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6:15 AM ET, December 12, 2007

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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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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Some Conversations have shifted to Twitter
Darmano / Logic+Emotion:   Why is Twitter Exploding? Because it's A Conversation Ecosystem.
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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBCU: SanDisk Fanfare = Our New iTunes Store  —  On the heels of NBC U's download deal with SanDisk, we spoke to NBC U president of digital distribution, Jean-Briac "JB" Perrette about what SanDisk offered that iTunes wouldn't and the prevailing view at NBC U on downloads vs. streaming.
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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  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - "w00t," an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary.  —  Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said "w00t" — typically spelled with two zeros …
Discussion: Digg
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.
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Online, in touch, up to speed: UK's social network obsessives are European leaders  —  One in four UK adults do it 23 times a month.  And Britons do it more often than anyone else in world, except for Canadians.  The obsession is with social networking, which according to a report published today …
Discussion: The Open Road
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
SWsoft renames itself Parallels  —  SWsoft, a start-up selling the Virtuozzo server virtualization software, has renamed itself Parallels after a product line better known among consumers that lets Windows run on Intel-based Macs.  —  "When we talk to partners, media, analysts, the channel …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Computerworld
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."
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hey, HP laptop owners: click here to get hijacked  —  If you use a Hewlett-Packard laptop, chances are a hacker can hijack your machine simply by luring you to a malicious website.  —  The pwnage comes courtesy of "HP Info Center", which comes installed on most HP laptops, according to a post made Tuesday to Milw0rm.com.
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Is All This Talk Of 'Open' Just Lip Service?  —  Open, open, open.  It's the buzzword of the moment in mobile, thanks to the likes of Google and Verizon.  Operators are talking about how they're open, how they want to foster innovation and new business models, and how they love openness and so on.
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Bruce Meyerson / Business Week:
Why Wireless Isn't Wide Open
Discussion: Ars Technica and mocoNews.net
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."
PR Newswire:
The Venus by LG Gets Dressed Up in Pink for Verizon Wireless  —  The Venus features a 2.0 megapixel camera, VZ Navigator(SM) capability, a microSD(TM) memory slot that can support up to 8 GB of additional memory, and dual-screen displays, the lower with touch navigation.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet.  The TV.  —  Here's how to finally bring them together.  —  Millions of people love watching Internet video on their PCs.  So why can't the technology industry figure out how to get them to watch Internet video on their television sets?  —  It isn't for lack of trying.
John Oram / Inquirer:
Asian outfits to enter scrap for 700MHz spectrum  —  THE WALL STREET Journal said at least four Asian mobile providers are eying the U.S. 700MHz auction.  —  The real draw for them is the potential for huge piles of wonga from selling enhanced features.  —  One of the gang of four is NTT Docomo USA …
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Music Blog Community MOG.com Links With Rhapsody, Integrates RNWK Service
Market Wire:
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Moo Money / Massively:
[UPDATED] Was Cory Linden fired, or did he quit?
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Edgeio Bids Start At $250,000
InfoWorld:
Study says mobile content ready to explode in India
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Iran builds supercomputer with illegal AMD chips
Discussion: InformationWeek and Gearlog
InfoWorld:
Chambers: Older workers, don't despair
Discussion: CNET News.com
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Second Stage Of The Radiohead Experiment
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
MTVN Tries To Streamline Multiplatform Ad Sales Again With Digital Fusion
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Sprint to soft-launch WiMAX before Christmas
InfoWorld:
DNS attack could signal Phishing 2.0
Discussion: The Register
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
'Here Comes Another Bubble' Takedown!
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Failed WGA checks lead to a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Porn Company Vivid Sues Its Own Customer Over Copyright
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Those CD rips of yours are still "unauthorized"