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2:50 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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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
News Corp/Fox Close To Deal With Apple For iTunes Movies: Report  —  News Corp and its studio Twentieth Century Fox are close to a deal with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) to begin offering new releases and catalog movie titles through iTunes beginning in early 2008, reports Pali analyst Richard Greenfield, in a blog post (reg. req.)
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Hugging Apple: 20th Cent. Fox Films To iTunes
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Macsimum News
Saul Hansell / New York Times:   DVD Movies With an iTunes Copy: Worth More?
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 …
Discussion: George Ou, DSLreports and Gadget Lab
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   The Most Anti-Tech Organizations... Or Just The Most Misguided?
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.
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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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
LiveJournal Sale May Revive Six Apart
Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers New Tools and Training for Advertisers, Search Marketers and Webmasters  —  Company furthers its commitment to provide data transparency for customers of Microsoft adCenter and Live Search.  —  Microsoft Corp. today unveiled two tools and an accreditation program designed …
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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.
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Comcast:
Comcast Statement About 700 MHz Wireless Auction
Discussion: DSLreports
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.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Photobucket, Picasa bring photo-sharing to TiVo  —  Apparently, fast-forwarding through commercials just isn't enough.  TiVo announced on Monday that users of select photo-sharing services are now able to access their image collections through its set-top boxes.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
In Japan Half The Top Selling Books Are Written On Mobile Phones  —  With all the talk about Amazon's Kindle, there's a bigger revolution taking place and those who studied classic literature will be horrified.  In Japan, half of the top ten selling works of fiction in the first six months of 2007 were composed on mobile phones.
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 (paidcontent).  —  Meanwhile, after applauding Facebook for acknowledging user complaints …
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
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony's video download plans another step in quest for living room dominance
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Acer poised to overtake Dell in notebook market
Business Wire:
Current Partners with The Guardian and Salon Media Group
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
UPDATE 3-News Corp, LinkedIn not in takeover talks-source
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Mozilla scoffs at vulnerability study rating IE superior to Firefox
Discussion: The Register
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Consumer Reports Cellphone Service Survey 2008 Published …
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Creative:
CREATIVE INTRODUCES THE WORLD'S FIRST 32GB FLASH MEMORY-BASED …
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PR Newswire:
AT&T Announces Intention to Withdraw From Pay Phone Business by End of 2008
Discussion: Gizmodo, DSLreports and Engadget
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Did anyone really expect a wireless desktop to be secure?
Discussion: The Register
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Inside Microsoft's security war room
Discussion: Slashdot
James Rossiter / Times of London:
Secrets of Shell and Rolls-Royce come under attack from China's spies
Discussion: The Register
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Innovating Our Way to Financial Crisis
PR Newswire:
Popular WD Passport(R) Now Available With a Whopping 320 GB of Storage
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NEW NOKIA 6 OR 8 MEGAPIXEL IMAGING SLIDER IN THE WORKS?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TeXtra's Natali Del Conte Leaves Podshow For CNET TV