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11:20 AM ET, December 4, 2007


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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," …
'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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Microsoft Anti-Piracy Approach Evolves to Meet Ongoing Threat  —  Q&A: Microsoft Corporate Vice President Mike Sievert discusses some of the latest tactics the company has implemented to respond to increased organization and sophistication of software pirates.
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.
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
The next evolution of labels  —  Back in the Paleolithic Era, the world was a very different kind of place.  People were hunter-gatherers, lived in caves, and kept all their email in folders*.  You can't really blame them.  Between tracking woolly mammoths, fashioning crude stone tools …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Debuts Flash Media Server 3 - Slashes Price  —  Adobe, which celebrated its 25th birthday over the weekend, today announced the release of Flash Media Server 3, the delivery platform for its near ubiquitous Flash technology.  Perhaps the most striking change to Flash Media Server is the drastically reduced price.
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Between H.264 & 90% price drop, will Adobe's new media servers mean more YouTubes?
Discussion: Adobe
Adobe Delivers Flash Player 9 with H.264 Video Support
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where the hell is Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook?  —  It's just totally amazing to me how badly Facebook is handling the PR around its new Beacon system.  —  This story is NOT going away.  Even if this particular story goes away, there's a bad taste in our mouths because Facebook tried to do something that clearly wasn't for the users.
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.
Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Kenmos and Nano-Op supply LED notebook BLUs to Dell and Apple  —  Kenmos Technology and Taiwan Nano Electro-Optical Technology (Nano-Op) have become suppliers of notebook-use LED backlight units (BLUs) for Dell and Apple, with the makers' shipments to the segment expected to soar, according to industry sources.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Fall 2007 Dashboard update hands-on  —  What, you didn't wait up all night to play around with Microsoft's Xbox 360 Fall 2007 Dashboard update?  Ok, fine, we're just that geeky, but we feel vindicated: this is hands down our favorite 360 update thus far.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched and Gearlog
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Report: Apple caves in Hollywood face off, will raise iTunes movie prices  —  An important rule of playing chicken in the business world is that someone, sooner or later, needs to blink.  Otherwise deals don't get made, consumers don't get to spend money on anything, and summer mansions in extravagant locations sit lonely year round.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
MySpace Launches Transmissions - No, It's Not an Auto Repair Social Network  —  MySpace has announced this morning the launch of MySpace Transmissions.  The program is described as, "a music program that empowers top recording artists with a new platform to create and distribute exclusive …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here Comes Another Bubble!  —  Sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire," this music video by the San Francisco-based Richter Scales is pure genius.  —  And so, as the song asks, we sure will blog about it (plus it uses our interview with Facebook investor Peter Thiel, also below, at the start).
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.
Discussion: Epicenter, Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: A TV Player In 3-5 Years
Samsung S860 and Samsung S760
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
William Triplett / Variety:
Congressional probe targets Martin
Discussion: DSLreports and IP Democracy
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
XM: Goldman Downgrades To Sell; Still Waiting For DoJ On Pending Sirius Deal
PR Newswire:
'A MySpace Year' Says as It Reveals Its 'Real Deal' List …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Nokia Capital Markets Day 2007
John Oates / The Register:
Google slightly less open than Interpol
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Flixster For Sale (Again)?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's 13.3-inch P300 series of LED-backlit laptops
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Web search for nudity is ruled 'fair use'
Net users 'want film downloads'
Scott D. Anthony / Business Week:
Skype Out?  —  eBay's struggles to make its acquisition …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AdMob + iPhone + LandRover = Good Results
Noah / FishBowlNY:
News Corp. Buys
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
iPhone browsing marketshare closes in on .1%

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Peter Sterne / Politico:
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
By end of 2015, McClatchy expected to scale back national coverage and close its five foreign bureaus in Beijing, Mexico City, Istanbul, Berlin, and Irbil, Iraq

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