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3:45 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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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent Recapitalizes: $17 M Financing Undone, Valuation Plummets  —  File sharing service BitTorrent has undone its $17 million financing from earlier this year, we've learned from an investor in the company, and that money (or what's left of it) has been returned to investors DCM, Accel Partners and DAG Ventures.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and VentureBeat
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 …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Microsoft Live Labs:
Seadragon Goes Mobile  —  Want to see giga-pixel images on your iPhone?  Now you can—with Seadragon Mobile.  Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform.  Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   MSFT to Apple: Yes, your phone is better
Alejandro Lazo / Washington Post:
In First Step, Delta to Offer WiFi on Selected Flights  —  Delta Air Lines plans to begin offering wireless Internet service tomorrow on board half of its shuttle flights between Washington's Reagan National, New York's LaGuardia and Boston's Logan airports.  —  But don't get too used to it.
Fred / A VC:
Display Advertising Works, But It Works Differently Than Search  —  There's been a lot of talk recently that search and other forms of “performance” or “direct” online marketing will continue to grow in the downturn while display and other forms of “brand” marketing will struggle.
comScore:
Week After Cyber Monday Brings Slight Lull in E-Commerce Sales Growth Although Tuesday, December 9 Recorded $887 Million in Sales, the Heaviest Day on Record  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported its tracking of holiday season retail e-commerce spending …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Kumo gets a trademark  —  A few weeks ago we spotted the domain name registration for Kumo, a possible new name for Live Search.  Now Joseph Tartakoff at the Seattle PI has noticed that Microsoft has trademarked the Kumo name: … Mary Jo Foley first uncovered the Kumo name last summer …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Interview: New NYT.com GM Denise Warren: Tip-toeing Into Aggregation With Guarded Optimism  —  As if heading advertising for the New York Times (NYSE: NYT) Media Group wasn't tough enough in this climate, Denise Warren is taking on the role of GM of NYTimes.com as the site fends off increased challenges from competitors and the economy.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
What Yahoo Should Do  —  In this economic day and age, cash is king.  As markets, industries and companies delever in what seems to be a chorus of balance sheet deflation, the value of cash as an investment vehicle has increased exponentially.  What does this have to do with Yahoo's strategy ?
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
How Casual Game Startups Can Survive Recession  —  This year we watched a tremendous amount of money go into casual web game startups, many or most of which heavily depend on advertising as a revenue stream.  As we're all too painfully aware, however, when the economy turns sour …
 
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BBC:
Virgin Media broadband speeds up
Discussion: Working Anywhere
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia patent app suggests N97's form factor isn't complicated enough
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Brad / Liliputing:
Asus rolls out Celeron-powered Eee Box
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com, Gizmodo, Engadget and Crave
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Change.gov iPhone App Now Available
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Riot Tagging  —  Tokyo is currently the largest city of origin …
 Earlier Items: 
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Challenges remain for Amazon digital music service
Discussion: Lucas Gonze' blog
Ed Sutherland / problognews.com:
WordPress Targets Premium Designers for Deletion
Discussion: Alister Cameron
Shane O'Neill / PC World:
Windows XP: The OS That Won't Quit
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Myst Online to be released fully open-source
John Markoff / New York Times:
A Software Secretary That Takes Charge
Discussion: The Noisy Channel