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8:25 AM ET, December 11, 2008

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube Videos Are Pulling in Serious Money  —  Making videos for YouTube — for three years a pastime for millions of Web surfers — is now a way to make a living.  —  One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become “partners” and added advertising to their videos …
Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Tough times  —  As we announced in October, we've been aggressively managing our costs to bring them in line with the challenging economic conditions.  Unfortunately, that means laying off employees — by far the toughest part of being a manager.  Here's the email I sent to Yahoos today:
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Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane”  —  The first thing you'll notice about 2.7 is its new interface.  From the top down, we've listened to your feedback and thought deeply about the design and the result is a WordPress that's just plain faster.  Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Screw The Downturn.  Accel Raises A Cool Billion In New Funds  —  Twenty five year old venture capital firm Accel Partners is announcing two new funds today that add more than $1 billion to their war chest: Accel Growth Fund at $480 million and Accel London III at $525 million.
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
What Recession?  Accel Partners Raises $1 Billion  —  Who says that money is tight for venture capitalists?  Accel Partners, the Palo Alto, Calif., venture capital firm behind companies such as Facebook, Glam Media and MetroPCS, announced Thursday that it has raised two new funds for a total of $1 billion.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Copy and Paste Now Working Between Safari and Mail  —  Finally, someone has conceived a way to copy and paste text from Safari to Mail, and between web pages.  And this time, it doesn't require any software installation and it's legal: … In fact, it doesn't require anything to be installed …
Lets Japan:
Cellphone Blocker Stops Swindles at ATM  —  Mobile phone signal-blocking at cash dispensers is the newest effort to fight fraud in Japan.  —  In October Japan police made a major nationwide effort to prevent citizens - especially the elderly - from becoming victims of various telephone scams.
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
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Emily / textually.org:
MOBILE PHONES JAMMED NEAR BANK ATM
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Leo Dirac / Gmail Blog:
Really new in Labs this time: SMS Text Messaging for chat  —  How often do you try to chat with somebody and they don't respond because they just walked away from their computer?  Or maybe you're in the middle of chatting with them just as they need to leave.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Text messaging comes to Gmail Labs — SRSLY this time
Microsoft Live Labs:
Introducing Thumbtack  —  People have always had a need to make sense of the world around them.  We want to identify, classify and clarify things.  Lately that need has become even greater, since we're being bombarded with information wherever we look.  Now there's a new tool to help you organize all that information: Thumbtack.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Said Web 2.0 Was R.I.P.?  Microblog Tumblr Raises $4.5 Million, Expectations  —  Tumblr is exactly the kind of startup that's supposed to be gasping for air in today's dismal economy: A trendy but niche Web service with a prominent founder and exactly zero revenue.
Paul Carr / Guardian:
Freezing cold, no internet, boring: it's a French web 2.0 conference!  —  Want to know how Britain should spend that billion pounds it has earmarked for internet startups?  On a vodka-fuelled conference in a sauna in London.  It would sure put LeWeb into the shade.  Though almost anything would.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Window Snyder / Mozilla Security Blog:
Leaving Mozilla  —  I will be leaving Mozilla at the end of the year.  I am sad to be leaving, but I am excited to go work on something I have always been passionate about.  I wish I could tell you about it now, but that will have to wait for a while.  —  You will still get Mozilla security information here.
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Dennis Fisher / Security Bytes:   Security chief Window Snyder leaving Mozilla
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Rumor Smash: No Zune Phone at CES  —  Sorry dudes.  Just it first hand from Brian Seitz, Group Manager of Zune: “No Zune phone at CES.”  —  Well, at least no Zune Phone as we're hearing it.  A few days ago, some analysts stirred up the rumors of a Zune specific piece of hardware this week …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
CES: Zune phone, no. Pink, maybe
Discussion: Electronista
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Microsoft Prepared For the Winter of Our Economic Discontent  —  Microsoft may not be looking at further price cuts for their console as the country tip-toes through this recession, but they're looking at ways to make their console attractive to thrift-minded families.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The 10 best IT certifications  —  Guest post from TechRepublic's 10 Things blog: IT pros tend to have strong opinions when debating the value of professional certification — and views become even more polarized when it comes down to a discussion of which certs are meaningful.
Discussion: deal architect
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
How Twitter's competitors do what it doesn't  —  Twitter may be the leader in the micro-blogging space, but it's missing key features—features its competitors offer.  Will Twitter pick up on these omissions?  We know groups are coming to Twitter, but we're not so sure about some of these other useful features...
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
YouTube is not so wild anymore  —  Tanya Derveaux's cleavage may not be suitable for minors.  (image via iPower)  —  On some bright, parched morning back in the Old West, folks must have heard grumbling as a boy nailed a list of new town laws to the wall of the saloon.
Chicago Tribune:
CareerBuilder lays off 300  —  Chicago-based online jobs board CareerBuilder laid off more than 300 workers late last week, a company executive confirmed Wednesday.  —  Chief marketing officer Richard Castellini said the cuts took place on Friday and were spread across various units …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Cade Metz / The Register:
The Mother of All Demos - 150 years ahead of its time  —  It's not the mouse.  It's what you do with it  —  Sometime in the late sixties, as Douglas Engelbart was preparing what would one day be called The Mother of All Demos, his boss flew to Washington to meet with the money man.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CBS Interactive To Merge CBSNews.com and CNET Newsrooms; Some Layoffs  —  CBS Interactive (NYSE: CBS), under pressure to cut costs after what now seems like an even more costly acquisition of CNET, is announcing some more restructuring tomorrow, we have learned from reliable sources late tonight …
Business Technology:
Memories of Past Slumps No Help in Silicon Valley  —  Over the past four decades, technologies for retaining information have increased at a startling rate.  Yet technology suppliers seem to have trouble calling up some key information-the lessons of the past.
Kate Bevan / Guardian:
Newly asked questions: What are we going to be frightened of next year?  —  Online threats could be as scary as Ben Affleck's experience in the film Paycheck  —  Apart from terrorism, the growth of our waistlines after Christmas, the credit crunch and its effect on our jobs and wallets, you mean?
 
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Indian court urged to ‘ban Google Earth’
Discussion: UPI and Geek.com
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Secretly Bricks Non-Intel PCs, Psystar Claims
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