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10:40 AM ET, December 15, 2007

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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? (updated 12/14/07 9:17 PM CST)  —  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) …
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
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Economics that are impossible to stop  —  A few days ago, Jeff Barr, Amazon's Web services (AWS) evangelist visited my class and got a report of what we'd built over the course of the last semester on top of AWS.  Each student had built part of a project that eventually used 25-30 independent machines.
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Nitin Borwankar / GigaOM:
Amazon SimpleDB 101 & Why It Matters  —  Amazon continues to amaze us with its Amazon Web Services series of offerings.  The latest is SimpleDB, which will be available in limited beta in a few weeks.  And it is bound to have a major impact on web infrastructure.  As Amazon says in its email to existing developers:
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB
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.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and TechWag
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 …
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Intel Reveals New Mobile SSD, UMPC Concepts, the Skulltrail Gaming Platform and Penryn and Santa Rosa Updates  —  At Intel's Pre-CES briefing today, execs discussed a new super-small solid state drive, WiMax-capable devices, and 45nm Penryn chips in everything from UMPCs to television sets …
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
A sleek introduction of $299 laptops  —  A little-known Taiwanese firm that makes motherboards for brand-name PCs has put its own moniker on one of the lightest, sleekest, cheapest laptops ever to connect to cyberspace.  —  Today, Asus Technology will unveil a $299 version of the Eee PC …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Where is Windows Mobile headed?  —  Windows Mobile may have trounced PalmOS pretty completely over the last few years, but if the mobile operating system wants to maintain its market share, it's going to need to make some changes.  For example, iPhone has raised the bar for mobile web browsing …
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
What's Wrong With Windows Mobile and How WM7 and WM8 Are Going to Fix It
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts and Digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Windows Mobile: more of what's going on in the next two versions
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.
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 …
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Overnight Success  —  It may come as a surprise to many of us, but not Ray Ozzie, that he has won the war.  While everyone from Nick Carr to the group of consultants known as the Enterprise Irregulars tilt at the Windmill formerly known as ERP, Microsoft has suddenly emerged …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sold Out Kindles Going For Up To $1,500 On Ebay  —  Amazon's new Kindle ebook device sold out almost immediately after going on sale.  And there won't be any more available until after Christmas: … The device, which sells for $400, also is unavailable outside of the U.S. So if you want one now …
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
S&M blogger outs web host malware attack
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Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
CompUSA clarifies details on store closings
Discussion: Gizmodo and Technology Live
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft's Ultimate Avatar All Night Party-o-Rama: Actually Pretty Funny
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
That's Not Evil, It's Business
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
10 Ways To Deal With Twitter's 12-Hour Outage on Saturday
Electronista:
Fujitsu ReRAM leads to fast mobile devices
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
FTC chairman won't recuse self in Google-DoubleClick
Kate Kelly / Wall Street Journal:
How Goldman Won Big On Mortgage Meltdown
Charles / Channel 9:
Mark Russinovich: On Working at Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 …
Discussion: WinBeta