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7:20 PM ET, December 18, 2006

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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  —  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
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 is Dead: Long Live the Apple Cellphone Thingy-Ma-Bob
Discussion: Valleywag
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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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Edelman, Newsgator to Create Branded Communities, Conversational Advertising
Discussion: Strumpette and media landscaping
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 …
Steven Towns / SeekingAlpha CE Stocks:
Sony to Challenge Apple — Will PSP Video Downloads Bear Fruit?  —  The Financial Times (FT.com) 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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Adam Lasnik / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Deftly dealing with duplicate content  —  At the recent Search Engine Strategies conference in freezing Chicago, many of us Googlers were asked questions about duplicate content.  We recognize that there are many nuances and a bit of confusion on the topic, so we'd like to help set the record straight.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Greg Boser
 
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