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Brian Rakowski / The Official Google Blog:
Google Chrome for the holidays: Mac, Linux and extensions in beta  —  There was nothing more excruciating for me as a kid than seeing the presents pile up under the Christmas tree but knowing that I couldn't open them until Christmas morning.  On the Google Chrome team …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome For Mac Is Here!
Rajen Sheth / The Official Google Blog:
Join this group: Google Groups joins Google Apps  —  Blogs, wikis, social networks, YouTube and Twitter are changing how many of us connect with others.  Yet within most businesses, especially large corporations, the software hasn't evolved much over the last decade.
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
MySpace buries Imeem  —  Here's an interesting study in contrasts.  When MySpace acquired iLike back in August, MySpace left the site mostly intact.  The iLike home page is still there, you can still add iLike's music-finding and sharing application to your Facebook page …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New Digital Publishing Venture Boasts Access To 144 Million-Plus Audience; Squires Talks  —  Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith (NYSE: MDP), News Corp (NYSE: NWS). and Time Inc. are making it formal: the five publishers are equity partners in a new digital publishing venture with grand designs.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Now's the Time, Finally: Publishers Announce Their “Hulu for Magazines.”  Next Up: Building It.  —  So here you go: The magazine industry is finally ready to announce that it is forming a joint venture to distribute and sell digital versions of its products.
Bruce Johnson / The Official Google Blog:
Faster apps for a faster web: introducing Speed Tracer  —  Do you ever wonder what's going on inside the browser when a webpage doesn't load or respond as quickly as it should?  Many developers do, especially when trying to build powerful web applications for their users.
The Official Google Blog:
Exploring a new, more dynamic way of reading news with Living Stories  —  There's been no shortage of talk recently about the “future of news.”  Should publishers charge for news online?  How do they replace lost sources of revenue such as classified ads?  How will accountability journalism endure?
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Label-Backed Vevo Video Site Launches, But MTV Has ‘No Fear’  —  Videos such as Michael Jackson's Thriller were not loading on Vevo directly after the launch announcement.  —  Universal Music Group dreamed it up, Sony Music and Abu Dhabi invested, and now, after months of anticipation …
Discussion: Erictric and Billboard.Biz
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ Vevo Launch: Google's Schmidt: The Music Industry Will Finally …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Study: Redbox Will Destroy the Entertainment Industry  —  If you thought the movie 2012 was disaster porn, just wait for the entertainment apocalypse that Redbox's dollar-a-night movie rentals will bring about.  That, in a nutshell, is the bottom line of a new report (PDF, hat tip to Video Business) …
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Ebay exec emails: Feign surprise to Craigslist  —  * Feign surprise if Craigslist balks, eBay exec wrote  —  Emails from a top eBay Inc (EBAY.O) executive showed the Internet giant was aware that a competing online classifieds site it launched while sitting on the board of Craigslist …
WindowsServer / Windows Server Division WebLog:
Windows Server and Windows Azure come together in a new STB organization: the Server & Cloud Division  —  Microsoft is announcing today the formation of a new organization within the Server & Tools Business that combines the Windows Server & Solutions group and the Windows Azure group …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Vostro V13 hands-on impressions: ‘yes’  —  What if you took an original Adamo, shaved a couple pounds off the weight and a grand off the price?  You'd end up with something pretty close to the new Dell Vostro V13.  We just got a quick look at the machine, and while some of the cheaper materials Dell …
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
The Economics of AWS  —  For the past several years, many people have claimed that cloud computing can reduce a company's costs, improve cash flow, reduce risks, and maximize revenue opportunities.  Until now, prospective customers have had to do a lot of leg work to compare the costs …
Lucas Mearian / InfoWorld:
Microsoft and NetApp sign cloud deal  —  The three-year collaboration agreement will focus on private and public cloud management  —  Microsoft and data storage company NetApp announced today a three-year agreement that cements what had already been years of product collaboration and technical integration.
