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11:45 AM 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  —  Plenty of people, including Wired's Threat Level blog and my friend Leigh, are up in arms about the fact that Rogers (a major Internet service provider, for you non-Canadians) is inserting messages to its customers on top of web pages such as the Google home page.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell Latitude XT tablet hands-on  —  We spent a few minutes with the brand new Dell Latitude XT and we have to say, as far as tablets (and especially Dells) go, this thing is top-tier.  Some thoughts:  — The whole machine's decked in a ThinkPad-esque soft touch finish …
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  —  Google's acclaimed, criticized Street View bears down on Boston  —  Google Inc.'s controversial Street View feature, which offers 360-degree, street-level images of urban life so clear that passersby often can be identified, is set to make its Boston debut this morning.
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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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Ask.com plays to people's privacy concerns with AskEraser …
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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 …
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".
Discussion: TorrentFreak, CrunchGear and WebProNews
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Enhances Payment Options with Bill Me Later  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com (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 Amazon.com website.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Between the Lines
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Tiny, fake iPod Touch for $109  —  Want an iPod Touch without all that pesky multi-touch?  Want what is essentially a low-end PDA stuck in a case that kind of looks cool and has a 1.3-megapixel camera?  Want something that will inevitably disappoint you?  Pick up the 4GB Optimus Touch …
Discussion: Electronista and Tech Blog
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 …
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.
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Geek News Central
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kosmix riases $10M more for search sites in health, autos, more
AppleInsider:
First year Apple TV sales fall below expectations
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Todd Biske
Reuters:
NBC to provide TV shows for SanDisk service
Discussion: Gizmodo
Paula Musich / eWEEK.com:
Juniper Opens Router OS to Developers
BBC:
Deserting real life
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Napster's CFO Set To Leave
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Hands-on with BetaBlue, JetBlue's WiFi-equipped Airbus
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Los Angeles Times:
Coming up short in domain name game
 Earlier Items: 
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews.net:
Nokia Wants Apple-Style Cut Of Mobile Plans
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Navigational Bar Goes International
Discussion: Search Engine Land
BBC:
Getting lost  —  The last few years in the history of digital content …
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Vudu adds TV shows
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Amateur Time Hackers Play With Atomic Clocks at Home
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Skrentablog:
PageRank wrecked the web
Discussion: WebProNews and Michael Gray
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FolderShare AutoDeletes Files. Whoops
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Downloads give Amazon jungle fever
 

 
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