Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mozilla worker touts Bing over Google, citing privacy — Google CEO Eric Schmidt is the latest Silicon Valley CEO to draw ire after suggesting that folks seeking privacy might not want to look to the Internet to find it. — “I think judgment matters,” Schmidt said, appearing on CNBC (see video below).
Discussion: Download Squad, Ars Technica, Search Engine Land, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Softpedia News and Computerworld
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad: Mozilla and Firefox veteran, citing CEO Eric Schmidt's latest …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Mozilla exec urges Firefox users ditch Google for Bing
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Mozilla Folks Attack Google On Privacy; Will Bing Finally Be Admitted …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Schmidt's privacy flap and Mozilla's potential revenue diversification — Google CEO Eric Schmidt states the obvious—your privacy doesn't exist—and a mini uproar ensues. Even Mozilla's director of community is giving Bing an endorsement over Google after Schmidt's comments. Let's connect a few dots.
Discussion: Mashable!, blogs.chron.com, GigaOM, Computerworld, Asa Dotzler, Softpedia News, The Register, Geek News Central, The Tech Report, bit-tech.net and WebProNews
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Mozilla Guy to Users: Leave Google, Switch to Bing
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM: Why Mozilla's Deal With Google Gets Ever Shakier
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: Mozilla exec suggests Firefox users move to Bing, cites Google privacy stance
Gareth Halfacree / bit-tech.net: Mozilla man recommends Bing
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Mozilla Exec Moves To Bing's Corner
Richard / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt Dismisses the Importance of Privacy — Yesterday, the web was buzzing with commentary about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's dangerous, dismissive response to concerns about search engine users' privacy. When asked during an interview for CNBC's recent “Inside the Mind of Google” …
Discussion: SEO BlackHat, Computerworld, Asa Dotzler and Shooting at Bubbles
QuadsZilla / SEO BlackHat: Personalization and the Death of Privacy
Steven Hodson / Shooting at Bubbles: How much does Google really care about your privacy?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchPad Federal Lawsuit Filed; Some Additional Thoughts — Thursday afternoon we filed a lawsuit against Fusion Garage in the Northern District of California Federal court. The causes of action include Fraud and Deceit, Misappropriation of Business Ideas, Breach of Fiduciary Duty …
Discussion: PC World, Silicon Alley Insider, Liliputing, Electronista, SlashGear, bizjournals, Gearlog and Tech News at TechWhack
Ian Paul / PC World: 2010 Will be the Year of the Tablet Computer
Chris Davies / SlashGear: TechCrunch file lawsuit over JooJoo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Facebook Changed Its Privacy Strategy — We reported yesterday that Facebook is aiming to get people to be more public on the site and that anyone who hasn't changed their privacy settings will now see it “recommended” that their status updates, photos etc. be exposed to the whole web.
Discussion: The Register, Light Blue Touchpaper, Chris Saad and Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:atul
Joseph Bonneau / Light Blue Touchpaper: Facebook Tosses Graph Privacy into the Bin
Chris Saad / Paying Attention: Facebook privacy changes are not evil
Matt Hartley / Lockergnome Blog Network: Is Facebook Turning Into Twitter?
Andreaitis / The Not-So Private Parts:
Either Mark Zuckerberg got a whole lot less private or Facebook's CEO doesn't understand the company's new privacy settings. — When Facebook's new privacy settings were rolled out yesterday, many privacy gurus complained that the default setting was for “Everyone” to have access to your Facebook profile …
Discussion: MediaMemo, Fast Company, The Next Web Network, bizjournals, Stay N' Alive, Brad Ideas, Domain names …, ParisLemon, Gawker, NPR Blogs, Mashable!, eWeek and iGeneration
Elizabeth Fish / The Next Web Network: Zuckerberg Opens His Facebook Page Wide Open. He Knows What He's Doing, Right?
