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11:55 AM ET, December 12, 2008

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Acer Aspire One goes official on AT&T's 3G network  —  Hey, remember that Acer Aspire One equipped with on-board 3G we spied in a Radio Shack ad the other day?  Well guess what?  It's real — and we've got the PR to prove it.  Just as expected, the netbook is being offered for the teensy price of $99.99 …
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Acer's $99 netbook can actually cost you $1,540.  Should you get it?  —  For those of us already accustomed to the lifetime cost of a subsidized device, this isn't news.  But netbooks are a relatively new market so there's bound to be many folks new to mobile tech and subsidization plans.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Chief Says Intel Should Power Cars  —  Former Intel Corp. chairman Andrew Grove is pushing the world's biggest maker of microprocessors to consider a new venture — becoming a manufacturer of advanced batteries for plug-in electric cars.  —  Mr. Grove, who retired in 2005 but still advises Intel …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia takes on Huawei in connecting laptops  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia plans to tap the surging market for connecting laptops to wireless networks taking on market leader Huawei Technologies, its senior official said.  —  Nokia will start to ship …
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and Phone Scoop
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Handicapping cloud computing: The big picture  —  Cloud computing isn't going to dominate the tech landscape, but will raise a ruckus for software vendors.  Google and Amazon will be cloud computing winners, but the spoils will be relatively small.  And there's a race to deliver …
BBC:
Can a Russian entrepreneur really cash in on the emoticon?  —  A series of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages - known as an emoticon - has been trademarked in Russia, says a local businessman.  —  Entrepreneur Oleg Teterin said the trademark for the ;-) …
Discussion: Techdirt, PSFK and Slashdot
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Mike Eckel / Associated Press:
OMG: Russia entrepreneur looks for $$$ from ;-)
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Many Bodies Exactly Is CBS Interactive Trying To Hide?  Try “275-ish.”  —  The pink slips were passed out on Thursday throughout the various business duchies that make up CBS Interactive—CNET, CBS.com, CBSNews,com, CBSSports.com, BNET, GameSpot, TV.com, last.fm, and CHOW.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Interactive/CNET Re-Org: The Complete Memo
Discussion: paidContent.org, GigaOM and Valleywag
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Preferred By Students, But Nothing Beats Texting  —  Today's high-school and college students got their first email account at an average age of 13.  Most students have had one of their email addresses for 8 years and have an average of about 2.4 addresses each.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Alcatel's New Plan: Cut 1,000 Jobs, 5,000 Contractors  —  Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) has laid out a new strategic plan in which it will restructure the company and cut 1,000 jobs plus 5,000 contractors.  The company said it will also seek savings in real- estate, support functions and discretionary spending.
Discussion: The Register
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
NFL Launches “Game Rewind”, Every Game On-Demand In HD With No Commercials  —  Today, the NFL launched a new video on-demand service called Game Rewind that lets you watch every NFL game in HD quality, with no commercials.  The service, which costs $19.99 for the season or $4.99 for a week pass …
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Mobile Ad Rates Begin to Drop as Inventory Increases  —  CPMs for Some Categories Have Hit Single Digits  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — It's getting cheaper to advertise in mobile as cost-per-impression ad rates hits single-digit pricing in some cases.  —  The economy isn't the only factor …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple tweaks App Store layout amid developer unrest  —  Faced with criticism over the way it's been grouping applications on the digital shelves of the App Store, Apple this week is making some changes to the store's layout aimed at showcasing a broader range of top offerings in each category.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Visa Launches First Financial App for Android  —  Back in September, Visa announced that their Visa Mobile Application would become the first financial application for Google Android-powered handsets.  The application, launched only days ago, lets users receive notifications on their mobile phone …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computing Without a Whirring Drive  —  SHERMAN BLACK, a senior vice president at Seagate Technology, a leader in hard drive manufacturing, lies awake at night worrying that his teenagers are part of a new generation of computer users who don't care if their data is stored locally or in the Internet “cloud.”
Discussion: CNET News
Jonathan Skillings / Crave:
Report: Android phone on tap for China  —  Once there was just a single Android phone, the T-Mobile G1.  Coming soon, in Australia, is the Kogan Agora.  Now reports are pointing to an emerging gadget for China, known for the moment as the “OPhone.”  —  The site ModmyGphone is showing off …
Samantha Rose Hunt / TG Daily:
Unboxing the CherryPal: It's alive!  —  First Look - After much skepticism due to poor company communication, I can admit I was extremely pleased to have the small CherryPal box hit my doorstep.  So, I can confirm that the CherryPal does exist, well sorta.  In fact I'm writing this article …
Discussion: Engadget and digg.com
Nick Heath / silicon.com:
UK police: ‘We need crime breathalysers for PCs’  —  Cyber cops chase next gen digital forensics  —  UK police are hoping to one day develop a breathalyser-style tool for computers that could instantly flag up illegal activity on any PC it's attached to.  —  Detective superintendent Charlie …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T completes Wayport purchase; Almost done with Starbucks Wi-Fi rollout  —  AT&T said Friday that it has closed its Wayport acquisition, which allows it to build out its Wi-Fi network.  In addition, the telecom giant said that it “is nearing completion” of its project to convert Starbucks locations to AT&T's Wi-Fi service.
Discussion: PR Newswire and Electronista
Michael Young / Redfin Corporate Blog:
Our Maps Are Googley Now  —  Redfin just released a new version of the site.  In addition to improving our short sale detection in Orange County and parts of LA and making our neighborhood pages a little more discoverable from the map page, we switched to using Google Maps exclusively instead …
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Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Mapquest tries to stem flow of users to Google Maps
 
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Electronista:
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
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David Berkowitz / AdAge:
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update may be around the corner