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4:15 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.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's first iPhone app: Live Labs releases Seadragon Mobile viewer  —  Given the popularity of the iPhone, this was bound to happen sometime, and here it is: Microsoft Live Labs today becomes the first group inside the Redmond company to release an application for Apple's mobile phone.
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Microsoft Live Labs:
Seadragon Goes Mobile
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: P2P Blog, VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
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
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.
Ajesh Patalay / Guardian:
All smiles as web shows come of age  —  It started with a girl named Bree.  At least that's what she said her name was.  She was 16, American and girlishly pretty.  In June 2006, under the name LonelyGirl15, she posted her first video online.  It lasted a minute and a half …
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.
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.
 
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BBC:
Virgin Media broadband speeds up
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia patent app suggests N97's form factor isn't complicated enough
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
How Casual Game Startups Can Survive Recession
Brad / Liliputing:
Asus rolls out Celeron-powered Eee Box
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Change.gov iPhone App Now Available
 Earlier Items: 
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Riot Tagging  —  Tokyo is currently the largest city of origin …
Markcuban / blog maverick:
What Yahoo Should Do  —  In this economic day and age, cash is king.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
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