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9:15 AM ET, November 21, 2007


 Top Items: 
T-Mobile says to sell iPhone without contract  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile will allow customers in Germany to buy Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone without having to sign a T-Mobile contract after rival Vodafone (VOD.L) obtained a court injunction against it.
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
IPhone Must Be Offered Without Contract Restrictions, German Court Rules  —  Last month, French law forced Apple to promise that consumers could buy a version of its iPhone in this country without having to be locked into a long-term contract with Orange, the only mobile phone operator offering the new device.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
T-Mobile responds to Vodafone iPhone injunction: $1,500 unlocked iPhones  —  T-Mobile just issued a press release in response to Vodafone's efforts to unravel the iPhone exclusive offering in Germany.  In the statement, T-Mobile claims that they will appeal the ruling (they have two weeks to do so) …
Newspaper Association of America:
ONLINE NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING GROWTH CONTINUES — JUMPS 21 PERCENT IN THIRD QUARTER  —  Increased spending on newspaper Web sites boosts online share to more than seven percent of all newspaper ad dollars  —  Arlington, Va. - Advertising expenditures for newspaper Web sites increased …
Newspaper online ads up  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online advertising spending at U.S. newspapers rose 21 percent in the third quarter but failed to offset a print ad spending decline, according to a study released Tuesday.  —  While ad spending on newspaper Web sites rose to $773 million …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   Newspaper Ad Sales Up Online, Down in Print
Caroline McCarthy / CNET takes on Facebook's 'Beacon' ads  —  Online activist group is poised to announce a campaign targeting Facebook's "Beacon" advertisements, which post information about users' activity on partner sites (movie rentals, purchases from online retailers) onto their friends' News Feeds.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Latest target of MoveOn: Facebook
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Google Maps Should Push The Wikipedia Analogy Further  —  Google comes out with a seemingly unending stream of little enhancements to its stable of excellent online properties.  One of the more exciting additions to come along in a while is the fact that users of Google Maps will now be able to move the markers on Google Maps.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET
Google Maps gets user-generated markers
Discussion: TechSpot News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Google Set-Top Box (Think Android For TV)  —  Deep in the Googleplex there is an engineering team thinking about how to extend Google's reach into your TV.  Its work goes way beyond the Google TV ads currently being tested by EchoStar (and targeted with help from Nielsen).
Kent German / CNET
Verizon's new Samsung FlipShot  —  Heads up everyone, Samsung has announced another new cell phone.  I know that a shocker, it's not as if the company has announced any other new models in this short holiday week, but try to contain your your surprise.  The new Samsung Flipshot, aka the SCH-U900 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Blogosphere Needs A Vacation  —  What's the top news story on TechMeme this fine Tuesday afternoon?  —  It's a story about the sudden disappearance of the word "is" from Facebook's status message yesterday.  Then, today, it reappeared.  For a brief period of time …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook To Drop 'Is' From Status Updates
Discussion: Salon, Download Squad and Mashable!
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
An Open Letter to Comcast and Every cable/Telco on P2P - updated  —  I'm not a Comcast customer.  I happen to get service from Verizon, ATT and Time Warner at various locations where I pay for internet service.  —  If I was a Comcast customer, I would tell them, as I am now telling all the services I am a customer of:
Discussion: P2P Blog and Skype Journal
Join the Firefox Testday - Friday, 23.  November !  —  November, 2007!  —  We will test the upcoming Firefox with Release Candidate Builds on this test day.  You find the RC1 Builds for download here !  —  The event will run Friday, November 23, 2007, from 7am - 5pm PST
Discussion: InfoWorld
John Leyden / The Register:
Google serves up surprise password cracking function  —  A Cambridge University researcher successfully used Google to unearth a password used by an attacker to compromise its security blog.  —  The attacker created an account in Wordpress when he attacked the Light the Blue Touch Paper blog …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
PC Software's Great Year … Chris Swenson, NPD's director of software industry analysis, described a "perfect storm of new product releases in 2007."  NPD's sales figures account for in-store and online sales for 2007 through the end of October.  —  The revival is a remarkable turnabout from sales since the turn of the millennium.
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Discussion: Digg
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
IT security failure causes UK Revenue & Customs (HMRC) chairman to resign
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Clickable Raises Another $3 Million, Officially Adds Jonathan Miller to Board
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Ann Bednarz / Network World:
AT&T calls teleworkers back to cubicle life
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Good vibes for Nikon's 18-55mm lens
Discussion: Gizmodo
Google Transfers A LOT of Domains to Google Name Servers …