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3:45 AM ET, December 20, 2008


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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Do Undersea Cables Seem To Get Severed In Bunches?  —  There's just something about undersea internet cables that seem to have them get severed in groups.  You may recall the various conspiracy theories that cropped up, at the beginning of the year, after four such cables were broken …
Discussion: Electronista and VentureBeat
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google search share hits new high, as Microsoft matches its all-time low  —  Will this provide more fuel for Yahoo-Microsoft-search negotiations?  New numbers from comScore Networks show Google rising to a record 63.5 percent of U.S. search queries in November, continuing to steadily build …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Digg's Miserable Business  —  BusinessWeek got ahold of social news site Digg's financials.  —  For a site that gets as much traffic as does — 22.6 million monthly uniques, according to Quantcast — the numbers are gruesome:  — Last year the company lost $2.8 million on $4.8 million of revenue
Discussion: Joe Duck and Business Week
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Stares Down Labels Over Project Playlist Takedown Demand  —  Earlier this afternoon MySpace scrubbed all traces of Project Playlist music widgets from the site, and users are unable to embed any further playlists.  The scrub was the result of infringement notices from the major labels …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Puts The Hammer Down On Project Playlist  —  MySpace is getting back into the business of blocking third party widgets, it seems - today they've banned embedded music widgets from the fast growing Project Playlist.  But unlike previous 2006 and 2007 blocks of iMeem, Photobucket and many others …
Discussion: VentureBeat
T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
T-Mobile G2 coming on January 26th '09  —  Yesterday we told you about the new update coming to T-Mobile G1.  This update will include new features like mms, and video capable.  Unfortunately, some features will not be including for the G1.  Instead, they will be include in feature Android devices..oops.. That's right!
Sean O'Malley / The Official Google Blog:
New search-by-style options for Google Image Search  —  Many of us use Google Image Search to find imagery of people, clip art for presentations, diagrams for reports, and of course symbols and patterns for artistic inspiration.  Unfortunately, searching for the perfect image can be challenging …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
The Huffington Post Slammed for Content Theft  —  The Huffington Post, a venture-capital-backed new media site that mixes links to other sites content with hundreds of celebrity and volunteer blogger posts, is being accused of slimy business practices by a handful of smaller publications …
Discussion: Gawker
Dave / MacBlogz:
One More Thing: Apple's New Multi-touch Mighty Mouse  —  Let's face it, the Mighty Mouse is flawed.  Luckily, Apple has filed for numerous patents directly hinting at a multi-touch Mighty Mouse, which could prove to bring us an unexpected treat sometime in the near future.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google Reader quietly launches a “What's hot” area.  Where's the “most shared” area?  —  Given the number of people who use Google Reader's “Starred items” and “Shared items” features, you'd think Google would have some very good data for creating a killer “best of” area for stories across the web.
Discussion: Google Reader
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Palm CEO Confirms ‘Nova’ OS Is in the Wild  —  Both wireless carriers and software developers are already holding devices with the new Palm “Nova” OS, Palm chief executive Ed Colligan revealed in a financial earnings conference call yesterday.  —  Speaking with financial analysts …
Discussion: Industry Standard
David Kravets / Threat Level:
No ISP Filtering Under New RIAA Copyright Strategy  —  The Recording Industry Association of America on Friday announced a new strategy in its quest to curtail online copyright infringement — a plan that for now requires no filtering from internet service providers.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Mag regrets Count Me In CEO story, says it went to press before scandal  —  Talk about bad timing.  The latest issue of Seattle Business Monthly features a cover story on Count Me In Chief Executive Terry Drayton, whose Bellevue company has been at the center of a scandal for failing to pay …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Secret Revenue Weapon Revealed (GOOG)  —  All quarter long, Wall Street has been trying to figure out why Google has introduced a slew of new revenue-generating products and suddenly developed new religion with regard to costs.  The obvious answer is that Google is light on revenue and desperately trying to make the quarter.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Filtering Twitter, One Tweet at a Time  —  This is part of a series of posts this week on happenings in the sprawling but always succinct world of Twitter.  —  Here are a few that caught our eye:  —  As the San Francisco-based Twitter grows in popularity, third-party developers have jumped …
Discussion: Twist Image and
David Meyer / CNET News:
Google reveals upcoming Android features  —  Imminent enhancements to Google's Android mobile platform have been revealed this week, in the form of a development effort called “Cupcake.”  —  Android is in the process of being turned by Google from its own development project into open source.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Lenovo to release ThinkPad laptop with 2 LCD screens  —  The 11-lb.  W700ds is ‘the nitro-burning drag racer’ version of the button-downed business laptop, Lenovo exec says  —  Computerworld) Lenovo Group Ltd. today announced the release of a ThinkPad laptop that takes the “desktop replacement” …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 3G goes on sale for two weeks only at Best Buy Mobile  —  One of our trusty Best Buy Mobile ninjas just hit us with some good news for all you last-minute holiday shoppers out there.  Starting today (December 19) through Saturday January 3, the iPhone 3G will be available from Best Buy Mobile for the lowest price in the country.
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Job Losses Hit the Tech Sector  —  In the fine print of a jobs report published today is some mixed news for Silicon Valley.  —  For the first time in this downturn, the region lost jobs; it has 4,000 fewer jobs than it did a year ago at this time, and its unemployment rate is 7 percent …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube's Music Videos: Popular, Money-Losing.  For Now.  —  Universal Music Group officials told CNET this week that they're going to make close to $100 million from Internet videos this year-an 80 percent increase-and that most of that will come from Google's (GOOG) YouTube.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Is The Search Ad Business In Trouble?  —  It has been the conventional wisdom in the online advertising sector that while the display ad business was headed for rough time as the economy eroded, search-based ads would hold up better.  The theory is that display ads, paid for on a CPM …
Discussion: Clickety Clack
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 …
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