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1:15 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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Breaks Away From All News Focus  —  Later today, Digg, which just celebrated its second birthday, will release a number of new features.  —  The primary release is the first content area of the site that isn't news-focused.  Users can now Digg their favorite podcasts (feeds and individual episodes).
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Digg revamps to emphasize video
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:   Skype founders to offer web TV
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
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 …
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
International Herald Tribune:
YouTube brings out media giants' competitive claws  —  NEW YORK: When YouTube emerged as one of the Internet's most popular Web sites last year, many TV executives dismissed it as a flash in the pan — and a largely illegal one at that.  But after Google agreed to pay $1.65 billion for YouTube in October …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Would the Feds Bless TV Networks' You-Tube Rival?
Discussion: Techdirt and Lost Remote
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.
Geraldine Fabrikant / New York Times:
On Demand and on DVD at the Same Time  —  In an attempt to bolster consumer interest in paid video on demand, Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, has introduced an experimental program to release films on demand simultaneously with their release on DVDs.
Discussion: PVR Wire and David Card
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
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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Ian Austen / New York Times:
Fighting Crime Using Videos on YouTube
Zeitgeist  —  A year's worth of search speaks to our collective …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Canadians, British Read Blogs More Than Americans Do
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Heightened Rumor: Metal Gear Solid 4 not a PS3 exclusive
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Into the wild blue virtual yonder
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Appoints Jill Nash Chief Communications Officer
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 Earlier Items: 
Charles Douglas / The Boy Genius Report:
Cingular Treo 750 demo unit arrives in stores
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
NewsGator, Edelman Build Ad Widgets
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Agere's BluOnyx portable Bluetooth media streamer for your phone
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jajah brings free calls to Germany and Austria
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Spent Sunday Evening Playing kdice
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft knocked out by mother Nature
Discussion: Jeff Sandquist and Things That
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sony to enter video download market