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5:10 PM ET, December 3, 2007

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / CNN:
NBC pulls its TV shows from Apple iTunes  —  No more ad-free episodes of The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs or Friday Night Lights for $1.99 each.  —  As promised, NBC (GE) removed all its content and that of its affiliates from the iTunes Store over the weekend after its contract with Apple (AAPL) expired.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
News Corp/Fox Close To Deal With Apple For iTunes Movies: Report  —  News Corp and its studio Twentieth Century Fox are close to a deal with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) to begin offering new releases and catalog movie titles through iTunes beginning in early 2008, reports Pali analyst Richard Greenfield, in a blog post (reg. req.)
Discussion: Mashable!
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Hugging Apple: 20th Cent. Fox Films To iTunes
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Macsimum News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
NBC Takes Its Shows Off iTunes And Goes Home
Discussion: Lost Remote, Engadget and Gadgetell
Mark Sullivan / PC World:
The Most Anti-Tech Organizations in America  —  These groups line up against tech interests in courtrooms and corridors of power across the country.  —  Their names keep coming up over and over again in courtrooms and corridors of power across the country—those groups whose interests always seem …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Microsoft's sex-obsessed RoboSanta spouts filth at children  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar .  Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  Disturbing news has reached our Yuletide youthful innocence bunker that Microsoft's new artificial intelligence-powered Santa bot is subjecting …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Time Warner Won't Bid on 700 MHz Spectrum  —  Time Warner, a key player in a coalition of cable operators that succeeded in buying broadband wireless spectrum during the last FCC auction process, won't participate in the 700 MHz auction, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said this morning.
Discussion: DSLreports
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Britt: TWC Won't Bid On Wireless Spectrum
Discussion: Ars Technica
Comcast:
Comcast Statement About 700 MHz Wireless Auction
Oliver Starr / blognation USA:
Marc Orchant Suffers Massive Coronary  —  THIS IS NOT AN ATTEMPT AT HUMOR  —  PLEASE REPOST  —  At some time between 7:30 and 8:10 AM on Sunday Morning December 2nd, 2007, Marc Orchant, my fellow author on this blog, as well as one of my closest friends sustained a massive heart attack while working in his home office.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Crunchies Awards - Nominations Open  —  Nominations are now open for the first annual Crunchies, the competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.  The Crunchies is a collaboration project between GigaOm …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Nominations for Crunchies Awards now open
Ginger Tulley / Six Apart News:
Six Apart Announces New Home for LiveJournal  —  Acquisition of LiveJournal, creation of new operating company and investment fund by SUP promise new innovation and expansion for pioneering online community  —  San Francisco, CA - December 3, 2007 - Six Apart, the world's leading independent …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Oops!  Yahoo dumps Britney  —  You've got to give Yahoo credit for trying drag the collective mentality out of the celebrity gossip gutter.  —  Every year, the company releases a top 10 list for Web searches.  Last year, Britney Spears was the No. 1 most popular search term.
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
At Wikipedia, Illustrators May Be Paid  —  The foundation that runs Wikipedia has finally agreed to pay contributors to the online encyclopedia a modest fee for their work.  But it won't pay the thousands of people who participate in creating the wiki pages — just artists who create "key illustrations" for the site.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Two More Facebook Advertisers Say No To Beacon  —  Now, it's not just Coca-Cola who is holding off on using Facebook's Beacon.  Travelocity and Overstock have also reportedly decided to sit on the sidelines (MediaPost via paidcontent).  —  Meanwhile, after applauding Facebook …
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Online Fame Easy; Ads Harder to Get  —  Income for Web Video Creators Varies From 'Retire' to 'Keep Your Day Job'  —  Some Web video stars, like the "Ask a Ninja" guys, are raking it in.  Some, like Beet.TV video blogger Andy Plesser, are earning a hefty supplement to their day jobs.
Discussion: Dan Blank, Beet.TV, Mashable! and NewTeeVee
PR Newswire:
Popular WD Passport(R) Now Available With a Whopping 320 GB of Storage  —  Popular WD Passport(R) Now Available With a Whopping 320 GB of Storage.  (PRNewsFoto/Western Digital Corp.)  —  LAKE FOREST, CA UNITED STATES  —  Western Digital Corp. logo.  (PRNewsFoto)  —  LAKE FOREST, CA USA
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Federated Media Expands Into Facebook  —  Federated Media Publishing has announced their expansion into Facebook through partnerships with the owners of the Grafitti application and Watercooler.  The initial sponsors launching on Facebook are Hewlett-Packard and Wacom.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, WebProNews and ChasNote
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Photobucket, Picasa bring photo-sharing to TiVo  —  Apparently, fast-forwarding through commercials just isn't enough.  TiVo announced on Monday that users of select photo-sharing services are now able to access their image collections through its set-top boxes.
PR Newswire:
AT&T Announces Intention to Withdraw From Pay Phone Business by End of 2008  —  Growing Availability of Alternative Communications, Especially Wireless,  —  SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:  —  T) announced today plans to exit the shrinking pay phone business by the end of 2008.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, DSLreports and TechBlog
 
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sync Your iPhone, iPod Touch Over Wi-Fi [Software]
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Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Images and new categories launch tonight
Ryan Carrigg / Compete Blog:
Netflix vs. Blockbuster: Q3 Earnings Reports and Digital Delivery Strategies
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Justices Turn Down Online Piracy Case
The Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Q9 with Wi-Fi? Psh, yeah!
John Kullman / MobileCrunch:
You Will Control 25% of Entertainment by 2012
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
UPDATE 3-News Corp, LinkedIn not in takeover talks-source
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Mozilla scoffs at vulnerability study rating IE superior to Firefox
Discussion: DailyTech, The Register and Digg
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Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Consumer Reports Cellphone Service Survey 2008 Published …
Discussion: FierceWireless
Creative:
CREATIVE INTRODUCES THE WORLD'S FIRST 32GB FLASH MEMORY-BASED …
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and CrunchGear
InfoWorld:
Attackers target unpatched QuickTime flaw
Discussion: Digg
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Did anyone really expect a wireless desktop to be secure?
Discussion: The Register
Marcus Browne / CNET News.com:
Shorter URLs help phishers hook more victims
Discussion: CircleID
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Inside Microsoft's security war room
Discussion: Slashdot
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
In Japan Half The Top Selling Books Are Written On Mobile Phones
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TeXtra's Natali Del Conte Leaves Podshow For CNET TV