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6:20 PM ET, December 15, 2007

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Lewis Wallace / Wired News:
Why Lane Hartwell Popped the 'Here Comes Another Bubble' Video  —  When one of Lane Hartwell's photographs showed up without her permission in a popular viral video, she wasn't flattered.  She was frustrated.  —  Hartwell's frustration quickly morphed into action.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Why Lane Hartwell is wrong  —  According to a piece at Wired, the person who got the "Here Comes Another Bubble" video pulled down from YouTube was photographer Lane Hartwell, who saw one of her images — of Valleywag writer Owen Thomas — pop up in the hilarious video from Richter Scales.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Blogcosm and Mashable!
Scripting News:
Twitter takes a break, we're awake, and wondering...  There's a big yellow bar on the Twitter home page today saying it will be down for maintenence betw 10AM and 10PM today.  I haven't heard any grumbling about this, but it's worth a bit of a grumble.  —  What other basic form of communication goes down for 12 hours at a time?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Surviving the 2008 recession  —  Recession is in the air.  It isn't here for sure, but, damn, when you pay $50 for two coffees and a tart in Paris you know your economy isn't healthy.  Add in the latest energy prices and you see we're almost definitely going to have a problem over the next year …
Discussion: Robin Good
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Wikipedia Competitor Being Tested by Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is testing a new Web service intended to become a repository of knowledge from experts on various topics, one that could turn into a competitor to Wikipedia and other sites.  —  If it attracts a following …
Chrix Finne / Official Google Reader Blog:
Reader and Talk are Friends! … One of my favorite uses for Reader is to share interesting stuff with my friends.  I click "Share" whenever I find an interesting item, be it hilarious or serious.  This way, all my friends can subscribe to my shared items (and I to theirs) …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Reader Integrates Google's Stealth Social Net: The Address Book  —  The trusty address book in your Gmail account (assuming you have one) is actually much more than just a simple database of names and contact info.  It's Google's stealth social network.  The reason is that the search engine …
Discussion: WinExtra and Scobleizer
Jack / Twitter Blog:
T-Mobile + Twitter  —  We've been tracking a missed connection between T-Mobile and Twitter for the past few days.  If you're a T-Mobile customer using Twitter in the United States over our shortcode 40404, you may see intermittent failures (both with sending and receiving updates).
Discussion: A VC
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Linuxchic / Alternageek Technology Podcast:
T-Mobile blocks Twitter?
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
PSP is so last year; Fanboys build "Xbox Live Portable System"  —  It might not be the sleek cutting-edge portable console that you'd expect when you hear "portable Xbox," but it's definitely guaranteed to turn heads.  For better or worse, we guess.  Two Xbox fanboys have mobilized Halo 3 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Tech Blog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent, A Boon To Independent Filmmakers  —  Today, several of the top movies on BitTorrent sites such as mininova are independent films produced by small movie studios.  "The Man from Earth" and "Day Zero" are two recent examples of films that became known to a wide audience thanks to BitTorrent.
Discussion: Digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Upcoming FireWire spec revs things up to 3.2Gbps  —  USB 3.0 really threw down this September with a theoretical max throughput of 4Gbps, but it looks like FireWire isn't going down without a fight.  The latest and greatest FireWire version, dubbed "S3200" by those creatives up in marketing …
Grant McCracken / This Blog Sits at the:
FIRE FOXES, FIRE EAGLES, FIRE DOGS: MYTH IN A NEW MEDIA WORLD  —  This morning I found myself thinking about Fire Eagle, the new GPS status casting site coming this fall from Yahoo.  What, I wanted to know, is a "fire eagle"?  —  Then I start thinking about Firefox.
Jon / p2pnet:
Snocap melting away  —  DRM:- Rumors are swirling about about the pending demise of digital music vendor Snocap.  —  Articles mention a "sale", but more likely it will be a shuttering and quiet bankruptcy.  —  Snocap represents a commonplace occurrence in the music business …
Discussion: GigaOM and Slashdot
Nitin Borwankar / GigaOM:
Amazon SimpleDB 101 & Why It Matters  —  Amazon continues to amaze us with its Amazon Web Services series of offerings.  The latest is SimpleDB, which will be available in limited beta in a few weeks.  And it is bound to have a major impact on web infrastructure.  As Amazon says in its email to existing developers:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Judge: Man can't be forced to divulge encryption passphrase  —  A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that prosecutors can't force a criminal defendant accused of having illegal images on his hard drive to divulge his PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) passphrase.  —  U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerome …
 
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Canalys, Symbian: Apple iPhone Already Leads Windows Mobile …
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