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6:00 AM ET, December 13, 2006

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Annys Shin / Washington Post:
FTC Moves to Unmask Word-of-Mouth Marketing  —  The Federal Trade Commission yesterday said that companies engaging in word-of-mouth marketing, in which people are compensated to promote products to their peers, must disclose those relationships.  —  In a staff opinion issued yesterday …
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Mike / Techdirt:   Just Because You Get Others To Do Your Deceptive Advertising For You …
Brian / Copyblogger:
Affiliate Marketing Disclosure Now Required By Law?
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
New FTC Position May Force Changes For PayPerPost and Affiliate Marketers
Discussion: Dan Blank and engtech
Nicole Simon / cruel to be kind:
Loic Lemeur: Betraying 1000 attendees for his own political ambitions?  —  Last year at Leblogs we had the problem of being promised a high profile event, like *the* major event in this regard and got took by surprise how the audience was not really even.  A lot of more geeky people …
Discussion: One Man & His Blog and Message
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Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Why are they here?  —  "I don't mean to be rude," my wife said to me over the phone earlier, "but why have all these people come to talk to you?"  —  Politicians such as Sarkozy have muscled in on 'leweb3'  —  It's a good question.  Why did we have an address from a former Israeli prime minister …
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
[leweb] Sarkozy - Conservative candidate lectures us  —  The conservative candidate for the presidency and Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, comes to address the conference.  He talks quickly and I'm taking notes on the simultaneous translation, and not keeping up.  —  He begins by saying the Internet is important.
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: A story too good to check  —  CLAY SHIRKY — Second Life, the much-hyped virtual world backed by Benchmark Capital, is heading towards two million users.  Except it isn't, really.  We all know how this game works, and has since the earliest days of the web:
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Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
Second Life: What are the real numbers?
Discussion: Clickable Culture
Karl / Techdirt:   People Slowly Notice Second Life Hype And Actual Users Aren't To Scale
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Skype's Free Phone Call Plan Will Soon Have Annual Fee  —  Skype, the Internet calling service owned by eBay, said Tuesday that as of Jan. 1 it would begin charging $30 a year for unlimited calls to landline and mobile phones within the United States and Canada.  Those calls had been free since last spring.
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Skype 3.0 Goes Live, New Cheaper Disruptive Calling Plans Announced for USA
Discussion: Roam4free
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Laser etching coming to a laptop near you  —  If you can't stand the idea of a cookie cutter laptop and you live in New York, there's a new option: laser etching.  —  Phil Torrone, an editor at Make magazine, and Limor Fried, a former fellow at the tech-focused art studio Eyebeam R&D …
Official Google Blog:
About Transferable Stock Options  —  We work hard to attract and retain the world's best talent in a number of ways, and a part of that is offering competitive compensation packages.  We offer standard things such as competitive salary, cash incentives, restricted stock units and stock options.
Sprint:
Sprint Powers Up Faster Mobile Broadband Network in 10 More Markets, Upgraded Coverage Reaches 60 Million People  —  Users in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore, Providence and New Jersey now have the power of significantly faster upload speeds …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta to drop this friday  —  Exclusive: Adobe Systems Inc. on friday will make available for download an early public beta of its next-generation graphics editor, Photoshop CS3, but will otherwise abstain from delivering pre-release copies of other Creative Suite 3.0 applications.
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Search 2.0 - What's Next?  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  You may feel relatively satisfied with the current search offerings of Google, Yahoo, Ask and MSN.  Search today is undoubtedly much better than what it was in the second half of the 1990's.
Discussion: digg
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Apple ITunes Sales Slid in First Half, Forrester Says (Update4)  —  Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) — Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes music store suffered a 65 percent slump in sales during the first six months of the year, reversing almost two years of gains, according to a Forrester Research Inc. report.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Official(ish): MySpace Is Biggest Site on Internet  —  The November Comscore numbers show the inevitable: Fox Interactive (mostly MySpace) now has more page views than the combined Yahoo sites, taking the no. 1 spot for the first time.  This was less to do with MySpace growth …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lumus-Optical unveils microdisplay-packin' designer glasses  —  While we admire the effort of those gaudy, unsightly microdisplay-equipped goggles to bring big screen theatrics to the front of your face, they aren't likely to win any style contests, nor help you garner any friendly attention.
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Slashdot
newsroom.ucla.edu:
UCLA Warns of Unauthorized Access to Restricted Database  —  UCLA is alerting approximately 800,000 people that their names and certain personal information are contained in a restricted database that was illegally and fraudulently accessed by a sophisticated computer hacker.
 
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J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Legs everywhere rejoice as dog humps USB port silly
Discussion: Gizmodo
Zach's Journal:
google's own cornershop
Hilary Goldstein / IGN:
Halo 3 Beta Signup Success
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs, You NEWB and digg
Forbes:
Mac Envy  —  Are Apple computers better than Windows PCs?
Janus Friis:
Venice is live (sort of)...
Discussion: Lost Remote and GigaOM
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Out the social news scammers (and take a C note off the table)
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube, Southwest Launch TV Ad Contest
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Viddler and GlanceTV Launch - YouTube, What Have You Started?
 Earlier Items: 
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Scammers take Web mail hostage
Brandon Live / Shell Blog:
The fate of codename "Casino"
Bob Caswell / Computers.net:
Sony Claims Wii Is "More of a Novelty" Despite Wii Sales Doubling PS3 Sales
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Who Says Macs Aren't Used In Businesses?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Finance Overhaul
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: How to run Windows and Mac apps side-by-side with Parallels
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and digg
Toby Sterling / ABCNEWS:
Dutch Pull Plug on Analog Television
Discussion: Techdirt, Engadget HD and digg
PR Newswire:
Yoqoo.com Receives US$12 Million in Funding from Sutter Hill …
 

 
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