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12:35 PM 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
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 …
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:
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
 
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