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3:50 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 …
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  —  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
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:
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.
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.
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
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET
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 …
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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