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7:45 AM ET, December 22, 2008


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Rory Cellan-Jones / blog:
Copyright - the empire strikes back  —  For years it has seemed that the music - and increasingly the film and television - industries have been on the back foot in their attempts to protect their intellectual property as the digital revolution has gathered pace.  But now the empire is striking back.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brad J. Ward / SquaredPeg:
There's something going down on Facebook.  Pay attention.  —  *First time to SquaredPeg?  Subscribe via Email or RSS today or follow @bradjward on twitter for more frequent updates.  *Media: Please email me, bradjward (at the) gmail.  Any phone # you find for me will likely lead you to a voicemail I won't check until mid-January.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Marketing: College Prowler Caught Using Fake Accounts …
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Rumors of Upcoming Microsoft Cut-Backs  —  Rumors.  Microsoft layoff and cut-backs and Reduction In Force rumors.  That's all I have for you.  Rumors and second-hand speculation and the comments left by the fine, good-looking folks who participate in the conversation here.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Scobleizer
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
Good times gone till 2010  —  Mike Moritz didn't mean for the celebrated “R.I.P Good Times” slide show to become so public, and so famous.  “We had zero interest in communicating with others than our business partners,” he said, referring to a downbeat presentation he and other partners …
Discussion: A VC
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Dev-Team Shows Live iPhone 3G Unlock ‘Yellowsn0w’ Demo  —  This video is the first public demo of the iPhone 3G unlock, named “yellowsn0w”, courtesy of Dev-Team member MuscleNerd.  With a wave of his hand, he goes from AT&T to T-Mobile, and makes a call.  —  The target release date for the official unlock is New Year's Eve.
David Carr / New York Times:
Newspaper Shuns Web, and Thrives  —  With 2008 drawing to a brutal close on the media beat — bankruptcies, daily newspapers that are no longer daily, magazines that are downsizing into brochures — a little ray of light appeared in my e-mail inbox.  It was from a newspaper owner, of all people.
Web 2.0 Asia:
Korea's Twitter gets acquired by Naver  —  Me2day, Korea's leading microblog service, has been acquired by Naver.  Here's the ZDNet news article on the acquisition (in Korean) and here's CEO Suman Park's personal posting (also in Korean).  —  Me2day is a good service with many cool features …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Everything's coming up Blu-ray!  Well, sort of  —  Excited news from the Blu-ray Disc Association: “British consumers bought 462,500 Blu-ray discs in November, an increase of 165% from October, according to GFK.”  (Assuming the BRDA is any good at maths, that means people bought 175,000 of them in October.)
Discussion: CNET News
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Advice for troubled times: Build war chest  —  (12-21) 14:34 PST — If there's any advice for an entrepreneur to follow, it's this, says Max Levchin, a startup whiz who's made a habit of thriving in bleak times: When you sense an economic slump is on the horizon, raise lots of money - even if you don't need it.
Ryan Hupfer / TechCrunch:
MySpace v. Facebook Advertising Showdown.  Which Platform Is Better?  —  The guest post below is written by Ryan Hupfer at HubPages.  A couple of weeks ago HubPages ads were blocked from MySpace's new self serve ad platform, MyAds, as being competitive to MySpace.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Music Games for iPhone Give Artists New Spotlight  —  A start-up company called Tapulous has turned a simple game for the iPhone into an Internet-age mobile stage for musicians.  —  Tap Tap Revenge, a free game that challenges players to keep up with catchy tunes by tapping in the right spots …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Holy F**king S**t I Was Just In A Plane Crash!”  —  A Continental airlines 737 slid off the runway in Denver last night.  The engine on the right side burst into flames.  Passengers escaped out the left side on slides. 38 people were hurt.  Fortunately no one was killed.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
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Access Google Docs from your Desktop
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