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3:30 PM ET, December 12, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoble To Leave PodTech, Heading For Fast Company  —  Famous blogger Robert Scoble will be leaving his current job at PodTech in mid January, he says.  He will likely be joining Fast Company to start Fast Company TV.  —  Scoble was with PodTech for just a year and a half.
Times of London:
Microsoft swoop hands Multimap founder $25m  —  The deal, understood to be worth about $50 million, expands Microsoft's fast-growing footprint in web and mobile advertising  —  Microsoft has agreed to buy Multimap, the privately-owned British company that is snapping at the heels of Google's dominance in online mapping services.
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PR Newswire:
Microsoft Acquires One of Europe's Top Online Map Services  —  Acquisition of Multimap will help Microsoft deliver new, expanded services on the Web.  —  Microsoft Corp. has acquired Multimap, one of the United Kingdom's top 100 technology companies and one of the leading online mapping services in the world.
Mark Hachman / AppScout:
Microsoft Buys Multimap, Sadly
Discussion: Electronista, WebProNews and LiveSide
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Second-gen iPhone in final phase; Apple TV update planned - report  —  After meeting with key component suppliers and manufacturers in Asia, researchers for investment bank Goldman Sachs said this week they believe Apple will introduce two revisions to the iPhone in 2008 — one minor …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Bebo to announce developer platform  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Right now I'm in a theater at San Francisco's Metreon complex, awaiting the official launch of social-networking site Bebo's "Open Application Platform."  The announcement has not yet been made, but from what I gather, this will be exactly what we think it is.
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb opens up iPhone  —  Exclusive Orb is expected to announce that it's supporting Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch in the next few days.  Orb provides access to your playlists and songs on your home PC (as well as photos, videos and TV) from anywhere.  It's Sling without the hardware …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo Adds The Social Graph To Search  —  Everyone's been talking about how the social graph is the next evolution of search.  Search 4.0.  The next step forward after Search 3.0's blended and personalized search.  Today, Mahalo is taking that next step and adding a social layer to their search results.
Discussion: Searchviews and CenterNetworks
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Mahalo takes a step forward with human-powered search engine
MovableType.org:
Movable Type Open Source  —  As of today, and forever forward, Movable Type is open source.  This means you can freely modify, redistribute, and use Movable Type for any purpose you choose.  —  Just want the details and downloads?  Skip to the bottom.  But you might like the story of how we got here.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Why do Apple customers care so much?  —  The question inevitably comes up when I meet people and they learn I write about Apple for a living: "So, what's that like?"  —  I usually answer, "It's crazy."  There perhaps has never been a more interesting time to write about Apple and its growing impact …
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.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) + CNBC Distribution Deal: Cable Screwed?  —  Yahoo and CNBC have signed a distribution deal in which Yahoo Finance will distribute a handful of CNBC clips each day.  This is a smart step for both parties, but it's also only a tiny fraction of what the two companies could and should do together.
Maryanne Murray Buechner / Time:
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft rebrands PlaysForSure to Certified For Windows Vista, confuses world  —  Microsoft's PlaysForSure DRM just took another step closer to the grave with the help of some rebranding.  Those of you with players from SanDisk, Nokia, and Creative among others, looking for compatible music from Napster …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Electronista
Simon Atkins / Apple:
Apple Announces Hit Television Programming Now Available on the iTunes Store in Canada  —  Programs from Canada's Top Networks, US Favorites & NHL Now Available on iTunes  —  Apple® today announced that hit television programming from Canada's top networks, US broadcasters and the National Hockey League …
Nokia:
Nokia PC Phone  — Note: By installing, copying, or otherwise using this software, you agree to be bound by the terms of its license.  — Give your constructive feedback and rate this application.  —  Nokia PC Phone is an experimental service that gives you a possibility to use your mobile phone with your Web Browser.
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."
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Cisco's Social Networking Strategy Comes Into Focus  —  Last February Cisco, the venerable provider of Internet backbone hardware, got its hands wet in the social networking scene by acquiring Five Across, a provider of enterprise social networking software.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
 
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Google Maps In NZ Gets Business Listings
Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Count of Proxy Votes Shows Dow Jones Holders Approving Sale
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Checkout Tries To Ring Up Market-Share Gains With Free Transactions
InfoWorld:
OpenLogic wants to count open source users - openly
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
DivX Pro for Mac free again (for some odd reason)
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Fleury's back and SOA's got him
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
United Online Pulls Classmates IPO; Stock Gets Whacked
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft yanks free Vista, Office offer
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
W00t Wins Webster's Word of the Year, Just Edges Out the Verb …
Discussion: AppScout, Techdirt and Joystiq
Anne Z / Anne Truitt Zelenka:
Scott Karp: Talking to You People is a Massive Waste of Time
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Survey: 13.6% of American homes have only cellphones
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Toolbar 5 for Internet Explorer Released
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Scrollable Google AdSense
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Zoho Show 2.0, Cleaner Look, New Features
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Helio's Ocean granted hot new native YouTube app; Downloads …
Chris Sorensen / Toronto Star:
Rogers website messages irk Google
 

 
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