Wall Street Journal:
Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits — After years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy. — The decision represents …
Discussion: Ars Technica, ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch, Mark Evans, TorrentFreak, p2pnet, CNET News, The Open Road, Epicenter, DailyTech, BetaNews, Mashable!, TechWag, Lockergnome Blog Network, securosis.com, Engadget, blogs.chron.com, Life On the Wicked Stage, Homotron.net, Electronista, TG Daily, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, GamePolitics News and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica: No more lawsuits: ISPs to work with RIAA, cut off P2P users
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Pirates Rejoice: RIAA Drops Lawsuits, Makes Deal with ISPs
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: The Recording Industry Decides To Stop Suing Its Customers
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: RIAA drops lawsuits; ISPs to battle file sharing
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter: RIAA Plans to Stop Suing Music Fans
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech: RIAA Calls an End to Lawsuit Crusade
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews: RIAA to discontinue litigation strategy, coordinate more with ISPs
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: RIAA Will Stop Suing People, Which Doesn't Make Them Less Evil
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage: RIAA Stops The Mass Lawsuit Song, Tunes up Another
Jesse James / Homotron.net: RIAA Tired Of Not Getting Paid By Single Mothers
Rick C. Hodgin / TG Daily: RIAA changes tactics, wants ISPs to help fight music pirates
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker: RIAA Stops Suing Individuals, Works With ISPs Instead
John Mahoney / Gizmodo: RIAA Jerks To Stop Suing Individuals For Online Piracy
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Abandoning Mass Lawsuits In Favor Of Backroom 3 Strikes Policy — from the it's-a-step,-but-a-very-small- one dept — It really was just three days ago that we suggested that if the record labels actually wanted anyone to take them seriously concerning their desire to come …
Discussion: PC World, CNET News and The Digital Home
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: Copy of RIAA's new enforcement notice to ISPs
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home: Lawsuits or not, the RIAA still doesn't understand us
Greg Sandoval / CNET News: Sources: RIAA budget will shrink soon
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
RIAA Will Stop Mass Lawsuits …
RIAA Will Stop Mass Lawsuits …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Big Music Accepts Reality, Drops Lawsuit Strategy. …
Samsung Electronics will launch Google Phone in Q2 — Samsung Electronics will release its first Google phone in the second quarter of the next year in North America. — The launch of Google phone by Samsung is regarded as a signal of its plan for increasing the shares in the smart phone market …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Engadget Mobile, TmoNews, Gizmodo, SlashGear, The Toybox, Local Mobile Search, Switched, PhoneNews.com, Google Android News … and Pocket-lint.co.uk
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Sprint's First Android Handset to be a Samsung?
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Samsung Android smartphone on Sprint & T-Mobile in Q2 2009
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox: Samsung to launch next Android phone in Q2 2009
Greg Sterling / Local Mobile Search: Samsung to Bring Android Phone to Sprint in US in Q2
Thomas Ricker / Switched: Samsung Launching Google Phone in 2009
Humberto Saabedra / PhoneNews.com: Samsung to Launch Android-Based Device for Sprint and T-Mobile Next Year
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk: Samsung to launch Android phone in Q2 2009
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
A Wrench in Silicon Valley's Wealth Machine — A year ago, cash rained on tech startups like Digg. Now their valuations are slipping, and venture capital is drying up — A year ago there were reports that Digg had hired investment bank Allen & Co. to put the popular news aggregation Web site …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles, HipMojo.com and broadstuff
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Silicon Valley Journalists Lack Common Sense
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: THE (DIS)ECONOMICS OF DIGG SCALING
Evan - Twitter needs a better policy on Usernames — I have a bunch of Twitter usernames — I gobbled them up in March 2007. I'd consider them some of the “quality” ones. Almost like the domain game of 1995, I grabbed some of the best Twitter usernames, because I could see value in their use in the future.
Discussion: ThreatChaos and CenterNetworks
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Twitter Takes The Celtics; Yankees Next?
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell Studio XPS 13 leather-wrapped laptop revealed, Adamo info leaked! — Thanks to a totally amazing Engadget source, we've gotten our hands on photos of the absolutely sick Dell Studio XPS 13, and some new info about the company's forthcoming Adamo. First off, the photos in the gallery …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report: Dell Studio XPS 13 gets pictured; more info on Adamo leaked
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph: Dell Adamo laptop could be company's answer to MacBook Air
Jonathan Skillings / Crave: Dell's superthin Adamo—due in February?
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site: What is the Dell Adamo? A MacBook Air Competitor?
