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7:25 PM ET, December 4, 2007

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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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Poll: Is the Technorati Percolator Useful as a News Aggregator?
Discussion: The Technorati Weblog
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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Wall Street Journal:
Bidders Emerge for FCC Auction  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Google, AT&T, Leap Wireless International, Sprint Nextel, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Echostar Communications, DirecTV Group, Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group, Deutsche Telekom, Rural Cellular
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  —  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
PR Newswire:
Latimes.com Gets Personal with Mixx
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where the hell is Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook?
Discussion: Joe Duck, Insider Chatter, PDA and PR 2.0
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
High Definition Video Coming to Hulu, Samples Available
Discussion: Lost Remote, Mashable! and Reel Pop
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.
Elizabeth McNichols / Cisco:
Cisco Appoints Padmasree Warrior as Chief Technology Officer  —  Cisco today announced the appointment of Padmasree Warrior as chief technology officer (CTO).  Warrior comes to Cisco from Motorola where she was executive vice president and chief technology officer.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Tech Trader Daily
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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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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
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!
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdSense To Drop "Advertise on this Site" Feature  —  Google just sent me an email that they are "retiring" the "Onsite Advertiser Sign-up" AdSense feature.  This feature, which is commonly referred to as the AdSense advertise on this site" feature, allows AdWords advertisers to click …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Google Blogoscoped
 
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Apple Sued For $360 Million Over iPhone's Voicemail
Discussion: InformationWeek
Brian Oberkirch / Like It Matters:
those who can't even be bothered to think about the past...
Discussion: GigaOM and O'Reilly Radar
Austin Modine / The Register:
Microsoft kills Santa Claus
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to deliver Office 2007 SP1 early
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Is quarterlife's Heat Cooling Off?
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook and The Myth Of Contextual Advertising
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
iPhone browser count rockets past WinMo
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DoJ says $222,000 damages in Capitol v. Thomas trial not unconstitutional
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Reuters:
ESPN expands global reach with sports scores site
Discussion: Mashable!
Liam Tung / CNET News.com:
Critics rap Microsoft safety study of IE, Firefox
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MyStrands Raises $24 Million to lead the social recommendation industry
Globe and Mail:
Passport applicant finds massive privacy breach
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple validates 13-inch LED backlight units ahead of ultra-portable
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bubble 2.0: The Video … How could we not?  A perfect link …
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