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4:30 AM ET, December 4, 2009

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Prem Ramaswami / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Public DNS  —  When you type www.wikipedia.org into your browser's address bar, you expect nothing less than to be taken to Wikipedia.  Chances are you're not giving much thought to the work being done in the background by the Domain Name System, or DNS.
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David Ulevitch / OpenDNS Blog:
Some thoughts on Google DNS  —  Google launched a DNS service today, almost exactly four years after I started OpenDNS.  This comes as no surprise as it was only a matter of time before one of the Internet giants realized the strategic importance of DNS.  I've received a lot of questions from bloggers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Gets Into The DNS Business.  Here's What That Means  —  Google just announced Google Public DNS, a new service that lets consumers use Google as their DNS service provider.  The benefits to users are a theoretically faster and more stable browsing experience, and some additional security against malware type sites.
Leland / Twitter Blog:
Takeout dogfood  —  Hi all, this is @leland, user experience lead on the @twittermobile team.  I wanted to share a little bit of what we've been working on and thinking about.  —  It's probably no secret that Twitter has an active developer community, using our APIs to create fantastically innovative apps.
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Search Blog:
A note about today's outage  —  Bing.com was down between about 6:30 and 7:00 PM Pacific Time on Dec 3, 2009.  During this time, users were either unable to get to the site, or their queries were returning incomplete results page.  —  The cause of the outage was a configuration change during …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Erictric
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Bing back online after hour long outage  —  Microsoft's search and decision engine, Bing, experienced what appears to have been nearly an hour long worldwide outage this evening.  —  Reports of Bing's unavailability first surfaced on Twitter where hundreds of people commented on the issues.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google quietly rolls out Dictionary [Updated]  —  What does “googling” mean?  Google can tell you.  —  The search giant has quietly rolled out Google Dictionary, which presents definitions and synonyms.  Exactly what you'd expect from a dictionary.  —  In addition to Google's own database …
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Zee / The Next Web:
Google Search has just made it much easier to find information in any language.  —  Google has just introduced a wonderful way to use Google Search to find information in other regions and languages.  —  The tool has been available for some time, but today it becomes a fully integrated …
Patrick Hoge / bizjournals:
CrunchPad partner plans media event  —  The man whom TechCrunch blog network founder and editor Michael Arrington blamed for killing his CrunchPad hardware project has scheduled a video call with reporters and industry analysts for Monday, according to a Silicon Valley public relations firm.
Thanks:arulprasad
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
New Droid ad: iPhone is ‘digitally clueless’  —  Perhaps you have already become used to Verizon's Droid tossing names at the iPhone like an 8-year-old boy behind his teacher's back.  —  However, the latest ill feelings directed at Apple's little cutey seem beyond even anything heard in an elementary school.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Yes, We Can Write Our Opinions Without Contacting The Company We're Writing About First  —  This happens all too frequently.  I recently wrote a short post about something that was apparently happening with YouTube and soon after received an angry email from a PR person at the company …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook notifies members about Beacon settlement  —  An e-mail was sent on Thursday to Facebook users who were members at the time that its controversial, now-defunct Beacon advertising program was operated: it's the official notice about the proposed settlement for the class-action lawsuit against Beacon.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Seeking a Symbol for ‘This Ad Knows About You’  —  A proposed symbol, the asterisk with a head, is meant to tell people that Internet ads collect and use information about them.  It is shown here with the text that appears when users move the mouse over the logo.
Dan Macsai / Fast Company:
G-Railed: Why Did Google Bury the Web's Oldest Entertainment Publication?  [UPDATE]  —  UPDATE: Roughly two hours after this post went live, Google re-enabled Studio Briefing's ad serving, without explanation.  Irwin still wishes he knew, specifically, what he did wrong.  But for now, he says, “we're back in business.”
