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CNET News Daily Podcast: Google makes 'Lively' Web chat

The first reviews of the iPhone are out; Twitter traffic explodes in spite of itself; and Google takes a stab at online worlds.

Three lucky tech writers got their hands on early copies of the iPhone 3G. We weren't among them, but we did summarize what they had to say about the new smartphone.

Twitter traffic has skyrocketed since last year, despite chronic site meltdowns and anecdotes of people switching over to alternative services. And Google has hopped on the online social train with its introduction of Lively. Unlike the popular Second Life, the program doesn't require downloading extra software--and is designed to be included in the user's real life. CNET News reporter Stephen Shankland tested it out, and in this podcast, he tells intern Holly Jackson about his first impressions.

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iPhone 3G reviews: It's fast, hungry, and still pretty

Steady growth for Twitter, despite hiccups

With Lively, Google tries its own 'Second Life'

Google advertisers get view into keyword search popularity

Senate questions privacy impact of Web monitoring for ads

Is Yahoo eyeing Demand Media?

Got a lead foot? Try 'Kiwi' device to save gas

Hans Reiser likely to get reduced sentence

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