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2:35 PM ET, December 11, 2007


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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.
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
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Those CD rips of yours are still "unauthorized"
Discussion: TechSpot News
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.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Rogers Splices Into Google...It Could Be Worse
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.
Discussion: Electronista and
Reuters:   NBC to provide TV shows for SanDisk service
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Vudu adds TV shows  —  The previously movie-only Vudu now offers some TV episodes as well  —  When we reviewed the Vudu back in September, we said "only feature films are available, but Vudu says that TV shows are on the roadmap."  Vudu made good on that pledge today, adding 12 TV shows to its content roster.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Vudu Adds Fox TV Shows to its VOD Lineup, Kicks off HD Downloading …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and BetaNews
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.
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.
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).
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".
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
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook vs. w00t: The Web Defines Word of the Year Competition  —  In 2004 it was blog.  In 2005 it was integrity.  Last year it was truthiness.  This year, among the twenty words competing for Merriam-Webster's 2007 Word of the Year contest, are seven words that aren't quite dictionary material just yet.
Discussion: Valleywag
Miguel Helft / New York Times: Puts a Bet on Privacy  —  Will privacy sell?  — 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.  — and other major search engines like Google …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Friendster developer platform goes live with over 180 apps  —  Friendster has fully launched its developer platform with more than 180 applications available to its 56 million registered users, the social-networking site said Tuesday.  —  The company first announced the platform on October 25.
Discussion: Mashable!
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!
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 …
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Business Wire: Enhances Payment Options with Bill Me Later
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Tiny, fake iPod Touch for $109
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