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10:20 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.
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.
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."
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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 …
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.
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Toolbar 5 for Internet Explorer Released  —  A new version of the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer was recently launched.  Some of the new features include:  — Google Gadgets support - "With support for live feeds and custom site search, Google Toolbar custom buttons are more than just bookmarks.
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: DSLreports, WebProNews and p2pnet
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple takes baby steps with Canadian iTunes Store TV shows  —  Just like the Infinite Loop crystal ball predicted earlier this week, Apple today announced that TV shows are now available at the Canadian iTunes Store.  While this inaugural offering isn't exactly a flood of programming …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Macsimum News and CrunchGear
BBC:
Europe can 'lead web technology'  —  Europe remains a vibrant centre for web technology development, a conference in Paris is hearing.  —  More than 2,000 web developers have gathered for the LeWeb conference, organised by blogger and businessman Loic LeMeur.
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 …
Reuters:
NBC refunds advertisers as ratings plunge  —  NEW YORK (Media Week) - Fourth-ranked broadcaster NBC has quietly begun reimbursing advertisers an average of $500,000 each for failing to reach guaranteed ratings levels, the first time a network has taken such a step in years, media buyers said.
 
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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InfoWorld:
Cisco's EOS online-content platform coming next year
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Subscribed Links Integrated Into Universal Search
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Qiushuang / Google LatLong:
Comments, ratings and top links for My Maps
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Scrollable Google AdSense
Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
Interoperability is top open-source customer worry
Discussion: eWEEK.com and The Open Road
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 …
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Commodore 64 celebrates its 25th anniversary
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Yahoo Deal Adds Content From CNBC
Discussion: BloggingStocks and WebProNews
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
PR Newswire:
The Venus by LG Gets Dressed Up in Pink for Verizon Wireless
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
SWsoft renames itself Parallels
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forget the SanDisk Deal, NBC Direct Will Soon Have Free Downloads in HD
Jason Szep / Reuters:
"w00t" crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary
Discussion: Gizmodo, Joystiq and Digg