MG Siegler / ParisLemon: Zuckerberg, Illusion Smasher
Meg Biallas / NPR Blogs: Facebook Opens Up With New User-Privacy Settings
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Facebook's New Privacy Push Concerns Experts
Brian Prince / eWeek: Facebook Defends Privacy Changes
Zack Whittaker / iGeneration: Facebook will never get privacy right
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Now, Facebook Lets Users Hide Friends From People Who Are Not Logged In — As part of Facebook's privacy changes yesterday, the company made users' friends publicly available. While there was an option to hide your friends completely from any users who was logged in, that option …
Discussion: Mediaite, Inside Social Games and Facebook Blog
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite: Facebook Declares War On Your Privacy With New Settings
Eric von Coelln / Inside Social Games: Should Facebook Create a New Type of Relationship for Game Friends?
Ana Muller / Facebook Blog: Updates on Your New Privacy Tools
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft Is Losing Fight for Consumers, Analyst Says — Mark Anderson is the writer behind the Strategic News Service, a predictive newsletter with a wide following among technology executives and venture capitalists, which he publishes from the island redoubt of Friday Harbor …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, All about Microsoft, CNET News and TechFlash
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Analyst: ‘It is game over for Microsoft in consumer’
Dave Rosenberg / CNET News: Microsoft needs to go big with Windows Mobile
John Leyden / The Register:
Hackers jailbreak Motorola Droid — These are hot, the Droids you are hacking for — Hackers have successfully jailbroken Motorola's Droid smartphone, allowing users to install applications of their choice outside the set menu offered by operators. — A hardware modder …
Discussion: USA Today and ChannelWeb
Brett Molina / USA Today: Coffee Break: The e-reader battle; Oracle vs. the EU
Stefanie Hoffman / ChannelWeb: Rooted Motorola Droid Puts Hackers In Control
JBC / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia 5235 Comes With Music rolls into view — GLOBAL - The new Nokia 5235 Comes With Music promises to bring a plethora of free music to users at a price they might not expect. Based on the 5230, this Comes With Music edition boasts the perfect mix of size, usability and of course as much music as users could ever want.
Discussion: SlashGear, Phone Scoop, IntoMobile, Engadget, Electricpig and Mobile Entertainment
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Nokia 5235 Comes With Music outed: Q1 2010 for €145
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Nokia Intros 5235 Touch-Based Music Phone
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: Nokia 5235: $215 gets you unlimited music downloads for a year …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget: Nokia 5235 Comes With Music and a low price in Q1 2010
Stuart Dredge / Mobile Entertainment: Nokia 5235 Comes With Music handset unveiled
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
4 Out of 5 Viewers Leave If a Stream Buffers Once — Whatever happened to patience? More than 81 percent of all online video viewers click away if they encounter a clip rebuffering, according to a new study by Tubemogul. The Emeryville-based video distribution and analytics startup took …
Apple offers free taste of iTunes LP format with ‘Holiday Sampler’ — Apple is promoting its new iTunes LP format with a free downloadable selection of 20 holiday songs from a variety of popular artists. — The free iTunes Holiday Sampler download includes a variety of artists from wide-ranging genres …
Discussion: The Loop, Brainstorm Tech and GottaBeMobile.com
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Apple offers free iTunes LP Holiday Sampler
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech: Bah, humbug! Apple's Holiday Sampler
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com: iTunes Holiday Sampler Gives a Taste of What's To Come
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigates tamper-resistant hardware, iPod motion controls — New patent applications revealed this week show Apple has worked on new methods to discourage users from opening its hardware and voiding its warranty, as well as extending additional accelerometer controls to iPod playback.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Engadget, TUAW, ZDNet, Pocket-lint.com, Gizmodo, MacRumors, Electricpig.co.uk, Crave, iLounge, TG Daily and MacDailyNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Apple patent application details universal iPhone / iPod dock
Jason D. O'Grady / ZDNet: Apple patents tamper-evident labels for iPods and iPhones
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com: Apple patents spongy shape changing universal dock
Sean Fallon / Crave: The gadget blog: Apple patent shows tamper-resistant label
Jesse David Hollington / iLounge: Mix: iTunes Web Store, iPhone school trial, Apple patents
Aharon Etengoff / TG Daily: Apple eyes tamper-resistant hardware
The Death of the PC — Well, not quite yet. But among corporate customers, the future is beginning to look very uncertain. — Throughout the computer industry companies of all sizes, from garage startups to Microsoft, are bracing for the possibility that their future will be in the hands of people like Sean Whetstone.
