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11:50 PM ET, December 11, 2007

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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why I Stopped Using Twitter  —  There's a lot of Twitter hype in the blogosphere today, and I've contributed plenty of my own Twitter hype in the past.  So I thought it would be a good opportunity to offer some anti-hype, derived from my own experience using Twitter — an explanation of why I STOPPED using Twitter.
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Some Conversations have shifted to Twitter  —  Twitter is one of the top referrers of traffic to my blog, over 2000 referrers from twitter to my blog in the last 30 days...there's something happening there.  —  I've also noticed and increase of new users over the past 30 days, feel free to add me as a friend, I will add you back.
Darmano / Logic+Emotion:   Why is Twitter Exploding? Because it's A Conversation Ecosystem.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBCU: SanDisk Fanfare = Our New iTunes Store  —  On the heels of NBC U's download deal with SanDisk, we spoke to NBC U president of digital distribution, Jean-Briac "JB" Perrette about what SanDisk offered that iTunes wouldn't and the prevailing view at NBC U on downloads vs. streaming.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forget the SanDisk Deal, NBC Direct Will Soon Have Free Downloads in HD
Discussion: Lost Remote
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet.  The TV.  —  Here's how to finally bring them together.  —  Millions of people love watching Internet video on their PCs.  So why can't the technology industry figure out how to get them to watch Internet video on their television sets?  —  It isn't for lack of trying.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
'Here Comes Another Bubble' Takedown!  —  So, it turns out YouTube actually can protect copyright!  —  In this case, that's too bad, since the video-sharing service just took down the very popular music video parody called "Here Comes Another Bubble," by San Francisco's Richter Scales …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Those CD rips of yours are still "unauthorized"  —  Those MP3 and AAC files that you've ripped from your CD collection are still "unauthorized copies" in the eyes of the recording industry.  In a brief filed late last week, the RIAA said that the MP3 files on a PC owned by a file-sharing defendant …
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Kevin / NotebookReview.com:
Microsoft Offers Free Copy of Windows Vista Ultimate if you Surrender Privacy  —  Need a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate?  Are you incredibly trusting of big corporations?  Well I have the deal for you, with a new program through Microsoft called the Windows Feedback Program.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Snag Vista Ultimate for free, in exchange for your privacy
Discussion: WebProNews and CyberNet
Jason Szep / Reuters:
"w00t" crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - "w00t," an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary.  —  Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said "w00t" — typically spelled with two zeros …
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Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Porn producer sues YouTube knockoff  —  PornoTube and its parent firm are accused of profiting from piracy.  —  A major porn producer filed a lawsuit Monday against an X-rated knockoff of YouTube, alleging that it profited from piracy by allowing its users to post videos that include copyrighted material.
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Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Sprint to soft-launch WiMAX before Christmas  —  Within the week, Sprint will turn live its WiMAX networks in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C., Sprint officials said today.  The soft launch will extend only to Sprint employees and is intended to prepare the networks for a broader customer trial in the first quarter.
Moo Money / Massively:
[UPDATED] Was Cory Linden fired, or did he quit?  —  I've been hearing rumors about one of Second Life's dear leaders, Cory Linden (aka Cory Ondrejka), Linden Lab's CTO.  Apparently he didn't see eye to eye with Philip Linden (aka Philip Rosedale), LL's CEO, about the engineering direction.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Failed WGA checks lead to a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits  —  As part of its global antipiracy efforts, Microsoft announced today that it has filed 52 lawsuits around the world and referred another 22 cases to law enforcement agencies in 22 different countries.
Market Wire:
The Carlyle Group and H.I.G. Ventures Make $20 Million Investment in REVShare  —  A Pioneer in Results-Based Advertising, REVShare Provides Unique Bid Technology for Television Industry  —  Global private equity firm The Carlyle Group and H.I.G. Ventures today announced they co-led …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Second Stage Of The Radiohead Experiment  —  Certainly an awful lot has been written about Radiohead's experiments with new business models, but it's starting to crank up again, as the band gets ready to release the new album on CD.  While some fans felt "betrayed" by this …
Discussion: Reuters
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Some turbulence for JetBlue's in-flight e-mail  —  Special thanks to my editors for posting this.  I've filed it in-flight via e-mail.  —  I'm typing this somewhere over Louisville, Ky. (or so the "live map" on my seat monitor tells me) on board JetBlue flight 641, a New York-to-San Francisco flight …
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Penthouse Buys Group of Social-Networking Sites  —  While the influx of free and low-cost video has hurt the sale of pornographic videos, the chief executive of the Penthouse Media Group remains so bullish on the sex-related entertainment industry that he is investing $500 million in a group of social networking sites.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Invests in Bill Me Later
Deirdre McMurdy / National Post:
Canadian netroots rise up against Tory copyright plans
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Edgeio Bids Start At $250,000
InfoWorld:
Study says mobile content ready to explode in India
Discussion: mocoNews.net
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
YouTube Democratizes Its Ad Revenue-Sharing Program, With Limits
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Iran builds supercomputer with illegal AMD chips
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Chambers: Older workers, don't despair
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MTVN Tries To Streamline Multiplatform Ad Sales Again With Digital Fusion
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Update: AT&T: U-Verse Available To 30 Million Homes in 2010 …
InfoWorld:
DNS attack could signal Phishing 2.0
Discussion: The Register
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft starts rolling out public XP SP3 test build
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
UPOP "PMP" treads dangerously close to UMPC territory
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Arrives Early
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Microsoft: users don't want to own downloadable movies
Discussion: Gizmodo and VideoGamer.com
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Study: High-speed Internet helps cool the planet
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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