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11:20 PM ET, December 14, 2008

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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's first iPhone app: Live Labs releases Seadragon Mobile viewer  —  Given the popularity of the iPhone, this was bound to happen sometime, and here it is: Microsoft Live Labs today becomes the first group inside the Redmond company to release an application for Apple's mobile phone.
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Seadragon Goes Mobile  —  Want to see giga-pixel images on your iPhone?  Now you can—with Seadragon Mobile.  Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform.  Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   MSFT to Apple: Yes, your phone is better
Wall Street Journal:
Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web  —  The celebrated openness of the Internet — network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic — is quietly losing powerful defenders.  —  Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic …
Markcuban / blog maverick:
What Yahoo Should Do  —  In this economic day and age, cash is king.  As markets, industries and companies delever in what seems to be a chorus of balance sheet deflation, the value of cash as an investment vehicle has increased exponentially.  What does this have to do with Yahoo's strategy ?
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent Recapitalizes: $17 M Financing Undone, Valuation Plummets  —  File sharing service BitTorrent has undone its $17 million financing from earlier this year, we've learned from an investor in the company, and that money (or what's left of it) has been returned to investors DCM, Accel Partners and DAG Ventures.
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Markoff / New York Times:
A Software Secretary That Takes Charge  —  SHOULDN'T your computer know a reasonable amount about your likes and dislikes?  Wouldn't it be great if it could anticipate your needs and take action without you pressing a key?  —  Booking travel and restaurant reservations …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Fred / A VC:
Display Advertising Works, But It Works Differently Than Search  —  There's been a lot of talk recently that search and other forms of “performance” or “direct” online marketing will continue to grow in the downturn while display and other forms of “brand” marketing will struggle.
Discussion: broadstuff
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Advertisers Face Hurdles on Social Networking Sites  —  FOR some time, Procter & Gamble, the world's largest advertiser, has been dipping its big toes into the vast pool of Facebook, now the world's largest social network.  I recently knocked on the doors of both companies to hear how the experiment was going.
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Change.gov iPhone App Now Available  —  Earlier this month we noted that Barack Obama's Presidential transition site Change.gov had added OpenID login for commenters and that the site had traded the traditional copyright for the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Challenges remain for Amazon digital music service  —  DENVER (Billboard) - After its first full year selling tracks from all four major labels, Amazon's digital music store has become the second-largest a la carte service, according to industry estimates.  —  But it's a very distant second to iTunes.
Discussion: Lucas Gonze' blog
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia patent app suggests N97's form factor isn't complicated enough  —  Combining huge screens with usable keyboards in a pocketable package is the challenge phone manufacturers are eternally doomed to try to solve, leading to an endless stream of (mostly comical) patent applications …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
New Nokia patent introduces an interesting new form factor
Discussion: TeleRead and Gizmodo
Ed Sutherland / problognews.com:
WordPress Targets Premium Designers for Deletion  —  In a page possibly taken from Microsoft's crushing of Netscape, Automattic is using its WordPress theme directory to penalize the sale of customized blog designs.  —  “Themes for sites that support “premium” (non-GPL or compatible) …
Discussion: Alister Cameron
Shane O'Neill / PC World:
Windows XP: The OS That Won't Quit  —  Phasing out an old operating system is nothing new for Microsoft, but Windows XP is unique in that it may be too good to die.  —  This week, Dell announced it will offer systems with the aging Windows XP for a surcharge of US$150 over the newer Windows Vista …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Canada Increases ‘Music Industry Subsidy’ on Blank CDs
Discussion: digg.com
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Myst Online to be released fully open-source
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Bleak Future for Telecom
Discussion: Signal to Noise
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SwissCom Tries To Deflect Criticism Of Le Web Internet Failure
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sony's PS3 Virtual World “Home” Plagued By Sex Fiends (Video) (SNE)
Discussion: Signal to Noise and Gizmodo