Craigslist founder testifies felt betrayed by eBay — GEORGETOWN, Del./SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Craigslist founder Craig Newmark testified on Thursday he decided to trust eBay Inc after a key 2004 meeting in which then-CEO Meg Whitman and other executives said the Internet giant shared the small private company's core values.
Discussion: Gawker, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and Bloomberg
Ryan Tate / Gawker: Craigslist's Dirty Secret
Jerry A. Dicolo / Wall Street Journal: Craigslist Founder Says Betrayed by eBay
Randall Chase / Associated Press: Craigslist founder says eBay reneged on promises
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Skype 4.2 beta for Windows adds call transfer, Chrome browser plugin — Skype has released a new beta version of its internet communication client. Skype 4.2 beta for Windows includes a number of minor improvements and a couple of major new features including the ability to transfer calls.
Discussion: Skype Blogs, Softpedia News, Engadget, Skype Journal, Electricpig.co.uk and Pocket-lint.com
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs: Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows - includes Skype Access, call transfer and more
Darren Murph / Engadget: Jolicloud pre-beta now available to download, walkthrough now available for viewing
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk: Skype Nokia app arrives!
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Skype 4.2 beta comes to Windows and Symbian
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Are Microsoft Users More Gullible When It Comes To Online Advertising? — Is there something about people who use Microsoft products that makes them more likely to click on an online ad? Some data from search advertising network Chitika suggests so. Earlier this week …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Lyle / GM-VOLT:
Chevy Volt Will Connect to Blackberry and iPhone Apps — It is GM's intention to make the Chevy Volt a very wired and connected high-tech car. — We have already known that charging will be programmable at least from the dash. Drivers will be able to set the car to charge, for example …
Discussion: DVICE, Newlaunches.com, OhGizmo!, TUAW, Engadget and CrunchGear
Charlie White / DVICE: Chevy Volt to interact with iPhone and BlackBerry
Chris Scott Barr / OhGizmo!: Chevy Volt Owners Will Be Able To Interact With Their Car Via iPhone, Blackberry
Mike Schramm / TUAW: Chevy Volt to get an iPhone app
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Chevy Volt to get iPhone, BlackBerry apps
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
With draft standard, 3D Web closer to reality — 3D graphics became ordinary first in games, then in operating systems, and on Thursday, it took a significant step toward being built into Web browsers as well. — The Khronos Group, which oversees the OpenGL graphics interface …
Discussion: Download Squad, hacks.mozilla.org, Chromium Blog, Softpedia News, Electronista and Maximum PC
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad: 3D browser apps and games creep ever closer with the WebGL draft standard
Arun Ranganathan / hacks.mozilla.org: WebGL Draft Released Today
Ian Fette / Chromium Blog: WebGL Spec Initial Public Draft Released
Ryan Whitwam / Maximum PC: OpenGL 3D Web Draft Standard Completed
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Social Times/AllFacebook Acquired By WebMediaBrands — The Social Times, the company behind AllFacebook.com, has been acquired by WebMediaBrands. We've confirmed the news with Social Times founder Nick O'Neill, who will be joining WebMediaBrands as Director of Social Times.
