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10:50 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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google NOT Turning Its Back on Network Neutrality  —  Updated @ 9:30 pm: In response to an earlier story in The Wall Street Journal, Google offered a clarification and reaffirmed its stance on network neutrality and pointed out that it is not backing away from it.  It has dismissed the WSJ story as confused.
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.
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
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
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 and TechCrunch
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 …
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Startup banks on making money from free broadband  —  WASHINGTON — For the past three years, a startup called M2Z Networks has been figuring out a way to blanket the nation with a free wireless broadband network to ensure all Americans have access to basic high-speed Internet connections.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
NetShelter raises $11.1 million for online media network  —  NetShelter Technology Media is announcing today that it's raised $11.1 million in a first round of funding as the nine-year-old ad network for tech properties seeks to expand the reach of its 150 technology content web sites.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Sprint's Treo Pro coming in January along with a pink Instinct  —  Say, remember how there was supposed to be a Treo Pro coming to Sprint?  Yeah, well, the time is drawing near for that to go down; odds are it could've happened sooner, but Sprint probably wanted to give its fairly fresh 800w …
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: Mashable!
DigiTimes:
Taiwan iPhone 3Gs are SIM unlocked out-of-the-box  —  Contrary to earlier expectations, iPhone 3Gs bought in the Taiwan market are not restricted to only using SIM cards from Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), leaving owners the option to switch service providers, or use their smartphones with a local SIM card when traveling.
Discussion: Unwired View and SlashGear
Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose:
Google CEO, Former HP Chief Talk Politics  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who hit the campaign trail on behalf of President-elect Barack Obama in the weeks leading up to Election Day and now serves on his economic advisory board, appeared on NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday to discuss …
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 …
 
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Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
Digital Liberty Coalition protests against web filter held across Australia
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Ajesh Patalay / Guardian:
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comScore:
Week After Cyber Monday Brings Slight Lull in E-Commerce Sales …
BBC:
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Interview: New NYT.com GM Denise Warren: Tip-toeing Into Aggregation …
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