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9:55 AM ET, December 3, 2007

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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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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:   LiveJournal Sale May Revive Six Apart
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SixApart Sells LiveJournal To A Russian Group
Discussion: sup.com, Mashable! and Changing Way
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:   Six Apart says goodbye to LiveJournal
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
In Japan Half The Top Selling Books Are Written On Mobile Phones  —  With all the talk about Amazon's Kindle, there's a bigger revolution taking place and those who studied classic literature will be horrified.  In Japan, half of the top ten selling works of fiction in the first six months of 2007 were composed on mobile phones.
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Justin Norrie / Sydney Morning Herald:
In Japan, cellular storytelling is all the rage  —  It seems improbable, even at this early stage, that 21-year-old Rin (a nom de plume) might one day be granted a place alongside Fyodor Dostoevsky in the pantheon of literary giants.  —  The nursery school teacher from Kokura, in Japan's south …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Stealing Books For The Kindle Is Trivially Easy
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Download Picasa Web Albums Without Installing Picasa  —  Unlike other photo sharing sites, Picasa Web Albums offers a way to download an entire album, but that requires Picasa 2.5 or later.  If you don't want to install the application or you use Mac or Linux, there are other ways to download a photo album.
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
Staska / Unwired View:
NEW NOKIA 6 OR 8 MEGAPIXEL IMAGING SLIDER IN THE WORKS?  —  It's been a while now since Nokia came up with an interesting phone form factor innovation in an actual phone, instead of patent applications.  —  You know, something along the lines of Nokia 7380 "lipstick", Nokia N92 TV phone or Nokia N93 Camcorder/imaging phone.
Discussion: Engadget, Gadget Lab and Mobility Site
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:   Nokia's Patent Reveals Innovative Six- or Eight- Megapixel Slider Phone [New Slider]
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TeXtra's Natali Del Conte Leaves Podshow For CNET TV  —  TeXtra, a tech news video show hosted by former TechCrunch writer Natali Del Conte, may be shutting down well shy of its first birthday this upcoming February 13.  That's because CNET has poached Natali away from Podshow, which owns TeXtra.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Internet Ad Spend Set To Overtake Radio In '08, Magazines By 2010: Report  —  Despite growing pressures on global advertising dollars in general, ZenithOptimedia's optimistic outlook for online ad spending is undiminished, projecting that the category will surpass radio ad dollars in 2008 and the amount spent on magazines by 2010.
Discussion: WebProNews and Times of London
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Nat Ives / AdAge:   Forecast for '08 Is OK, but Only Online Shines
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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 …
Discussion: George Ou and DSLreports
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Boosts Tools for adCenter, Live Search  —  Microsoft unveils online ad and search utilities to help advertisers and search engine experts do their jobs better.  —  Microsoft said Dec. 3 it has created two new utilities, one designed to improve the way partners …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Roll over, Beethoven: Deutsche Grammophon ditches DRM  —  Universal has been one of the two major labels to drop DRM (along with the UK's EMI), but its support of the MP3 format has been experimental.  Should the experiment not go well, Universal has always reserved the right to slap the padlocks back on its tunes.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Amazon and Wal-Mart unwittingly team up against DRM
Discussion: hypebot, Gadget Lab and Digg
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
RockYou climbing past Slide, to be number one widget-maker?  —  RockYou, the company behind popular Facebook applications and Myspace Flash widgets, may soon pass its arch-rival Slide to be the largest widget-maker in the world.  —  Some have accurately called such Facebook applications …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Mashable!
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook App Developers Square Off: RockYou! Overtakes Slide
Discussion: TechCrunch
Zephoria / apophenia:
Who clicks on ads?  And what might this mean?  —  Advertising is the bread and butter of the web, yet most of my friends claim that they never click on ads, typically using a peacock tone that signals their pride in being ad-averse.  The geekier amongst them go out of their way to run Mozilla scripts …
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
.Gov Site Reinfested Due to Hosting Provider Sloppiness  —  The Marin County sites were once again serving malware as a result of sloppy Web site hosting.  —  The Marin County Transportation Authority sites that appeared to be serving up pornography and malware yet again Nov. 29-30 were in fact …
 
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Start-Ups Prep for Wireless Auction
Discussion: IP Democracy
The Register:
Bluetooth marketing window could be shut
Fred / A VC:
Bringing The Web Into Our Living Room
Discussion: broadstuff, /Message and Scobleizer
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Push for faster net 'premature'
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
JotSpot to Spawn Google Sites - Can it Make Intranet CMS Dinosaurs Extinct?
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Facebook Founder Finds He Wants Some Privacy
Ivan Krsti / ivan krsti · code culture:
First OLPC deployment: now it's real.
Discussion: Ted Roche's weblog and Digg
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Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
NASA Site Seeks to Draw the MySpace Crowd
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Read/WriteWeb:
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Discussion: franticindustries
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
NBC officially removed from the iTunes Store
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Bans Ads For (Most) Paid Links Marketplaces
Ben Stein / New York Times:
The Long and Short of It at Goldman Sachs
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
BLOGGING IS DEAD? ACCORDING TO WHOM?