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11:30 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
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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).
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Digg revamps to emphasize video
Discussion: Webware.com and GigaOM
BBC:
iPhone surprises technology world  —  A net phone called the iPhone has been launched by Linksys just weeks before analysts were expecting Apple to release a similarly-named device.  —  The wireless iPhone allows users to make free or low-cost internet phone calls using the Skype service.
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Nancy Gohring / Macworld:
The iPhone is launched ... by Linksys, not Apple
Discussion: Techdirt, Gizmodo and MacUser
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.
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Google Blogoscoped:   Don't Place Images Next to Google Ads
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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
NASA-Google partnership ready for liftoff
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Cingular:
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 …
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   MySpace Hooks up with Cingular
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Suburbs against the U(ni)verse: the battle over AT&T's fiber rollout  —  Introduction  —  It wasn't supposed to happen like this.  AT&T's IPTV-based U-verse service was being tested with great fanfare in San Antonio, and the company was ready to start in on the real deployments.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
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 and Amyloo
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Edelman, Newsgator to Create Branded Communities, Conversational Advertising
Discussion: Strumpette and media landscaping
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.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Kills Their Search API  —  What the-?!  Google on their SOAP API homepage writes:  —  As of December 5, 2006, we are no longer actively supporting the SOAP Search API.  We encourage you to use the AJAX Search API instead.  —  (Note: at this time, I am still able to use the SOAP API …
Wagner James Au / GigaGamez:
Second Life: Hype vs. Anti-Hype vs. Anti-Anti-Hype  —  Analysis  —  Clay Shirky is a brilliant analyst of the digital era, and if there's anybody who could implode the media vortex currently surrounding Second Life, it would have to be someone of his caliber.
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 …
Chris Boggs / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Officially Says "No" to Reciprocal Linking?  —  Barry again had the scoop on a hot story over the weekend which has spawned a discussion in the WebmasterWorld Forums.  On Friday, there was a post from Stephanie from the Dublin Google Search Quality team at the Google Blog …
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Natali Leaves TechCrunch  —  Natali Del Conte's last day with TechCrunch was last Friday.  I'll let her make her own announcement regarding what she'll do next, but I want to wish her luck on behalf of the entire TechCrunch team.  She was here just three weeks, but it's clear she's going to be a star at whatever she chooses to do.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Australian court rules against MP3 link site  —  update Linking to copyright music posted elsewhere online without permission can be illegal, an Australian appeals court ruled Monday.  —  The issue before a three-judge panel at the Federal Court of Australia was whether Stephen Cooper …
Rick LePage / Macworld:
Remembering Bruce Fraser  —  On Saturday, Dec. 16, a long-time friend and colleague of mine, Bruce Fraser, passed away.  He succumbed after a short bout with lung cancer, a few weeks shy of his 53rd birthday.  To many of us, he was a warm, gregarious man and a loyal friend.
Discussion: John Nack on Adobe and MacUser
 
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