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12:30 PM ET, December 11, 2008

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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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube Videos Pull In Real 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 …
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 start-up 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.
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Tumblr Closes Series B Financing Round
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Exploring 3D Desktop and Application Interfaces  —  Dozens of Apple patent applications were published today revealing research that Apple had done in 2007 on many topics encompassing future versions of Mac OS X. The most intriguing is a series of patent applications which describe a “Multidimensional” user interface.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple working on 3D Mac OS X user interface (images)  —  A series of Apple patent filings published this week reveal the Mac maker has spent a considerable amount of time outlining a new multi-dimensional interface for Mac OS X that would make better use of screen real estate by increasing …
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: CNET News
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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.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Did Accel Just Raise Money For A Facebook Bailout?
Discussion: All Facebook
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T now offers iPhone 3G home activation, for real this time  —  All you potential iPhone 3G buyers who loathe the thought of having to go into an AT&T store to activate your newly purchased phone can rejoice today as AT&T has finally enabled home activation for the iPhone 3G.
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JG Mason / Gadgetell:
Breaking: Apple left out?  AT&T brings back iPhone online and at-home activation  —  Yes!  AT&T is now offering the iPhone online with home activation.  I found this by looking for info on another phone, but found this advert when landing on their site.  At first, I figured I was reading it wrong …
Discussion: CrunchGear and O'Grady's PowerPage
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.
Discussion: Know It All
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 …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
“Report a Concern” at Google Maps  —  Since a recent Google Maps Street View update, Google shows the wording “Report a concern” at the footer of their panorama photos (in older versions, a text for this elsewhere was reading “Report inappropriate image” - the title to the report page still uses that wording).
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google anticipates a bright and shiny future for Chrome  —  When Google first began to expand beyond search, the company pioneered a new release management strategy that—to put it diplomatically—challenges the conventional definition of “beta.”  Although some of Google's most prominent …
Discussion: TechSpot, OStatic blogs and SlashGear
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 50Mbps Hits Baltimore, Atlanta, Fort Wayne - Company's ‘wideband’ DOCSIS 3.0 deployment continues...  Comcast this morning stated that the nation's soon to be largest broadband operator would be deploying their new “Extreme 50” 50Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 tier in parts of Baltimore, Atlanta, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer At Le Web: The (Almost) Complete Interview  —  The video above shows twenty two minutes of my and Loic Le Meur's half hour interview with Google's Vice President of Search Product and User Experience Marissa Mayer at the Le Web conference in Paris on Wednesday afternoon.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Reselling MP3s: The music industry's new battleground?  —  A new digital music service is getting lots of attention for proposing to help consumers sell their used MP3s in much the same way people once unloaded second-hand albums.  —  Bopaboo has generated splashy headlines recently for coming …
Discussion: PC World, TorrentFreak and hypebot
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Sony finally opens Home, and we've got video  —  After years of development and promotion, Sony is launching its PlayStation Home service today.  Home, as we've described in a previous post, is the much-touted virtual world that will be open to those who have connected their PlayStation 3s to the Internet.
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.
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.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mac firmware upgrades do NOT fix the 4 GB RAM problem  —  The appearance of the Apple firmware upgrades released yesterday for late 2008 MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs was welcome news to me and other owners and many applied the upgrades immediately.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Maximum PC all
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Cable Companies Figuring Out Their Wireless Strategies: Add Value To The Core Offering  —  While the cable companies have long had trouble coming up with a good wireless strategy (including numerous false starts) it looks like some may be figuring this out, in setting up business models …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why the Yahoo feeding frenzy?  —  With camera crews staking out space outside Yahoo's Sunnyvale headquarters, some employees are striking back, uploading photos of the TV reporters to Flickr before the sluggish old media can get their broadcasts together.  And that's part of the big story.
Discussion: GigaOM
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...
Discussion: Twitterrati
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows 7 build 6956 performance test  —  My Hardware 2.0 mailbag is brimming with Windows 7 related questions.  The main question on everyone's lips is the obvious one - How does Windows 7 stack up against Vista? … This test will pitch Windows 7 build 6956 32-bit against Windows Vista RTM 32-bit and Windows Vista SP1 32-bit.
Tony Smith / The Register:
BBC, ITV propose ‘open’ TV-over-net platform  —  Project Kangaroo alternative jump-started  —  Having had their plan to combine their broadband TV services kyboshed by the Competition Commmission, the BBC and ITV today said they plan to do it anyway - but this time to open up the infrastructure to all comers.
Discussion: p2pnet
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.
 
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