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11:40 AM ET, December 15, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web  —  The celebrated openness of the Internet — network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic — is quietly losing powerful defenders.  —  Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic …
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Lessig Blog:
The made-up dramas of the Wall Street Journal  —  I got off the plane from Boston to find my inbox filled with anger about an article in the Wall Street Journal.  To those who were angry, I hope you will direct any anger at the Wall Street Journal after you read what follows.
Discussion: Beyond Search and TeleRead
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Net neutrality and the benefits of caching  —  One of the first posts I wrote for this blog last summer tried to define what we at Google mean when we talk about the concept of net neutrality.  —  Broadband providers — the on-ramps to the Internet — should not be allowed to prioritize traffic based …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Palm Pins Its Hopes on Nova  —  The smartphone maker debuts its new operating system, code-named Nova, at January's CES.  Palm says its phones for it will bridge the BlackBerry-iPhone gap  —  Jon Rubinstein got the call in mid-2007 while he was living on the Pacific Coast of Mexico …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Nano Rumors Revived in Otherwise Quiet Lead-in to Macworld  —  Questionably reliable iDealsChina publishes information and renderings of what it claims to be an “iPhone nano”.  —  It is the same height as the just release Nano but wider and thicker and with the same iPhone 3G contours.
Wall Street Journal:
The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World  —  Consumers are flocking to blogs, social-networking sites and virtual worlds.  And they are leaving a lot of marketers behind.  —  For marketers, Web 2.0 offers a remarkable new opportunity to engage consumers.  —  If only they knew how to do it.
Business Week:
Google's Mayer: Staying Innovative In a Downturn  —  The mantra that's been flooding the Googleplex this year?  ‘Scarcity brings clarity,’ explains Marissa Mayer, Google Vice-President  —  When Larry Page and Sergey Brin co-founded Google (GOOG) 10 years ago, few people imagined the kind …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Q: What Do You Get When You Add Karate Belts To a Q&A Service?  Mahalo Answers.  —  Mahalo is now answering your questions.  The human-curated search engine/ condensed wiki guide is adding a Q&A service called Mahalo Answers to its mix.  It is a combination of Yahoo Answers …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
News About News, in 140 Characters  —  With staff changes and reductions across the media industry, even a blog post can be too time-consuming a way to announce who is in and out of a job.  That is why a public relations employee turned to the instant-blogging platform Twitter to create The Media Is Dying …
Discussion: textually.org, Gawker and Beet.TV
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Stickam API Lets You Build Your Own Live Video Site  —  Stickam, a live video streaming service that competes with the likes of Justin.tv and Ustream.tv, is releasing a new API that effectively allows anyone to build their own streaming video startup with a minimal amount of effort.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
OpenX Shows Impressive Growth, Ramps Up Revenue Streams  —  OpenX (which used to be called Openads), provider of an open-source ad serving solution for web publishers - we use it at TechCrunch -, is growing like weed under the leadership of former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller, who is the company's chairman …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Are iPhone users just tight?  —  I'd buy that for a dollar  —  Analysis Companies developing software for the iPhone are seeing their creations drown in a sea of one-dollar mediocrity as they struggle to gain visibility in the increasingly cluttered Application Store, and some have taken their complaints to Steve himself.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Ways to Monetize Twitter  —  Plus Ways to Waste Time on the Web  —  1. CHARGE FOR IT  —  Of course, companies can already use the service for free, so what, exactly, would be new?  Ian Schafer, CEO of Deep Focus, has some ideas: more-customizable profile pages, a dashboard to manage followers and tech support.
Discussion: Twitterrati and CostPerNews
GPS Tracklog:
Magellan to sell consumer GPS division to MiTAC  —  Magellan Navigation announced this morning that it is selling its consumer products division to MiTAC International, which also owns Mio.  The transaction is expected to close in January.  The Magellan consumer products division created …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Goldman Cuts Rating On Consumer Spending Woes  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are coming under early selling pressure this morning after Goldman Sachs analyst David Bailey cut his rating on the stock to Neutral from Buy, citing concerns about consumer spending and “Apple's valuation premium.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Gets Ready For Holidays With Special Dividers  —  Every year, Google dresses up the dividers between the organic search results and the paid search results with special holiday icons.  This year is no different.  David notified me that the special holiday dividers are now up.
Discussion: CNET News and BrandVerity
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zapproved launches its decision-making email application  —  Zapproved, the web application that uses email to simplify group decision-making, is officially launching today.  That means it's taking the beta testing tag off its product and rolling out its plans to make money.
Discussion: Profy, TechCrunch and TechFlash
Electronista:
BlackBerry Curve 8350i PTT phone ships for Sprint  —  Sprint today began shipping its promised BlackBerry Curve 8350i.  The smartphone is the first modern BlackBerry for the carrier's Nextel iDEN push-to-talk (PTT) network and also brings Wi-Fi, which lets users tap the cellular network …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Business Wire
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
Oracle's second quarter to be a mixed bag  —  Oracle reports its fiscal second-quarter results on Thursday, and analysts are expecting weaker-than-expected license revenue, healthy maintenance subscriptions, a potential earnings miss, and some belt-tightening on deck.  In other words, expect a mixed bag.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Tim Weber / BBC:
Can Microsoft make its future mobile?  —  You want a phone that can do it all?  Internet, music, photos, films, documents, texting, instant messaging, diary, contacts and ... err ... phone calls?  —  Then a smartphone is right for you.  But as the market for high-end mobiles gets ever more crowded, which should you pick?
Discussion: SuperSite Blog
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
MySQL getting too big for its corporate britches?  —  For anyone interested in seeing just how different and game-changing open source can be, there's really no need to look beyond MySQL, the open-source database leader.  Jeremy Zawodny, formerly of Yahoo!, and now of Craigslist …
Discussion: Slashdot
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Studios (temporarily?) gain upper hand in Blu-ray DRM battle  —  Movie studios and software companies fought to maintain (and crack) the efficacy of Blu-ray's BD+ DRM scheme throughout all of 2008, but the content industry has won a round of its own as the year draws to a close.
 
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Startup banks on making money from free broadband
Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Google CEO, Former HP Chief Talk Politics
Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
Digital Liberty Coalition protests against web filter held across Australia
Discussion: The Register
DigiTimes:
Taiwan iPhone 3Gs are SIM unlocked out-of-the-box
Discussion: Unwired View and SlashGear
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
NetShelter raises $11.1 million for online media network
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Ray / The Register:
ADSL - the VoIP killer
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Zannel brings media-rich microblogging to iPhone
Discussion: Social Media
comScore:
Week After Cyber Monday Brings Slight Lull in E-Commerce Sales …
BBC:
Virgin unveils next-gen broadband
Discussion: Working Anywhere
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Interview: New NYT.com GM Denise Warren: Tip-toeing Into Aggregation …
Discussion: ReveNews
Alejandro Lazo / Washington Post:
In First Step, Delta to Offer WiFi on Selected Flights
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent Recapitalizes: $17 M Financing Undone, Valuation Plummets