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10:10 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," …
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 …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Adds Label Colors
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
'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.
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.
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
iPhone browsing marketshare closes in on .1%  —  Net Applications came out with its quarterly browser marketshare report this weekend.  More surprising than the solid market share gains that the Mac platform made, was iPhone's phenomenal showing.  —  .09 percent may seem …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
MySpace Launches Transmissions - No, It's Not an Auto Repar 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 …
T-Mobile can sell iPhone with contract-German court  —  Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) T-Mobile division can make customers who buy Apple's (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) coveted iPhone take out a T-Mobile contract as well and may continue to offer the device …
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Facebook's Beacon Ad System Also Tracks Non-Facebook Users  —  Facebook's controversial Beacon service tracks activities from all users in third-party partner sites, including people who never signed up with Facebook or who have deactivated their accounts, a researcher says.  —  Recommend this story?
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.
Discussion: MacNN, and Digg
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).
John Oates / The Register:
Google slightly less open than Interpol  —  Do no evil, but keep very, very quiet about it...  Google is one of the world's least accountable and transparent organisations, only slightly less accountable than Interpol.  —  Research from One World Trust ranks intergovernmental organisations …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
XM: Goldman Downgrades To Sell; Still Waiting For DoJ On Pending Sirius Deal  —  XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) shares are lower this morning after Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Wienkes cut his rating on the stock to Sell from Neutral.  Meanwhile, despite last week's prediction by Bear Stearns …
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Flixster For Sale (Again)?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's 13.3-inch P300 series of LED-backlit laptops
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