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1:20 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: TechCrunch, The Register and Channel 9
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PR Newswire:
Microsoft Acquires One of Europe's Top Online Map Services
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
Guardian:
Microsoft buys Multimap
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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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."
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 …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb opens up iPhone  —  Exclusive Orb is expected to announce that it's supporting Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch in the next few days.  Orb provides access to your playlists and songs on your home PC (as well as photos, videos and TV) from anywhere.  It's Sling without the hardware …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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.
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Why do Apple customers care so much?  —  The question inevitably comes up when I meet people and they learn I write about Apple for a living: "So, what's that like?"  —  I usually answer, "It's crazy."  There perhaps has never been a more interesting time to write about Apple and its growing impact …
Simon Atkins / Apple:
Apple Announces Hit Television Programming Now Available on the iTunes Store in Canada  —  Programs from Canada's Top Networks, US Favorites & NHL Now Available on iTunes  —  Apple® today announced that hit television programming from Canada's top networks, US broadcasters and the National Hockey League …
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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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
FCC Says T-Mobile Getting Third 3G Phone, the Samsung t819 [Cellphones]
Discussion: Electronista
Ed Richards / Ofcom:
Foreword  —  This is Ofcom's second report on the international communications market.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
GAO blasts government "planning" for digital TV transition
Discussion: Reuters
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
United Online Pulls Classmates IPO; Stock Gets Whacked
Nokia:
Nokia PC Phone
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Cisco's Social Networking Strategy Comes Into Focus
Discussion: InfoWorld
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
W00t Wins Webster's Word of the Year, Just Edges Out the Verb …
Discussion: Techdirt, AppScout, Reuters, Joystiq and Digg
Wall Street Journal:
NBC Gives Money Back to Advertisers
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Survey: 13.6% of American homes have only cellphones
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
AppJet Makes Simple Web Apps A Breeze
Discussion: GNUCITIZEN and Ajaxian
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
Chris Sorensen / Toronto Star:
Rogers website messages irk Google
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Mahalo takes a step forward with human-powered search engine