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6:45 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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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: Search Engine Watch and Gizmodo
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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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 …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
comScore: U.S. Video Views Up 45%, Even As Duration Increases
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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: Boy Genius Report
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TiVo:
TiVo Expands Ad Solutions Portfolio, Enables Advertisers to Reach …
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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?
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 …
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.
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 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Monopoly passes Go, comes to the iPhone
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
BBC:
Virtual world for Muslims debuts
Discussion: Kotaku and Virtual Worlds News
Guardian:
British censor reverses Wikipedia ban
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Amazon: Armed to Beat the Recession
Discussion: TechFlash
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
MS Patch Tuesday whopper: 28 vulnerabilities in Windows, IE, Office
Discussion: Microsoft
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Amid recession, developer finds hope in App Store
Discussion: Gadget Lab and MarketingVOX
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How Many iPhones Could Wal-Mart Sell?
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Ex-VC Joins Google's M&A Department
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendster nabs fourth social-networking patent, dozen more pending
Discussion: Epicenter and The Social