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5:40 PM ET, December 18, 2006


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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  —  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.
Discussion: GigaOM
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Digg Goes Multimedia - Launches New Video, Podcasting Features  —  Popular social news site Digg has announced a number of new features in anticipation of the new year, including a beta podcasting service and enhanced video on the site.  Digg says the aim of the new features is to make Digg …
Discussion: The Social Web, and digg
Michael Arrington / TalkCrunch:   Interview With Digg Team - New Stats, New Features
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 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
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:   Introducing the iPhone—But Not from Apple
Jon Murchinson /
NASA and Google to Bring Space Exploration Down to Earth  —  MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - NASA Ames Research Center and Google have signed a Space Act Agreement that formally establishes a relationship to work together on a variety of challenging technical problems ranging from large-scale data management …
The rich feature set for MySpace Mobile on Cingular includes:  —  Uploading Photos  —  Available on select Cingular handsets, MySpace Mobile allows Cingular customers to select photos stored on their mobile device and upload them to their MySpace profile.  The same terms of service for MySpace …
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.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Edelman and NewsGator Team to Offer Conversational Ads  —  Despite some hiccups, Edelman has been in the forefront of brand and social media convergence this year, and a new joint offering with NewsGator Technologies is no exception.  The PR firm has linked with the RSS feed platform provider …
Discussion: Monkey Bites
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Edelman, Newsgator to Create Branded Communities, Conversational Advertising
Discussion: media landscaping
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
NewsGator, Edelman Build Ad Widgets
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
Steven Towns / SeekingAlpha CE Stocks:
Sony to Challenge Apple — Will PSP Video Downloads Bear Fruit?  —  The Financial Times ( reports Sony will launch a video download service for its PlayStation Portable [PSP], likely in the first quarter next year.  Business press coverage of the story suggests the service …
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 …
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Jajah offers Free Telephony in Germany and Austria  —  Jajah is announcing on Monday that it has partnered with 3 major European media companies: Pro7Sat1, Bild-T Online, and News Austria.  While "free" calling in Europe isn't something really new - it was pioneered by friends at Telia Light …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jajah brings free calls to Germany and Austria
Inside AdSense:
Ad and image placement: a policy clarification  —  We've recently received a number of emails from publishers asking how we feel about the placement of images near Google ad units.  There's been some confusion on this issue, and so we turned to our policy team to set the record straight.
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 …
Associated Press:
Retailers profit from unused gift cards  —  LOS ANGELES - Shoppers across America have millions of gift cards tucked away in envelopes, drawers and wallets.  And some of the nation's largest retailers are profiting as a result.  —  "It can be fun to get them, but then I forget about them …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
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 …
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