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6:10 PM ET, December 4, 2007

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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Verizon Embraces Google's Android  —  How Verizon Wireless learned to stop worrying and love open access.  Step one: Realizing it's a way to add low-cost customers  —  In yet another sudden shift, Verizon Wireless plans to support Google's (GOOG) new software platform for cell phones and other mobile devices.
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Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Harsh Reality Of Verizon's Open Network
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Technorati Relaunches To Focus On Core Blogging Audience  —  Technorati has a brand new CEO, and he's been busy in his short time with the company.  Today Technorati is relaunching, with a new core focus on bloggers.  —  Last week I saw a demo of the new products …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Technorati Relaunches; I'm Confused w/Video Review
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Chat With AIM Users From Gmail  —  After introducing colored labels earlier this week, Google now seems to be rolling out a web-based client for AOL Instant Messenger chatting as part of Gmail.  You will still need an AIM account, as Google Talk and AOL are not joining forces, but Google is merely using the Open AIM framework.
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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Gmail + chat + AIM = crazy delicious  —  I was pretty excited when we launched chat integration in Gmail.  Finally I could chat and email in one place—but I couldn't chat with friends using other instant messaging services.  —  From the beginning, Google has been committed to open standards and interoperation for instant messaging.
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
AIM in Gmail  —  Today sure is the day for little Gmail tweaks.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LA Times invests in Mixx, integrates social news site  —  The Los Angeles Times has partnered with Mixx, a social news website, to give readers more input in the news they read.  —  The publication has also said it will start using technology from Aggregrate Knowledge, a Silicon Valley company …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Mixx, a Gorgeous Digg Competitor, Gets in Bed With LA Times
Discussion: ParisLemon
Josh Quittner / Techland:
RIP Facebook?  —  A lot of people say that Facebook has jumped the shark.  That's flat out wrong.  In fact, Facebook is now being devoured by the shark.  There's so much blood in the water, it's attracting other sharks.  And if Facebook's not careful, one of them is bound to come along and finish it off.
Discussion: BoomTown
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Announces Fastest Growing Search Terms  —  Yesterday Yahoo announced its top search trends for 2007.  Google's list traditionally come later in December (here's last years list), but today VP of Search and User Experience Marissa Mayer revealed the "fastest rising U.S. search terms" on the Today Show.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Free choice for iPhone users?  Where do you think you are — France?  —  After almost two weeks of exhilarating freedom, iPhone buyers in Germany once again have been shackled to a single exclusive carrier, in this case Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile unit.  The Vodafone Group …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple validates 13-inch LED backlight units ahead of ultra-portable  —  Apple, which in January is expected to take the wraps off its slimmest and sleekest notebook in years, is reported to have placed orders for a new breed of 13.3-inch LED backlight units with production-ready quantities scheduled for delivery this month.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Ubergizmo
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's Infrastructure is its Strategic Advantage  —  Back in the day, when PC stocks were kings on Wall Street, a pesky college kid named Michael Dell figured out that he could do an end run around the then-established PC makers by developing a smarter way of making and selling boxes.
Discussion: OnoTech
Gabriel Aldamiz-echevarría / MyStrands Blog:
MyStrands Raises $24 Million to lead the social recommendation industry … We are very excited to announce that MyStrands has secured $24 million in its Series B2 round of funding.  Spanish bank BBVA led the funding along with existing investor Debaeque.  As you know, the last round …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar .  Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  On the surface, all is well in Wikiland.  Just last week, a headline from The San Francisco Chronicle told the world that "Wikipedia's Future Is Still Looking Up," …
Tom Jowitt / PC World:
European GPS Rival Gets Go-Ahead  —  The European initiative to build a system of satellites rivaling the U.S. GPS system, dubbed 'Galileo,' is finally moving forward.  —  Recommend this story?  —  The European initiative to build a system of satellites to rival the U.S. GPS system, has finally been given the go-ahead.
Discussion: DailyTech
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Social-networking company Visible Path to be acquired  —  While rumors swirl about acquisitions of popular social-networking sites, one deal has already happened: Visible Path, which makes social-networking tools for business users, is set to be acquired.  —  A company representative …
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
 
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Brian Oberkirch / Like It Matters:
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Elizabeth McNichols / Cisco:
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Microsoft kills Santa Claus
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to deliver Office 2007 SP1 early
Discussion: Download Squad
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdSense To Drop "Advertise on this Site" Feature
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
ASUS: We'll Sell 3.8 Million Eees in 2008, Some with Windows
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
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Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook and The Myth Of Contextual Advertising
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
iPhone browser count rockets past WinMo
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DoJ says $222,000 damages in Capitol v. Thomas trial not unconstitutional
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
MySpace Relying Less on Third Party Ad Nets
Discussion: Mashable! and Digital Destiny
Globe and Mail:
Passport applicant finds massive privacy breach
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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