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3:45 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.
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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Linuxchic / Alternageek Technology Podcast:
T-Mobile blocks Twitter?  —  After several days of no Twitter SMS service I contacted T-Mobile customer support.  After the standard technical support for my phone (even though ALL phones on my account are denied access to Twitter SMS via 40404) I was told that they would NOT open a ticket as they don't support SMS to that number.
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
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
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
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.
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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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Judge: Man can't be forced to divulge encryption passphrase  —  A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that prosecutors can't force a criminal defendant accused of having illegal images on his hard drive to divulge his PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) passphrase.  —  U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerome …
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: Slashdot
 
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Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
Canalys, Symbian: Apple iPhone Already Leads Windows Mobile …
Discussion: IntoMobile and jkOnTheRun
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Knol  —  There's much ado about Knol, but I haven't noticed many Wikipedian voices.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Dow Jones CMO Ann Marks Next One Out the Door
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Where is Windows Mobile headed?
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
A sleek introduction of $299 laptops
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dan Goodin / The Register:
S&M blogger outs web host malware attack
Discussion: Franklin
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Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
CompUSA clarifies details on store closings
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft's Ultimate Avatar All Night Party-o-Rama: Actually Pretty Funny
Discussion: GigaOM
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
10 Ways To Deal With Twitter's 12-Hour Outage on Saturday
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Overnight Success  —  It may come as a surprise to many of us …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sold Out Kindles Going For Up To $1,500 On Ebay