Discussion: IMDb and digiday:DAILY
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Mac Beta Launch Is Imminent  —  Sometime in the past few hours, the Mac Detailed Status page on Chromium's website has been changed to the “Mac OS X Roadmap.”  Why?  Because the team has wiped out the bugs that were blocking a beta release of Chrome for Mac, and it is on the verge of launching.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Friendster to be sold by month's end -source  —  * To be sold to an Asian buyer end-Dec for at least $100 mln  —  * More than half of Friendster's 100 mln users from Asia  —  * Industry blog values Friendster at $210 million (Adds background, details)  —  Friendster, one of the world's …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
New Motorola Android handset spotted, photographed  —  Posted up in our comments under our Motorola Sholes Tablet article is supposedly another never-yet-seen Motorola Android handset.  This is also apparently a full touchscreen device that features an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
YouTube beta testing stripped down “Feather” design  —  They just put the Google homepage on a diet, and now they're looking at ways to trim the fat from YouTube as well.  —  Google has introduced an opt-in beta for Feather, a new layout which strips away a lot of the excess from the standard page layout.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
With Redesign, Reuters.com Goes After Consumer Audience  —  With the general business magazines that are still in existence trying to keep their heads above water, Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI) believes this is a good time for a major overhaul of its consumer-facing website.
Discussion: Reuters, Thanks:atul
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
“15 Google Users Tried Bing for a Week and 10 of them Switched”  —  Bing is good and it has definitely helped Microsoft improve its market share in the search engine market this year but most people here would have problems agreeing with the findings of a study that was recently posted on YouTube.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia offers sneak peek at improved 2010 Symbian user interface  —  You know that new Symbian user experience promised by Nokia for next year?  Want a sneak peak?  Although Nokia's downloadable slide-deck from its Capital Market Day event leaves out all the new UI visuals, fortunately the webcast has 'em all.
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch:
It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas: Changes At Google to Increase Ad Spends  —  Google announced the launch of extensive changes to their ad formats last week.  Interestingly, some are like the methods AdSense publishers used to use to increase CTRs before Google banned them.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Defense Dept. pulls software over privacy issues  —  The Department of Defense has pulled a parental control product from its online store serving military families after learning that the company collects childrens' data, according to documents the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) obtained from the government agency.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Open source: The money is in the cloud  —  For those entrepreneurs looking to make a living from open-source software, Index Ventures general partner Bernard Dallé has some advice: get thee to a cloud strategy.  —  Why?  At a time when enterprises may be less willing to spend on software …
Discussion: SitePoint
Alaska Miller / Silicon Alley Insider:
EBay Founder Invests $1.4 Million Into Emergency Alert System  —  Omidyar Network — run by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar — is investing $1.4 million in Ushahidi, an open-source emergency alert platform.  —  Ushahidi works by taking information submited via SMS texts, email, or the Internet …
Eric Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
How Google Can Help Newspapers  —  Video didn't kill the radio star, and the Internet won't destroy news organizations.  It will foster a new, digital business model.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It's the year 2015.  The compact device in my hand delivers me the world, one news story at a time.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
ExactTarget Raises $75 Million More, Up To $145 Million In Venture Capital  —  Wow.  Marketing email software provider ExactTarget has secured another $70 million in funding, according to an SEC filing, bringing the startup's total funding this year alone to $145 million.
Discussion: Pulse2
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Mac sales projected to grow 26% in 2010, outpacing PC market  —  Apple is predicted to continue its gains on the rest of the PC market in 2010, with Mac sales projected to grow by 26 percent while the industry is forecast to see a 16 percent year-over-year increase.
Sean / Inside BlackBerry:
BlackBerry App World Test Center Launches  —  As part of my job as a Product Manager here at Research In Motion (RIM), I make sure to spend time reading through user feedback so that this feedback can be utilized in future application versions.  As part of our continuous effort …
Discussion: CrackBerry.com blogs
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia says halving smartphone portfolio  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia aims to tackle increasing competition in the smartphone market by halving its portfolio next year, its smartphone unit executives said.  —  The Finnish firm continues to sell more smartphones than any of its rivals …
 
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
HTC's Touch.B gets demonstrated, featurephone status confirmed (video)
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Online Ad Industry: Advertising Is ‘Creepy’
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CNN:
Cisco Controls Approximately 89 Percent of TANDBERG — 90 Percent Condition Waived
Discussion: eWeek and Reuters
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
More than business for Adobe's founders
John Cook / TechFlash:
Exclusive: Wetpaint cuts staff, changes focus to publishing
Discussion: Xconomy
Shari Roan / Los Angeles Times:
No increase in brain cancer as cellphone use rose
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Vevo Signs Up CBS Interactive Music Group
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Kermit Pattison / New York Times:
A 20-Something Makes a Mint (and Sells It to Intuit)
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
2010 World Cup to be screened in 3D
Discussion: BBC, FIFA.com and broadcastnow.co.uk