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3:50 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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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Hugging Apple: 20th Cent.  Fox Films To iTunes  —  News Corp.'s (NWS) 20th Century Fox studio is talking with Apple (AAPL) about selling its movies through iTunes, reports Pali Capital's Rich Greenfield (reg. required), who predicts a deal will be done early next year (perhaps in time for Macworld in January?).
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Macsimum News
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
News Corp/Fox Close To Deal With Apple For iTunes Movies: Report
Discussion: Mashable!
Saul Hansell / New York Times:   DVD Movies With an iTunes Copy: Worth More?
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  —  After selling the blogging community site, CEO Chris Alden may have a chance to finally turn Six Apart into a Web 2.0 behemoth  —  Don't be fooled by the lack of pomp surrounding the sale of LiveJournal.  Late in the afternoon on Dec. 2 …
Chris Williams / The Register:
LiveJournal flogged to Russians
Discussion: TechSpot News
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 …
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.
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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Comcast:
Comcast Statement About 700 MHz Wireless Auction
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ UBS Media Week: Glenn Britt, CEO, Time Warner Cable; Video …
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, Mashable!, NewTeeVee and Beet.TV
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.
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 …
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.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
UPDATE 3-News Corp, LinkedIn not in takeover talks-source  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp (NWSa.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is not holding takeover discussions with LinkedIn, a fast-growing online social network for professionals, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.
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
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Perfect 10 strikes out: Supreme Court won't hear credit card processor case
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John Kullman / MobileCrunch:
You Will Control 25% of Entertainment by 2012
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers New Tools and Training for Advertisers …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Mozilla scoffs at vulnerability study rating IE superior to Firefox
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Creative:
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Discussion: CrunchGear, DailyTech and Engadget
PR Newswire:
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Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and DSLreports
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
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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