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10:00 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
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.
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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.
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:   AIM in Gmail  —  Today sure is the day for little Gmail tweaks.
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
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.
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Flickr Blog:
Edit your photos!  On Flickr!  —  Picnik's awesome photo editing tools are now only a click away.  If you've ever wanted to deal with the dreaded red eye or crop a photo just so, click on the new "edit photo" icon located above one of your photos and get started.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photo Editing On Flickr Goes Live
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.
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
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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Trends API coming soon
Discussion: Googlified
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
High Definition Video Coming to Hulu, Samples Available
Palm:
Treo 750 Updater 2.25  —  for AT&T smartphones  —  This update is designed for the Palm Treo 750 running on the AT&T network.  This will update the smartphone's software to the latest release, version 2.25.  —  What does this update do?  —  This free, downloadable update adds …
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 and Valleywag
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Reputation taking center stage  —  We hold the Internet Identity Workshop twice a year.  One way to track the vector of developments in user-centric identity it to plot the gestalt of the workshop each year.  Here's my characterization of that vector (based on some earlier comments from Johannes Ernst):
 
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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft launches FeedSync for data synchronization via feeds …
Associated Press:
Dun & Bradstreet Buys AllBusiness.com
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
SAP's iPhone Software, No Sale to Microsoft; Other News
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 and Valleywag
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to deliver Office 2007 SP1 early
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Is quarterlife's Heat Cooling Off?
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdSense To Drop "Advertise on this Site" Feature
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Free choice for iPhone users? Where do you think you are — France?
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook and The Myth Of Contextual Advertising
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DoJ says $222,000 damages in Capitol v. Thomas trial not unconstitutional
Discussion: Computerworld and Gizmodo
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Social-networking company Visible Path to be acquired
Globe and Mail:
Passport applicant finds massive privacy breach
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple validates 13-inch LED backlight units ahead of ultra-portable
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