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1:25 PM 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.
Mathew /
News flash: I agree with Seth Finkelstein
Discussion: IP Democracy
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Canadian ISP Modifies Google Homepage, Raises Spectre Of Net Neutrality Again
Discussion: Traffick
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).
Andrew Lookingbill / Google LatLong:
Enjoy the holidays with new Street View cities and embeddable panoramas
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Get ready for your close-up
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
NBC Jumps Into SanDisk's Fanfare TV Download Service [Digital Downloads]  —  NBC Jumps Into SanDisk's Fanfare TV Download Service  —  Though you can no longer buy episodes of "The Office," "Heroes" or "30 Rock" on iTunes, you will be able to purchase them in January from SanDisk's Fanfare service.
Discussion: Electronista and
Business Wire:
NBC Universal to Provide TV Content for SanDisk's Web-Based Service Fanfare™
Reuters:   NBC to provide TV shows for SanDisk service
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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times: Puts a Bet on Privacy  —  Will privacy sell?  — 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.  — and other major search engines like Google …
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.
Discussion: Logic+Emotion
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
His Royal Steveness a Late Entry for 2007's Best-Dressed Lists [Nobel Steve]  —  Dear Steve, I knew you could do it— get away from that zen-inspired "one single look means one minute in the closet" sartorial philosophy.  But a shirt and tie?  Oh, my son, you look positively ravishing.
Lester Haines / The Register:
Smut vid outfit sues PornoTube  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar - Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  A major producer of adult videos yesterday filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court against YouTube clone PornoTube for "allowing its users to post videos that include copyrighted material".
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Offers Pulse Plugin For Outlook  —  Plaxo has announced a new plugin that brings Plaxo Pulse to Microsoft Outlook.  —  Plaxo is claiming the new service is "historic;" its an extremely long stretch but this isn't to say that the functionality isn't interesting.
Discussion: Compiler, Computerworld and Mashable!
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 …
Deserting real life  —  The appeal of online virtual worlds such as Second Life is such that it may trigger an exodus of people seeking to "disappear from reality," an expert on large-scale online games has said.  —  Virtual worlds have seen huge growth since they became mainstream …
Live with Phil:
mobile messenger goes live  —  After the recent release of our Live ID creation and the new Windows Live services we have just released an updated version of Windows Live Messenger for mobile that will work on pretty much all phones.  Its been in beta for a while now and its ready for prime time use now …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
Control Pro Tools with an iPhone or iPod Touch  —  Alex le Lievre has built what looks like an insane custom controller for Pro Tools LE using an iPhone.  He seems to have mimicked the look and feel of Pro Tools so successfully that some called the results a fake.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Those CD rips of yours are still "unauthorized"
Discussion: TechSpot News
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Evolution of Personal Publishing
Discussion: Changing Way and A VC
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft Office SP1 available for download
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Future-safe archives  —  I just woke up in Paris, it's 5:34AM here …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google's PageRank Works Like Our Brains
Rick Broida / CNET
Add voice dialing to your Treo or Centro
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google, Search Drives Health, Travel Traffic
Business Wire: Enhances Payment Options with Bill Me Later
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kosmix riases $10M more for search sites in health, autos, more
First year Apple TV sales fall below expectations
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Todd Biske
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Tiny, fake iPod Touch for $109
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Tech Blog
Kdawson / Slashdot:
RIAA Argues That MP3s From CDs Are Unauthorized
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Vudu adds TV shows
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Amateur Time Hackers Play With Atomic Clocks at Home
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
PageRank wrecked the web
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FolderShare AutoDeletes Files. Whoops
Discussion: Zoli's Blog