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10:50 AM ET, December 5, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Pre-Launches New iPhone Interface  —  We heard a rumor that Google was going to launch a new interface for users accessing the site via an iPhone in the next few days.  But an anonymous tip let us know it actually launched without any warning or announcement this evening.
Marc Orchant Updates and Information  —  This page is dedicated to providing information and updates concerning the status of my good friend and colleague, Marc Orchant.  —  As you know, Marc suffered a massive cardiac infarction on Sunday morning, December 2nd 2007.  My original post is copied below.
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen to Be Video Cop  —  For years, media and technology companies have been ensnarled in a battle over the rights to video posted online.  Now ratings giant Nielsen wants to be the policeman.  —  Nielsen is rolling out a new service that aims to ensure that video is distributed and viewed …
Nielsen to unveil Web piracy remedy: WSJ
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Nokia's unlimited "Comes With Music" plan misses the boat due to DRM  —  Universal announced a promising new business model last month that will allow device manufacturers to offer an all-you-can-eat music subscription service with devices.  Called Total Music by Universal …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Free Universal Music Downloads on New Nokia Phones  —  Nokia, the telecommunications company, and the Universal Music Group, the recording company, said on Tuesday that they would offer unlimited free downloads of Universal songs to buyers of certain Nokia phones as a way to promote cellphones …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
World Turns Attention to iPhone, Boobs and Videos, Forgets Osama (Verdict: Life as Usual) [Yearmodo]  —  The final Google trends for 2007 were officially announced yesterday, with the iPhone and the late plastic buxom wonderkid Anna Nicole Smith bracketing the Top 10 fastest-rising search terms.
Discussion: Reuters
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photo Editing On Flickr Goes Live
Joe Stewart /
Inside the "Ron Paul" Spam Botnet  —  On the weekend of October 27, 2007, the Internet was suddenly bombarded with a rash of spam emails promoting U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul.  The spam run continued until Tuesday, October 30, when it stopped as suddenly as it began.
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Apple Wants To Make DRM Extortion Explicit  —  For years, DRM critics have been arguing that the technology isn't so much about stopping piracy as it is about taking away traditional fair use privileges and then selling them back to you.  I've agreed with this for a while …
Tim Lee / Techdirt:   Marvel Looking To Follow In The Footsteps Of The Recording Industry
James C. King / Inside PDF:
ISO Ballot for PDF 1.7 Passed!  —  Adobe has received word that the Ballot for approval of PDF 1.7 to become the ISO 32000 Standard (DIS) has passed by a vote of 13::  1.  —  Countries voting positive with no comments: Australia, Bulgaria, China, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: rolls out customer data sharing; eyes 1 million subscribers  — on Wednesday will roll out business networking tools so customers can securely share information such as sales leads, product information and other communications.  —  Think Facebook and LinkedIn meets corporate data sharing files.
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Will the Holy Grail of marketing revive Dell?  —  If Dell wants to regain its former glory, it will have to do a better job selling laptops like its XPS m1330; and that means new marketing methods.  Image: Dell  —  Two years from now, we'll be hailing Dell as a marketing innovator …
USA Today:
Cellphone could be boarding pass, too  —  Continental Airlines passengers in Houston will be able to board flights using just a cellphone or personal-digital assistant instead of a regular boarding pass in a three-month test program launched Tuesday at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Live Documents Screenshots - The Replica of Microsoft Office 2007  —  Here are the first screenshots of Live Documents, a Microsoft Office like productivity suite that seeks to challenge Google Docs and Zoho Office.  —  As you may have noticed, the individual programs of Live Documents look …
Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Thoughts on Seth Godin's keybote at SES  —  Seth Godin provided the morning keynote on Tuesday morning at SES Chicago.  His talk was an overview of his latest book, Meatball Sundae.  He recently did a pre-show seminar that received excellent coverage from Kevin Newcomb and Lisa Barone …
Cisco PR / The Platform:
The Platform Paradigm  —  Post by Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer  —  It is an exciting time to join Cisco.  —  Cisco is the company whose leadership legacy defines "The Network" in many ways.  Today, it is a company driving many new paradigms in communications and information technology.
Discussion: BetaNews
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Adds HD  —  Online video distribution startup Hulu has added high-definition content, one of the first tests of the new Adobe Flash Player that was released today, which supports streaming HD.  Hulu's HD content is limited, just a gallery of sample movie trailers and clips from Universal …
Discussion: Podcasting News and RIApedia
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Discussion: Valleywag
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Discussion: The Register
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Tony Smith / The Register:
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Discussion: CNET
Andrew Pearlman / Compete Blog:
Fact or More Time Spent Than Social Networks
Mathew /
Technorati: Too little, too late?
Discussion: A VC and franticindustries
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google To Take Choice Away From Humans, Er, Advertisers
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Reputation taking center stage
Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft launches FeedSync for data synchronization via feeds …

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