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12:30 AM ET, December 12, 2007

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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why I Stopped Using Twitter  —  There's a lot of Twitter hype in the blogosphere today, and I've contributed plenty of my own Twitter hype in the past.  So I thought it would be a good opportunity to offer some anti-hype, derived from my own experience using Twitter — an explanation of why I STOPPED using Twitter.
Discussion: Online Video Watch
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Some Conversations have shifted to Twitter  —  Twitter is one of the top referrers of traffic to my blog, over 2000 referrers from twitter to my blog in the last 30 days...there's something happening there.  —  I've also noticed and increase of new users over the past 30 days, feel free to add me as a friend, I will add you back.
Darmano / Logic+Emotion:   Why is Twitter Exploding? Because it's A Conversation Ecosystem.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBCU: SanDisk Fanfare = Our New iTunes Store  —  On the heels of NBC U's download deal with SanDisk, we spoke to NBC U president of digital distribution, Jean-Briac "JB" Perrette about what SanDisk offered that iTunes wouldn't and the prevailing view at NBC U on downloads vs. streaming.
Discussion: Digital Daily and paidContent.org
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forget the SanDisk Deal, NBC Direct Will Soon Have Free Downloads in HD
Discussion: Lost Remote
Electronista:
NBC switches TV shows to SanDisk service
Discussion: Gizmodo and Contentinople
Jason Szep / Reuters:
"w00t" crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - "w00t," an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary.  —  Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said "w00t" — typically spelled with two zeros …
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet.  The TV.  —  Here's how to finally bring them together.  —  Millions of people love watching Internet video on their PCs.  So why can't the technology industry figure out how to get them to watch Internet video on their television sets?  —  It isn't for lack of trying.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
'Here Comes Another Bubble' Takedown!  —  So, it turns out YouTube actually can protect copyright!  —  In this case, that's too bad, since the video-sharing service just took down the very popular music video parody called "Here Comes Another Bubble," by San Francisco's Richter Scales …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Those CD rips of yours are still "unauthorized"  —  Those MP3 and AAC files that you've ripped from your CD collection are still "unauthorized copies" in the eyes of the recording industry.  In a brief filed late last week, the RIAA said that the MP3 files on a PC owned by a file-sharing defendant …
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Kevin / NotebookReview.com:
Microsoft Offers Free Copy of Windows Vista Ultimate if you Surrender Privacy  —  Need a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate?  Are you incredibly trusting of big corporations?  Well I have the deal for you, with a new program through Microsoft called the Windows Feedback Program.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Snag Vista Ultimate for free, in exchange for your privacy
Discussion: WebProNews and CyberNet
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Sprint to soft-launch WiMAX before Christmas  —  Within the week, Sprint will turn live its WiMAX networks in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C., Sprint officials said today.  The soft launch will extend only to Sprint employees and is intended to prepare the networks for a broader customer trial in the first quarter.
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Porn producer sues YouTube knockoff  —  PornoTube and its parent firm are accused of profiting from piracy.  —  A major porn producer filed a lawsuit Monday against an X-rated knockoff of YouTube, alleging that it profited from piracy by allowing its users to post videos that include copyrighted material.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Music Blog Community MOG.com Links With Rhapsody, Integrates RNWK Service  —  Music blog community MOG.com is integrating with Rhapsody from RealNetworks, (NSDQ: RNWK) adding the equivalent of another dimension by allowing bloggers and users to listen to, search for and share music.
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Arrives Early  —  Micosoft cuts testing short, a sign to some that there aren't enough users to do the testing.  —  The Office team beat its own deadline of early 2008 and will release Office 2007 Service Pack 1 Dec. 11.  —  In an unusual move …
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Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Penthouse Buys Group of Social-Networking Sites  —  While the influx of free and low-cost video has hurt the sale of pornographic videos, the chief executive of the Penthouse Media Group remains so bullish on the sex-related entertainment industry that he is investing $500 million in a group of social networking sites.
Discussion: Mashable!
Moo Money / Massively:
[UPDATED] Was Cory Linden fired, or did he quit?  —  I've been hearing rumors about one of Second Life's dear leaders, Cory Linden (aka Cory Ondrejka), Linden Lab's CTO.  Apparently he didn't see eye to eye with Philip Linden (aka Philip Rosedale), LL's CEO, about the engineering direction.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Some turbulence for JetBlue's in-flight e-mail  —  Special thanks to my editors for posting this.  I've filed it in-flight via e-mail.  —  I'm typing this somewhere over Louisville, Ky. (or so the "live map" on my seat monitor tells me) on board JetBlue flight 641, a New York-to-San Francisco flight …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Failed WGA checks lead to a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits  —  As part of its global antipiracy efforts, Microsoft announced today that it has filed 52 lawsuits around the world and referred another 22 cases to law enforcement agencies in 22 different countries.
InfoWorld:
Chambers: Older workers, don't despair  —  Social networking is coming to enterprises, but that doesn't mean the twentysomethings are taking over, Cisco Systems Chairman and CEO John Chambers said Tuesday.  —  Kicking off the company's annual C-Scape analyst conference in San Jose, California …
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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Study says mobile content ready to explode in India
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
YouTube Democratizes Its Ad Revenue-Sharing Program, With Limits
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Bruce Meyerson / Business Week:
Why Wireless Isn't Wide Open
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Update: AT&T: U-Verse Available To 30 Million Homes in 2010 …
InfoWorld:
DNS attack could signal Phishing 2.0
Discussion: The Register
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Web Leaders Seek More Searchable Government
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Ask Launches AskEraser
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
RealNetworks lays off 100, about 35 of them in Seattle
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Future-safe archives  —  I just woke up in Paris, it's 5:34AM here …