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1:35 PM ET, December 5, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Postal Rate Change to Wallop Netflix, Help BBI?  (NFLX)  —  Another reason for Netflix (NFLX) to hurry up and transition to a purely digital model: A potential postal rate change could cut the company's operating income per subscriber by two-thirds, say Citi analysts Mark Mahaney and Tony Wible.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Netflix: Postal Service Inspector General Proposes Applying Surchage To DVD Mailers
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Postal Rate Hike Could Put the Squeeze on Netflix
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Pre-Launches New iPhone Interface  —  We heard a rumor that Google was going to launch a new interface for users accessing the site via an iPhone in the next few days.  But an anonymous tip let us know it actually launched without any warning or announcement this evening.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google updates iPhone interface; ties apps together
Discussion: Computerworld
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Blognation Meltdown: Writers Never Paid, Promises Not Kept  —  There's big trouble over at the UK based BlogNation network today with US editor Oliver Starr resigning.  In a parting shot to network owner Sam Sethi, Starr alleges that he and other BlogNation writers have not been paid.
Discussion: /Message and Scobleizer
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Mobile Jones / mobilejones:
Blognation: The Blogger's Prelude and Tale
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
Jemima Kiss / PDA:   Is Blognation falling apart?
USA Today:
Cellphone could be boarding pass, too  —  Continental Airlines passengers in Houston will be able to board flights using just a cellphone or personal-digital assistant instead of a regular boarding pass in a three-month test program launched Tuesday at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
StarrTrek:
Marc Orchant Updates and Information  —  This page is dedicated to providing information and updates concerning the status of my good friend and colleague, Marc Orchant.  —  As you know, Marc suffered a massive cardiac infarction on Sunday morning, December 2nd 2007.  My original post is copied below.
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen to Be Video Cop  —  For years, media and technology companies have been ensnarled in a battle over the rights to video posted online.  Now ratings giant Nielsen wants to be the policeman.  —  Nielsen is rolling out a new service that aims to ensure that video is distributed and viewed …
Tech.co.uk:
Gmail messaging boost adds AIM to Google Talk  —  AOL's instant messenger now plays nicely with Google's  —  The popular Gmail service from Google is clearly a work in progress - it still carries the 'beta' tag after all - but that's mainly because it keeps getting better, rather than that it isn't finished.
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Google Talk Says Hello to AIM [Instant Messaging]
Discussion: WebProNews
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Nokia's unlimited "Comes With Music" plan misses the boat due to DRM  —  Universal announced a promising new business model last month that will allow device manufacturers to offer an all-you-can-eat music subscription service with devices.  Called Total Music by Universal …
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Free Universal Music Downloads on New Nokia Phones  —  Nokia, the telecommunications company, and the Universal Music Group, the recording company, said on Tuesday that they would offer unlimited free downloads of Universal songs to buyers of certain Nokia phones as a way to promote cellphones …
Joe Stewart / secureworks.com:
Inside the "Ron Paul" Spam Botnet  —  On the weekend of October 27, 2007, the Internet was suddenly bombarded with a rash of spam emails promoting U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul.  The spam run continued until Tuesday, October 30, when it stopped as suddenly as it began.
Discussion: Jeremy Zawodny's blog
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InfoWorld:   Ron Paul spam traced to Ukrainian botnet
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Zuckerberg Lives, Is Sorry For Beacon  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally come out from hiding after the two-week privacy donnybrook that ensued over the company's marketing program Beacon.  Zuckerberg posted his response on the Facebook blog.  In short, he's sorry.
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Apple Wants To Make DRM Extortion Explicit  —  For years, DRM critics have been arguing that the technology isn't so much about stopping piracy as it is about taking away traditional fair use privileges and then selling them back to you.  I've agreed with this for a while …
Discussion: Slashdot
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Nielsen To Police Web With Anti-Piracy Watermarking Scheme [Watching The Watcher]  —  Nielsen has teamed up with Digimarc to create Nielsen Digital Media Manager, earnest-sounding software that will "use digital watermarking and fingerprinting to establish an industry-wide rules-based solution …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Improves Target By Location Feature With Maps  —  I got a tip from Scott Edwards that Google has quietly improved the "target customers by location" feature in the AdWords console.  You can see old screen captures of the multi-step process at the Search Engine Roundtable, but the new method is much more intuitive.
Discussion: Screenwerk
BBC:
20% of French iPhones unlocked  —  Mobile phone company Orange has said 20% of customers who have bought iPhones from it in France have opted for unlocked ones.  —  Orange sold the popular Apple product for 399 euros (£288) with a two-year contract, or 749 euros without one.
Discussion: PDA and iLounge
Nokia:
Classically designed and fully featured Nokia 6263 now available at T-Mobile USA  —  New fold-style phone includes 1.3 megapixel camera, e-mail capability and a music player  —  WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Designed for customers who want to have the latest features like e-mail capability with support …
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
LiveStation demo leaks partners, sign-ups go live
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia sees a good future for Nokia
adCenter Blog:
Register for the adCenter Add-in Beta for Excel 2007
Electronista:
Director: Microsoft fueling HD wars
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Police Blotter: Verizon forced to turn over text messages
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Youths who lost homes in wildfires given iPods
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Justice Department sides with RIAA against Jammie Thomas
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
World Turns Attention to iPhone, Boobs and Videos, Forgets Osama …
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Will the Holy Grail of marketing revive Dell?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Interviews: Jeff Weiner, EVP & Scott Moore; SVP: Super Mass vs. Super Niche
Discussion: Valleywag
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast (CMCSA): Economy Declining Since Q3
James C. King / Inside PDF:
ISO Ballot for PDF 1.7 Passed!
Discussion: InfoWorld and Slashdot
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Live Documents Screenshots - The Replica of Microsoft Office 2007
Chris Kohler / Wired News:
How to Score a Wii This Christmas