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4:45 PM ET, December 4, 2007

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BBC:
'Kill switch' dropped from Vista  —  Microsoft is to withdraw an anti-piracy tool from Windows Vista, which disables the operating system when invoked, following customer complaints.  —  The so-called "kill switch" is designed to prevent users with illegal copies of Vista from using certain features.
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
With SP1, Microsoft plans to ditch the Vista "kill switch"  —  The case for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 just got a lot stronger.  —  When SP1 ships sometime in early 2008, it will strip away one of Vista's most annoying features and remove one of the most persistent objections to Vista's adoption.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's changes to how WGA handles flagged installs don't go far enough
Discussion: Techdirt and Hardware 2.0
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Verizon Embraces Google's Android  —  How Verizon Wireless learned to stop worrying and love open access.  Step one: Realizing it's a way to add low-cost customers  —  In yet another sudden shift, Verizon Wireless plans to support Google's (GOOG) new software platform for cell phones and other mobile devices.
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Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Harsh Reality Of Verizon's Open Network
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Chat With AIM Users From Gmail  —  After introducing colored labels earlier this week, Google now seems to be rolling out a web-based client for AOL Instant Messenger chatting as part of Gmail.  You will still need an AIM account, as Google Talk and AOL are not joining forces, but Google is merely using the Open AIM framework.
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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Gmail + chat + AIM = crazy delicious
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Announces Fastest Growing Search Terms  —  Yesterday Yahoo announced its top search trends for 2007.  Google's list traditionally come later in December (here's last years list), but today VP of Search and User Experience Marissa Mayer revealed the "fastest rising U.S. search terms" on the Today Show.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Technorati Relaunches To Focus On Core Blogging Audience  —  Technorati has a brand new CEO, and he's been busy in his short time with the company.  Today Technorati is relaunching, with a new core focus on bloggers.  —  Last week I saw a demo of the new products …
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Driving Local Sales with Internet Yellow Pages and Search  —  SES Chicago Day Two Local Search Session #3 of 4  —  Every local merchant should have a website!  But then what?  Chances are that they don't know hardly anything about SEM (Search Engine Marketing) or SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
Discussion: David Dalka
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Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Charles Stubbs, CEO, YellowPages.com
Discussion: WebProNews
Cade Metz / The Register:
Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar .  Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  On the surface, all is well in Wikiland.  Just last week, a headline from The San Francisco Chronicle told the world that "Wikipedia's Future Is Still Looking Up," …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple validates 13-inch LED backlight units ahead of ultra-portable  —  Apple, which in January is expected to take the wraps off its slimmest and sleekest notebook in years, is reported to have placed orders for a new breed of 13.3-inch LED backlight units with production-ready quantities scheduled for delivery this month.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Ubergizmo
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Nokia:
Nokia World 2007: Nokia outlines its vision of Internet evolution and commitment to environmental sustainability  —  Amsterdam, The Netherlands - At the annual Nokia World conference today, Nokia outlined its vision for the mobile industry, predicting rapid change driven by the convergence …
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Nokia, Universal announce "Comes With Music" devices
Discussion: Bits, Reuters and Gizmodo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's Infrastructure is its Strategic Advantage  —  Back in the day, when PC stocks were kings on Wall Street, a pesky college kid named Michael Dell figured out that he could do an end run around the then-established PC makers by developing a smarter way of making and selling boxes.
Discussion: OnoTech
Gabriel Aldamiz-echevarría / MyStrands Blog:
MyStrands Raises $24 Million to lead the social recommendation industry … We are very excited to announce that MyStrands has secured $24 million in its Series B2 round of funding.  Spanish bank BBVA led the funding along with existing investor Debaeque.  As you know, the last round …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LA Times invests in Mixx, integrates social news site  —  The Los Angeles Times has partnered with Mixx, a social news website, to give readers more input in the news they read.  —  It has also said it will start using technology from Aggregrate Knowledge, a Silicon Valley company …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
iPhone browser count rockets past WinMo  —  I guess people can't be having that hard of a time inputting web addresses on that fiddly keyboard, because the total people browsing with an iPhone has passed up the years-old WinMo for an impressive 0.09 percent of the browser market.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DoJ says $222,000 damages in Capitol v. Thomas trial not unconstitutional  —  The US government has weighed in on the constitutionality of the $222,000 damage award in Capitol v. Thomas with a brief filed yesterday.  The government suggests that the court avoid ruling on the constitutionality …
Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom Wins Ruling in IPhone Sales Dispute  —  Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe's largest telephone company, can block buyers of Apple Inc.'s iPhone from using the handset on competitors' networks, a German court ruled, overturning an injunction won by Vodafone Group Plc.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bubble 2.0: The Video … How could we not?  A perfect link-bait video, and it is pretty funny too (Here Comes Another Bubble):  — Sphere It -
Globe and Mail:
Passport applicant finds massive privacy breach  —  KENYON WALLACE  —  A security flaw in Passport Canada's website has allowed easy access to the personal information - including social insurance numbers, dates of birth and driver's licence numbers - of people applying for new passports.
 
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
MPAA's 'University Toolkit' Taken Down For Violating Copyright [Irony]
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Reuters:
ESPN expands global reach with sports scores site
Discussion: Mashable!
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
MySpace Relying Less on Third Party Ad Nets
Discussion: Mashable! and Digital Destiny
Liam Tung / CNET News.com:
Critics rap Microsoft safety study of IE, Firefox
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Social-networking company Visible Path to be acquired
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
QuickTime hack allows Second Life currency theft
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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Those 200 iPhone-Related Patents Don't Seem To Be Stopping Patent …
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Stephen Totilo / MTV:
The PSP Online Store - 'A Glimpse Towards The Future' - The Biggest …
Discussion: Gizmodo, PSP Fanboy and Kotaku
Eric / Hulu Blog:
A preview of online HD
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
World of Warcraft-branded Dell laptop: Start saving your gold now
Discussion: Mobility Site and Gizmodo
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Amazon Askville takes on Yahoo! Answers: first look
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: A TV Player In 3-5 Years
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Fall 2007 Dashboard update hands-on
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched and Gearlog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where the hell is Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook?
 

 
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A year after getting acquired, Viki is looking to expand, starting with Bollywood

 
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