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12:45 PM ET, December 18, 2006


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Linksys Announces iPhone Family Of Voice Over IP Solutions  —  Handheld Devices Offer Consumers More Than Talk  —  Linksys®, a Division of Cisco Systems, Inc., and the recognized leading global manufacturer of voice, wireless, and networking hardware for home, Small Office/Home Office …
The iPhone Lives: But the Trademark Belongs to Cisco  —  It's not what any of us expected.  The iPhone is a voip phone made by Linksys.  Cisco, their parent company, has owned that trademark since 1996.  And they're announcing their product in a few hours.  —  All through this, I'm reminded of the Brucesploitation era.
The iPhone is Dead: Long Live the Apple Cellphone Thingy-Ma-Bob  —  Apple doesn't own the iPhone trademark.  What does that mean?  This isn't a simple case of cybersquatting, as with the hijacked  Nor is it an academic exercise, like when Josh Quittner bought for a Wired story.
Discussion: Valleywag
Om Malik / GigaOM:
iPhone is out, just not THAT iPhone  —  A couple of days ago, Brain Lam of Gizmodo played a cruel joke on the world, promising details of an iPhone, which he hinted would be launched on Monday, December 18th.  —  We considered it for a few seconds, and decided that it was unlikely, and said so.
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Linksys Debuts iPhone VoIP Devices
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Ubergizmo and digg
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Introducing the iPhone—But Not from Apple
Discussion: MethodShop
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Cisco — not apple — announces iPhone branded VoIP phones
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
New Digg Features O' Plenty  —  Big update today.  Tons of new features to share with you - many inspired by feedback you've given us over the last few months (thanks!).  Check out this video for a quick overview, or read below for more details.  —  Interface Design, Digg Goes Widescreen
Discussion: Ajaxian and CenterNetworks
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Digg revamps to emphasize video  —  Digg, a San Francisco-based social news site, is embracing video and podcasting, and will launch a major facelift to reflect its new expanding coverage on Monday morning.  The new interface should improve discovery of the most popular and top-ranked stories, company executives say.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Digg Goes Multimedia - Launches New Video, Podcasting Features
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Digg Does Video
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Skype team turns its attention to television  —  Now they are hoping to do the same for television.  —  "At the time we launched Skype, broadband capacity was extremely ripe for communication," Mr Friis recalls.  "Now, three years later, it's the same thing for video: you can do TV over the internet in a really good way.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
New to Russia, Google Struggles to Find Its Footing  —  Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google, was born in Moscow in 1973, and the first words out of his mouth were Russian.  Yet neither Russian nor the Russian market has come easily to Google.  —  Created in Silicon Valley by Mr. Brin …
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
A Mouse on a Mission in the Document Maze  —  FIFTEEN dollars buys a respectable computer mouse these days, though game aficionados can pay far more for the sophisticated types that fight gun battles against monsters.  —  Now there's a high-end mouse designed not for those shooting games …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Michael / michael parekh on IT:   ON COMPUTER MOUSE INNOVATIONS
Usability in the Movies — Top 10 Bloopers … The way Hollywood depicts usability could fill many a blooper reel.  Here are 10 of the most egregious mistakes made by moviemakers.  —  1. The Hero Can Immediately Use Any UI  —  Break into a company — possibly in a foreign country or on an alien planet …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Keith Schneider / New York Times:
Brands for the Chattering Masses  —  FOR many, many decades, successful branding — one of the corporate world's holy grails — involved a clear set of rules.  Produce quality goods at the right price.  Frame the value in memorable messages seen by millions on television and in print.
Cingular to offer MySpace on cellphones  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cingular, the largest U.S. wireless phone carrier, will offer a version of popular Internet social network MySpace on its phones in an expansion of their partnership, the companies plan to announce on Monday.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Newsmaker: IBM's virtual pioneer  —  newsmaker Irving Wladawsky-Berger has overseen IBM's efforts to catch waves that have swept over the computing industry—e-commerce, Linux, open-source software, grid computing.  His new responsibility: guiding Big Blue into virtual-reality realms such as Second Life.
Discussion: Irving Wladawsky-Berger and digg
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
NewsGator, Edelman Build Ad Widgets  —  Public relations firm Edelman has enlisted RSS toolmaker NewsGator to build ad widgets that pull in feeds, ratings, and comments.  The joint product, called "Hosted Conversations," launches Monday.  —  The rather smart idea here is for brands to loosen …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jajah brings free calls to Germany and Austria  —  We've called Jajah, the Mountain View Internet phone upstart both quirky and scrappy.  —  It remains so.  It has just cut some deals that will let people call for free to anyone with a landline, even if those people aren't registered with Jajah.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and 21talks
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Buys Endoxon  —  Google has bought Endoxon, a Swiss company focused on web-based geo information services.  The company developed in 2004, a successful map service, and this year, a local search service - both restricted to Switzerland.
Official Google Blog:
Mapping Europe  —  As part of our ongoing effort to connect people …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Googlified
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Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
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Cingular Treo 750 demo unit arrives in stores
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Agere's BluOnyx portable Bluetooth media streamer for your phone
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I Spent Sunday Evening Playing kdice
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft knocked out by mother Nature
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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sony to enter video download market
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