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5:50 PM ET, December 11, 2007


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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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA NOT Saying That Personal Copies Are Illegal (Yet)  —  I believe that lawyer Ray Beckerman has done some wonderful things in defending people being bullied by the RIAA and accused of infringing on copyrights with very little evidence.  He also does a fantastic job keeping people informed …
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.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Let Microsoft spy on you, get a free copy of Vista Ultimate  —  How would you like a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate, Office Ultimate 2007, Money Plus Premium, Streets and Trips 2008 or Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2008?  Well one of these fine (or buggy as the case may be) …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Snag Vista Ultimate for free, in exchange for your privacy
Discussion: CyberNet
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
SanDisk Gives NBCU What Apple Wouldn't: Pricing Flexibility  —  Now that the rift between NBC U and Apple's iTunes looks irreparable (for now), NBC U is busy putting its shows everywhere else.  Today NBC U announced a deal with SanDisk, which has a unique, if inelegant solution to bridge the TV-Internet divide.
Discussion: PC Magazine
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
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Dstrange / OfficeRocker!:
Office 2007 sp1 ready for download today  —  Today sp1 ships. hurray.  It's not up there yet but should be later today.  Also the kb articles for each patch don't seem to be live at this moment but should also appear later on today.  —  Looking down the list of fixes, here are some that caught my eye …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
'Here Comes Another Bubble' Takedown!  —  So, it turns out YouTube actually can protect copyright!  —  In this case, that's too bad, since the video-sharing service just took down the very popular music video parody called "Here Comes Another Bubble," by San Francisco's Richter Scales …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Valleywag
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.
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Sprint to soft-launch WiMAX before Christmas  —  Within the week, Sprint will turn live its WiMAX networks in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C., Sprint officials said today.  The soft launch will extend only to Sprint employees and is intended to prepare the networks for a broader customer trial in the first quarter.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Tech Tracks and Phone Scoop
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Failed WGA checks lead to a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits  —  As part of its global antipiracy efforts, Microsoft announced today that it has filed 52 lawsuits around the world and referred another 22 cases to law enforcement agencies in 22 different countries.
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.
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.
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Update: AT&T: U-Verse Available To 30 Million Homes in 2010 …
Discussion: Between the Lines, CNN and Reuters
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
UPOP "PMP" treads dangerously close to UMPC territory
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Friendster developer platform goes live with over 180 apps
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook vs. w00t: The Web Defines Word of the Year Competition
Discussion: Valleywag and ParisLemon
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Evolution of Personal Publishing
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StyleHive Acquires StyleDiary; Adds Content To Social Shopping
Lester Haines / The Register:
Smut vid outfit sues PornoTube
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Amateur Time Hackers Play With Atomic Clocks at Home
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot