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2:15 PM ET, December 19, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits  —  After years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy.  —  The decision represents …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Abandoning Mass Lawsuits In Favor Of Backroom 3 Strikes Policy  —  from the it's-a-step,-but-a-very-small- one dept  —  It really was just three days ago that we suggested that if the record labels actually wanted anyone to take them seriously concerning their desire to come …
Discussion: The Digital Home and CNET News
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:   Sources: RIAA budget will shrink soon
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
No more lawsuits: ISPs to work with RIAA, cut off P2P users
Discussion: TechSpot
english.etnews.co.kr:
Samsung Electronics will launch Google Phone in Q2  —  Samsung Electronics will release its first Google phone in the second quarter of the next year in North America.  —  The launch of Google phone by Samsung is regarded as a signal of its plan for increasing the shares in the smart phone market …
Times Online / Tech Central:
Is the internet going down?  Undersea sub-cables have just broken...  Breaking news: something's happening to the internet, right now.  We're just not quite sure what.  —  Interoute, the internet networks company, reports that three of the four internet sub-cables that run from Asia to North America have been damaged.
Discussion: The Toybox
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Bloomberg:
Severed Cables in Mediterranean Disrupt Communication  —  A A A  —  Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) — Internet and telephone communications between the Middle East and Europe were disrupted after three submarine cables between Italy and Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea were damaged.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Steve Poland:
Evan - Twitter needs a better policy on Usernames  —  I have a bunch of Twitter usernames — I gobbled them up in March 2007.  I'd consider them some of the “quality” ones.  Almost like the domain game of 1995, I grabbed some of the best Twitter usernames, because I could see value in their use in the future.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and ThreatChaos
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
A Wrench in Silicon Valley's Wealth Machine  —  A year ago, cash rained on tech startups like Digg.  Now their valuations are slipping, and venture capital is drying up  —  A year ago there were reports that Digg had hired investment bank Allen & Co. to put the popular news aggregation Web site …
Arn / MacRumors:
Evidence that Next iMacs and Mac Minis to use NVIDIA Chipsets  —  Configuration files buried within some versions of Mac OS X show evidence that the next iMac and Mac Mini will indeed be based on the NVIDIA MCP79 chipset.  Apple recently switched their MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models to the NVIDIA chipsets in October.
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Palm Shares Some Details About Product Transitions  —  Palm recently held its quarterly earnings results.  During the phone call, executives provided some information about its future generation of products.  Palm's CEO said that it will be transitioning its entire product line to its next-generation software and hardware.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo Passes IMs Between MySpace And Facebook  —  MySpace and Facebook may be frenemies forever, but now they have a new mutual friend that will pass notes between them.  Meebo, the Web-based IM service, now supports IM accounts from both social networks.  That means you can enter your Facebook …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
EA boosts layoffs to 10 percent of workforce  —  Updated 8:02 a.m. PST with more information about EA's decision to increase the size of its layoffs and with Friday's share price performance.  —  Game publishing giant Electronic Arts announced Friday that it is expanding the scope …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
Windows 7 Beta download coming?  —  Neowin's Tom Warren is reporting that Microsoft's Windows 7 homepage has been updated with a download link for the beta release.  Here's what it looks like:  —  Currently, the link goes nowhere.  —  I'm still highly doubtful that the public …
Linda Moss / Multichannel News:
Rainbow Pulls Plug On Voom HD Service  —  Shutting Down Suite of 15 Networks  —  Rainbow Media Holdings, blaming a loss of carriage on Dish Network and the expected lengthy litigation stemming from that drop, is shutting down the domestic operations of its beleaguered Voom HD, its suite of 15 HD networks.
Discussion: atmaspheric
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:   Rainbow Kills Domestic Voom HD
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell Studio XPS 13 leather-wrapped laptop revealed, Adamo info leaked!  —  Thanks to a totally amazing Engadget source, we've gotten our hands on photos of the absolutely sick Dell Studio XPS 13, and some new info about the company's forthcoming Adamo.  First off, the photos in the gallery …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore: YouTube Now 25 Percent Of All Google Searches  —  Video search on YouTube accounts for a quarter of all Google search queries in the U.S., according to the latest search engine numbers from comScore.  Its monthly qSearch report, which was released on Thursday night, breaks out the number of searches conducted on YouTube.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Chilling Effects: Another Mixtape Provider Shut Down  —  A few months ago, the RIAA shut down Muxtape, a very popular and incredibly useful online service that let individuals create “mixtapes” for streaming to others.  As anyone with even a hint of business sense would recognize, this was a great promotional tool for musicians.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
European Business Social Network XING Acquires socialmedian (Update: For $7.5 Million)  —  Hamburg, Germany based XING, a global professional social network that's strong in Europe, has acquired New York based socialmedian for approximately $7.5 million in total, a mix of $4 million in cash …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android's New Version To Support Upload to YouTube?  —  Google's mobile phone OS “Android,” will soon be updated with several new features as a part of a major roadmap update.  One of those features will include support for a video recording mode that will also let users share the content.
Discussion: TmoNews, Electronista and AndroidGuys
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Scribd Raises $9 Million.  Still Working on Business?  —  Over the past few years we've seen the rise of cute ideas, ones we love using on a daily basis, but are hard to turn into real, long-term businesses.  Most were hoping that a sugar daddy would buy their cuteness for bags full of money.
Discussion: Jobwire, TechCrunch and paidContent.org
wmpoweruser.com:
HTC Touch HD service manual leaked - claims US 3G support  —  The HTC Touch HD service manual has just become available for download, and while I have not yet read the full 96 pages, page 5 already revealed quite a bomb.  —  We had a huge flutter a few months ago when HTC claimed the Touch HD was incapable of US 3G.
Alan Stafford / PC World:
New eBook Reader Undercuts Kindle, Sony Reader Prices  —  Amazon's Kindle electronic book reader costs $359—but you can't get one until at least February.  Sony's PRS-700BC costs $399—also pretty darn costly.  But Foxit Software will soon begin shipping an eBook reader that costs only slightly more than half what Sony's reader does.
 
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Search results show Delicious remains a tech niche
Discussion: delicious blog
Agence France Presse:
Japanese seek to scrap Google's Street View
Discussion: WebProNews
Dave / MacBlogz:
One More Thing: Apple's New Multi-touch Mighty Mouse
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
City Room: ‘Amazon Tax’ and ‘iTunes Tax’
LinuxWorld.com:
Open source success due to Microsoft, claims report
Discussion: The Open Road
Ian Ransom / Reuters:
Man wins case vs “human flesh search engine”
Discussion: Neowin.net
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Online Jihadists Plan for ‘Invading Facebook’
Discussion: GMSV and All Facebook
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
PixelFish Picks Up Eyespot
Discussion: paidContent.org
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Polaroid files for Chapter 11
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Scientific Journal to Authors: Publish in Wikipedia or Perish
Discussion: Ars Technica
Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
Did Burger King Really Just Issue A C&D Through Twitter?
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
Native Client: Google's craziest idea yet
Discussion: Beyond Search