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10:40 PM ET, December 8, 2009

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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!
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.
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?
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: TechCrunch
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Saul Hansell / Saul Hansell's Blog:
Official Announcement: I'm going to AOL  —  I'll have more to say on this soon.  Check back here.  In the mean time, I'll let the official announcement give the who-what-where.  —  SAUL HANSELL, FORMERLY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, JOINS AOL AS FIRST EMPLOYEE OF SEED, AOL's NEW CONTENT MANAGEMENT PLATFORM
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, TechCrunch and Gawker, Thanks:atul
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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: paidContent
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 …
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) …
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 …
Discussion: White House.gov Blog Feed and Epicenter, Thanks:atul
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
White House Releases Open Government Initiative
Discussion: PC World and CNET News
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 …
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.
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Dell Rings Up $6.5 Million in Sales Using Twitter Promotions  —  Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) — Dell Inc., relying on social- networking sites to drum up sales of personal computers, said its promotions on Twitter have helped generate more than $6.5 million in orders for PCs, accessories and software.
Aaron Whyte / Gmail Blog:
Offline Gmail graduates from Labs  —  Almost a year ago, we launched Offline Gmail in Gmail Labs.  By installing Offline Gmail, you're able to use the normal Gmail interface to read and write mail, search, and organize, even when there's no internet connection.
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.
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 …
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.
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Cisco Has ‘Little Interest’ in Selling Smart Phones  —  CEO John Chambers says he'd rather work on the networking that supports products from RIM, Apple, and Palm  —  (Bloomberg)—Cisco Systems Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Chambers said the company has “little interest” …
Yahoo!:
‘You In?’  — Yahoo! Launches Campaign to Inspire Kindness Around the World  —  Kindness is contagious this holiday season.  Based on the belief that it doesn't take a great deal of money or time to spread happiness, today Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) announced the launch of a year-end giving campaign called ‘You In?’
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
VeriFone follows Square's lead with its own iPhone credit card payment system [Updated]  —  PAYware Mobile.  Courtesy of VeriFone  —  Not to be outdone by tech visionary Jack Dorsey — one of the brains behind Twitter — and his Square cellphone payment start-up, point …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
What does AT&T's ‘Mark the Spot’ app say about service quality?  —  Do you have AT&T as wireless carrier?  Are you happy with the network service quality?  I encourage Betanews readers to respond in comments to these questions, which are suddenly surreal now that AT&T has released the “Mark the Spot” app for iPhone.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ Vevo Launch: Google's Schmidt: The Music Industry Will Finally Make Money Selling Music Online  —  The Vevo launch party has been going on for an hour and executives and stars are ready to take the stage.  I spoke briefly with Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt, who told me that Vevo …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo's Bartz: ‘Things Are Looking Up’  —  Asked about the disparity between online media usage and internet ad spending at UBS Media Week, Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz said that the gap was in part because internet advertising had initially over-sold itself: “I think internet advertising oversold itself …
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
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
Jackie Dove / Macworld:
Cooliris Express unveiled  —  Free utility makes immersive photo and video walls easy to create and share  —  Cooliris has launched Cooliris Express, a free online tool that lets consumers quickly build customizable and immersive walls of photos and videos to post and share from their Websites, social networks, and blogs.
Discussion: internetnews.com
 
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A. G. Sulzberger / City Room:
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
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Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
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