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4:50 PM ET, December 15, 2007

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Lewis Wallace / Wired News:
Why Lane Hartwell Popped the 'Here Comes Another Bubble' Video  —  When one of Lane Hartwell's photographs showed up without her permission in a popular viral video, she wasn't flattered.  She was frustrated.  —  Hartwell's frustration quickly morphed into action.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Wikipedia Competitor Being Tested by Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is testing a new Web service intended to become a repository of knowledge from experts on various topics, one that could turn into a competitor to Wikipedia and other sites.  —  If it attracts a following …
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
PSP is so last year; Fanboys build "Xbox Live Portable System"  —  It might not be the sleek cutting-edge portable console that you'd expect when you hear "portable Xbox," but it's definitely guaranteed to turn heads.  For better or worse, we guess.  Two Xbox fanboys have mobilized Halo 3 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Tech Blog
Chrix Finne / Official Google Reader Blog:
Reader and Talk are Friends! … One of my favorite uses for Reader is to share interesting stuff with my friends.  I click "Share" whenever I find an interesting item, be it hilarious or serious.  This way, all my friends can subscribe to my shared items (and I to theirs) …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Reader Integrates Google's Stealth Social Net: The Address Book  —  The trusty address book in your Gmail account (assuming you have one) is actually much more than just a simple database of names and contact info.  It's Google's stealth social network.  The reason is that the search engine …
Discussion: WinExtra and Scobleizer
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter takes a break, we're awake, and wondering...  There's a big yellow bar on the Twitter home page today saying it will be down for maintenence betw 10AM and 10PM today.  I haven't heard any grumbling about this, but it's worth a bit of a grumble.  —  What other basic form of communication goes down for 12 hours at a time?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent, A Boon To Independent Filmmakers  —  Today, several of the top movies on BitTorrent sites such as mininova are independent films produced by small movie studios.  "The Man from Earth" and "Day Zero" are two recent examples of films that became known to a wide audience thanks to BitTorrent.
Discussion: Digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Upcoming FireWire spec revs things up to 3.2Gbps  —  USB 3.0 really threw down this September with a theoretical max throughput of 4Gbps, but it looks like FireWire isn't going down without a fight.  The latest and greatest FireWire version, dubbed "S3200" by those creatives up in marketing …
Discussion: Electronista
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile Turns Off Twitter?  —  Reports alleging T-Mobile has shut off Twitter for their customers are rolling in.  Complaints have surfaced on T-Mobile's user forum on Satisfaction as well as several other personal blogs and forums.  A T-Mobile representative replied to a customer's service request with this email:
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Grant McCracken / This Blog Sits at the:
FIRE FOXES, FIRE EAGLES, FIRE DOGS: MYTH IN A NEW MEDIA WORLD  —  This morning I found myself thinking about Fire Eagle, the new GPS status casting site coming this fall from Yahoo.  What, I wanted to know, is a "fire eagle"?  —  Then I start thinking about Firefox.
Jon / p2pnet:
Snocap melting away  —  DRM:- Rumors are swirling about about the pending demise of digital music vendor Snocap.  —  Articles mention a "sale", but more likely it will be a shuttering and quiet bankruptcy.  —  Snocap represents a commonplace occurrence in the music business …
Discussion: GigaOM and Slashdot
Bloomberg:
Nortel Claims Vonage Violates Internet-Phone Patents  —  Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) — Nortel Networks Corp., North America's biggest maker of telecommunications equipment, claimed Vonage Holdings Corp. is infringing 12 patents covering technology used in managing telephone data.
Podcasting News:
The 2007 Holiday Guide To iCr@p  —  Warning: Division by zero in /homepages/26/d137921385/htdocs/ podcastingnews/content/wp-content/ plugins/tla_86582.php on line 407  —  The holidays are upon us, and you know what that means; it's time for the second annual Podcasting News Guide to iCrap.
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
Canalys, Symbian: Apple iPhone Already Leads Windows Mobile in US Market Share, Q3 2007  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  In its first full quarter of sales, the iPhone has already climbed past Microsoft's entire lineup of Windows Mobile smartphones in North America, according to figures compiled by Canalys and published by Symbian.
Discussion: IntoMobile and jkOnTheRun
 
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Discussion: Gizmodo
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S&M blogger outs web host malware attack
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