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10:45 PM ET, December 15, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Misunderstanding Copyright Law And Ruining Everyone's Fun  —  So the video that everyone has been talking about is history - the victim of a bullying tactic by a photographer and her lawyer.  Once again, a perversion of copyright is being used to destroy art.
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.
Mathew /
Why Lane Hartwell is wrong  —  According to a piece at Wired, the person who got the "Here Comes Another Bubble" video pulled down from YouTube was photographer Lane Hartwell, who saw one of her images — of Valleywag writer Owen Thomas — pop up in the hilarious video from Richter Scales.
Discussion: Mashable!
New York Times:
Google Gets Ready to Rumble With Microsoft  —  A CEREBRAL computer-scientist-turned-executive, Eric E. Schmidt has spent much of his career competing uphill against Microsoft, quietly watching it outflank, outmaneuver or simply outgun most of its rivals.  —  At Sun Microsystems …
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Add more power to 10.5's screen sharing  —  One of 10.5's new features that I use quite often is the built-in screen sharing.  You can use screen sharing from iChat, which is great for family tech support, but I'm referring specifically to screen sharing in the Finder.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacUser and Digg
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Amazon removes the database scaling wall  —  When Amazon introduced S3 in March 2006 I knew I would use it and I was sure a lot of other developers would.  I saw it as a solution to a problem we all have — storage that scales up when needed, and scales down when not.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Surviving the 2008 recession  —  Recession is in the air.  It isn't here for sure, but, damn, when you pay $50 for two coffees and a tart in Paris you know your economy isn't healthy.  Add in the latest energy prices and you see we're almost definitely going to have a problem over the next year …
Discussion: Robin Good and TechWag
Coding Sanity:
REVIEW: WINDOWS XP  —  I have finally decided to take the plunge.  Last night I upgraded my Vista desktop machine to Windows XP, and this afternoon I will be doing the same to my laptop.  —  Look & Feel  —  Windows XP has quite a cartoony look and feel compared to the slick look of Aero Glass …
Jack / Twitter Blog:
T-Mobile + Twitter  —  We've been tracking a missed connection between T-Mobile and Twitter for the past few days.  If you're a T-Mobile customer using Twitter in the United States over our shortcode 40404, you may see intermittent failures (both with sending and receiving updates).
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?
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
The BBC Tinkers With Netvibes-Inspired Homepage  —  The British Broadcasting Company quietly launched a beta version of their spiffed up new homepage last week.  The new page, which the Beeb has dubbed a "lick of paint," draws on a number of so-called web 2.0 design aesthetics: rounded corners …
Discussion: BBC Internet Blog and PDA
Richard Titus / BBC Internet Blog:
A lick of paint for the BBC homepage
Discussion: Guardian and The Register
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Hannah Montana Tickets on Sale!  Oops, They're Gone  —  HANNAH MONTANA has made 2007 a very bright year for various business interests, but especially for StubHub, the online ticket exchange site.  —  Though the year is not yet complete, StubHub announced on Dec. 5 that its concert ticket sales …
Discussion: Gadgetopia
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 …
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
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) …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Reader Integrates Google's Stealth Social Net: The Address Book
Discussion: WinExtra and Scobleizer
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Canalys, Symbian: Apple iPhone Already Leads Windows Mobile …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and IntoMobile
Jon / p2pnet:
Snocap melting away
Discussion: GigaOM and Slashdot
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Upcoming FireWire spec revs things up to 3.2Gbps
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Declan McCullagh / CNET
Judge: Man can't be forced to divulge encryption passphrase
Discussion: Digg