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk: Dell prepping ultra-thin “Adamo” laptop?
Michael Gartenberg / MobileDevicesToday: Dell's mystery device
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Dell's Mystery Notebook: Thinner, Lighter Than Air?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Scribd Raises $9 Million. Still Working on Business? — Over the past few years we've seen the rise of cute ideas, ones we love using on a daily basis, but are hard to turn into real, long-term businesses. Most were hoping that a sugar daddy would buy their cuteness for bags full of money.
Wade Roush / Xconomy: CRV Funds Scribd
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scribd Raises $9 Million So You Can Continue To View PDFs Online
Scribd Raises $9 Million So You Can Continue To View PDFs Online
Discussion: The Social, paidContent.org and VentureBeat
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Scribd chalks up another $9 million
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org: Document Sharing Site Scribd Gets $9 Million Second Round; Hires Former Bebo COO
Arn / MacRumors:
Evidence that Next iMacs and Mac Minis to use NVIDIA Chipsets — Configuration files buried within some versions of Mac OS X show evidence that the next iMac and Mac Mini will indeed be based on the NVIDIA MCP79 chipset. Apple recently switched their MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models to the NVIDIA chipsets in October.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, AppleInsider and Electronista
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
EA boosts layoffs to 10 percent of workforce — Updated 8:02 a.m. PST with more information about EA's decision to increase the size of its layoffs and with Friday's share price performance. — Game publishing giant Electronic Arts announced Friday that it is expanding the scope …
Discussion: Business Wire, paidContent.org and Silicon Alley Insider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore: YouTube Now 25 Percent Of All Google Searches — Video search on YouTube accounts for a quarter of all Google search queries in the U.S., according to the latest search engine numbers from comScore. Its monthly qSearch report, which was released on Thursday night, breaks out the number of searches conducted on YouTube.
Discussion: The Pondering Primate and Independent Street
Scott P. Shaffer / The Pondering Primate: YouTube Is Now The 2nd Largest Search Engine
Alan Stafford / PC World:
New eBook Reader Undercuts Kindle, Sony Reader Prices — Amazon's Kindle electronic book reader costs $359—but you can't get one until at least February. Sony's PRS-700BC costs $399—also pretty darn costly. But Foxit Software will soon begin shipping an eBook reader that costs only slightly more than half what Sony's reader does.
Discussion: Download Squad, Engadget, Gadget Lab, SlashGear, Obsessable, Gizmodo, TeleRead and CrunchGear
Darren Murph / Engadget: Foxit takes on the eBook world with low(er) cost eSlick
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab: ESlick E-Book Reader Cheapest, Ugliest Yet
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Foxit eSlick bargain ebook reader
C.K. Sample III / Obsessable: FoxIt eSlick priced at $229 set to challenge Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle
John Herrman / Gizmodo: Foxit eBook Reader Wins on Price, Skimps on Connectivity
Matt Burns / CrunchGear: Foxit takes eBooks to a new low with the eSlick
Times Online / Tech Central:
Is the internet going down? Undersea sub-cables have just broken... Breaking news: something's happening to the internet, right now. We're just not quite sure what. — Interoute, the internet networks company, reports that three of the four internet sub-cables that run from Asia to North America have been damaged.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Associated Press
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
Native Client: Google's craziest idea yet — Is Google's plan to run native x86 code inside browser windows just a disaster waiting to happen? — The browser's role is ever increasing. It already has become far more than a mere tool for accessing information.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Google's Crazy Cool Idea: Native Client
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
OS184.108.40.206 Leaked for the BlackBerry Storm 9530! — w00t! Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Festivus or anything and everything else this Holiday Season, for you BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners the sweetest gift just arrived... a new update to the 9530 Storm's OS!
