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4:15 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
Darmano / Logic+Emotion:   Why is Twitter Exploding? Because it's A Conversation Ecosystem.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Digg
Rich Brown / CNET
A new face in HTPCs  —  When we first opened the PDF containing the concept images of Omaura's concept TT chassis, we thought for a second it was a large, TV-stand-ready all-in-one PC whose display had a seriously distorted aspect ratio.  We'll confess to a little disappointment once we realized …
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.
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Online, in touch, up to speed: UK's social network obsessives are European leaders  —  One in four UK adults do it 23 times a month.  And Britons do it more often than anyone else in world, except for Canadians.  The obsession is with social networking, which according to a report published today …
Discussion: The Open Road
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Is All This Talk Of 'Open' Just Lip Service?  —  Open, open, open.  It's the buzzword of the moment in mobile, thanks to the likes of Google and Verizon.  Operators are talking about how they're open, how they want to foster innovation and new business models, and how they love openness and so on.
Bruce Meyerson / Business Week:
Why Wireless Isn't Wide Open
Discussion: Ars Technica and
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: Computerworld and Infinite Loop
John Oram / Inquirer:
Asian outfits to enter scrap for 700MHz spectrum  —  THE WALL STREET Journal said at least four Asian mobile providers are eying the U.S. 700MHz auction.  —  The real draw for them is the potential for huge piles of wonga from selling enhanced features.  —  One of the gang of four is NTT Docomo USA …
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 and New World Notes
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: WebProNews and CyberNet
PR Newswire:
The Venus by LG Gets Dressed Up in Pink for Verizon Wireless  —  The Venus features a 2.0 megapixel camera, VZ Navigator(SM) capability, a microSD(TM) memory slot that can support up to 8 GB of additional memory, and dual-screen displays, the lower with touch navigation.
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 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.
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.
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Maryanne Murray Buechner / Time:
50 Top 10 Lists of 2007  —  Top 10 Gadgets  —  #1. Apple iPhone
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Invests in Bill Me Later
Market Wire:
The Carlyle Group and H.I.G. Ventures Make $20 Million Investment in REVShare
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Edgeio Bids Start At $250,000
Study says mobile content ready to explode in India
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Iran builds supercomputer with illegal AMD chips
Discussion: InformationWeek and Gearlog
Chambers: Older workers, don't despair
Discussion: CNET
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Second Stage Of The Radiohead Experiment
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
David Kaplan /
MTVN Tries To Streamline Multiplatform Ad Sales Again With Digital Fusion
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Some turbulence for JetBlue's in-flight e-mail
DNS attack could signal Phishing 2.0
Discussion: The Register
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Failed WGA checks lead to a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits
Peter Galli /
Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Arrives Early
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Porn Company Vivid Sues Its Own Customer Over Copyright
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Those CD rips of yours are still "unauthorized"
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Future-safe archives  —  I just woke up in Paris, it's 5:34AM here …