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12:10 PM ET, December 19, 2007

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Lane Hartwell:
My statement regarding the new version of the Richter Scales video  —  As the Richter Scales stated in their blog, the video that used my image - without my permission - was viewed just under one million times on YouTube.  In the end, the band opted not to work with me toward a fair resolution of the issue.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here Comes (Another) Another Bubble!  —  The take-down of the popular Web 2.0 music video, “Here Comes Another Bubble,” didn't last too long.  The Richter Scales, a San Francisco singing group that did the piece, have posted a new one-Version 1.1-that it hopes is copyright safe.
Google Talkabout:
Merry Christmas, God Jul and  —  OK, I cheated.  I don't really speak Chinese.  But I know a bot that does, and we're releasing it today together with number of other translation bots.  For those not familiar with bots, a (ro)bot is a piece of software that acts as a chat contact and provides some fun or useful functionality.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Talk Gets One Step Closer To The Ultimate Babel Fish
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My New Facebook Strategy and the FB Power Level  —  I had heard there was a 5k friend limit on Facebook.  I just didn't take it to heart.  Until I reached 5k and tried to add 5001., at which point FB reminded of the limit.  —  It was a weird moment ,but actually one that I have come to respect and appreciate.
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Glitches Bug Google's Android Software  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. claims its Android mobile-phone software will usher in a new era of wireless communications.  But for developers like Adam MacBeth, Android has so far brought headaches and frustration.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 2 officially released  —  Mozilla has announced the official release of Firefox 3 beta 2, the tenth major developer milestone in the Firefox 3 development timeline.  The new beta, which is available for download from Mozilla's web site, includes interface improvements and a lot of extra polish.
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Beta 2 now available for download
Forbes:
The Web Celeb 25  —  Things change fast on the internet —and fame is no exception.  Nearly half of the online celebrities identified in the inaugural edition of the Forbes.com Web Celeb 25 failed to place on the list in this second edition.  Among the casualties: YouTube star LonelyGirl15 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Signs Online Ad, Content Deal With Viacom; Value Of Agreement Pegged At $500 Million  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has signed a five-year deal with Viacom (NYSE: VIA) covering on ad serving, content distribution, event promotions and games.  The agreement marks the software company's latest effort …
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PR Newswire:
Viacom and Microsoft Announce Long-Term Digital Content and Advertising Partnership
Discussion: GigaOM and NewTeeVee
Bill Ray / The Register:
700MHz attracts Paul Allen  —  Chunk of spectrum latest must-have accessory for the super-rich?  —  The FCC has revealed the list of bidders interested in owning a little 700MHz, a spectrum due for release in January next year with the switch off of analogue TV.
Wall Street Journal:
MTV Taps Bruckheimer to Craft Videogames  —  MTV is bringing some star power to its videogame business.  —  Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer behind blockbusters including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” will expand his entertainment footprint with a deal to create original videogames with MTV.
Discussion: TechCrunch and PDA
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
What Does MTV's Bruckheimer Game Deal Mean?
Discussion: Variety and New York Times
Sara Rimer / New York Times:
At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at M.I.T. And he has now emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace.
Discussion: Podcasting News and FurdLog
Michal Lev-Ram / Business and financial news:
Pricey battle over tomorrow's cellphones  —  Half the world doesn't even own a mobile phone but wireless carriers are already fighting over the next-generation cellular network.  —  Consumers may care less about whether they'll be using WiMAX, LTE or UMB to download video to their phones or browse the Web faster than ever before.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Tweeterboard: Who Does That Person on Twitter Think They Are?  —  Like it or not, there's a whole lot of conversation going on via microblogging service Twitter these days and it cannot be ignored.  —  Let's say you've subscribed to a search feed for your company's name (via Terraminds) …
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Finally, a Twitter Measurement Tool that works
Kim Yon-se / The Korea Times:
Copyright Protection Extended to 70 Years  —  The copyright period for royalty payments will be extended to 70 years from the current 50 years after the original copyright holder dies, as a step to meet the requirements of the “provisional” free trade agreement (FTA) between South Korea and the United States.
Thoughtfix / TabletBlog.com:
Internet Tablet OS2008 Review  —  (This post is huge with stacks of photos so I temporarily changed my site feed to “short."  Visit tabletblog.com directly for the full article.  I will return to full content feeds in a few days.)  —  Nokia's maemo team officially announced OS2008 for Nokia Internet Tablets (N800 and N810) today.
Discussion: CrunchGear and GottaBeMobile
Wired News:
David Byrne and Thom Yorke on the Real Value of Music  —  It seemed like a crazy idea.  When Radiohead said it would release its new album, In Rainbows, as a pay-what-you-will digital download, you'd have thought the band had gone communist.  After all, Thom Yorke and company are one of the world's …
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
 
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Karl / DSLreports:
Executives Leaving Earthlink - Is the end nigh? A possible sale?
NextEnergyNews.com:
Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Magnify.net Releases Video Blogging Platform, Seesmic Competitor?
Reuters:
IAC in Web video deal with Brightcove
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Taking feeds out of our web search results
New York Post:
APPLE OF THE W. SIDE EYE
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The Death Of Online Office Suites Is Greatly Exaggerated
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Mature dating website, WLTM funky young networker for mutually stimulating liaison
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Helping To Change The Business Of Music
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