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1:10 PM ET, December 11, 2007

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Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
In Test, Canadian ISP Splices Itself Into Google Homepage  —  A screen shot posted to the web over the weekend seems to show that Canada's largest provider of high-speed internet access is exploring a controversial data substitution technique that lets it add its own content to the webpages customers visit.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
News flash: I agree with Seth Finkelstein
Discussion: IP Democracy
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Canadian ISP Modifies Google Homepage, Raises Spectre Of Net Neutrality Again
Discussion: Traffick
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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Street View Images for Dallas, Detroit and Other 6 Cities  —  Every two or three months Google adds new cities to Street View.  This time Google included eight new cities from the US: Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Boston, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Providence (all of them are in the top 150 US cities by population).
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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Get ready for your close-up
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ask.com Puts a Bet on Privacy  —  Will privacy sell?  —  Ask.com is betting it will.  The fourth-largest search engine company will begin a service today called AskEraser, which allows users to make their searches more private.  —  Ask.com and other major search engines like Google …
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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 …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
NBC Jumps Into SanDisk's Fanfare TV Download Service [Digital Downloads]  —  NBC Jumps Into SanDisk's Fanfare TV Download Service  —  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.
Discussion: Electronista and paidContent.org
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Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac:
15 Billion dollars, Apple?  Someone is doing some Christmas shopping  —  So it came out last week that Apple had been saving a bit of money.  They are likely going to buy something and the internet blew up with ideas on what that should be.  Ars came up with Adobe, Tivo, Nintendo.
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.
Discussion: Compiler, Computerworld and Mashable!
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".
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
His Royal Steveness a Late Entry for 2007's Best-Dressed Lists [Nobel Steve]  —  Dear Steve, I knew you could do it— get away from that zen-inspired "one single look means one minute in the closet" sartorial philosophy.  But a shirt and tie?  Oh, my son, you look positively ravishing.
BBC:
Rice and laptops  —  Criticism of plans to get technology into the developing world is misplaced, says Bill Thompson.  —  One of the best things about being on the World Service radio programme Digital Planet each week is that I get to hear about interesting technologies from many different countries …
BBC:
Deserting real life  —  The appeal of online virtual worlds such as Second Life is such that it may trigger an exodus of people seeking to "disappear from reality," an expert on large-scale online games has said.  —  Virtual worlds have seen huge growth since they became mainstream …
Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
Control Pro Tools with an iPhone or iPod Touch  —  Alex le Lievre has built what looks like an insane custom controller for Pro Tools LE using an iPhone.  He seems to have mimicked the look and feel of Pro Tools so successfully that some called the results a fake.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google, Search Drives Health, Travel Traffic  —  Websites in the health & medical and the travel categories received substantial traffic driven to them from search engines in November 2007.  —  Over 44 percent of traffic to health & medical sites arrived after a visitor found those destinations in a search engine.
Rick Broida / CNET News.com:
Add voice dialing to your Treo or Centro  —  As much as I love my new Palm Centro smartphone, it's not terribly smart when it comes to voice dialing.  —  OK, it can't do it at all.  Same goes for its Treo brethren.  (All together now: Weak!)  —  At least there's third-party software to fill in the gap.
 
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Reuters:
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Japanese cellphone operator gets Android up and running
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Tiny, fake iPod Touch for $109
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RIAA Argues That MP3s From CDs Are Unauthorized
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