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10:30 AM ET, December 5, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Introducing, NewTeeVee  —  Six months ago when we launched on this journey, my initial thoughts were launching three-to-five specialized blogs that were like satellites around Planet Broadband.  Online video, gaming, data centers and virtual work - they were part of my larger vision of GigaOM network.
Discussion: IP Democracy and The Next Net
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Expands - New Video Only Blog  —  Om Malik's growing blog empire expanded today with the launch of NewTeeVee, a blog covering the exploding world of online video.  The primary contributors will be Malik and GigaOm writers Liz Gannes and Katie Fehrenbacher, with contributions from Jackson West …
Alexandros Roussos / MacScoop:
Sources confirm plans for a smaller, ultra-thin form factored MacBook Pro  —  MacScoop has obtained reports from sources believed to be very reliable, claiming that Apple is developing a smaller and ultra-thin form-factor MacBook Pro.  —  The new laptop should be even thinner and weigh less …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Ultra-thin 12'' MacBook Pro?
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Swivel Aims To Become The Internet Archive For Data  —  Swivel Co-founders Dmitry Dimov and Brian Mulloy start off by describing their company as "YouTube for Data."  That's a good start for someone trying to understand it, because the site allows users to upload data - any data - and display it to other users visually.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVoToGo On Your Mac  —  Want TiVoToGo on your Mac?  —  Nearly two years after being released, TiVo, Inc may have failed to deliver but the hacker community has heeded our call.  As of 12/05/06 the solution requires a little elbow grease and some command line action, but the difficulty level …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Zudeo: a high-def version of YouTube  —  Another day, another peer-to-peer file-swapping firm trying to go legit.  This time it's Azureus, makers of one of the most popular BitTorrent clients on the Internet.  The company has just launched its own video sharing site, dubbed Zudeo …
Discussion: Journerdism and digg
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Porn prank sends Microsoft a message on licensing  —  One Microsoft group received a rather harsh lesson in Creative Commons licensing today: For a while this morning, Microsoft's RSS Team Blog featured a partially censored pornographic image, which has since been removed.  —  How did it get there in the first place?
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Google Somewhat Froogle At Holiday Press Party  —  If I took a shot for every time someone said the words "bubble," "boom," or "bust" at Google's holiday press party tonight, I would probably be wasted.  Fortunately, the drinking game didn't occur to me until my drive home and Google only served wine and beer anyway.
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
China Largely Silent on Telecom Strategy  —  If the world's telecommunications executives thought that bringing their industry's biggest trade show to China would spur Chinese officials into opening their vast market, they were wrong — at least so far.  —  Government officials have avoided using …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft's Zune Drops to Fifth in Music Player Sales (Update2)  —  Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp.'s Zune device dropped to fifth place from second in the U.S. market for digital media players in its second week in stores, market researcher NPD Group Inc. said.
Nick / Rough Type:
Avatars consume as much electricity as Brazilians  —  Tony Walsh has, as others do, some doubts about whether Second Life is sustainable as a business.  But he also poses another question that I hadn't come across before: "Is Second Life sustainable ecologically?"
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Open Document Format published as ISO standard  —  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) finally published the Open Document Format (ODF) as an official standard last week after approving it as an international standard last May.  The ODF file format—the XML-based open format for text …
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed, Slashdot and digg
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Troubling '07 Forecast for the Old-Line Media but Not for the Online  —  THE first Monday in October is known in legal circles as the start of the Supreme Court term.  Similarly, on Madison Avenue, the first Monday in December has become familiar as the kickoff of the advertising forecast season.
Discussion: Glass House
Deepak Gopinath / Bloomberg:
PayPal's Thiel Scores 230 Percent Gain With Soros-Style Fund  —  Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — One morning in 1998, at Hobee's coffee shop, near Stanford University, a young money manager named Peter Thiel decided to gamble on an Internet startup.  —  Thiel ended up investing $240,000 in the company …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Mom, 2 kids survive — frantic hunt for dad  —  S.F. woman, girls survive 9 days in wilderness; father left them to seek help  —  (12-04) 04:00 PST Grants Pass, Ore. — They ran the heater in their station wagon until the car was out of gas, then burned all the tires in a desperate attempt to keep warm.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and textually.org
David Richards / smarthouse.com.au:
PS4 In 2010 Claims Sony.  Major PS3 Upgrades In Between  —  A PS4 will be launched by Sony but not until at least 2010 claims the Vice President of Technology for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Paul Holman.  —  What will happen between then and now is that Sony will introduce a series …
 
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Ask City, IAC's New Local Search Portal
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
USC undergrad builds DIY PowerBook Wacom tablet
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and digg
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Baidu to Enter Japanese Search Market in 2007
Ed Brill:
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japantoday.com:
Hotels to email fire alerts to guests
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP rolls out first enchancement package for mySAP ERP
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Jake Ludington:
How to Copy HD-DVDs  —  It's still too early to call the horse race on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.
Discussion: Engadget, eHomeUpgrade and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Go Jaman for Global Movie Downloads
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
The Demise of the Professional Photojournalist
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
OpenKapow: Not Quite Dapper
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Another Social Networking Video Site
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Worm uses QuickTime to spread on MySpace
Justin Murray / Joystiq:
Xbox 360 sales below expectations [update 1]  —  [Update …
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
U.N. Agency Wants to Nourish the Internet, Not Govern It
John F. Ince / San Francisco Chronicle:
THE LOST TAPES  —  Conversations tape-recorded in the early years …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram