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2:50 PM ET, December 4, 2007

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BBC:
'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.
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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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Vista SP1 kills the WGA kill switch
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Christopher Null:   Vista "Kill Switch" Eliminated in SP1
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.
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Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Harsh Reality Of Verizon's Open Network
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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," …
Nokia:
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 …
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InfoWorld:
Nokia lays plan for more Internet services
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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.
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.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple validates 13-inch LED backlight units ahead of ultra-portable
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Bloomberg:
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.
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BBC:
Vodafone loses iPhone court case
Discussion: PDA and MacRumors
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MySpace to Showcase Music and Sell Performance Videos  —  MySpace, the social networking site where people create home pages and embellish them as they would a dormitory room, plans today to start positioning itself as a top destination for buying exclusive musical performances.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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
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
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Dan Ackerman / CNET News.com:
It's Dell's world, and it's a 'World of Warcraft'
Discussion: Engadget and WOW Insider
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Those 200 iPhone-Related Patents Don't Seem To Be Stopping Patent Infringement Lawsuits  —  from the welcome-to-the-patent-thicket dept  —  When the iPhone was first announced, Steve Jobs proudly hyped up the 200 patents the company had filed around the various parts of the device.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Apple, AT&T dial up patent infringement lawsuit with Visual Voicemail
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 -
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 …
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
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
SAP puts a Web 2.0 spin on CRM upgrade  —  San Francisco - SAP on Tuesday announced an update to its customer relationship management software with a Web 2.0-style interface that could help to increase usage rates among workers.  —  Companies often report that usage levels for their business software …
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google: A TV Player In 3-5 Years  —  Google is steadily breaking down resistance in the only media in which it has only a minor presence: TV.  At UBS's Global Media Conference, Google president of advertising Tim Armstrong said Google TV is actively looking to expand inventory beyond EchoStar's Dish Network …
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Discussion: The Register
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
MPAA's University Toolkit hit with DMCA takedown notice after GPL violation
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Deadline passes for 700MHz spectrum applications
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