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12:10 PM ET, December 12, 2007

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Times of London:
Microsoft swoop hands Multimap founder $25m  —  The deal, understood to be worth about $50 million, expands Microsoft's fast-growing footprint in web and mobile advertising  —  Microsoft has agreed to buy Multimap, the privately-owned British company that is snapping at the heels of Google's dominance in online mapping services.
Discussion: The Register and Channel 9
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PR Newswire:
Microsoft Acquires One of Europe's Top Online Map Services  —  Acquisition of Multimap will help Microsoft deliver new, expanded services on the Web.  —  Microsoft Corp. has acquired Multimap, one of the United Kingdom's top 100 technology companies and one of the leading online mapping services in the world.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Buys UK Online Mapping Company Multimap  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has acquired Multimap, one of the oldest online mapping companies in UK and Europe, for an undisclosed price.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  MSFT said the new acquisition will complement its existing offerings …
Guardian:
Microsoft buys Multimap
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Maryanne Murray Buechner / Time:
50 Top 10 Lists of 2007  —  Top 10 Gadgets  —  #1. Apple iPhone  —  The iPhone changed the way we think about how mobile media devices should look, feel and perform.  The design is exceptional inside and out: It's got a slick glass-and-stainless steel case and an elegant touch screen loaded with eye candy.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scoble To Leave PodTech, Heading For Fast Company  —  Famous blogger Robert Scoble will be leaving his current job at PodTech in mid January, he says.  He will likely be joining Fast Company to start Fast Company TV.  —  Scoble was with PodTech for just a year and a half.
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.
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Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
The Next Social Network: WordPress  —  Could open-source blogging platform WordPress serve as your next social networking profile?  Chris Messina, co-founder of Citizen Agency, thinks so.  He's started a project called DiSo, for distributed social networking, that aims to "build a social network with its skin inside out."
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) + CNBC Distribution Deal: Cable Screwed?  —  Yahoo and CNBC have signed a distribution deal in which Yahoo Finance will distribute a handful of CNBC clips each day.  This is a smart step for both parties, but it's also only a tiny fraction of what the two companies could and should do together.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft yanks free Vista, Office offer  —  Fills ranks of program that gave away software to users installing monitoring app  —  Microsoft on Tuesday withdrew an offer of free copies of Windows Vista Ultimate and Office 2007 in exchange for consumers agreeing to install monitoring software …
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Helio's Ocean granted hot new native YouTube app; Downloads and Uploads now both totally mobile  —  I love YouTube.  I mean I love it.  I like unhinged videos of Mexican UFOs, crazy Japanese gameshows, and Lohan falling down.  It's unlimited entertainment, because there are more hours …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Cisco's Social Networking Strategy Comes Into Focus  —  Last February Cisco, the venerable provider of Internet backbone hardware, got its hands wet in the social networking scene by acquiring Five Across, a provider of enterprise social networking software.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
United Online Pulls Classmates IPO; Stock Gets Whacked  —  United Online (UNTD) this morning announced that it is canceling its planned IPO for its Classmates Media IPO, which operates the Classmates.com social networking site.  The company said that "proceeding with the initial public …
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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.
Chris Sorensen / Toronto Star:
Rogers website messages irk Google  —  Critics say corporate notices violate `Net neutrality'  —  Search engine giant Google Inc. says it's "concerned" about efforts by Rogers Communications Inc. to insert branded corporate messages into third-party websites, a move critics say is a case …
Discussion: VoIP Blog, WebProNews, DSLreports and p2pnet
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Zoho Show 2.0, Cleaner Look, New Features  —  Over the past two years Zoho has launched 12 applications along with 4 utilities, nearly all with APIs.  The team has shown a strong commitment to steadily improving their products, making them a compelling alternative to the incumbent, Google.
MovableType.org:
Movable Type.org  —  Community Blog  —  Movable Type Open Source  —  As of today, and forever forward, Movable Type is open source.  This means you can freely modify, redistribute, and use Movable Type for any purpose you choose.  —  Just want the details and downloads?  Skip to the bottom.
Nokia:
Nokia PC Phone  — Note: By installing, copying, or otherwise using this software, you agree to be bound by the terms of its license.  — Give your constructive feedback and rate this application.  —  Nokia PC Phone is an experimental service that gives you a possibility to use your mobile phone with your Web Browser.
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Study: 95 percent of all e-mail sent in 2007 was spam
Discussion: Hightouch
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
W00t Wins Webster's Word of the Year, Just Edges Out the Verb …
Discussion: AppScout, Reuters and Joystiq
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
The man behind the Commodore 64
Discussion: Crave and ZDNet.com.au
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Friendster launches Developer Platform
Discussion: The Social Web and Webware.com
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell Latitude XT tablet will have multi-touch, just not for a while
Wall Street Journal:
NBC Gives Money Back to Advertisers
Simon Atkins / Apple:
Apple Announces Hit Television Programming Now Available on the …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
TiVo's Tom Rogers Speaks!
Discussion: TiVo Lovers
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Toolbar 5 for Internet Explorer Released
BBC:
Europe can 'lead web technology'
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Subscribed Links Integrated Into Universal Search
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Scrollable Google AdSense
Frank Dorman / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC And Seven States Sue Payment Processor that Allegedly Took …
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Mahalo takes a step forward with human-powered search engine
Rich Brown / CNET News.com:
A new face in HTPCs  —  When we first opened the PDF containing …