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5:05 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 …
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
Peter Galli /
Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Arrives Early
Discussion: CNET
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.
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-064 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in DirectX Could Allow Remote Code Execution (941568)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This critical security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft DirectX.
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.
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
Joseph Weisenthal /
StyleHive Acquires StyleDiary; Adds Content To Social Shopping  —  StyleHive, an SF-based social shopping site oriented towards fashion, has acquired StyleDiary, a fashion media site.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  StyleHive is basically a social bookmarking service …
Discussion:, Mashable! and Valleywag
Joseph Weisenthal /
Update: AT&T: U-Verse Available To 30 Million Homes in 2010; EchoStar Buy Unlikely; Strong Ad Growth  —  At a meeting for analysts, AT&T (NYSE: T) said it expects U-Verse to be available in 30 million homes by the end of 2010, compared to 5.5 million as of its last quarter.
Discussion: Between the Lines, CNN and Reuters
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.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Some turbulence for JetBlue's in-flight e-mail
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Web Leaders Seek More Searchable Government
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
UPOP "PMP" treads dangerously close to UMPC territory
[psx4all NEWS] Playstation has arrived on the iPhone and iPod Touch!
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Failed WGA checks lead to a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Microsoft: users don't want to own downloadable movies
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Elsa Wenzel / CNET
Study: High-speed Internet helps cool the planet
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Rebecca Moore / Official Google Blog:
Earth From Above  —  French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's …
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
Discussion: Changing Way and A VC
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
His Royal Steveness a Late Entry for 2007's Best-Dressed Lists [Nobel Steve]
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
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Street View Images for Dallas, Detroit and Other 6 Cities