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1:55 AM ET, December 5, 2007


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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.
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.
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 …
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.
Mathew /   Technorati: Too little, too late?
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Google To Take Choice Away From Humans, Er, Advertisers
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.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Facilitates Data Exchange Between Tenants
Discussion: CNET and Zoli's Blog
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: Business Wire and RIApedia
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.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Scobleizer
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.
Andrew Pearlman / Compete Blog:
Fact or  More Time Spent Than Social Networks  —  Believe it or not, based on the top 100 domains (unique visitors) has the fourth highest average time spent per user.  That's right, they beat out Facebook, MySpace, Google, Yahoo! and MSN.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET
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 …
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Chris Kohler / Wired News:
How to Score a Wii This Christmas
Discussion: TV Snob and Go Nintendo
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Bruce Schneier Blazes Through Your Questions
Tony Smith / The Register:
Is Apple coding Leopard to run Windows apps natively?
Discussion: The Open Road
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
Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft launches FeedSync for data synchronization via feeds …
Associated Press:
Dun & Bradstreet Buys
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
SAP's iPhone Software, No Sale to Microsoft; Other News
Austin Modine / The Register:
Microsoft kills Santa Claus
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
ASUS: We'll Sell 3.8 Million Eees in 2008, Some with Windows
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Gadgetell
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DoJ says $222,000 damages in Capitol v. Thomas trial not unconstitutional
Discussion: Computerworld and Gizmodo
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Social-networking company Visible Path to be acquired
Globe and Mail:
Passport applicant finds massive privacy breach
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LA Times invests in Mixx, integrates social news site