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6:10 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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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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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
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: iLounge, Chuqui 3.0 and MacBlogz
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
EA lowers 2009 outlook  —  Electronic Arts on Tuesday warned its financial performance for fiscal 2009 will come up short from its earlier projections, due to slower sales in the U.S. and Europe.  —  The game maker had previously projected net revenues of $4.9 billion to $5.15 billion …
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?
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
MS Patch Tuesday whopper: 28 vulnerabilities in Windows, IE, Office  —  Microsoft today dropped a monster Patch Tuesday release with fixes for at least 28 vulnerabilities affecting Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Basic Active Controls and Windows Media Player.
Discussion: Microsoft
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dealing Virtual Drugs On The iPhone Seems Unlikely To Get People To Do Real Drugs  —  For many, many, many years there has been a very popular application called Dope Wars.  I used to have a copy of it on my Palm Pilot a decade ago, and it was a fantastic way to kill time (that and Rally 1000 were great time wasters).
Discussion: Destructoid and GamePolitics News
internetnews.com:
MySQL 5.1 Takes Off Despite Controversy  —  Sun claims over a quarter million downloads in first days of release; downplays criticism.  —  Ten days after first being officially released as generally available (GA), software, Sun Microsystems is now claiming its open source MySQL 5.1 database server is being well received.
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: About Those Cyber Monday Paid Click Stats We Published...  (GOOG)  —  Last Friday, Google's (GOOG) retail blog published — and then unpublished — what seemed like positive stats for Cyber Monday: Paid clicks increasing from 9% to 39% year-over-year for queries like “department stores” and “comparison shopping.”
Discussion: WebProNews
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
BitTorrent hooks up with Oversi  —  There are quite a few interesting developments happening over at BitTorrent.  We already discussed the departure of President and co-founder Ashwin Navin, who provided amongst other things, an identity to the company.  As BitTorrent seeks a new identity …
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance and AppScout
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
 
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Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
TuneCore to help bands get paid for free downloads
Discussion: Epicenter
Associated Press:
AT&T to test in-home cell phone boosters next year
Discussion: Between the Lines
Guardian:
British censor reverses Wikipedia ban
Discussion: iwf.org.uk and Guardian
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Amazon: Armed to Beat the Recession
Discussion: TechFlash
Associated Press:
LG develops handset chip for fast downloads
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How Many iPhones Could Wal-Mart Sell?
Robert McMillan / PC World:
New Web Attack Exploits Unpatched IE Flaw
Discussion: Zero Day
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Ex-VC Joins Google's M&A Department
Discussion: paidContent.org
BBC:
Microsoft Office to debut online
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendster nabs fourth social-networking patent, dozen more pending
Discussion: Epicenter and The Social
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
TVLoop.com - Where TV Meets Social Networking
Discussion: RotorBlog.com and VentureBeat