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3:00 PM ET, December 11, 2007

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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.
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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 paidContent.org
Reuters:   NBC to provide TV shows for SanDisk service
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 …
Discussion: Electronista and TechSpot News
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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 …
Kdawson / Slashdot:
RIAA Argues That MP3s From CDs Are Unauthorized
Discussion: CrunchGear
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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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.
Discussion: The Social Times
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Darmano / Logic+Emotion:   Why is Twitter Exploding? Because it's A Conversation Ecosystem.
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: Ars Technica, CrunchGear and WebProNews
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Porn Company Vivid Sues Its Own Customer Over Copyright
Discussion: The Globe and Mail
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Rebecca Moore / Official Google Blog:
Earth From Above  —  French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's …
John Leyden / The Register:
UK.gov loses driver ID data
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Friendster developer platform goes live with over 180 apps
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Amazon.com Enhances Payment Options with Bill Me Later
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Tiny, fake iPod Touch for $109
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Tech Blog
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Rice and laptops  —  Criticism of plans to get technology …
 

 
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