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12:40 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  —  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
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.
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.
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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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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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."
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
GAO blasts government "planning" for digital TV transition  —  The Government Accountability Office has just released a report to Congress (PDF) slamming the efforts of the FCC and the NTIA to alert consumers about the upcoming transition to digital television.
Discussion: Reuters
 
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb opens up iPhone
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AMD expects sizable write-down for declining value of ATI purchase
Discussion: TechSpot News
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
A Spam-Filled Holiday Season
Discussion: DSLreports
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
United Online Pulls Classmates IPO; Stock Gets Whacked
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: AppScout, Reuters and Joystiq
Wall Street Journal:
NBC Gives Money Back to Advertisers
Simon Atkins / Apple:
Apple Announces Hit Television Programming Now Available on the …
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Why do Apple customers care so much?
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Survey: 13.6% of American homes have only cellphones
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