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11:05 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.
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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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
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Guardian:
Microsoft buys Multimap  —  Multimap: Microsoft will be using its new acquisition to take on Google Maps and Google Earth  —  Microsoft has continued its high-profile acquisition spree, snapping up UK online mapping company Multimap.  —  The US software giant aims to marry …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
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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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho Show 2.0 Unveiled - Compares Well to Powerpoint, One-Ups Google
Discussion: Zoho Blogs
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."
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 and Macsimum News
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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."
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:   Mahalo Adds the Social Graph to Search
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.
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.
Discussion: Podcasting News and WebMetricsGuru
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.
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 …
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!
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Subscribed Links Integrated Into Universal Search  —  Ben Allen found that Google now integrates Subscribed Links results in-between other organic search results, as part of the "universal search" initiative; this may be new, though it's hard to tell for sure.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell Latitude XT tablet will have multi-touch, just not for a while  —  If you're at all like us, you spent a little time scratching your head after the Latitude XT's launch wondering just what Michael Dell really meant when he mentioned the convertible having multi-touch.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
 
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TiVo's Tom Rogers Speaks!
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Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Survey: 13.6% of American homes have only cellphones
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
AppJet Makes Simple Web Apps A Breeze
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Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Toolbar 5 for Internet Explorer Released
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Cisco's EOS online-content platform coming next year
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