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10:10 AM ET, December 12, 2007

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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.
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Quote of the Day  —  "After debating this for the past few weeks, I've decided to make my entire flickr stream private.  —  My images are being stolen and used in ways that I am not comfortable with on an almost weekly basis, sometimes several times in a week.
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."
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.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Mahalo takes a step forward with human-powered search engine  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis, CEO of Mahalo, believes that humans can outwit the machines.  This is not a replay of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Terminator" movies.  Rather, Mahalo is a search engine that is powered by human judgment, known in Web 2.0 circles as "curation."
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.
Rich Brown / CNET News.com:
A new face in HTPCs  —  When we first opened the PDF containing the concept images of Omaura's concept TT chassis, we thought for a second it was a large, TV-stand-ready all-in-one PC whose display had a seriously distorted aspect ratio.  We'll confess to a little disappointment once we realized …
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.
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Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
Interoperability is top open-source customer worry  —  San Francisco - The Open Solutions Alliance, a nonprofit group backed by a number of commercial open-source vendors, released a survey on Wednesday that found interoperability is a foremost concern among open-source-software customers.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and The Open Road
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 …
biz.yahoo.com:
United Online Announces Decision to Withdraw IPO of Classmates Media Corporation  —  United Online, Inc. (NasdaqGS:UNTD - News), a leading provider of consumer Internet and media services, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Classmates Media Corporation, intends to withdraw …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forget the SanDisk Deal, NBC Direct Will Soon Have Free Downloads in HD  —  While NBC Universal is making deals left and right to try to make up for the fact that it is no longer distributing its digital TV shows through iTunes, don't get distracted by all the small-fry announcements.
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBCU: SanDisk Fanfare = Our New iTunes Store
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Joystiq and Digg
InfoWorld:
Cisco's EOS online-content platform coming next year  —  Cisco will introduce next year its Entertainment Operating System (EOS), a platform for delivering multimedia content to online communities.  —  EOS will be the first major product of Cisco's push into helping media companies connect with their customers.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
 
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Subscribed Links Integrated Into Universal Search
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BetaNews:
Office 2007 SP1 goes live, Windows XP SP3 RC1 follows along
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Remaking The Journal  —  In the last few months, Rupert Murdoch …
Frank Dorman / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC And Seven States Sue Payment Processor that Allegedly Took …
InfoWorld:
Commodore 64 celebrates its 25th anniversary
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NBC refunds advertisers as ratings plunge
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Yahoo Deal Adds Content From CNBC
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Developer platforms: Friendster, Bebo, LinkedIn aren't waiting for Open Social
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hey, HP laptop owners: click here to get hijacked
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Online, in touch, up to speed: UK's social network obsessives are European leaders
Discussion: The Open Road
John Oram / Inquirer:
Asian outfits to enter scrap for 700MHz spectrum
PR Newswire:
The Venus by LG Gets Dressed Up in Pink for Verizon Wireless
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
SWsoft renames itself Parallels
InfoWorld:
Chambers: Older workers, don't despair
Discussion: Big Tech and CNET News.com