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10:00 AM ET, December 19, 2007


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here Comes (Another) Another Bubble!  —  The take-down of the popular Web 2.0 music video, “Here Comes Another Bubble,” didn't last too long.  The Richter Scales, a San Francisco singing group that did the piece, have posted a new one-Version 1.1-that it hopes is copyright safe.
Lane Hartwell:
My statement regarding the new version of the Richter Scales video  —  As the Richter Scales stated in their blog, the video that used my image - without my permission - was viewed just under one million times on YouTube.  In the end, the band opted not to work with me toward a fair resolution of the issue.
The Richter Scales:
Announcing “Bubble” Version 1.1
Discussion: CNET
Google Talkabout:
Merry Christmas, God Jul and  —  OK, I cheated.  I don't really speak Chinese.  But I know a bot that does, and we're releasing it today together with number of other translation bots.  For those not familiar with bots, a (ro)bot is a piece of software that acts as a chat contact and provides some fun or useful functionality.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Talk Gets One Step Closer To The Ultimate Babel Fish  —  “Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation."  Douglas Adams, Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My New Facebook Strategy and the FB Power Level  —  I had heard there was a 5k friend limit on Facebook.  I just didn't take it to heart.  Until I reached 5k and tried to add 5001., at which point FB reminded of the limit.  —  It was a weird moment ,but actually one that I have come to respect and appreciate.
The Web Celeb 25  —  Things change fast on the internet —and fame is no exception.  Nearly half of the online celebrities identified in the inaugural edition of the Web Celeb 25 failed to place on the list in this second edition.  Among the casualties: YouTube star LonelyGirl15 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Tweeterboard: Who Does That Person on Twitter Think They Are?  —  Like it or not, there's a whole lot of conversation going on via microblogging service Twitter these days and it cannot be ignored.  —  Let's say you've subscribed to a search feed for your company's name (via Terraminds) …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Finally, a Twitter Measurement Tool that works
Bill Ray / The Register:
700MHz attracts Paul Allen  —  Chunk of spectrum latest must-have accessory for the super-rich?  —  The FCC has revealed the list of bidders interested in owning a little 700MHz, a spectrum due for release in January next year with the switch off of analogue TV.
Spencer Morgan / New York Observer:
Strike-Stalled Agents Flip for Facebook: Hey, Let's ‘Poke’ Nick Counter!  —  Over in Hollywood, while striking writers and studios remain at loggerheads, the agents, TV agents in particular, have discovered Facebook, the networking Web site, as a new and exciting way to keep the community spirit alive.
Microsoft Help and Support:
Internet Explorer 6 crashes after you install security update 942615 on a computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 2  —  View products that this article applies to. … Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry.  Make sure that you back up the registry before you modify it.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
What Does MTV's Bruckheimer Game Deal Mean?  —  Plenty of press about Hollywood mogul Jerry Bruckheimer's deal with MTV to produce videogames for the Viacom (VIAB), but very few details.  What we know: The producer of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “CSI”, etc is entering some kind of JV with MTV …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Variety
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Death Of Online Office Suites Is Greatly Exaggerated  —  from the not-dead-yet!  dept  —  There's a ton of buzz going around over a new study, saying that only a small percentage of people even know what Google Docs is, with an even smaller subsection actually using it.
John Pospisil /
Major Aussie ISP Telstra BigPond shafts open source OpenOffice
Thoughtfix /
Internet Tablet OS2008 Review  —  (This post is huge with stacks of photos so I temporarily changed my site feed to “short."  Visit directly for the full article.  I will return to full content feeds in a few days.)  —  Nokia's maemo team officially announced OS2008 for Nokia Internet Tablets (N800 and N810) today.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
David Kaplan /
Microsoft Signs Online Ad, Content Deal With Viacom; Value Of Agreement Pegged At $500 Million  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has signed a five-year deal with Viacom (NYSE: VIA) covering on ad serving, content distribution, event promotions and games.  The agreement marks the software company's latest effort …
Discussion: Between the Lines and PR Newswire
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What's on Microsoft's agenda for 2008?  —  It's the end of the year, which means it's pundit prognostication time again.  Here are my 10 predictions about what I think we'll see in Microsoft land in 2008.  —  (I could have done a lot more than 10, given I'm finishing up a book on Microsoft's future …
Discussion: Windows Connected
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Going green with DC power  —  Which has a larger carbon footprint: your neighbor's gas guzzling SUV or the server in your machine room?  The answer might surprise you.  In a recent report from the Global Action Plan, the average server has a larger annual carbon footprint than an SUV getting 15 MPG.
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Pumping DC power to the data center
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Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Glitches Bug Google's Android Software
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Chris Williams / The Register:
Ofcom urged to clamp down on broadband speed deceit
Discussion: BBC and p2pnet
Kentnichols / Kent's Official Blog:
Beware The Giants  —  It seems fitting that on the day that big media …
Linux Update: Ubuntu 7.10 and Built-In DVD playback
Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Big Profits with No-Frills Mobile
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Mature dating website, WLTM funky young networker for mutually stimulating liaison
Unlocked Media  —  Years ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation came …
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Helping To Change The Business Of Music
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell's 3008WFP 30-inch LCD with DisplayPort sneaks available — in US too
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple finally fixes some MacBook keyboard issues
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
$8,000-per-gallon printer ink leads to antitrust lawsuit
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the mylo 2?  —  So we were dong some followup research …
Nick Weininger / Official Google Blog:
Better flight stats results
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
What's in Store for EBay? Outlook Hazy
Declan McCullagh / CNET
TorrentSpy loses Calif. copyright lawsuit
George Ou / Zero Day:
Mac versus Windows vulnerability stats for 2007