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1:20 AM ET, December 12, 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forget the SanDisk Deal, NBC Direct Will Soon Have Free Downloads in HD
Discussion: Lost Remote
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
SanDisk Gives NBCU What Apple Wouldn't: Pricing Flexibility
Discussion: PC Magazine
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: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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 …
Kevin /
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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Snag Vista Ultimate for free, in exchange for your privacy
Discussion: CyberNet and WebProNews
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Porn Company Vivid Sues Its Own Customer Over Copyright  —  One of the world's largest adult film creators, Vivid Entertainment Group, has had enough of free porn site, and is taking legal action against it.  Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California …
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.
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 …
Staci D. Kramer /
Music Blog Community Links With Rhapsody, Integrates RNWK Service  —  Music blog community is integrating with Rhapsody from RealNetworks, (NSDQ: RNWK) adding the equivalent of another dimension by allowing bloggers and users to listen to, search for and share music.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
SWsoft renames itself Parallels  —  SWsoft, a start-up selling the Virtuozzo server virtualization software, has renamed itself Parallels after a product line better known among consumers that lets Windows run on Intel-based Macs.  —  "When we talk to partners, media, analysts, the channel …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Chambers: Older workers, don't despair  —  Social networking is coming to enterprises, but that doesn't mean the twentysomethings are taking over, Cisco Systems Chairman and CEO John Chambers said Tuesday.  —  Kicking off the company's annual C-Scape analyst conference in San Jose, California …
Discussion: CNET
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Edgeio Bids Start At $250,000  —  The assets of classified listing service Edgeio, a company co-founded by TechCrunch Editor Michael Arrington that joined the Deadpool last week, are on the market.  —  Interested parties can register to bid at Domain-Tools here.  Bidding starts at $250,000 and bidders must pre-register to bid.
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David Kaplan /
YouTube Democratizes Its Ad Revenue-Sharing Program, With Limits
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Iran builds supercomputer with illegal AMD chips
Discussion: Gearlog
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Second Stage Of The Radiohead Experiment
Discussion: Reuters
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MTVN Tries To Streamline Multiplatform Ad Sales Again With Digital Fusion
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Update: AT&T: U-Verse Available To 30 Million Homes in 2010 …
DNS attack could signal Phishing 2.0
Discussion: The Register
Peter Galli /
Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Arrives Early
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Microsoft: users don't want to own downloadable movies
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