Nancy Scola / techPresident:
The Open Government Directive has dropped.  Here's what's in it — and why it's a big deal.  —  So we finally have our hands on the long-awaited Open Government Directive.  In just eleven pages, it lays out the Obama Administration's vision for what transparent, participatory …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Two Publishers Delay E-Books  —  Simon & Schuster is delaying by four months the electronic-book editions of about 35 leading titles coming out early next year, taking a dramatic stand against the cut-rate $9.99 pricing of e-book best sellers.  —  A second publisher, Lagardere SCA's Hachette Book Group …
Discussion: TeleRead and Kindle Review
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple updates Airport client software/silences loud Superdrives  —  Apple released Airport Client Update 2009-002 today fixing some minor issues in Snow Leopard's wireless access software.  A restart is required.  —  Update: Apple also released MacBook Pro EFI 1.8 firmware update for MacBook Pro 5,1 and 5,2.
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
BrowserPlus Source Code Available Now on Github  —  Today we're pleased to announce that the BrowserPlus platform source code is on github, available under the Mozilla Public License.  BrowserPlus is open source technology for web browsers that allows developers to create rich web applications with desktop capabilities.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
CONFIRMED: Saul Hansell Quits The New York Times For AOL  —  Confirming our earlier report, AOL says it hired New York Times tech writer Saul Hansell.  —  Saul will be the first employee of Seed.com, AOL's platform for freelance contributors to its 80+ media sites.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gawker, paidContent and Beet.TV
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Hostess Gets Pie on its Face in Domain Dispute  —  Decision in domain dispute favorable to non-use of domains for bad faith argument. … Hostess, the bakery that sells treats such as Twinkies and Ding Dongs, has lost a domain dispute over Hostess.com.  —  The domain name was purchased …
comScore, Inc.:
U.S. Online Holiday Spending Reaches $16 Billion for First 36 Days of the November-December Shopping Season  —  28 Percent of Holiday Shoppers Say Social Media has Influenced Holiday Purchases  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Seeking Alpha and SFGate
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Streaming will never stop downloading  —  Far from being a cure for the industry's woes, substituting streams for downloads wastes bandwidth, reduces privacy and slows innovation  —  Someone convinced the record and movie and TV industries that there is way of letting someone listen to audio …
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
A. G. Sulzberger / City Room:
City Explores Deal With Google to Digitize Tax Photos  —  In a move aimed at increasing the sale of prints from its collection of old tax photographs, New York City is exploring a deal with Google to digitize part of the collection in exchange for the right to use the images on the company's searchable maps.
Discussion: New York Times
Roselyn Roark / Gadget Lab:
The Droid Has Been Rooted — Now What?  —  The Motorola/Verizon Droid is a brand new phone today.  Like many smartphones before it, the Droid has been rooted so that owners of the Android 2.0-based smartphone can install multitouch support (including pinch-to-zoom gestures), enhanced themes, and other previously forbidden goodies.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Internet Set-tops May Have a Limited Shelf Life: Analyst  —  With the proliferation of new broadband-connected TV sets and Blu-ray players ready to take the world by storm, the demand for standalone Internet set-top boxes will be limited.  That's one takeaway from new research released today …
 
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Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Cisco Has ‘Little Interest’ in Selling Smart Phones
Yahoo!:
‘You In?’  — Yahoo! Launches Campaign to Inspire Kindness Around the World
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
VeriFone follows Square's lead with its own iPhone credit card …
Jackie Dove / Macworld:
Cooliris Express unveiled
Discussion: internetnews.com and ResourceShelf
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Dan Abrams' Mediaite To Launch Tech News Site And Other Verticals
Discussion: Mediaite, FishBowlNY and Gawker
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Support for Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 ends next July
Discussion: Computerworld
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Samsung Redefines Vaporware: ‘Bada’
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Mobile Roar
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