Discussion: IntoMobile, I4U News, BerryReview.com, SlashGear, Engadget and mobilesyrup.com
James Falconer / IntoMobile: New BlackBerry Storm 9530 OS 220.127.116.11 Hits the Interwebs
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: New BlackBerry Storm Firmware OS 18.104.22.168 leaked
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com: 9530 Storm OS 22.214.171.124 Found Online!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
European Business Social Network XING Acquires socialmedian (Update: For $7.5 Million) — Hamburg, Germany based XING, a global professional social network that's strong in Europe, has acquired New York based socialmedian for approximately $7.5 million in total, a mix of $4 million in cash …
Discussion: socialmedian, net.work.xing, Silicon Alley Insider, ReadWriteWeb, MediaNama, FaceReviews, TheNextWeb.com, Susan Mernit's Blog, Regular Geek and /Message
Jason Goldberg / socialmedian: socialmedian Inc. Purchased by XING
Lars Hinrichs / net.work.xing: A Natural Fit: Socialmedian Joins XING
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Jason Goldberg Sells SocialMedian For $4 Million
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb: XING Acquires Socialmedian
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama: Xing Acquires SocialMedian For $7.5M; Payday For Pune's True Sparrow Systems
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews: Social Median Acquired by XING of Germany
David Petherick / TheNextWeb.com: Interview with Jason Goldberg of socialmedian, just acquired by Xing
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog: socialmedian acquired for $7.5 MM, Jason Goldberg heading to Germany
Robdiana / Regular Geek: Finally Someone Acquires SocialMedian
Stowe Boyd / /Message: Xing Acquires Social|Median
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android's New Version To Support Upload to YouTube? — Google's mobile phone OS “Android,” will soon be updated with several new features as a part of a major roadmap update. One of those features will include support for a video recording mode that will also let users share the content.
Discussion: TmoNews, Electronista and AndroidGuys
Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
Did Burger King Really Just Issue A C&D Through Twitter? — Now that it's legal to serve papers to someone through Facebook, Burger King has apparently sent a cease and desist via Twitter to the user “whoppervirgins” for an unauthorized use of trademark. “Whopper Virgins” …
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and Baltimore Sun
Tom Hundley / Baltimore Sun: ‘Whopper Virgins’ ad is supersize flop
Hi-Definition Rollout and New Landing Pages on YouTube — We have two developments that we would like to share with you: the expansion of our HD player and a test of three new landing pages designed to help you find the news, music and movies on YouTube that matter most to you. — HD on YouTube
Discussion: Epicenter, PC World, InformationWeek, Podcasting News, CNET News, NewTeeVee, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, TechCrunch UK, Search Engine Watch and The Utube Blog
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter: YouTube Adds HD Video Showcase, Larger Player
Jeremy Kirk / PC World: YouTube Pushes HD Video, New Landing Pages
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek: YouTube Goes High-Def
Steven Musil / CNET News: YouTube launches HD video page
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee: YouTube Goes Wide, Adds HD Section
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: YouTube Finally Embraces HD, Launches Huge Video Player And Topical Portals
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK: WorldTV adds EPG and focuses on WiFi TVs next year
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: YouTube Rolls Out HD, Niche Landing Pages
Ian Ransom / Reuters:
Man wins case vs “human flesh search engine” — BEIJING (Reuters) - A man who lost his job and was harassed by strangers after his infidelity to his late wife was detailed online has won China's first case against Internet vigilantism, the China Daily said on Friday.
Bezhou Feng / Neowin.net: Chinese man wins case against Internet vigilantism
Jennifer / Linux Foundation Press Releases:
Linux Foundation Appoints Ted Ts'o to Position of Chief Technology Officer — Linux Foundation Appoints Ted Ts'o to Position of Chief Technology Office — Linux Kernel Developer Ted Ts'o to lead Linux Standard Base and ISV relationships, among other initiatives
Discussion: Open Source, The Open Road, OStatic blogs and Jobwire
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source: Linux Foundation goes from Novell to IBM CTO
Matt Asay / The Open Road: Linux Foundation names Ted Ts'o as CTO
Kristin Shoemaker / OStatic blogs: Linux Foundation Names Ted Ts'o Chief Technology Officer
Polaroid files for Chapter 11 — (CNN) — Polaroid Corp. announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. — The Minnesota-based company said it is taking itself and its subsidiaries into bankruptcy in order to restructure its finances. — “Our operations are strong …
Discussion: BloggingStocks, CrunchGear and Pocket-lint.co.uk
Lita Epstein / BloggingStocks: Polaroid files chapter 11
Matt Burns / CrunchGear: Polaroid files Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk: Polaroid files for bankruptcy protection
Between the Lines:
Palm CEO: It's not too late for us; Is it a dead company walking? — Is Palm a dead company walking or just one in a rough transition to a set of next generation products that will return the company to past glory? — Palm CEO Ed Colligan clearly believes Palm is that latter.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and PalmAddicts
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts: Palm - Is it a dead company walking?
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Online Jihadists Plan for ‘Invading Facebook’ — Online jihadists have already used YouTube, blogs and other social media to spread their propaganda. Now, a group of internet Islamic extremists is putting together a plan for “invading Facebook.” — “We can use Facebook to fight the media …
Discussion: All Facebook
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook: Prepare Yourself for the Facebook Terrorists!