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4:30 PM ET, December 9, 2008

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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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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 …
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’.
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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.
Lena Lee / Bloomberg:
Sony Will Cut 16,000 Jobs as Recession Curbs Demand  —  A A A  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Sony Corp., the world's second-biggest consumer-electronics maker, plans to eliminate 16,000 jobs in the largest reduction announced by a Japanese company since the credit crunch drove the world into recession.
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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 …
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 …
PC World:
Microsoft Releases Open-source Content Management App  — Microsoft has released an early version of an open-source content management platform that developers can use to build sophisticated blogs or large Web sites.  —  Called Oxite, its creators describe it as a standards-compliant …
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
DirecTV kills its Media Center tuner project  —  If you're a DirecTV subscriber and a Media Center fan, I'm afraid I have some bad news for you: DirecTV has pulled the plug on development of its long-rumored HDPC-20 tuner.  —  The device was first announced at CES in January 2006 …
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.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Next Year Is Looking Even Worse  —  The bankruptcy filing on Monday by the Tribune Company underscored that the brunt of the injuries being suffered by the media during the recession are in local markets — especially newspapers.  —  Already, advertising is bracing for the possibility …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Gawker
Dan Cox / FishBowlLA:
EXCLUSIVE: Yahoo! To Lay Off 1,500 In California on Wednesday; 200 In L.A.  —  Yahoo!, via an email from departing CEO Jerry Yang, told its California employees that on Wednesday, as many as 1,500 employees will be tossed, inside sources confided to FBLA.  —  No details were available regarding …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Interactive Exec Patrick Keane Out, Replaced by CNET Counterpart  —  We haven't heard of much bloodletting since CBS (CBS) bought CNET for $1.8 billion this summer.  But obviously there have to be some cuts as the companies continue to merge the network's CBS Interactive unit with the Web publisher.
Associated Press:
LG develops handset chip for fast downloads  —  ANYANG, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. claimed a step forward in the commercialization of the next generation of Internet capable handsets, demonstrating a modem chip with a download speed eight times that of the fastest mobile phones currently on the market.
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.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Melissa Shapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3.1 beta 2 now available!  —  Editor's note: Mozilla released Firefox 3.1 beta 1 on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm PT. Check out the Mozilla Developer News announcement reposted below for more details.  —  Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 now available for download
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Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Mozilla to pull the plug on Firefox 2 “soon”
Discussion: Maximum PC all
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.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Bringing That Quirky Video Store Clerk to the Web  —  Next time you're home on a Friday night, searching for a movie to watch, Stuart Skorman wants you to visit Clerk Dogs, his new movie recommendation Web site.  —  The site, officially unveiled Tuesday, uses a novel approach in Silicon Valley …
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Amid recession, developer finds hope in App Store  —  Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories about the recession's effect on the tech industry.  —  Not long ago, during an evening of hanging out with friends, five of us sat in my living room, staring at and holding tight to our iPhones or iPod Touches.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and MarketingVOX
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.
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: CNET News and Ars Technica
 
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