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5:55 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
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
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
AIM in Gmail  —  Today sure is the day for little Gmail tweaks.
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
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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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PR Newswire:   Latimes.com Gets Personal with Mixx
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Mixx, a Gorgeous Digg Competitor, Gets in Bed With LA Times
Discussion: ParisLemon
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where the hell is Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook?  —  It's just totally amazing to me how badly Facebook is handling the PR around its new Beacon system.  —  This story is NOT going away.  Even if this particular story goes away, there's a bad taste in our mouths because Facebook tried to do something that clearly wasn't for the users.
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Josh Quittner / Techland:
RIP Facebook?  —  A lot of people say that Facebook has jumped the shark.
Discussion: BoomTown
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," …
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!
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
Globe and Mail:
Passport applicant finds massive privacy breach  —  KENYON WALLACE  —  A security flaw in Passport Canada's website has allowed easy access to the personal information - including social insurance numbers, dates of birth and driver's licence numbers - of people applying for new passports.
 
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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:
Is quarterlife's Heat Cooling Off?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdSense To Drop "Advertise on this Site" Feature
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Despite Worries, Apple Still on Track for Stellar December Quarter
Discussion: Infinite Loop and AppleInsider
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook and The Myth Of Contextual Advertising
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
iPhone browser count rockets past WinMo
 Earlier Items: 
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
Liam Tung / CNET News.com:
Critics rap Microsoft safety study of IE, Firefox
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Those 200 iPhone-Related Patents Don't Seem To Be Stopping Patent …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MySpace to Showcase Music and Sell Performance Videos
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge refuses to entertain Lime Wire conspiracy theories against RIAA
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bubble 2.0: The Video … How could we not?  A perfect link …