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11:25 AM ET, December 19, 2006

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Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Offline Involuntarily  —  Five years ago, the main challenge for data-hungry business travelers was finding a hotel that offered high-speed Internet access.  Then came a shift to wireless and even free connections.  —  But these days, the top priority for many is simply getting consistent …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Digg continues to battle phony stories  —  Digg continues to crack down on users who plant phony stories on behalf of marketers, recently deleting a user who posted a story about a company that offered to compensate him.  —  The news aggregate site, which allows users to play editor and decide …
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
AOL Chief Has a View, a Long One  —  If AOL were being dressed up for a sale, as has been rumored on and off for several years, Randy Falco is an odd choice to be the new chief executive.  —  As Mr. Falco notes, he is hardly a short-term guy.  Before starting at Time Warner's AOL unit this month …
Discussion: PaidContent
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Deprecates Their SOAP Search API  —  In an odd move Google has quietly deprecated their Search SOAP API, will no longer be issuing keys, and have removed the SDK from their site.  They did not even issue a blog post about it.  They will continue (for how long?) to support existing users, but will not do any bug fixes.
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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 …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Allowing Linking To MP3s Still Illegal In Australia; Ruling …
Discussion: Weatherall's Law
EE Times:
Verizon joins Asian consortium to build $500-million U.S.-China network  —  Verizon Business said Monday that it has signed an agreement with a group of Asian telecommunications firms to build an advanced undersea optical cable system linking China with the U.S. mainland.
Discussion: GigaOM and dailywireless.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Polar Rose: Europe's Entrant Into Facial Recognition  —  Malmö, Sweden based Polar Rose is having its coming out party today and pre-announcing a product release slated for early next year.  CEO Nikolaj Nyholm gave me demo of what's coming last weekend.
Alice Z. Cuneo / AdAge:
Ford Denies Connection to Web-Concert Porno Promo  —  Launches Investigation of MSN Event It Is Sponsoring  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Adage.com) — An entertainment company promoting a Ford Motor Co.-backed concert has come up with a new way to tie its advertising into celebrity content …
Discussion: PaidContent and AdJab
Rcade / Workbench:
My Battle with MGM Over Wargames.Com  —  For the past three months I've been privately engaged in a time-consuming dispute with Nathan J. Hole, a lawyer representing MGM Studios who claims that Wargames.Com, a domain that I've owned since April 16, 1998, is the rightful property of the film company …
Discussion: Digital Life
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google's radio ad tests hit snag — analyst  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Google Inc.'s nascent radio advertisement business, known as Google Audio, has run into an unexpected snag: it seems Google doesn't have access to enough radio airtime for would-be advertisers to thoroughly test out the initiative, an analyst said Monday.
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Launches the World's First 'Optical Joystick' Phone  —  Samsung's SCH-V960 features optical sensor button for user convenience  —  Samsung Electronics , a leading provider and innovator of mobile phones, launches the world's first mobile phone featuring a n optical joystick for a whole new mobile experience.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Opera:
Opera Introduces Fraud Protection, Powered by GeoTrust and PhishTank: New release expands Opera's commitment to secure browsing  —  Opera Software today introduced real-time Fraud Protection in its award-winning Web browser.  Fraud Protection includes technology from GeoTrust …
Discussion: digg
Associated Press:
Matsushita to offer new lithium battery  —  TOKYO - Japanese electronics maker Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. said Monday it will begin mass production of a new lithium-ion battery that is safe from the overheating problems that prompted a massive recall of Sony Corp. batteries this year.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
PixSense, offering auto-storage of mobile photos & video, raises $5.4M  —  PixSense, a service that lets you automatically save and store your mobile phone photos — without the pain of syncing with a PC — has just raised $5.4 million in a first round of funding.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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Ilene Adler / beta.pixsense.com:
PixSense Secures $5.4 Million in Series A Funding for Mobile Photo …
Discussion: Mashable!
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Maps With Multiple Destinations  —  Google added a feature that lets you add multiple destinations to your driving directions.  For example, I'm searching Google Maps for [from stuttgart, germany, to cologne, germany].  Then there's a link titled "Add destination..." …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Software to Spot 'Phishers' Irks Small Concerns  —  Joy Viren Murphy will be getting a lump of coal in her stocking this year.  —  The entrepreneur has been selling handmade Christmas stockings for 12 years, the last eight of them online.  Working from the attic of her three-story Rock Island …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
 
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Erick Schonfeld / The Next Net:
Second Life Adds Its Second Millionth Resident
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Top 10 Apps for Laptop-Toting Mac Users
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
YouTube ready to talk copyright with Japanese group
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Amazon To Enter Crowded Download Market With MP3 Only Store
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
First Big Partner for Zudeo: BBC
Discussion: Torrentfreak and Profy.Com
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
ITP Winter show 2006 (tons of photos!)
Blake Snow / Joystiq:
TIME magazine deems PS3 a bust
Discussion: Kotaku, Go Nintendo and digg
Timboy:
Leaving Yahoo!
 Earlier Items: 
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Imbalance in Net speeds impedes sharing
Gizmodo:
Exploding PowerBook Surprisingly Not Sony's Fault
Discussion: digg
John Dempsey / Variety:
Comcast, Endemol pair in video search
Discussion: Mashable! and PaidContent
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
SI Continues Interest In Social Networks; $25 Million On 40 percent …
Discussion: Mashable! and alarm:clock
New York Times:
EBay Is Expected to Close Its Auction Site in China
Discussion: PaidContent and VentureBeat
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Malware: Quality drops but quantity rises
Discussion: Techdirt
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