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, Search Engine Land, Ars Technica, Computerworld and Softpedia News
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad: Mozilla and Firefox veteran, citing CEO Eric Schmidt's latest …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Mozilla Folks Attack Google On Privacy; Will Bing Finally Be Admitted …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica: Mozilla exec urges Firefox users ditch Google for Bing
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?
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!, Softpedia News, Computerworld, Asa Dotzler, The Register, bit-tech.net, Geek News Central, The Tech Report and WebProNews
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Mozilla Guy to Users: Leave Google, Switch to Bing
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
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: Chris Saad and Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:atul
Chris Saad / Paying Attention: Facebook privacy changes are not evil
Matt Hartley / Lockergnome Blog Network: Is Facebook Turning Into Twitter?
Kashmir Hill / 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, The Next Web Network, Stay N' Alive, Brad Ideas, Domain names …, ParisLemon, Gawker and NPR Blogs
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
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: Light Blue Touchpaper, Inside Social Games and Facebook Blog
Joseph Bonneau / Light Blue Touchpaper: Facebook Tosses Graph Privacy into the Bin
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchPad Federal Lawsuit Filed; Some Additional Thoughts — Thursday afternoon we filed a lawsuit in 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: Silicon Alley Insider, SlashGear and Tech News at TechWhack
Chris Davies / SlashGear: TechCrunch file lawsuit over JooJoo
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: All about Microsoft, TechFlash and CNET News
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
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.
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, Engadget, Electricpig.co.uk, IntoMobile and Mobile Entertainment
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Nokia 5235 Comes With Music outed: Q1 2010 for €145
Vladislav Savov / Engadget: Nokia 5235 Comes With Music and a low price in Q1 2010
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk: Lunchtime Lowdown: Nokia 5235, INQ Chat 3G and Halo: Reach teaser site blasts off
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: Nokia 5235: $215 gets you unlimited music downloads for a year …
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: Brainstorm Tech and The Loop
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech: Bah, humbug! Apple's Holiday Sampler
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Apple offers free iTunes LP Holiday Sampler
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
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 …
Stefanie Hoffman / ChannelWeb: Rooted Motorola Droid Puts Hackers In Control
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, Electricpig.co.uk, Pocket-lint.com and Skype Journal
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs: Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows - includes Skype Access, call transfer and more
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk: Skype Nokia app arrives!
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com: Skype 4.2 beta comes to Windows and Symbian
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, Silicon Alley Insider, Shooting at Bubbles, paidContent and VatorNews
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Alan Meckler Buys Another Blog Network
Steven Hodson / Shooting at Bubbles: CobWEBs Daily Edition podcast: The mad Monopoly money world of Web 2.0
David Kaplan / paidContent: WebMediaBrands Acquires Social Times; Meckler: One More Acquisition This Year
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews: WebMediaBrands acquires Social Times
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: hacks.mozilla.org, Chromium Blog, Softpedia News, Electronista and Maximum PC
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
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: Engadget, ZDNet, Gizmodo, Pocket-lint.com, 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
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, Music Ally, GigaOM, hypebot, Edible Apple, Electronista, MacRumors, Communications … and 9 to 5 Mac
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider: Apple Beat Google To Purchase Lala
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: Apple Stole Lala From Google, and Things Are Just Getting Ugly
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 …
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 …
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
David Ardia / citmedialaw.org:
CMLP Publishes Guide to Live-Blogging and Tweeting from Court — in - Access to Courts - CMLP - Newsgathering - Social Media - Twitter — As part of our legal guide series on documenting public proceedings and events, today we published a guide to Live-Blogging and Tweeting from Court.
Discussion: MediaShift Idea Lab
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 …
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: Newlaunches.com, TUAW, OhGizmo!, DVICE, Engadget and CrunchGear
Mike Schramm / TUAW: Chevy Volt to get an iPhone app
Chris Scott Barr / OhGizmo!: Chevy Volt Owners Will Be Able To Interact With Their Car Via iPhone, Blackberry
Charlie White / DVICE: Chevy Volt to interact with iPhone and BlackBerry
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Chevy Volt to get iPhone, BlackBerry apps
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.
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
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Posterous Makes a Play for Business Blogs — Posterous has long supported group blogging functionality, which is 100 percent manageable via a clever and simple method: e-mail. Perhaps the one downside to Posterous group blogs has been that the original group creator's bio and information appears front and center on the group page.
Discussion: Marketing Nirvana, The Official Posterous … and The Next Web Network
Mario Sundar / Marketing Nirvana: Is Posterous ready for Corporate Blogging?
Garry Tan / The Official Posterous Posterous: Group blogs become more awesome: Now launching Group Profile and Autopost
Chris Pendleton / Bing Maps Blog:
Adding Streetside and Enhanced Birds Eye To Your Applications — Well, it didn't take long for us to add these features to the already robust set of APIs in the Bing Maps Platform, now did it? In case you've been in some analog state without Internet access you should first read …
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Downloading Frenzy in China: Gov't Blocking All Torrent Sites Soon? — Over the past 10 days, Chinese downloaders have flooded - and in some cases, crashed - major P2P and torrent sites after rumors that the government would be effectively disabling all media downloads in the country.
Discussion: ChinaTechNews.com, Global Voices Online and CHINAdaily