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When is an iPhone Not an iPhone? When AT&T calls it a PC to explain why SlingPlayer for the iPhone won’t include 3G support. (GigaOM) See our review of the SlingPlayer iPhone app.

Nielsen: 11 Million People Watched Mobile Video in Q4 2008; mobile video viewing surged 9 percent from the third quarter. (VideoBusiness) See why AT&T is such a nervous nellie about its 3G network?

Kutcher’s Blah Girls Heading to TV; animated series will appear as one minute interstitials on the entertainment news program Insider. (Variety)

TED Launches Open Translation Project; popular lectures now offered on a translation platform, with some already available in 25 different languages. (TED blog) See our previous coverage about dotSub powering the platform.

Jason Priestly to Direct Web Series The Lake; former 90210-er to helm the new teen drama for Warner Bros. and Generate. (Tubefilter)

CBS HD Gallery Goes 1080p; viewers can now watch a sampling of shows like CSI and Survivor in really high definition. (

Online Piracy Law Passes in France; second time’s the charm for this controversial legislation that will require French ISPs to cut Internet connections to customers who chronically pirate material; France’s Senate expected to approve the law today. (Variety)

Charter Communications Suing DirecTV; dispute is over ads that suggest users switch to satellite because of the Charter’s bankrupty filing. (TV Newsday)