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10:15 AM ET, December 19, 2006


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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.
Nelson's Weblog:
Goodbye, Google SOAP search API
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Kills Their Search API
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Googlified
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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 …
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, Search Engine Land and Net
Anne Broache / CNET
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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
Allowing Linking To MP3s Still Illegal In Australia; Ruling …
Discussion: Weatherall's Law
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
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
Google Blogoscoped:   Don't Place Images Next to Google Ads
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
Ilene Adler /
PixSense Secures $5.4 Million in Series A Funding for Mobile Photo …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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.
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
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Imbalance in Net speeds impedes sharing  —  NEW YORK - Blame the Internet's legacy systems if Jay Glatfelter falls asleep Thursday mornings.  —  Co-host of an online audio show about "Lost," Glatfelter must wait about 40 minutes to finish posting his program to the Internet in the hours after ABC's Wednesday night broadcast.
Discussion: Techdirt and
Seeking Alpha:
Oracle F2Q07 (Qtr End 11/30/06) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Safra A. Catz - Co-President, Chief Financial Officer, Director  —  Lawrence J. Ellison - Chief Executive Officer, Director  —  Charles E. Phillips - Co-President, Director  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator
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
John Dempsey / Variety:
Comcast, Endemol pair in video search  —  Cable taps in YouTube technology  —  Comcast, the biggest cable operator in the U.S., and Endemol, the giant reality-show producer, have put together a plan to take user-generated videos to an even greater level of self-involvement.
Discussion: Mashable! and PaidContent
New York Times:
EBay Is Expected to Close Its Auction Site in China  —  Acknowledging that the online auction market in China is enticingly fast-growing but frustratingly tough to crack, eBay will shut its main Web site in China and enter into a joint venture with a Chinese company instead, a person briefed on the plans of the companies said yesterday.
Discussion: PaidContent and VentureBeat
Leaving Yahoo!  —  I've been mulling this one for a while, but finally had to pull the trigger.  I'll be leaving Yahoo! Search at the end of the month, and going to a small startup.  —  The decision was hard, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with my Yahoo! job.
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Malware: Quality drops but quantity rises  —  Kaspersky: Ever-increasing amounts of malware are taxing the resources of security companies  —  They just don't make malware like they used to.  Or at least like they did earlier this year.  Even low-quality malware, however …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Gabriel Madway / MarketWatch:
EBay plans to shut down main China Web site: WSJ
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Techdirt
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: Go Nintendo and digg
Exploding PowerBook Surprisingly Not Sony's Fault
Discussion: digg
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
SI Continues Interest In Social Networks; $25 Million On 40 percent …
Discussion: Mashable! and alarm:clock
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
NASA-Google partnership ready for liftoff
 Earlier Items: 
Eli Hoffmann / Seeking Alpha:
Google Q4 Earnings Will Take a Hit — WSJ
Nancy Gohring / Macworld:
The iPhone is launched ... by Linksys, not Apple
Rory / Channel 9:
The Best XNA Movie in the UNIVERSE
Discussion: Brandon Live!
Rick LePage / Macworld:
Remembering Bruce Fraser
Discussion: MacUser
Adam Lasnik / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Deftly dealing with duplicate content
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Shrinking Long Tail - Top 10 Web Domains Increasing in Reach
Discussion: Compete Blog
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Natali Leaves TechCrunch
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Suburbs against the U(ni)verse: the battle over AT&T's fiber rollout
Discussion: digg and Slashdot