Discussion: SocialTimes.com, Shooting at Bubbles, Silicon Alley Insider, paidContent and VatorNews
Steven Hodson / Shooting at Bubbles: CobWEBs Daily Edition podcast: The mad Monopoly money world of Web 2.0
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Alan Meckler Buys Another Blog Network
David Kaplan / paidContent: WebMediaBrands Acquires Social Times; Meckler: One More Acquisition This Year
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews: WebMediaBrands acquires Social Times
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Hamstrung by Delays, Fitbit Explains and Tries to Deliver — Nicholas Cole was determined to shed a few pounds after the holiday season. So when he heard about a nifty new fitness device called the Fitbit Tracker, a wearable sensor that tracks movement, distance traveled and calories burned …
Discussion: Andrew Chen, Bits and Electronista
Andrew Chen / @andrew_chen: My quickie review of the Fitbit
Jenna Wortham / Bits: Fitbit's Motivator: A Virtual Flower
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Google needs your help to improve Google Voice transcriptions — If you're anything like us, you take Google at its word that it's not evil, and that it hasn't been running rampant with your ... well, your life ... handing over your contacts, trusting it with your e-mail, and now your voicemail.
Discussion: Google Voice Blog, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Search Engine Watch and Lifehacker
Vincent Paquet / Google Voice Blog: Help improve transcription quality
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Are Those Google Voices Inside Your Head Making Any Sense?
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: Donate Voicemails to Google Transcription Research
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Motorola Milestone sells out in less than 3 hours — eXpansys says it's the fastest-selling gadget in its 11-year history — Online retailer eXpansys, the exclusive stockist of the new Motorola Milestone, has revealed the new high-end handset has sold out in record time.
Discussion: Android Central and Fonehome.co.uk
Phil Nickinson / Android Central: Motorola Milestone sells out in less than 3 hours
Six Million More Seniors Using the Web than Five Years Ago — While people 65 and older still make up less than 10 percent of the active Internet universe, their numbers are on the rise. In the last five years, the number of seniors actively using the Internet has increased by more than 55 percent …
Discussion: Mashable! and Search Engine Watch
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
FTC drags out old, tired ideas for protecting kids online — The Federal Trade Commission is always on the lookout for what could be improved “for the children!” and a recent report highlights the newest areas of concern: virtual worlds. In its report released Thursday …
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
Vevo CEO confirms it's all about business — Vevo CEO and President Rio Caraeff more or less confirmed on Wednesday my suspicion that the music service was not created to serve a new need for consumers. Rather, it was built to help advertisers and content owners (including labels, artists …
Discussion: p2pnet news, hypebot and Lucas Gonze's blog
Bruce Houghton / hypebot: Can VEVO Recover From A Rough First Day?
Lucas Gonze / Lucas Gonze's blog: vevo => single distribution point
Brian Garner / AppleInsider:
Apple beat Google to Lala deal after failed bid for AdMob - report — Google was in serous discussions with music streaming service Lala before it was sold to Apple earlier this month. — Google and Apple have been battling to purchase some of the same companies in an attempt to gain leverage in the highly competitive tech sector.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Apple Stole Lala From Google, and Things Are Just Getting Ugly
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider: Apple Beat Google To Purchase Lala
Melly Alazraki / DailyFinance: Stocks in the news: Boeing, National Semi, United Tech
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Google Tried to Buy Lala: Lost to Apple
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: Report claims Google almost bought Lala
Bruce Houghton / hypebot: More New Music Industry News: Google Almost Bought Lala, SeeqPod, Pandora In-Car,
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: WSJ: Google Tried to buy Lala before Apple came in, the two are …
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Online Couponing To Climb Beyond Downturn — It's no secret that the recession has been good for the coupon business as budget-conscious consumers look for every way to save money. Surging demand has been especially noticeable online as marketers increasingly shift discount offers and promotions shift to the Web.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Online Coupon Forecast: $12.7B in 2010
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Year's Most-Hacked Software — Move over, Microsoft. This year Adobe took center stage for cybercriminals. — At the beginning of this decade, Microsoft represented a cybercriminal's dream target: universally-used software, brimming with bugs ready to be exploited to hijack users' PCs.