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9:50 AM ET, December 15, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web  —  The celebrated openness of the Internet — network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic — is quietly losing powerful defenders.  —  Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google NOT Turning Its Back on Network Neutrality  —  Updated @ 9:30 pm: In response to an earlier story in The Wall Street Journal, Google offered a clarification and reaffirmed its stance on network neutrality and pointed out that it is not backing away from it.  It has dismissed the WSJ story as confused.
Lessig Blog:
The made-up dramas of the Wall Street Journal  —  I got off the plane from Boston to find my inbox filled with anger about an article in the Wall Street Journal.  To those who were angry, I hope you will direct any anger at the Wall Street Journal after you read what follows.
Discussion: Beyond Search and TeleRead
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Net neutrality and the benefits of caching
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Palm Pins Its Hopes on Nova  —  The smartphone maker debuts its new operating system, code-named Nova, at January's CES.  Palm says its phones for it will bridge the BlackBerry-iPhone gap  —  Jon Rubinstein got the call in mid-2007 while he was living on the Pacific Coast of Mexico …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Q: What Do You Get When You Add Karate Belts To a Q&A Service?  Mahalo Answers.  —  Mahalo is now answering your questions.  The human-curated search engine/ condensed wiki guide is adding a Q&A service called Mahalo Answers to its mix.  It is a combination of Yahoo Answers …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Nano Rumors Revived in Otherwise Quiet Lead-in to Macworld  —  Questionably reliable iDealsChina publishes information and renderings of what it claims to be an “iPhone nano”.  —  It is the same height as the just release Nano but wider and thicker and with the same iPhone 3G contours.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
News About News, in 140 Characters  —  With staff changes and reductions across the media industry, even a blog post can be too time-consuming a way to announce who is in and out of a job.  That is why a public relations employee turned to the instant-blogging platform Twitter to create The Media Is Dying …
Discussion: textually.org, Gawker and Beet.TV
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Ways to Monetize Twitter  —  Plus Ways to Waste Time on the Web  —  1. CHARGE FOR IT  —  Of course, companies can already use the service for free, so what, exactly, would be new?  Ian Schafer, CEO of Deep Focus, has some ideas: more-customizable profile pages, a dashboard to manage followers and tech support.
Discussion: Twitterrati and CostPerNews
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
OpenX Shows Impressive Growth, Ramps Up Revenue Streams  —  OpenX (which used to be called Openads), provider of an open-source ad serving solution for web publishers - we use it at TechCrunch -, is growing like weed under the leadership of former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller, who is the company's chairman …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
NetShelter raises $11.1 million for online media network  —  NetShelter Technology Media is announcing today that it's raised $11.1 million in a first round of funding as the nine-year-old ad network for tech properties seeks to expand the reach of its 150 technology content web sites.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zapproved launches its decision-making email application  —  Zapproved, the web application that uses email to simplify group decision-making, is officially launching today.  That means it's taking the beta testing tag off its product and rolling out its plans to make money.
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechFlash
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Stickam API Lets You Build Your Own Live Video Site  —  Stickam, a live video streaming service that competes with the likes of Justin.tv and Ustream.tv, is releasing a new API that effectively allows anyone to build their own streaming video startup with a minimal amount of effort.
Discussion: Mashable!
DigiTimes:
Taiwan iPhone 3Gs are SIM unlocked out-of-the-box  —  Contrary to earlier expectations, iPhone 3Gs bought in the Taiwan market are not restricted to only using SIM cards from Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), leaving owners the option to switch service providers, or use their smartphones with a local SIM card when traveling.
Discussion: Unwired View and SlashGear
Bill Ray / The Register:
ADSL - the VoIP killer  —  Weak link in reliability chain  —  Over half of UK businesses are avoid VoIP 'cos their ADSL broadband connections to branch offices aren't up to scratch, according to research coming out of Enterprise-VoIP specialists Viatel.  —  Viatel hired Omniboss to talk …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Bill Ray / The Register:
Are iPhone users just tight?  —  I'd buy that for a dollar  —  Analysis Companies developing software for the iPhone are seeing their creations drown in a sea of one-dollar mediocrity as they struggle to gain visibility in the increasingly cluttered Application Store, and some have taken their complaints to Steve himself.
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Startup banks on making money from free broadband  —  WASHINGTON — For the past three years, a startup called M2Z Networks has been figuring out a way to blanket the nation with a free wireless broadband network to ensure all Americans have access to basic high-speed Internet connections.
Alejandro Lazo / Washington Post:
In First Step, Delta to Offer WiFi on Selected Flights  —  Delta Air Lines plans to begin offering wireless Internet service tomorrow on board half of its shuttle flights between Washington's Reagan National, New York's LaGuardia and Boston's Logan airports.  —  But don't get too used to it.
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Nathan Eddy / eWeek:
Delta to Offer Wi-Fi on Shuttle Flights
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Sprint's Treo Pro coming in January along with a pink Instinct
Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Google CEO, Former HP Chief Talk Politics
Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
Digital Liberty Coalition protests against web filter held across Australia
Discussion: The Register
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Zannel brings media-rich microblogging to iPhone
Discussion: Social Media
Ajesh Patalay / Guardian:
All smiles as web shows come of age
comScore:
Week After Cyber Monday Brings Slight Lull in E-Commerce Sales …
BBC:
Virgin unveils next-gen broadband
Discussion: Working Anywhere
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Interview: New NYT.com GM Denise Warren: Tip-toeing Into Aggregation …
Discussion: ReveNews
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Kumo gets a trademark
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent Recapitalizes: $17 M Financing Undone, Valuation Plummets
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
How Casual Game Startups Can Survive Recession
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Change.gov iPhone App Now Available
 

 
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