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11:35 AM ET, December 5, 2007

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StarrTrek:
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.
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.
Tech.co.uk:
Gmail messaging boost adds AIM to Google Talk  —  AOL's instant messenger now plays nicely with Google's  —  The popular Gmail service from Google is clearly a work in progress - it still carries the 'beta' tag after all - but that's mainly because it keeps getting better, rather than that it isn't finished.
Discussion: Official Gmail Blog
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Google Talk Says Hello to AIM [Instant Messaging]  —  Google Talk is convenient, but it has failed to win the popular vote.  Google is hoping things are set to change, thanks to added support for AOL's AIM network.  The new functionality will allow users to log in to AIM from within Gmail …
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
Joe Stewart / secureworks.com:
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.
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
Now Who's Being Naive, Kay?  Or, Reflections on the Fundamental Contempt In Which the Enthusiast Press Is Held By Publishers—And Its Own Employers … The first time we realized the profound contempt with which videogame publishers regard the enthusiast press came in early in this millennium.
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
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Postal Rate Change to Wallop Netflix, Help BBI?  (NFLX)  —  Another reason for Netflix (NFLX) to hurry up and transition to a purely digital model: A potential postal rate change could cut the company's operating income per subscriber by two-thirds, say Citi analysts Mark Mahaney and Tony Wible.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast (CMCSA): Economy Declining Since Q3  —  Joining this call live with Michael Angelakis - Executive Vice President & Co-CFO, who's in the process of delivering lots of bad news.  —  Last night Comcast revised expectations downward; recently you had reaffirmed guidance.  What gives?
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 …
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Tim Lee / Techdirt:   Marvel Looking To Follow In The Footsteps Of The Recording Industry
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com rolls out customer data sharing; eyes 1 million subscribers  —  Salesforce.com 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.
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Nielsen To Police Web With Anti-Piracy Watermarking Scheme [Watching The Watcher]
Alex Woodson / Hollywood Reporter:
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San Diego Union-Tribune:
Youths who lost homes in wildfires given iPods
Discussion: iLounge, Gadget Lab and Engadget
Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch Blog:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: Valleywag
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Mobile Safari plug-in downloads files to your iPhone/iPod touch
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Live Documents Screenshots - The Replica of Microsoft Office 2007
Chris Kohler / Wired News:
How to Score a Wii This Christmas
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Bruce Schneier Blazes Through Your Questions
Tony Smith / The Register:
Is Apple coding Leopard to run Windows apps natively?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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