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3:45 AM ET, December 11, 2007


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Mrn / iPod Touch Mods:
VoIP confirmed!!!  —  Amazing news, guys!  I have no words!  We all knew it will come.  —  So here it is:  —  eok did manage to make the Nintendo DS-based SIP app from Samuel running on the iPod Touch!!  —  Samuel's page here:  —  His SW does use pjsip from
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Breaking: VOIP on iPod touch  —  Remember Marian, the guy who's building a preamped mic [mike] for the iPod touch?  Today he writes that touch hacker eok has ported Samuel's SvSIP to the iPod.  SvSIP uses the SIP protocol to connect to other participants and to allow you to talk over WiFi.
Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
In Test, Canadian ISP Splices Itself Into Google Homepage  —  A screen shot posted to the web over the weekend seems to show that Canada's largest provider of high-speed internet access is exploring a controversial data substitution technique that lets it add its own content to the webpages customers visit.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Jaxtr Racks Up Over 5 Million Users In Under 5 Months  —  Social communications startup Jaxtr has been experiencing some pretty amazing growth.  They've attracted over 5 million users in under 5 months (140 days).  It's a ten fold increase in users since they reported 500,000 users in July.
Discussion: Mashable!
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Alternative phone company Jaxtr says it has grown to 5 million users  —  This is a pretty fast growth rate and it suggests that people are willing to learn a new way to make phone calls in order to get around long-distance fees, as with Skype.  —  Jaxtr Grows 10-Fold to 5 Million Registered Members in 140 Days
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Launches AskEraser Giving Searches Ability To Search Anonymously  — has launched AskEraser, giving searchers the ability to search anonymously. told us about this tool back in July, and six months later, it's now live for all searchers to use.
Miguel Helft / New York Times: Puts a Bet on Privacy  —  Will privacy sell?  — is betting it will.  The fourth-largest search engine company will begin a service today called AskEraser, which allows users to make their searches more private.  — and other major search engines like Google …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
YouTube Partner Program Opens to All; Chocolate Rain Guy Gets Ad Deal  —  Tay Zonday, the young man behind the Chocolate Rain song and megameme, is among 100 YouTube power users selected to be added to the YouTube Partners program - the site's ad revenue sharing plan for high quality, original content.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Are You a Video Sensation? YouTube Wants to Give You Money
"Cloudbook" UMPC to run Googlish Linux  —  Everex has confirmed plans to ship a UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) with a 7-inch screen, similar to competitor Asus's EEE PC.  A source close to the company revealed that the device — codenamed "Cloudbook" — will ship with the Google Apps-oriented "gOS" Linux distribution early next year.
Associated Press:
Vudu to Offer HD Movies Online  —  Vudu Video Company to Offer HD Movies Online Same Day They're Released in DVD  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In a major shift in movie distribution, a high-definition version of the hit "The Bourne Ultimatum" will be released through Vudu Inc.'s online service Tuesday — the same day the DVD comes out.
Discussion: ParisLemon
James Quintana Pearce /
Universal Offers HD Movie For Download On Vudu At The Same Time As DVD
Discussion: CNET and Electronista
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple Confirms iPhone Sales Limit Raised from Two to Five  —  The rumor late last week was that Apple had quietly bumped up the sales limit on iPhones from two to five both here in the U.S. and U.K.  —  After much speculation over the weekend, an Apple representative told EPICENTER on Monday morning that this is indeed the case.
Dutch government threatens to sideline Microsoft  —  Proposed legislation that would mandate the use of the Open Document Format (ODF) across the entire Dutch government has infuriated Microsoft.  A group promoting open standards sees no threat, however, and has invited Microsoft to join its ranks.
Elena Malykhina / InformationWeek:
MIcrosoft Launches Ads On MSN Mobile  —  When mobile users visit Microsoft's MSN Mobile Web page on their cell phone and smartphone browsers, they'll see banner and text ads.  —  Microsoft on Monday began displaying mobile advertising to MSN Mobile customers for the first time …
Discussion: and MarketingVOX
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell Latitude XT tablet hands-on  —  We spent a few minutes with the brand new Dell Latitude XT and we have to say, as far as tablets (and especially Dells) go, this thing is top-tier.  Some thoughts:  — The whole machine's decked in a ThinkPad-esque soft touch finish …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Symantec posts new Norton AntiVirus version for Leopard  —  Symantec today announced an update to Norton AntiVirus for the Mac that brings a new "Vulnerability Protection" feature, improved performance, and a redesigned UI that only a blind kindergartner could love.
Discussion: PC World and MacUser
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft (MSFT) To Serve Ads For  —  One tiny victory for Microsoft in the online ad wars.  It's replaced DoubleClick (soon to be Google's DoubleClick, of course) as's ad partner.  NBC U and Microsoft, of course, have deep ties: they are 50-50 venture partners in …
Microsoft:   Microsoft and CNBC Join Forces on Advertising Syndication
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Scheme to Destroy Your Competition with RivalMap  —  In December 2006, we reviewed a product called Competitious that helps businesses keep track of competitors by aggregating website traffic data and blog posts about them.  Today, the same company behind Competitious has released …
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Google Needs to Stop Being a Crybaby About Paid Links
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
TV to make its debut on iTunes Canada this week
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Larry Elliott Sarah Boseley / Guardian:
Brown calls on Google to help world's poor
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Media player users beware: more vulns ahead
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OPENhulu: setting Hulu's videos free?
David Kaplan /
In Hi-Def DVD Wars, Warners' Choice May Tip It in Blu-Ray's Favor, Once And For All
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Social Shopping Experience Wins Best Invention of 2007
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Fifty Percent of Japanese Bestsellers Typed On a Cellphone
Linux group moves ahead with Android alternative
Discussion: CrunchGear and LiPS Forum
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Invests in SEM-Automator Kenshoo
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebMetricsGuru
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Dude, My Bad: Buyers Forgive Facebook
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Nobel Laureate Says The Internet Makes Us Dumb, We Say: Meh
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NYTimes Surges, CNet Slumps
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Apple Ultra-Portable MacBook Rumor Roundup
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