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1:00 PM 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: Christopher Null, Gizmodo and Slashdot
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.
Peter Galli /
Windows Vista SP1 to Disable Activation Exploits
Discussion: DailyTech
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.
Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Harsh Reality Of Verizon's Open Network
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.
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 …
Dianne See Morrison /
Nokia And Universal Up Music Download Ante; Will Offer Free Year—And Right To Keep
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
MPAA's University Toolkit hit with DMCA takedown notice after GPL violation  —  The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) recently released a software toolkit designed to help universities detect instances of potentially illegal filesharing on school networks.
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.
Tinic Uro /
Adobe Flash Player 9 Update 3 released
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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.
David Meyer / CNET   T-Mobile Germany stops selling unlocked iPhones
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 -
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here Comes Another Bubble!
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell Latitude XT manual appears online, tablet still MIA
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Nokia acquires Avvenu for Mobile Access and Share Technologies
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LA Times invests in Mixx, integrates social news site
Dan Ackerman / CNET
It's Dell's world, and it's a World of Warcraft
Discussion: Engadget and Joystiq
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Paid Video M&A: Zipidee Buys TotalVid
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Turn Back. Exit Village. Truck Shortcut Hitting Barrier.
Rafat Ali /
Universal Music Restricting Music Streaming On Certain Sites
Steve Guttenberg / Crave: The gadget blog:
The Podium 1 speaker: It's less than an inch thick, six and a …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items:
iPhone Tops Windows Mobile Devices in Web Browsing
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: A TV Player In 3-5 Years
Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Kenmos and Nano-Op supply LED notebook BLUs to Dell and Apple
William Triplett / Variety:
Congressional probe targets Martin
PR Newswire:
'A MySpace Year' Says as It Reveals Its 'Real Deal' List …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Webmink / Simon Phipps, SunMink:
Getting Paid to Develop
Discussion: InfoWorld and FOSS.IN/2007
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Flixster For Sale (Again)?
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Web search for nudity is ruled 'fair use'