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1:55 PM ET, December 3, 2007

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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.
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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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Six Apart Sells LiveJournal to Russian Media Company
Discussion: New York Times and Gawker
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 …
Comcast:
Comcast Statement About 700 MHz Wireless Auction  —  PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ — The following statement may be attributed to D'Arcy Rudnay, Senior Vice President, Comcast Corporation:  —  "Comcast Corporation has decided not to bid in the 700 MHz wireless auction.
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Time Warner Won't Bid on 700 MHz Spectrum
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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 (paidcontent).  —  Meanwhile, after applauding Facebook for acknowledging user complaints …
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, DSLreports and Engadget
Creative:
CREATIVE INTRODUCES THE WORLD'S FIRST 32GB FLASH MEMORY-BASED PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER WITH THE LATEST CREDIT CARD-SIZED ZEN™  —  Creative Technology Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today introduced the world's first 32GB flash memory-based portable media player …
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
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.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb, PDA and TECH.BLORGE.com
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 and Micro Persuasion
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.
 
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Microsoft's sex-obsessed RoboSanta spouts filth at children
Discussion: Gizmodo
Messire / Akihabaranews.com:
Tekbright, the Digital Photo Frame by Toshiba
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Mozilla scoffs at vulnerability study rating IE superior to Firefox
Discussion: The Register
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Consumer Reports Cellphone Service Survey 2008 Published …
Discussion: FierceWireless
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Forbearance Can Impact Telecom Choices
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
German iPhone marketing ruling pushed to Tuesday
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
InfoWorld:
Attackers target unpatched QuickTime flaw
Discussion: Digg
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Federated Media Expands Into Facebook
Discussion: WebProNews and ChasNote
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Did anyone really expect a wireless desktop to be secure?
Discussion: The Register
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Inside Microsoft's security war room
Discussion: Slashdot
Business Wire:
Vivendi and Activision to Create Activision Blizzard - World's Largest …
James Rossiter / Times of London:
Secrets of Shell and Rolls-Royce come under attack from China's spies
Discussion: The Register
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Innovating Our Way to Financial Crisis
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Boosts Tools for adCenter, Live Search
Staska / Unwired View:
NEW NOKIA 6 OR 8 MEGAPIXEL IMAGING SLIDER IN THE WORKS?
Zephoria / apophenia:
Who clicks on ads? And what might this mean?