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10:50 AM ET, December 11, 2007

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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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
News flash: I agree with Seth Finkelstein  —  Plenty of people, including Wired's Threat Level blog and my friend Leigh, are up in arms about the fact that Rogers (a major Internet service provider, for you non-Canadians) is inserting messages to its customers on top of web pages such as the Google home page.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   ISP Inserts Its Own Messages Into Google
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 …
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Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Latitude XT Details  —  Lots of folks have been waiting for us to release more details on the Latitude XT Tablet PC.  My first brief post about it has received more than 400 comments and has gone on to become the #1 most viewed post in Direct2Dell's history.
Dell:
Dell Adds New Touch to Tablet PCs
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Street View Images for Dallas, Detroit and Other 6 Cities  —  Every two or three months Google adds new cities to Street View.  This time Google included eight new cities from the US: Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Boston, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Providence (all of them are in the top 150 US cities by population).
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Get ready for your close-up  —  Google's acclaimed, criticized Street View bears down on Boston  —  Google Inc.'s controversial Street View feature, which offers 360-degree, street-level images of urban life so clear that passersby often can be identified, is set to make its Boston debut this morning.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ask.com Puts a Bet on Privacy  —  Will privacy sell?  —  Ask.com 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.  —  Ask.com and other major search engines like Google …
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Ask.com plays to people's privacy concerns with AskEraser …
Discussion: Valleywag
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac:
15 Billion dollars, Apple?  Someone is doing some Christmas shopping  —  So it came out last week that Apple had been saving a bit of money.  They are likely going to buy something and the internet blew up with ideas on what that should be.  Ars came up with Adobe, Tivo, Nintendo.
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Vudu adds TV shows  —  The previously movie-only Vudu now offers some TV episodes as well  —  When we reviewed the Vudu back in September, we said "only feature films are available, but Vudu says that TV shows are on the roadmap."  Vudu made good on that pledge today, adding 12 TV shows to its content roster.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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BBC:
Rice and laptops  —  Criticism of plans to get technology into the developing world is misplaced, says Bill Thompson.  —  One of the best things about being on the World Service radio programme Digital Planet each week is that I get to hear about interesting technologies from many different countries …
Skrentablog:
PageRank wrecked the web  —  Two years later and rel=nofollow is still bugging folks.  —  Google needs YOUR help  —  It's still bugging me, too.  It doesn't make any sense.  —  Bad linking hurts everybody  —  Google couldn't seriously be asking webmasters to tag which of their links …
Discussion: WebProNews and Michael Gray
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FolderShare AutoDeletes Files.  Whoops  —  One of the favorite things I like to hear from developers when some horrible and embarrassing bug manifests itself is "It's a feature not a bug."  It's a joke of course, but it's unlikely Microsoft developers will be doing any joking around as they try …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Tiny, fake iPod Touch for $109  —  Want an iPod Touch without all that pesky multi-touch?  Want what is essentially a low-end PDA stuck in a case that kind of looks cool and has a 1.3-megapixel camera?  Want something that will inevitably disappoint you?  Pick up the 4GB Optimus Touch …
Discussion: Electronista and Tech Blog
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Napster's CFO Set To Leave  —  If the CFO of a highly successful company were to quit for "personal reasons," an eyebrow or two might need to be raised.  But Nand Gangwani, the CFO of Napster, is stepping down, and, well, there you have it.  —  At $2.36 per share, Napster's stock is not the sort …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Paula Musich / eWEEK.com:
Juniper Opens Router OS to Developers  —  Juniper Networks opens its router operating system to third-party developers such as telcos and service providers.  —  Juniper Networks on Dec. 10 announced its intent to open up its modular JUNOS router operating system to third-party development …
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: svsip.free.fr  —  His SW does use pjsip from pjsip.org.
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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!
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Alternative phone company Jaxtr says it has grown to 5 million users
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
 
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