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3:50 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.
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
Peter Galli /
Windows Vista SP1 to Disable Activation Exploits
Discussion: DailyTech and Microsoft Watch
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
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.
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," …
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
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 …
Nokia lays plan for more Internet services
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Recommendation Engine MyStrands Expands War Chest to $55m to Go Beyond Music  —  How do you navigate a nearly infinite world of digital data to find the best content for your tastes and needs?  Our collective answer to this question is in its infancy, but Oregon based recommendation service MyStrands …
Discussion: TechCrunch and
Gabriel Aldamiz-echevarría / MyStrands Blog:
MyStrands Raises $24 Million to lead the social recommendation industry
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.
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 …
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 -
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
World of Warcraft-branded Dell laptop: Start saving your gold now  —  While I am technically a Mac guy, I would only be 80 percent embarrassed to be seen with this Dell XPS 1730.  And yes, that's strictly because it has World of Warcraft graphics on it.  The laptop, which is set for release …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Gizmodo
Dan Ackerman / CNET
It's Dell's world, and it's a 'World of Warcraft'
Discussion: Engadget and WOW Insider
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
MySpace Relying Less on Third Party Ad Nets
Discussion: Mashable! and Digital Destiny
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Social-networking company Visible Path to be acquired
Discussion: Mashable!
Liam Tung / CNET
Critics rap Microsoft safety study of IE, Firefox
Google forms partnership with state officials
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
QuickTime hack allows Second Life currency theft
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Ina Fried / CNET
Inviting the hackers inside
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge refuses to entertain Lime Wire conspiracy theories against RIAA
Discussion: The Register
Eric / Hulu Blog:
A preview of online HD
 Earlier Items: 
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Amazon Askville takes on Yahoo! Answers: first look
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Adobe Flash Player 9 Update 3 released
Steve Guttenberg / Crave: The gadget blog:
The Podium 1 speaker: It's less than an inch thick, 6.5 feet tall …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
MPAA's University Toolkit hit with DMCA takedown notice after GPL violation
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: A TV Player In 3-5 Years
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Fall 2007 Dashboard update hands-on
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched and Gearlog
Tom Krazit / CNET
Deadline passes for 700MHz spectrum applications
Webmink / Simon Phipps, SunMink:
Getting Paid to Develop