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11:20 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.
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 Z / Anne Truitt Zelenka:   Scott Karp: Talking to You People is a Massive Waste of Time
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
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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."
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
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!
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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
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 …
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple takes baby steps with Canadian iTunes Store TV shows
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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.
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 and PalmAddicts
 
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Friendster launches Developer Platform
Discussion: The Social Web and Webware.com
Wall Street Journal:
NBC Gives Money Back to Advertisers
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Why do Apple customers care so much?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
TiVo's Tom Rogers Speaks!
Discussion: TiVo Lovers
Webmink / Simon Phipps, SunMink:
About Sun's Million Dollar Grants for FOSS
Discussion: InfoWorld and 451 CAOS Theory
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
InfoWorld:
Cisco's EOS online-content platform coming next year
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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Frank Dorman / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC And Seven States Sue Payment Processor that Allegedly Took …
Chris Sorensen / Toronto Star:
Rogers website messages irk Google
Discussion: DSLreports, WebProNews and p2pnet
Reuters:
NBC refunds advertisers as ratings plunge
Rich Brown / CNET News.com:
A new face in HTPCs  —  When we first opened the PDF containing …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
SWsoft renames itself Parallels