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11:55 AM ET, December 4, 2007


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'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.
Peter Galli /
Windows Vista SP1 to Disable Activation Exploits
Discussion: DailyTech
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft: Vista piracy rate is half that of XP
Discussion: Channel 9
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," …
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.
Dianne See Morrison /
Nokia And Universal Up Music Download Ante; Will Offer Free Year—And Right To Keep
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.
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 …
Matthew Garrett:
Spot the difference
Discussion: The Register and Mashable!
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   MPAA's University Toolkit hit with DMCA takedown notice after GPL violation
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
T-Mobile wins back iPhone exclusivity in Germany
Discussion: Gizmodo, Reuters and Engadget
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 …
iPhone Tops Windows Mobile Devices in Web Browsing
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
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
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.
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 …
Lisa Vaas /
Web Hosting Providers Let Security Sag  —  Web hosting providers that can't keep DNS servers clean are exposing low-budget government Web sites to malware.  —  Riddle: What do the city of Plainville, Kan., and the Transportation Authority of Marin County, Calif., have in common?
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Steve Guttenberg / Crave: The gadget blog:
The Podium 1 speaker: It's less than an inch thick, six and a …
Discussion: Gizmodo
James Sherwood / The Register:
Nokia unveils eco phone and planet-friendly charger
Discussion: Gizmodo
Lewis Page / The Register:
DARPA seeks network firing ranges for cyber weaponry
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Digg Adds Images Tab, New Taxonomy, & More
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: A TV Player In 3-5 Years
William Triplett / Variety:
Congressional probe targets Martin
Discussion: DSLreports and IP Democracy
PR Newswire:
'A MySpace Year' Says as It Reveals Its 'Real Deal' List …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
John Oates / The Register:
Google slightly less open than Interpol
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET
Deadline passes for 700MHz spectrum applications
Webmink / Simon Phipps, SunMink:
Getting Paid to Develop
Discussion: InfoWorld and FOSS.IN/2007
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'
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here Comes Another Bubble!
Scott D. Anthony / Business Week:
Skype Out?  —  eBay's struggles to make its acquisition …
Noah / FishBowlNY:
News Corp. Buys