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5:50 PM ET, December 22, 2006


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Declan McCullagh / CNET
Judge: Can't link to Webcast if copyright owner objects  —  A federal judge in Texas has ruled that it is unlawful to provide a hyperlink to a Webcast if the copyright owner objects to it.  —  U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay in the northern district of Texas granted a preliminary injunction …
Mike / Techdirt:
Judge Says No Deep Linking To Videos
Discussion: Reel Pop
Dan Blank:   Deep Trouble for Deep Links
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Doesn't CafePress Use Flash?  —  There are many sites that sell customized casino chips (just do a search), but we haven't found any that have an online design tool to allow you to create the chip itself.  TheChipLab has take the extra step and has created a very nice Flash tool for designing your own casino-grade chip.
Discussion: JD on EP, Spamroll and digg
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
DDoS Attack Targets  —, which provides online stores for thousands of blogs and web sites, has been hit with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) which has disrupted service for many of its merchants during the critical final shopping days before Christmas.
Discussion: TechSpot
Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
French court favors personal privacy over piracy searches  —  PARIS: A French court has ruled that music companies and other copyright holders cannot conduct unrestrained Internet monitoring to find pirates.  —  The decision, which could leave record companies open to lawsuits in France …
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Bad Sinatra  —  Jonathan Schwartz has a problem.  Me.  I read his blog today, starting with the most recent post and eventually landing on one a few days ago about the resurgence of the thick client.  Let me weigh in thusly : what a load of s**t this is.  When Sun leadership starts moving away …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Toshiba's SED TV a no-show at electronics show  —  Toshiba's long-awaited SED TV will not be appearing at the Consumer Electronics Show in January after all.  —  Televisions with SED, which stands for surface conduction electron emitter display, will provide a better picture than LCD …
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Gizmodo
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba's 55-inch SED TV to be a no-show at CES
Discussion: I4U News
Drew / Dembot:
Abbey Corps  —  One thing that I kind of like about Rocketboom is that I have never  —  done any press releases.  I also dont have an email list; Until now, I've always  —  just fielded the incoming.  I'm not against that kind of outreach, it's just  —  interesting that there has never been any.
Ina Fried / CNET
World of Origami still unfolding  —  Get ready for Origami take two.  While Microsoft's minitablet effort may not be quite where the software maker had hoped, the project is ready for another cameo.  —  This spring, Microsoft attracted huge buzz for the Origami prior to its launch …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Bink /
Microsoft confirms first Windows Vista vulnerability  —  MSRC Blog: We are closely monitoring developments related to a public posting of proof of concept code targeting an issue with the Client Server Run-Time Subsystem.  The PoC reportedly allows for local elevation of privilege on Windows 2000 SP4 …
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Kill two Windows servers with one Xserve  —  At its core, Xserve is a two-socket Core microarchitecture Xeon (Woodcrest) rack server.  As I wrote in my review, in hardware design, Xserve lives up to market standards.  Some touches, like the SAS/SATA drive bays, a PCI-X slot for existing expansion cards …
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Connexion In-Flight Replacement Figuratively Up in the Air  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that the efforts by Lufthansa, Panasonic Avionics, and others to have a transition plan in place for Connexion's demise are delayed: Panasonic made the surprise announcement a few months ago …
Discussion: Techdirt and
Ben Fritz / Variety:
XBox up on downloads  —  Amazon digital video sales are slow  —  Though a box office failure, Warner Bros.' 'Poseidon' is selling well as a high-def download through Microsoft's Xbox Live.  —  In a topsy-turvy year for the digital download biz, a videogame service in just a few million homes …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The ZNF Festivus Update  —  Well, it's getting to be that time of year — No, not the Festival of Lights... The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is nearly upon us!  However, being the holidays, Netgear has gifted me with an all-expense paid trip to Vegas plus $2k to blow on [showgirls and gambling] …
David Haskin / InfoWorld:
The seven top mobile and wireless trends for '07  —  The top wireless trends that will emerge in 2007 — cheap smartphones and WiMax — wouldn't be possible without the two biggest stories of 2006  —  The top mobile and wireless trends that will emerge in 2007 wouldn't be possible without …
Brian Runnciman / vnunet:
Google guru prepares for internet evolution  —  Internet guru Vint Cerf tells the BCS's Brian Runciman about Google's strategy and gives his opinion about developments in the IT industry  —  Vint Cerf is Google's chief web evangelist, but is perhaps better known as one of the founding fathers of the internet.
Discussion: Download Squad, and digg
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Patent lunacy defense  —  Microsoft reportedly has filed two patents covering certain aspects of RSS, Really Simple Syndication.  Dave Winer is outraged.  Nick Bradbury sagely says "Not so fast".  I don't have the inside scoop on this yet, but here is what I think is happening.
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Sony PlayStation 3 (20GB)  —  $499.99  —  + $5 shipping  —  CONDITION:
Discussion: Kotaku, You NEWB, TechBlog and digg
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
PC World adds another log to PS3 hate fire
Discussion: FierceGameBiz and digg
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 Earlier Items: 
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
AT&T, Verizon get holiday gift from FCC: ruling eases IPTV regulations
David Flynn / APC:
Apple says no to Samsung's hybrid flash hard drives in new Macs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllPeers Adds Chat: Becomes Relevant Again
Discussion: Peer Pressure
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What's Ed Bott missing on his CES schedule?
Discussion: Lost Remote
JSON and XML  —  I hear people saying "JSON is great, XML is over" …
CPaladino / Gamerscore Blog:
Getting Gears of War Soon? Newbies Listen Up!
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
The Future of Telecommunications May Be 'Comminfotainment'
Discussion: Digital Life