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After much debate, President Barack Obama will get to keep his PDA. However, reports are that he won’t be using a BlackBerry, rather a Sectera Edge, “developed for the National Security Agency’s Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device (SME PED)” by General Dynamics. The PDA ensures higher security standards than the BlackBerry, while performing most of the functional tasks. A must for a 21st century President.

Sources say that Facebook has nearly 222 million users. The numbers, reported by comScore, show a nearly 100 million difference in users between Facebook and MySpace, which comScore says has 125 million users. While the company’s had roughly the same amount of users six months ago, Facebook has also surpassed MySpace, garnering 80 billion page views in December alone.

Intel Chairman Craig Barrett will retire in May. He will be replaced by Jane Shaw who will act as non-executive chairman. Mr. Barrett is widely credited with making Intel the number one microchip manufacturer in the world.

SAG and AFTRA have renewed their bargaining partnership. The deal brings unity to the unions, which has been sorely lacking over the past few years. The Unions noted that “We look forward to working together to protect and advance the interests, careers, and lives of all SAG and AFTRA members who work under the commercials contracts.”

The blogosphere has been full of rumors about YouTube allowing content providers to embed their own ads. I’m not sure why everyone is so chatty on the subject. CBS is already selling their own inventory on YouTube and, you can bet, that as soon as the technology and the model is tested, others will enjoy the same opportunity. Properly monetizing YouTube is the holy grail of video snacking.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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