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5:50 PM ET, December 3, 2007

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / CNN:
NBC pulls its TV shows from Apple iTunes  —  No more ad-free episodes of The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs or Friday Night Lights for $1.99 each.  —  As promised, NBC (GE) removed all its content and that of its affiliates from the iTunes Store over the weekend after its contract with Apple (AAPL) expired.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Hugging Apple: 20th Cent.  Fox Films To iTunes  —  News Corp.'s (NWS) 20th Century Fox studio is talking with Apple (AAPL) about selling its movies through iTunes, reports Pali Capital's Rich Greenfield (reg. required), who predicts a deal will be done early next year (perhaps in time for Macworld in January?).
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
News Corp/Fox Close To Deal With Apple For iTunes Movies: Report
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NBC Takes Its Shows Off iTunes And Goes Home
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Jeff Zucker: iTunes Profits Were $15 Mil. for NBC-U
Chris Williams / The Register:
Microsoft's sex-obsessed RoboSanta spouts filth at children  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar .  Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  Disturbing news has reached our Yuletide youthful innocence bunker that Microsoft's new artificial intelligence-powered Santa bot is subjecting …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Time Warner Won't Bid on 700 MHz Spectrum  —  Time Warner, a key player in a coalition of cable operators that succeeded in buying broadband wireless spectrum during the last FCC auction process, won't participate in the 700 MHz auction, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said this morning.
Discussion: DSLreports
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Britt: TWC Won't Bid On Wireless Spectrum
Discussion: Ars Technica
Comcast:
Comcast Statement About 700 MHz Wireless Auction
Oliver Starr / blognation USA:
Marc Orchant Suffers Massive Coronary  —  THIS IS NOT AN ATTEMPT AT HUMOR  —  PLEASE REPOST  —  At some time between 7:30 and 8:10 AM on Sunday Morning December 2nd, 2007, Marc Orchant, my fellow author on this blog, as well as one of my closest friends sustained a massive heart attack while working in his home office.
Mark Sullivan / PC World:
The Most Anti-Tech Organizations in America  —  These groups line up against tech interests in courtrooms and corridors of power across the country.  —  Their names keep coming up over and over again in courtrooms and corridors of power across the country—those groups whose interests always seem …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
At Wikipedia, Illustrators May Be Paid  —  The foundation that runs Wikipedia has finally agreed to pay contributors to the online encyclopedia a modest fee for their work.  But it won't pay the thousands of people who participate in creating the wiki pages — just artists who create "key illustrations" for the site.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:   Wikipedia to Pay Illustrators
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Two More Facebook Advertisers Say No To Beacon  —  Now, it's not just Coca-Cola who is holding off on using Facebook's Beacon.  Travelocity and Overstock have also reportedly decided to sit on the sidelines (MediaPost via paidcontent).  —  Meanwhile, after applauding Facebook …
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Amy Tiemann / parent . thesis:
More bad news for Facebook
Discussion: TechCrunch and PC World
Ginger Tulley / Six Apart News:
Six Apart Announces New Home for LiveJournal  —  Acquisition of LiveJournal, creation of new operating company and investment fund by SUP promise new innovation and expansion for pioneering online community  —  San Francisco, CA - December 3, 2007 - Six Apart, the world's leading independent …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Crunchies Awards - Nominations Open  —  Nominations are now open for the first annual Crunchies, the competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.  The Crunchies is a collaboration project between GigaOm …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Oops!  Yahoo dumps Britney  —  You've got to give Yahoo credit for trying drag the collective mentality out of the celebrity gossip gutter.  —  Every year, the company releases a top 10 list for Web searches.  Last year, Britney Spears was the No. 1 most popular search term.
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Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Online Fame Easy; Ads Harder to Get  —  Income for Web Video Creators Varies From 'Retire' to 'Keep Your Day Job'  —  Some Web video stars, like the "Ask a Ninja" guys, are raking it in.  Some, like Beet.TV video blogger Andy Plesser, are earning a hefty supplement to their day jobs.
Discussion: Jim Kukral, Beet.TV, Mashable! and NewTeeVee
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Images and new categories launch tonight  —  Hey everyone.  Believe it or not, the dedicated images section you've been waiting for finally goes live later tonight.  Lots of changes in this release:  — New Universal Taxonomy  —  Now you can submit news, images, or videos to any category on Digg!
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Justices Turn Down Online Piracy Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal by an online publisher that claims credit-card companies are enabling the piracy of its pictures of nude models.  —  The case was brought by Perfect 10 Inc. …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Federated Media Expands Into Facebook  —  Federated Media Publishing has announced their expansion into Facebook through partnerships with the owners of the Grafitti application and Watercooler.  The initial sponsors launching on Facebook are Hewlett-Packard and Wacom.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, WebProNews and ChasNote
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Mozilla scoffs at vulnerability study rating IE superior to Firefox  —  Jeffrey Jones, a researcher and the Security Strategy Director at Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group, recently posted a report (PDF format) that was featured in the CSO online magazine.
 
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Motorola's Chief Technology Officer Splits [See Ya]
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Christopher Helman / Forbes:
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John Kullman / MobileCrunch:
You Will Control 25% of Entertainment by 2012
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
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Charlie White / Gizmodo:
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Creative:
CREATIVE INTRODUCES THE WORLD'S FIRST 32GB FLASH MEMORY-BASED …
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and CrunchGear
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AT&T Announces Intention to Withdraw From Pay Phone Business by End of 2008
Marcus Browne / CNET News.com:
Shorter URLs help phishers hook more victims
Discussion: CircleID
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Inside Microsoft's security war room
Discussion: Slashdot
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Popular WD Passport(R) Now Available With a Whopping 320 GB of Storage
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
In Japan Half The Top Selling Books Are Written On Mobile Phones