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12:50 PM 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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google updates iPhone interface; ties apps together
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Google Talk Says Hello to AIM [Instant Messaging]
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 …
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.
Digimarc (DMRC):
Nielsen and Digimarc Launch Service to Identify and Manage Internet Distribution of Media Content  —  Nielsen Digital Media Manager Will Allow Industry to Enforce Copyrights and Monetize Value of Online Video  —  The Nielsen Company and Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Digital Trends
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Nielsen To Police Web With Anti-Piracy Watermarking Scheme [Watching The Watcher]
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Search Headlines & Links: December 4, 2007  —  Want a snapshot of the day's search marketing news?  Here we've collected today's top news stories posted to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with search-related headlines from around the Web:  —  From the SEW Blog:  — Google Launches Local PlusBox
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.
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
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
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 …
BBC:
20% of French iPhones unlocked  —  Mobile phone company Orange has said 20% of customers who have bought iPhones from it in France have opted for unlocked ones.  —  Orange sold the popular Apple product for 399 euros (£288) with a two-year contract, or 749 euros without one.
Discussion: PDA and iLounge
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 …
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia sees a good future for Nokia
adCenter Blog:
Register for the adCenter Add-in Beta for Excel 2007
Electronista:
Director: Microsoft fueling HD wars
Discussion: Slashdot
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Police Blotter: Verizon forced to turn over text messages
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Blognation Meltdown: Writers Never Paid, Promises Not Kept
Stuart Dredge / Tech Digest:
Get yourself a 3D mobile secretary
Nokia:
Classically designed and fully featured Nokia 6263 now available at T-Mobile USA
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Youths who lost homes in wildfires given iPods
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Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Thoughts on Seth Godin's keynote at SES
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Justice Department sides with RIAA against Jammie Thomas
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Interviews: Jeff Weiner, EVP & Scott Moore; SVP: Super Mass vs. Super Niche
Discussion: Valleywag
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast (CMCSA): Economy Declining Since Q3
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Live Documents Screenshots - The Replica of Microsoft Office 2007
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