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12:15 PM ET, December 28, 2007

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Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Benazir Bhutto assassinated: Twitter's utility  —  If anyone needed convincing of Twitter's business utility, today is that day.  —  As I write this post, the Twittersphere is going nuts over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto which occurred around 5.15am Pacific Time.
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Dan York / Disruptive Conversations:
The 10 ways I learned to use Twitter in 2007...  (aka Why and How I use Twitter)  —  How have I learned to use Twitter in my online communication?  Let me count the ways...  After Chris Brogan posted his “Twitter Revisited” piece last week and on the same day Jeremiah Owyang talked …
websense.com:
Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code: Attackers Exploiting News of Benazir Bhutto Assassination  —  Websense Security Labs has discovered malicious Web sites attempting to capitalize on the breaking news of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.  These sites attempt to infect users seeking more information about the event.
Gina Keating / Reuters:
Wal-Mart cancels movie download service  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc quietly canceled its online video download service less than a year after the site went live, a company spokeswoman said on Thursday.  —  Wal-Mart shut down the download site after Hewlett Packard Co discontinued …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Post-Google Fraternity of Investors  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Sacca had a plum job as the Wi-Fi guru at Google.  But with his stock options fully vested, he left the Internet search company this month for a new career as a venture capitalist.  —  Mr. Sacca, 32, joins a growing number …
Discussion: The Open Road
Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Here Comes Trouble: The Thin Edge of SIP  —  Vint Cerf's Facebook profile includes a picture of him wearing his favorite t-shirt: it reads “IP on Everything."  Cerf co-authored the 1973 paper that led to TCP/IP being used as a means to interconnect previously incompatible computers and networks associated with the ARPANET.
PC World:
Scorecard: What Came True, What Didn't in 2007  —  Starry-eyed companies and CEOs made big promises to rollout new gadgets and told consumers to prepare for big trends in 2007.  Who was right?  And who was wrong?  —  Martyn Williams, IDGNS  —  Recommend this story?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
GPS baby Jesus stolen again, found across the street  —  Maybe next year they can just spring for an RFID baby Jesus.  The folks in Florida noticed that their GPS-equipped baby Jesus we mentioned the other day was missing from his nativity, and fired up the old GPS tracker.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Before Google There Was BackRub  —  Google's precursor in 1996 was called “BackRub,” a search engine research project headed by Larry Page at the computer science department at Stanford.  BackRub might have been a reference to the underlying algorithm which counts backlinks as affirmative votes …
Discussion: Valleywag
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
This Is What a Nokia E90 Blasted With a Shotgun Looks Like  —  Someone blasted their Nokia E90 with a 12-bore shotgun.  And then decided to put the bent and twisted piece of telephony up for sale on eBay “for parts."  Or for laughs, because then someone decided to buy the remains of the smartphone for $20.50.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Rant: P2P Is More than Cheap Bandwidth  —  2007 has been the year of the P2P CDNs.  Akamai bought Red Swoosh, BitTorrent started to showcase their DNA streaming solution, and Pando inked a deal with NBC to P2P-power the distribution of shows like Law & Order through the network's NBC Direct download service.
JKK / jkkmobile:
How to add internal 3G HSDPA to Asus Eee PC  —  Mobility means also mobile connectivity to me.  That's why this had to be done..  —  I needed to cut 3mm of plastic away here.  —  and about 3 mm slice from this thin plastic wall.  —  This is ZadaCOM 3G+ HSDPA modem opened.
Discussion: Gizmodo, DSLreports, I4U News, Ubergizmo and Digg
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
NTV Predictions: Video Advertising  —  Among the questions we've asked our panel of experts was this one: Which online video ad format will become dominant in 2008?  —  Selections from their responses are below.  We'd love to hear your take on the question or on our panelists' predictions in the comments.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Beet.TV and Social Media
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The MacMini HDTV revolution  —  Yesterday I was over talking with the team behind Retrevo, the consumer electronics search engine.  —  We all agreed that Apple TV sucks.  More on that in a minute.  —  But we all notice a trend: hooking MacMinis up to your HTDV.  I think it's a revolution.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FlickrFan: Dave Winer's New Photo Viewing Software  —  Long-time inventor Dave Winer has released an early version of his new Mac software called FlickrFan tonight.  Though there are some kinks in it at launch, the service leverages a number of APIs to do some very cool things.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
A Flickr-powered screensaver? Incredible
 
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
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Dan Levin / New York Times:
Shifting Coupons, From Clip and Save to Point and Click
Fareastgizmos.com:
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Greg Saks / Compete Blog:
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
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