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11:50 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  —  Technorati relaunched the core of their site today with a "focus on bloggers and advertisers," says Michael Arrington of Techcrunch.  We've already learned over the past couple of months that new CEO Richard Jalichandra cares about all blogs but really cares about his Top 100.
Discussion: Jim Kukral
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Technorati: Too little, too late?
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.
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
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.
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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Motorola's Chief Technology Officer Officially Gone [Confirmed]
Discussion: InfoWorld
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
With SP1, Microsoft plans to ditch the Vista "kill switch"  —  The case for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 just got a lot stronger.  —  When SP1 ships sometime in early 2008, it will strip away one of Vista's most annoying features and remove one of the most persistent objections to Vista's adoption.
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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: Google Blogoscoped
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Google To Take Choice Away From Humans, Er, Advertisers
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Trends API coming soon  —  Google is planning to release an application programming interface for its Google Trends program, according to Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience at Google.  —  During the question and answer portion of a Webcast demonstration …
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Googlified
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Eric / Hulu Blog:
A preview of online HD  —  While we love the convenience of watching our favorite shows on the web anytime we want, we also love the stunning resolution, true colors, and widescreen landscapes of high definition video on an HDTV.  We're video geeks at heart.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
High Definition Video Coming to Hulu, Samples Available
Discussion: Portfolio.com, Lost Remote and Reel Pop
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 …
Associated Press:
Dun & Bradstreet Buys AllBusiness.com  —  Dun & Bradstreet Corp. Buys AllBusiness.com for $55 Million, Raises 2008 Revenue Guidance  —  NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Dun & Bradstreet Corp., a business information company, said Tuesday it has bought AllBusiness.com for $55 million …
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
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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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Heiferman Unveils 'Meetup Alliance'
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Marvel Looking To Follow In The Footsteps Of The Recording Industry
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Reputation taking center stage
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft launches FeedSync for data synchronization via feeds …
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Austin Modine / The Register:
Microsoft kills Santa Claus
Discussion: Valleywag and Gizmodo
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Free choice for iPhone users? Where do you think you are — France?
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
ASUS: We'll Sell 3.8 Million Eees in 2008, Some with Windows
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell and CrunchGear
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: Gizmodo and Computerworld
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Social-networking company Visible Path to be acquired
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple validates 13-inch LED backlight units ahead of ultra-portable
 

 
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Frances Perraudin / Guardian:
Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool

Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
What's the right news experience on a phone?  Stacy-Marie Ishmael and BuzzFeed are trying to figure it out

Erin Keane / Salon:
Entertainment journalists failed to hold Bill Cosby to account for decades

 
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