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2:10 PM ET, December 18, 2006

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linksys.com:
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 …
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Gizmodo:
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.
Gizmodo:
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 sex.com.  Nor is it an academic exercise, like when Josh Quittner bought McDonalds.com for a Wired story.
Discussion: Valleywag
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:   Introducing the iPhone—But Not from Apple
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Linksys Debuts iPhone VoIP Devices
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Ubergizmo and digg
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
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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).
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Digg Goes Multimedia - Launches New Video, Podcasting Features
Discussion: The Social Web
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Digg revamps to emphasize video
Discussion: GigaOM
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:   NEW DIGG FEATURES COMING TODAY. DIGG MUSIC STILL AWOL
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.
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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:   Skype founders to offer web TV
Jon Murchinson / nasa.gov:
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 …
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 …
useit.com:
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
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 …
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
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.
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
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Would the Feds Bless TV Networks' You-Tube Rival?  —  The broadcast networks, along with top TV programmer Viacom, could announce the creation of their own YouTube-esque consortium as early as this week, the New York Times' Richard Siklos and Bill Carter report (here or here).
Discussion: Techdirt and Lost Remote
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Reuters:
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 News.com:
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
 
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