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12:35 PM 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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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint Getting Closer to Android Phone?  —  Updated: Today Sprint offered the lineup for its upcoming mobile developer's conference on Dec. 10-12, which will include a keynote by Rich Miner, Google's vice president of mobile technology.  While we've known that Sprint was considering Android …
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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.
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?
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PC World:
Microsoft Releases Open-source Content Management App
Discussion: The Open Road
Jeff Sandquist / Microsoft Evangelist:
Supporting Web Standards With Microsoft
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 …
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, GigaOM and paidContent.org
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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.
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.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Ex-VC Joins Google's M&A Department  —  Back in 2006, a number of ex-Googlers became full-time investors, including angels Aydin Senkut, Georges Harik and Paul Buchheit (founder of FriendFeed).  —  It would be overstating things to say that the tide has now turned, but at least one former VC …
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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: The Social
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 …
Philip Blenkinsop / Reuters:
Mobile phone chip to counter radiation unveiled  —  Belgian health products distributor Omega Pharma will launch a chip it claims can counter potentially damaging radiation from mobile phones and has high hopes for its sales.  —  The company, which sells non-prescription products such as wart treatments …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
BBC:
Microsoft Office to debut online  —  Microsoft is preparing web versions of some of its most popular programs.  —  In 2009 web versions of Word, Excel and other programs in the Microsoft Office suite plus Exchange and Sharepoint will go online.  —  Users will be able to get at the programs via …
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.
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!
 
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2 book publishers announce mobile phone plans
Discussion: The Apple Core
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Leaks indicate Microsoft is un-rethinking the Win7 taskbar
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Confused yet?  MySpace updates data-sharing service, fighting Facebook (and Google)
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and PC World
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Blackbird Is A Custom Browser For African Americans Built On Top Of Mozilla
Discussion: Ars Technica and GreasyGuide.com
Reuters:
Young graduates struggle for Silicon Valley jobs
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Dell Sees Double With Data Center in a Container