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1:30 PM ET, December 20, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg's Sorry Revenue Stream, And Rumors Of An Experimental Ad Product  —  So Business Week gets their hands on Digg's financials and reports that the company had 2007 revenues of $4.8 million and losses of $2.8 million.  The first three quarters of 2008 Digg had revenues of $6.4 million and losses of $4 million.
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
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Huffington Post Blasted For Stealing Content  —  The Huffington Post's news aggregation business drives enormous traffic to the third-party sites its editors link to (including, occasionally, this one).  The Huffington Post also often excerpts liberally from third-party sites' stories and uses …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and Chicagoland
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
The Huffington Post Slammed for Content Theft
Discussion: Chicagoland and Gawker
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Warner Music pulls out of YouTube licensing deal  —  Warner Music, one of the first media companies to strike a licensing deal with YouTube, has demanded that the Google-owned site pull down all videos from its artists and songwriters, in a move affecting millions of pieces of professional and user-generated content.
Discussion: MediaMemo and CNET News
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Wide (and Weird) World of Two-Screen Laptops  —  Lenovo's upcoming ThinkPad W700 mobile workstations are loaded with high-end features, including Intel Core 2 Quad CPUs and Nvidia Quadro Express graphics, RAID storage, and built-in Wacom pen tablets.  But one feature is as close …
Discussion: eWeek
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Future iPhones to wield OpenCL acceleration  —  Imagination Technologies has posted a series of job openings for OpenCL engineers, indicating that the open, general purpose GPU parallelism technology Apple spearheaded for use in Mac OS X Snow Leopard is destined to also play a significant role …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Fast Company
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Nokia E63 Available for Pre-Order for $500  —  Amazon is now listing Nokia's BlackBerry-ish QWERTY E63 phone as available for pre-order.  The unlocked 3G phone can be reserved for $500, though there's no word on release date.  —  The E63, based on the E71, already dropped in Europe …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Boy Genius Report
China blocks Internet access to New York Times  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - China, widely criticized for its censorship of the media, this week blocked access to The New York Times, the newspaper said on Saturday.  —  When computer users in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou tried …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Hands On With The Intel Convertible Classmate  —  After playing with a prototype of Intel's Convertible Classmate, it more or less confirmed what I had suspected: there are some neat ideas at play, but there's a reason why it's aimed at schools.  —  From the outset, Intel's goal …
Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
On the Net: Hulu is Web site of the year  — In the Wild West that is online video, has proven to be a trailblazing answer to how professional content can thrive on the Web.  —  It's this year's pick for Web site of the year.  —  “This is period of great experimentation in regard to media …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Flash For iPhone Comes Via Jailbroken iMobileCinema App  —  iMobileCinema is a currently buggy app for jailbroken iPhones that works “most of the time” on 2.x iPhone firmware, giving you flash support in sites like YouTube.  It kinda works.  —  Just add this to your sources in Cydia and install iMobileCinema.
Discussion: Hack a Day
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 …
Discussion: The Social
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Puts The Hammer Down On Project Playlist
Discussion: hypebot and VentureBeat
Saul Hansell / Bits:
What Xbox Wants to Be When It Grows Up  —  (Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)  —  After more than four years running Microsoft's game studio, Shane Kim was given a new assignment this fall, running strategy and business development for the unit that makes the Xbox game console.
Discussion: Kotaku and Gizmodo
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 …
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.
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Discussion: PR 2.0 and Journalistopia
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pandora Hits 20 Million Registered Users (Via Twitter)
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Mag regrets Count Me In CEO story, says it went to press before scandal
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
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