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7:40 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.
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.
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 …
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
The Next Social Network: WordPress  —  Could open-source blogging platform WordPress serve as your next social networking profile?  Chris Messina, co-founder of Citizen Agency, thinks so.  He's started a project called DiSo, for distributed social networking, that aims to "build a social network with its skin inside out."
Maryanne Murray Buechner / Time:
50 Top 10 Lists of 2007  —  Top 10 Gadgets  —  #1. Apple iPhone  —  The iPhone changed the way we think about how mobile media devices should look, feel and perform.  The design is exceptional inside and out: It's got a slick glass-and-stainless steel case and an elegant touch screen loaded with eye candy.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forget the SanDisk Deal, NBC Direct Will Soon Have Free Downloads in HD  —  While NBC Universal is making deals left and right to try to make up for the fact that it is no longer distributing its digital TV shows through iTunes, don't get distracted by all the small-fry announcements.
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: Joystiq and Digg
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Mahalo takes a step forward with human-powered search engine  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis, CEO of Mahalo, believes that humans can outwit the machines.  This is not a replay of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Terminator" movies.  Rather, Mahalo is a search engine that is powered by human judgment, known in Web 2.0 circles as "curation."
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
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Toshiba's New Secondary Battery Squashed ... No Explosion, Fire ... Why?  [Video]  —  Kouji Kariatsumari, Nikkei Electronics  —  Toshiba Corp developed a Li-ion secondary battery "SCiB (Super Charge ion Battery)."  The life cycle of the new battery is more than 10 years even if it is rapidly charged and discharged many times.
Discussion: Engadget and Tech Blog
Commodore 64 celebrates its 25th anniversary  —  An Apple II PC being sold by Commodore International in 1982?  It came very close to happening, but luckily for Apple, Commodore rejected the idea, instead going with its revolutionary Commodore 64.  —  Apple was one of the companies …
Discussion: CNET
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Developer platforms: Friendster, Bebo, LinkedIn aren't waiting for Open Social  —  Friendster and Bebo are joining LinkedIn as the latest large social networks to open their web sites to outside developers.  —  Like Facebook, and a recent effort led by Google to do something similar with its …
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
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.
NBC refunds advertisers as ratings plunge  —  NEW YORK (Media Week) - Fourth-ranked broadcaster NBC has quietly begun reimbursing advertisers an average of $500,000 each for failing to reach guaranteed ratings levels, the first time a network has taken such a step in years, media buyers said.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Yahoo Deal Adds Content From CNBC
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hey, HP laptop owners: click here to get hijacked
John Oram / Inquirer:
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Music Blog Community Links With Rhapsody, Integrates RNWK Service
Moo Money / Massively:
[UPDATED] Was Cory Linden fired, or did he quit?
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
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Second Stage Of The Radiohead Experiment
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MTVN Tries To Streamline Multiplatform Ad Sales Again With Digital Fusion
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Sprint to soft-launch WiMAX before Christmas
DNS attack could signal Phishing 2.0
Discussion: The Register
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
'Here Comes Another Bubble' Takedown!
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Failed WGA checks lead to a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits