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7:25 PM ET, December 15, 2008

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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.
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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 …
Richard Bennett / The Register:
Google hints at the End of Net Neutrality
Discussion: CNN
Scott Gilbertson / Epicenter:
Google Blasts WSJ, Still ‘Committed’ to Net Neutrality
Discussion: p2pnet
Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, and 10.5.5.  It includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  —  Installation recommendations
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9 to 5 Mac:
10.5.6 here...snappieness™ ensues  —  10.5.6 is out, go grab it from Software update (377mb here!) or via the standalone installer.  —  Here are the details or check below.  It looks like there are many performance improvements in this one!  Yes, we are feeling the snappieness™, are you?
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, PC World, Apple and TG Daily
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Announces Next Steps in Open Strategy  —  Yahoo has invited the press to an event in San Francisco today where it will announce the next steps in its open strategy (details found here).  —  As GigaOm speculated over the weekend, we should be hearing details about the deployment of applications on Yahoo Mail.
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Yahoo! Mail rolls out a smarter inbox  —  You may have seen today's news announcing the next generation of Yahoo! Mail — rolling out a “smarter inbox"experience to users.  One way to make an inbox smarter: make applications that can work within it, opening up Yahoo! Mail to content and services built outside the Yahoo! network.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Mail, other properties get more social, open
Discussion: Bits and Download Squad
Mussie Shore / The Official Google Blog:
@Twitter: Welcome to Google Friend Connect  —  We know many of you enjoy using Twitter to see what people are talking about and to let others know what you've been up to, whether it's sharing a YouTube video or checking in on your friend's tweets.  To help you and your Twitter network stay connected …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Connect Coming To Twitter
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and Scobleizer
Janna Anderson Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
The Future of the Internet III  —  A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves.
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google off list of 20 most trusted companies  —  (12-14) 16:40 PST SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Verizon and FedEx for the first time have made an annual ranking of the top 20 most trusted companies in the United States.  —  Google, however, dropped off the list …
Associated Press:
Hasbro dropping suit against makers of Facebook game Scrabulous  —  NEW YORK — Hasbro is dropping its lawsuit against the makers of a popular online version of board game Scrabble.  —  According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in New York, Hasbro dropped the lawsuit Friday.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hasbro Finally Drops Scrabulous Suit
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Reuters
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.
Byte of the Apple:
Steve Jobs Will MAY Be At MacWorld Expo, Event Manager Says  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs will give his usual keynote address at the MacWorld Expo next month, says the show's general manager.  —  Paul Kent, VP at IDG World Expo and the general manager of the MacWorld show, set to start on Jan. 5 …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why we built Mahalo Answers  —  For the past couple of years, I've been studying the intersection of individuals and three Internet services: search, content and knowledge exchanges (aka KEs).  These three products-or processes-serve individuals by helping them solve their real-world problems …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Extraordinary Happenings At BitTorrent  —  “I have never seen anything like this” said a corporate law partner at a large silicon valley law firm.  He was referring to the undoing of a $17 million venture round at BitTorrent and subsequent recapitalization that we reported yesterday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon's MP3 Store, One Year In: No iTunes Killer; Probably Won't Be  —  Amazon has been selling digital music from all the big music labels for nearly a year now.  It's the first major challenge to Apple's hammer lock on that business.  So how did it do?  —  If you view Amazon's MP3 store …
Cory Bohon / TUAW:
Walmart creates iPhone compatible site  —  Do you like shopping at Walmart?  From electronics to $4 prescriptions, Walmart seems to have everything.  But one thing it didn't have was an iPhone application, and now they do.  If you visit the Walmart.com website on your iPhone …
Discussion: Appletell
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Hyper-Local News Service Outside.In Grows  —  As newspapers lose readers and advertisers, local news seems to be dying a long, slow death.  The debate over what to do about it took on new urgency last week, when the Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Portland Gets WiMAX Service  —  Web surfers in the Pacific Northwest will soon join the denizens of Baltimore, Md., in their ability to get WiMAX service.  Although those in Baltimore are still surfing under the old Xohm brand offered by Sprint, Clearwire plans to launch …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Google Blog Search loses its bearings  —  Many serious bloggers rely on Google Blog Search to provide regular reports on who's linking back to them.  The blogging tool I use, Wordpress, even uses Google's blog search to feed a little window on the blog dashboard.  (This is the listing it shows for this blog.)
 
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
AMD's new dual-core Athlon processors
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The myth of the 99-cent killer app
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Congress scores low grade on Net communication
Discussion: BlogHer
Associated Press:
Blogger pleads guilty to G N' R leak
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Let Your Boss Find Your Facebook Friends
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
French Screenshot Shows DRM-Free Music in iTunes
Discussion: AppleInsider and Lucas Gonze' blog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft Sales Vet Leaves, After Consolidation Post-Qi Lu Hire
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
World Economic Forum launches social media initiative
 Earlier Items: 
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Native Client d**k-swinging met with fake Googasm
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New iPod In-Ear Headphones reviewed: Apple's best yet
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Windows Live Essentials Beta Released!
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
PS Home Hacked, But the Door Was Wide Open
Discussion: Negative Approach and Hack a Day
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
Want good Web? Better get wired
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Ed Sperling / Forbes:
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
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Business Week:
Google's Mayer: Staying Innovative In a Downturn