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1:15 AM ET, December 11, 2007

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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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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Breaking: VOIP on iPod touch  —  Remember Marian, the guy who's building a preamped mic [mike] for the iPod touch?  Today he writes that touch hacker eok has ported Samuel's SvSIP to the iPod.  SvSIP uses the SIP protocol to connect to other participants and to allow you to talk over WiFi.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
YouTube Partner Program Opens to All; Chocolate Rain Guy Gets Ad Deal  —  Tay Zonday, the young man behind the Chocolate Rain song and megameme, is among 100 YouTube power users selected to be added to the YouTube Partners program - the site's ad revenue sharing plan for high quality, original content.
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Are You a Video Sensation? YouTube Wants to Give You Money
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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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Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Google Hijacked — Major ISP to Intercept and Modify Web Pages  —  Update (December 10, 2007 3:30 PM PST): Rogers has now publicly confirmed the activities described below.  —  Greetings.  Please observe closely the image to your left, showing the home page for Google Canada …
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  —  This is a pretty fast growth rate and it suggests that people are willing to learn a new way to make phone calls in order to get around long-distance fees, as with Skype.  —  Jaxtr Grows 10-Fold to 5 Million Registered Members in 140 Days
LinuxDevices.com:
"Cloudbook" UMPC to run Googlish Linux  —  Everex has confirmed plans to ship a UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) with a 7-inch screen, similar to competitor Asus's EEE PC.  A source close to the company revealed that the device — codenamed "Cloudbook" — will ship with the Google Apps-oriented "gOS" Linux distribution early next year.
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple Confirms iPhone Sales Limit Raised from Two to Five  —  The rumor late last week was that Apple had quietly bumped up the sales limit on iPhones from two to five both here in the U.S. and U.K.  —  After much speculation over the weekend, an Apple representative told EPICENTER on Monday morning that this is indeed the case.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Launches AskEraser Giving Searches Ability To Search Anonymously  —  Ask.com has launched AskEraser, giving searchers the ability to search anonymously.  Ask.com told us about this tool back in July, and six months later, it's now live for all searchers to use.
Macworld:
Dutch government threatens to sideline Microsoft  —  Proposed legislation that would mandate the use of the Open Document Format (ODF) across the entire Dutch government has infuriated Microsoft.  A group promoting open standards sees no threat, however, and has invited Microsoft to join its ranks.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Symantec posts new Norton AntiVirus version for Leopard  —  Symantec today announced an update to Norton AntiVirus for the Mac that brings a new "Vulnerability Protection" feature, improved performance, and a redesigned UI that only a blind kindergartner could love.
Discussion: PC World and MacUser
James Quintana Pearce / paidContent.org:
Universal Offers HD Movie For Download On Vudu At The Same Time As DVD  —  Universal Pictures is testing the sale of downloadable HD versions of a movie the same day the DVD is released—digital movies to TV service Vudu will offer a HD version of The Bourne Ultimatum on Tuesday, the same day as the DVD comes out reports AP.
Discussion: Electronista and Associated Press
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NYTimes Surges, CNet Slumps  —  Ever since the NYTimes.com swept away the last remaining boulders of its subscription pay wall (aka Times Select) in mid-September, its traffic has been going through the roof.  According to comScore, it gained 7.5 million readers worldwide from the end …
 
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Larry Elliott Sarah Boseley / Guardian:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Media player users beware: more vulns ahead
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Mendelson Tiu / Hardware:
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
In Hi-Def DVD Wars, Warners' Choice May Tip It in Blu-Ray's Favor, Once And For All
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Fifty Percent of Japanese Bestsellers Typed On a Cellphone
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Coming Soon To NewTeeVee: 'Scoop' About Tiny Startups?
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Invests in SEM-Automator Kenshoo
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Nobel Laureate Says The Internet Makes Us Dumb, We Say: Meh
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Apple Ultra-Portable MacBook Rumor Roundup
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