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1:25 AM ET, December 11, 2009

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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).
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Does Apple need to refresh iTunes?  Probably  —  Apple's purchase of streaming music service Lala reportedly represents a shift in the company's iTunes strategy.  The aim: Make iTunes more Web friendly.  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is looking to give consumers more ways …
Forbes:
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.
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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 and CNET News
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AppleInsider:
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, ZDNet and The iPhone Blog
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.
KRAPPS:
Official Playboy App Approved, For The Articles Of Course!  —  We're willing to bet our left nut that Hugh Hefner is a member of the “Cult Of Mac” as Playboy has always been quick to embrace Apple's emerging technologies.  In 2004, Playboy introduced iBod ... a set of specially formatted thumbnail images …
Grant Gross / PC World:
GAO: FCC Needs to Better Monitor Mobile Carriers  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission needs to improve its oversight of mobile telephone carriers, because the agency has no way to measure the outcomes of the tens of thousands of complaints it receives each year …
Reuters:
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.
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.
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
The Woz Says He'll Buy Apple Tablet, Steve Jobs Doing Well  —  Steve Wozniak may no longer be an active Apple employee, but he's still a loyal shopper, saying Wednesday that he'll buy the much-discussed Apple tablet once it's released next year. … “If there is such a thing,” he said at a conference.
Discussion: Fusion-io, MacDailyNews and eWeek
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Why I Hate Ereaders, And Doubt They'll Ever Hit the Mainstream  —  It started with Sony.  Like most poorly thought-out format ideas from the Japanese titan, 2004's Librie ereader promised a revolutionary new way to perform an act you never realized needed an overhaul.  Reading.
Discussion: Kindle Review and TeleRead
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.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Dell Android tablet hitting CES 2010  —  Dell is to launch an Android-based tablet device, Pocket-lint has learnt, possibly beating the also rumoured Apple tablet to the market.  —  The new model, which will go up against the currently available Archos Internet Tablet and recently announced JooJoo …
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 …
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 Light Blue Touchpaper, Thanks:atul
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.
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
When Google Runs Your Life  —  Forbes Magazine dated December 28, 2009  —  Eric Schmidt wants to merge play and work on the desktop.  Is that such a terrible thing? … Your day begins with a wake-up call from your Google Android phone.  As you run to the shower, you hit Google News and check headlines, then Gmail.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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 …
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 …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
T-Mobile adds new payment options for Android Market purchases  —  T-Mobile told us carrier billing for Android apps was coming and we speculated it could arrive by December 11.  They surprised us by quietly pushing the update out last night.  Beginning December 9, T-Mobile and Google began rolling …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search & Real Time Madness  —  Make no mistake.  I think real time search is indeed one of the most exciting developments that's happened in the search space in years.  But I also think search engines are acting a bit like cats getting a sniff of catnip.  They're high on real time search and acting kind of crazy.
Discussion: Sebastian's Pamphlets, Social Business and Time, Thanks:atul
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Adobe dropping Flash support for older Macs  —  PEOPLE WHO READ THIS ALSO READ:  —  Were Macworld prone to tabloid-style controversy, we might use this paragraph to boldly declare that Adobe is dropping Mac support for Flash!  —  But Macworld is about the cold, hard facts.  And the facts are these:
Discussion: CNET News and SecurityFocus
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.
Larry Magid / CNET News:
13 more sites expel NY sex offenders  —  Sites owned by Yahoo, AOL, and Google have joined Facebook and MySpace in expelling New York sex offenders from their rolls.  —  New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that Google's Orkut.com, AOL's Bebo.com, and Yahoo's Flickr.com …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
CONFIRMED: Playdom Hires Wall Street Analyst As CFO  —  Confirming our earlier story, social games startup Playdom today announced it hired Thomas Wiesel Internet analyst Christa Quarles to be its CFO.  —  The thought is Playdom's Wall Street-friendly choice could mean it's eyeing an IPO.
Discussion: Inside Social Games
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Eldar Murtazin: “Foxconn received order for next generation iPhone”  —  You've heard of Twitter, right?  What about Eldar Murtazin, heard of him?  He's editor in chief of Mobile Review and the ultimate insider when it come to all things mobile.  So when we see a Tweet like this:
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
LeWeb: ‘Google to buy Twitter’ rumour re-surfaces  —  Jack Dorsey, Twitter founder and chairman, has re-ignited rumours that Google could buy the microblogging service.  —  During a panel session entitled: ‘European Gang Live’ at LeWeb 09 in Paris, Mr Dorsey was asked if Google was planning on acquiring Twitter.
 
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Nicholas Deleon / MobileCrunch:
Samsung bringing its familiar charging stations to colleges around the U.S.
Discussion: SlashGear
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
How to sift through Twitter's noise?  MyTweetSense, FriendBinder give it a go
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
IMDb Comes to the iPhone
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Netvibes Launches Ultimate News and Lifestyle Dashboard
 Earlier Items: 
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
Pageonce has 1M users, gets $6.5M Series A
Discussion: mocoNews and silicontap.com
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
How the iPhone Changed Kayak's Business
Alastair Tse / Google Mobile Blog:
New version of Google Mobile App for iPhone in the App Store
Business Times:
Malaysia's MOL Global to buy Friendster