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11:50 AM ET, December 26, 2007


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Felipe Hoffa / Felipe Hoffa's Journal:
Google Reader shares private data, ruins Christmas  —  Update 2007-12-25: Got posted to /. homepage.  The discussion continues there.  —  Update 2007-12-26: Reactions from Scoble, Mashable, ParisLemon, more.  —  As each day Google hoards more of your data there is an implicit deal …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google Reader needs GPC  —  Oh, man, is the Google Reader team under attack for its new social networking features.  —  There's a few ways I could take this.  —  1. I could call people idiots for not understanding the meaning of the word “public."  —  2. I could call the Google Reader team idiots …
Matthew Hurst / Data Mining:
IceRocket Relaunch?  —  I'm sure I'm very late in noticing this, but just after I saw Technorati's relaunch as a memetracker, I noticed that IceRocket is starting to look different, with a new (to me) looking front page, ranked video, movies and news.  According to Compete …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What Would Paul Allen Do With Spectrum?  Who Knows!  —  Among the applicants to bid in next month's FCC wireless spectrum auction: Vulcan Spectrum LLC, a firm controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.  Allen already owns some 700 megahertz spectrum — the same flavor being auctioned off next year — in Washington and Oregon.
Maggie Reardon / CNET
Apple and Google, telecom's new stars
Discussion: ParisLemon and Slashdot
P2P Blog:
IFPI wants ISPs to block The Pirate Bay, filter P2P traffic  —  The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) wants European ISPs to build the copyright equivalent to the Chinese firewall, and its counting on the help of European lawmakers to achieve this goal.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and DSLreports
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay: Torrents and Peers Double in 2007  —  The Pirate Bay now tracks nearly 1 million torrents and over 8 million peers at any given point in time.  This is quite a change compared to last year, and there is no sign that this trend will stop anytime soon.  —  December 2006
Discussion: Digg
Russia launches final satellites for its own GPS  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia successfully launched a rocket on Tuesday carrying the last three satellites to complete a navigation system to rival America's GPS.  —  The military-run GLONASS mapping system works over most of Russia and is expected …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC denies that operations in 1Q08 will be affected by Qualcomm chipset shortages  —  High Tech Computer (HTC) on December 24 rebuked a media report stating that company revenues for the first quarter of 2008 would be affected by shortages in the supply of chipsets from Qualcomm.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and IntoMobile
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Like Gaboogie, Foonz Losing Its Voice Too  —  Earlier this year we wrote about Gaboogie, a web-based conference call service started by Erik Lagerway.  The service didn't quite work out, and the company reconfigured its business focus to offering instant group calls from mobiles, and is now called Lypp.
Discussion: WeBreakStuff
Stewart Maclean /
Worker runs up £27k mobile bill  —  EXCLUSIVE: Factory worker runs up £27,000 mobile bill in a month  —  It's good to talk... unless you fail to read the smallprint on your new mobile phone contract and end up with a bill for £27,322.  —  Ian Simpson, 29 …
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
CTO Session: Nortel's Roese Speaks Out  —  Chief technology officers must both imagine the future—then make it happen.  This is the first in a series of Q&As about the future of industry with pivotal chief technology officers.  —  John J. Roese has been a key part of the reinvention …
Discussion: All About Nortel
Peter Sciretta / /Film:
Cool Stuff: Batcave Home Theater  —  Last month we featured a custom home theater designed to model the Enterprise NCC-1701D from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  We return in December to show you the home theater set-up of a retired naturalist who thought that her cellar would be a great Batcave.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Slashdot and Digg
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Facebook is so last year - welcome to the hit websites of 2008  —  Virtual pets, video diaries and travellers' logs could be the next stars of cyberspace  —  For many in the dotcom world, 2007 was dominated by one story: the rise of Facebook.  The success of the social networking service …
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Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Laptop project enlivens Peruvian hamlet
Discussion: TechSpot News and Digg
Staska / Unwired View:
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
A focused family business
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Christmas lights synced with Guitar Hero axe
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
HoHoHo: Digg Might Be Acquiring Menéame and CoRank
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Parker / Financial Times:
iPhone take-up the key as O2 targets Europe
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Quoted in the News? Post a Comment, Please
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Send email attachments up to 5GB with AOL's Xdrive
Discussion: ParisLemon and Mashable!
Anne Broache / CNET
Quiet year for tech on Capitol Hill
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
Consumers Who Watch TV Online More Engaged Than TV-Set Watchers, Simmons Finds
Discussion: Podcasting News and TechCrunch