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4:40 PM ET, December 11, 2007


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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Some Conversations have shifted to Twitter  —  Twitter is one of the top referrers of traffic to my blog, over 2000 referrers from twitter to my blog in the last 30 days...there's something happening there.  —  I've also noticed and increase of new users over the past 30 days, feel free to add me as a friend, I will add you back.
Darmano / Logic+Emotion:
Why is Twitter Exploding?  Because it's A Conversation Ecosystem.  —  Lot's of chatter happening round the blogosphere regarding Twitter, between Forrester's Peter Kim and Jeremiah (also of Forrester).  I've described Twitter as a "conversation ecosystem" in places like BusinessWeek …
Discussion: Dan Blank
Kevin /
Microsoft Offers Free Copy of Windows Vista Ultimate if you Surrender Privacy  —  Need a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate?  Are you incredibly trusting of big corporations?  Well I have the deal for you, with a new program through Microsoft called the Windows Feedback Program.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Snag Vista Ultimate for free, in exchange for your privacy
Discussion: CyberNet
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Let Microsoft spy on you, get a free copy of Vista Ultimate
Discussion: Lifehacker
Business Wire: Enhances Payment Options with Bill Me Later  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)— (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced it has signed an agreement with Bill Me Later, Inc., a leading provider of alternative payment technologies, to make the Bill Me Later payment option available on the website.
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog: gets 90 days, same as cash  —  Just in time for the credit crunch, Amazon's investing in Bill Me Later, a payment service specializing in same-as-cash, deferred payment deals.  —  It seems like a response to eBay's PayPal and Google Checkout, but I think that's not exactly what's going on.
Discussion: WebProNews
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Those CD rips of yours are still "unauthorized"  —  Those MP3 and AAC files that you've ripped from your CD collection are still "unauthorized copies" in the eyes of the recording industry.  In a brief filed late last week, the RIAA said that the MP3 files on a PC owned by a file-sharing defendant …
Discussion: Electronista, TechSpot News and Digg
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
NBC Jumps Into SanDisk's Fanfare TV Download Service [Digital Downloads]  —  Though you can no longer buy episodes of "The Office," "Heroes" or "30 Rock" on iTunes, you will be able to purchase them in January from SanDisk's Fanfare service.  Of course, if you recall, you can't download the shows to your computer.
Peter Galli /
Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Arrives Early  —  Micosoft cuts testing short, a sign to some that there aren't enough users to do the testing.  —  The Office team beat its own deadline of early 2008 and will release Office 2007 Service Pack 1 Dec. 11.  —  In an unusual move …
Discussion: CNET
Kdawson / Slashdot:
RIAA Argues That MP3s From CDs Are Unauthorized  —  The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them.  We are not responsible for them in any way.  —  OK, here is the deal... I just bought over $200 worth of music on CD and I absolutely guarantee …
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Latitude XT Details  —  Lots of folks have been waiting for us to release more details on the Latitude XT Tablet PC.  My first brief post about it has received more than 400 comments and has gone on to become the #1 most viewed post in Direct2Dell's history.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet.  The TV.  —  Here's how to finally bring them together.  —  Millions of people love watching Internet video on their PCs.  So why can't the technology industry figure out how to get them to watch Internet video on their television sets?  —  It isn't for lack of trying.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Offers Pulse Plugin For Outlook  —  Plaxo has announced a new plugin that brings Plaxo Pulse to Microsoft Outlook.  —  Plaxo is claiming the new service is "historic;" its an extremely long stretch but this isn't to say that the functionality isn't interesting.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Future-safe archives  —  I just woke up in Paris, it's 5:34AM here, but back in California, it still never ceases to amaze me, the day hasn't yet flipped.  You guys haven't even gone to bed yet!  Now that's amazing to me.  What perseverence!  Keep up the good work everybody.
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Amateur Time Hackers Play With Atomic Clocks at Home  —  BELLEVUE, Washington — Tom Van Baak's spare upstairs bedroom looks like a cross between the control center of a remote polar outpost and the inner sanctum of a Victorian mad scientist.  In reality, it's a home-built lab dedicated to the study of time.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Lester Haines / The Register:
Smut vid outfit sues PornoTube  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar - Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  A major producer of adult videos yesterday filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court against YouTube clone PornoTube for "allowing its users to post videos that include copyrighted material".
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