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: Stay N' Alive, Domain names …, Brad Ideas, NPR Blogs and Gawker
Meg Biallas / NPR Blogs: Facebook Opens Up With New User-Privacy Settings
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: 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?
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Now, Facebook Lets Users Hide Friends From People Who Are Not Logged In
Now, Facebook Lets Users Hide Friends From People Who Are Not Logged In
Discussion: Inside Social Games, Facebook Blog and Fast Company
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
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: Search Engine Land, Ars Technica, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Asa Dotzler, Computerworld, bit-tech.net and The Register
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: Mozilla exec suggests Firefox users move to Bing, cites Google privacy stance
Gareth Halfacree / bit-tech.net: Mozilla man recommends Bing
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 …
Dave Rosenberg / CNET News: Microsoft needs to go big with Windows Mobile
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
Peter Parkes / Skype Blogs: Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows - includes Skype Access, call transfer and more
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype for Symbian beta release
Skype for Symbian beta release
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM: Skype Beta Calls on Symbian Phones
Varun Krish / Fone Arena: Download Skype for Symbian Beta
Todd Ogasawara / MobileContentToday: Skype for Symbian Beta (not “Lite") Finally Available for Nokia S60-based Phones
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Skype Beta Lands on Symbian S60 Handsets
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News: New Skype betas for Windows, Nokia phones
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: Skype beta for Symbian non touch screen devices launched
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek: Skype Beta Now Available To Symbian S60
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile: Skype for Symbian enters beta
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: Skype Offering Beta App for Symbian Platform
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.
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, paidContent, Shooting at Bubbles and VatorNews
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Alan Meckler Buys Another Blog Network
David Kaplan / paidContent: WebMediaBrands Acquires Social Times; Meckler: One More Acquisition This Year
Steven Hodson / Shooting at Bubbles: CobWEBs Daily Edition podcast: The mad Monopoly money world of Web 2.0
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews: WebMediaBrands acquires Social Times
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
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Apple offers free iTunes LP Holiday Sampler
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: Wall Street Journal, Music Ally, GigaOM, Communications …, Edible Apple and 9 to 5 Mac
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: Report claims Google almost bought Lala
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: WSJ: Google Tried to buy Lala before Apple came in, the two are …
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, Bloomberg and Associated Press
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
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, Softpedia News, Chromium Blog, 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, Electricpig.co.uk, ZDNet, MacRumors, Gizmodo, iLounge, Crave, 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
Jesse David Hollington / iLounge: Mix: iTunes Web Store, iPhone school trial, Apple patents
Sean Fallon / Crave: The gadget blog: Apple patent shows tamper-resistant label
Aharon Etengoff / TG Daily: Apple eyes tamper-resistant hardware
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, The Register, mocoNews, Computerworld, FierceWireless, Electronista, DSLreports, eWeek and Between the Lines
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: GAO to FCC: Wireless users need more protection
Rik Myslewski / The Register: Watchdog spanks FCC over US wireless
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld: Government report blasts wireless fees
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: GAO: FCC needs to improve oversight of wireless
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: GAO thumps FCC on wireless oversight
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 …
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 …
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.
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
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 …
Discussion: BetaNews, Gadget Lab, GigaOM, Inside Facebook, The Atlantic Business Channel, VentureBeat, The Apple Core, Webmonkey, Electricpig.co.uk, MediaPost and Fast Company
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Apple's Next Media Frontier Will Be Streaming Video
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM: How Apple's New Music Strategy Reflects a Paradigm Shift
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat: Apple plans Web-based iTunes, says WSJ
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: iTunes could become WebTunes
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey: Apple Considers Bringing iTunes Into the Cloud
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk: iTunes browser streaming plans revealed?
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost: Get Off My Cloud: What Web Acquisitions Are In Apple's Sights?
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 and MacDailyNews
Robert Brumfield / Fusion-io: Fusion-io Debuts Faster, Cooler Solid-State Technology
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
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: TeleRead and Kindle Review
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Kat Hannaford: E-book semi-skeptic
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, CHINAdaily and Global Voices Online
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear, MobileContentToday, MediaFile, Mashable!, Boy Genius Report, PC World, Maximum PC, VentureBeat, SlashGear, I4U News, GottaBeMobile.com, Android Central and Engadget
Todd Ogasawara / MobileContentToday: Rumor: Dell Android-based Tablet with 5-inch Display? …
Gabriel Madway / MediaFile: Dell tablet rumored for CES
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!: The Age of the Internet Tablet Is Nigh
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report: Dell Streak headed for CES reveal
Chris Brandrick / PC World: Dell To Reveal Android Tablet At CES?
Bart Salisbury / Maximum PC: Dell Also Launching Tablet at CES
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Dell Android MID tipped for CES 2010 launch
Robert Evans / I4U News: Dell Launching Android Tablet, Preview At CES 2010
Sumocat / GottaBeMobile.com: Dell Streak to debut at CES?
Phil Nickinson / Android Central: Dell Streak MID is rumored to make an appearance at CES next month
Tim Stevens / Engadget: Tablet Wars: Episode V - Dell Strikes Back at CES?
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 and Social Business, Thanks:atul
Sebastian / Sebastian's Pamphlets: The anatomy of a deceptive Tweet spamming Google Real-Time Search
Jennifer Leggio / Social Business: Google real-time search + Twitter = a wake-up call for brands
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo, mocoNews, Gadget Lab, Neowin.net, The Huffington Post and Mobile Whack
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews: Official Playboy App Now Available On iPhone
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Porn-Free Playboy iPhone App Is Here, But Who Will Buy It?
Benjamin Rubenstein / Neowin.net: Apple approves Playboy app for your viewing pleasure
Robert Werlinger / PreCentral.net:
Sprint Changing Contract Terms in January, Small Opportunity to Cancel Contract Sans ETF — Sprint customers, we're coming up on that time of year where your carrier of choice likes to increase some of the fees on your account, allowing you to cancel your service without encouraging an early termination fee (ETF).
Discussion: Android Forums and jkOnTheRun
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Sprint Contract Changes Might Move up my Palm Pre Deathwatch
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