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5:30 AM ET, December 18, 2007


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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Google Android Prototype In the Wild  —  Here's the first gorgeous shot of an Google Android prototype in the wild.  It looks HTC-ish in build, similar to the grainy versions we've seen in the official videos and the renderings in the SDK emulator.  Our source, a Giz reader …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: Digg hires bank, hoping to sell for $300 million or more  —  It's been a little more than a month since the last rumors surfaced about social news site Digg trying to sell itself for at least $300 million.  —  A reliable source just confirmed the company's plans …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
For Sale: Used Social Voting Site, Asking Price $300 Million, Goes By The Name Of Digg  —  It seems like every other month rumors of Digg either being acquired or being shopped come up (see our November summary here).  VentureBeat has word that Digg is getting serious about a sale …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Digg
NPD: Leopard Apple's best OS launch yet  —  The release of Mac OS X Leopard in late October was both Apple's strongest operating system release to date and evidence that the company may have a greater understanding of how to launch such software, according to a new study from NPD Group.
The Macalope:
With disappointments like these, who needs successes?  —  Will someone please page the lithesome yet strong-handed nymphs whose job it is to massage the furry one's scalp right between the antlers?  The Macalope's got a headache again.  —  What's causing it this time?
Mathew /
Lane Hartwell: Still wrong on fair use  —  It's nice to hear that photographer Lane Hartwell is working things out with the band Richter Scales, after filing a DMCA takedown notice and having their video removed from YouTube because a photo of hers appeared in the video for less than a second.
Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
A French Twist in Silicon Valley  —  With backing from high-profile investors, Loïc Le Meur is giving new meaning to the idea of "building a company online"  —  It sounds more like a gimmick than a way to start a company: set up a Web site and let visitors vote on everything …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Levinsohn, Miller Linking With SV VC ComVentures  —  Former Fox Interactive head Ross Levinsohn and former AOL CEO Jon Miller, who spent the fall trying to launch a digital media rollup with the backing of private equity group General Atlantic, have moved on.
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Introducing Video Sitemaps  —  In our effort to help users search all the world's public videos, the Google Video team joined the Sitemaps folks to introduce Video Sitemaps—an extension of the Sitemap Protocol that helps make your videos more searchable via Google Video Search.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Can You Outbid Microsoft For The Microsoft Name In Portugal?  —  Microsoft is reasonably protective of its name — even to ridiculous levels at times.  However, it surprised us to find out that a company other than the Redmond giant happens to have the trademark on Microsoft in Portugal.
Discussion: Reuters and AppScout
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft security update cripples IE  —  Last week's MS07-069 update crashes IE6, IE7 on Windows XP, Vista for some  —  Microsoft Corp. confirmed today that it is investigating reports that a security update for Internet Explorer issued last week has crippled some users' ability to get on the Web.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Yes, There Can Be Life After Word  —  AS the clerk at Circuit City rang up my purchase of a new notebook computer last month, she started her up-selling.  —  Padded bag?  No. Security lock?  No. Windows Office?  —  For someone who processes words for a living, Microsoft's software would seem to be an indispensable tool.
Discussion: Download Squad and The Apple Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Summize: A Sentiment Engine For The "Reviewosphere"  —  Sometimes reading online product reviews can be a real time sink.  There are so many opinions out there—from CNet to Amazon to blogs.  It can take a long time and a lot of sifting to figure out what people really think.  But now there is another way.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Elliott C. Back
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Long tail evolution  —  I recently gave a presentation on the evolution of the long tail, concluding that the long tail is getting longer, but the 'head' is getting bigger.  The reasons for the increasing length of the long tail are clear: there are more people online, they are spending more time online …
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Open source telephony gives customers control, consultant says
Discussion: Slashdot
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
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Discussion: PalmAddicts and BloggingStocks
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Universal, XM settle suit over receiver's ability to record
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Hack Facebook When You Can Just Build A Silly Viral App Instead?
Discussion: The Register and AppScout
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GOOG-411 isn't what you think  —  Google's free 411 service …

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