will allow Dell to sell its Celerra NX4 storage system.  —  EMC and Dell formed a partnership in October 2001 as the duo focused on storage customers.
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)
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
TVLoop.com - Where TV Meets Social Networking  —  If you're an avid Facebook user and TV aficionado, you've probably heard of Watercooler's TVLoop.  It's a Facebook application that brings full TV episodes of many popular shows directly to your Facebook profile; recently …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Blackbird Is A Custom Browser For African Americans Built On Top Of Mozilla  —  Blackbird is a new browser built on top of Mozilla technology that is supposed to make it easier for African Americans to discover relevant content on the web and to interact with other members …
Discussion: Ars Technica and GreasyGuide.com
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.
 
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Associated Press:
2 book publishers announce mobile phone plans
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Confused yet?  MySpace updates data-sharing service, fighting Facebook (and Google)
Electronista:
i-mate intros custom Windows Mobile interface
Discussion: Ubergizmo and PalmAddicts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Vodafone Acquires Sweden's WayFinder For €24 Million
Reuters:
Young graduates struggle for Silicon Valley jobs
Business Technology:
Burn Rate: Laid Off But No Longer Looking
Discussion: Jobwire
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
What's Up With Seagate?  —  To answer my own question …
 Earlier Items: 
internetnews.com:
Yahoo Counting on New Ad Tech as Woes Mount
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Cloud-Service Provider RightScale Deposits $13 Million in VC Funding
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunchIT and VentureBeat
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
What Sequoia Capital Was Thinking
Discussion: Startup Chatter
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple disables Egyptian iPhone GPS