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12:45 AM ET, December 19, 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
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Digg revamps to emphasize video
Discussion: Webware.com and GigaOM
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
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, MacUser and Gizmodo
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 …
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Deprecates Their SOAP Search API
Discussion: Quoderat and onfocus.com
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Hear 2.0
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 …
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
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.
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 …
 
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