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7:10 PM ET, December 11, 2007

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Kevin / NotebookReview.com:
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.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Snag Vista Ultimate for free, in exchange for your privacy  —  Microsoft's been keeping its record pretty clean of late, but we suppose it couldn't end the year without a parting shot meant to cheese off the ultra-private, Microsoft-eats-children types.  The company's latest diabolical plan …
Discussion: WebProNews and CyberNet
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Let Microsoft spy on you, get a free copy of Vista Ultimate
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and 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.
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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
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 …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: PC Magazine
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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.
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Amazon.com gets 90 days, same as cash
Discussion: Bits and WebProNews
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.
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Arrives Early  —  Micosoft cuts testing short, a sign to some that there aren't enough users to do the testing.  —  The Office team beat its own deadline of early 2008 and will release Office 2007 Service Pack 1 Dec. 11.  —  In an unusual move …
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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 and Valleywag
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Sprint to soft-launch WiMAX before Christmas  —  Within the week, Sprint will turn live its WiMAX networks in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C., Sprint officials said today.  The soft launch will extend only to Sprint employees and is intended to prepare the networks for a broader customer trial in the first quarter.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Some turbulence for JetBlue's in-flight e-mail  —  Special thanks to my editors for posting this.  I've filed it in-flight via e-mail.  —  I'm typing this somewhere over Louisville, Ky. (or so the "live map" on my seat monitor tells me) on board JetBlue flight 641, a New York-to-San Francisco flight …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
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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SPECpower_ssj2008  —  SPECpower_ssj2008 is the first industry-standard SPEC benchmark that evaluates the power and performance characteristics of volume server class computers.  With SPECpower_ssj2008, SPEC is defining server power measurement standards in the same way we have done for performance.
Discussion: DailyTech and The Tech Report
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
MTVN Tries To Streamline Multiplatform Ad Sales Again With Digital Fusion
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Halo 3's Heroic Map Pack available now
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Update: AT&T: U-Verse Available To 30 Million Homes in 2010 …
Discussion: Between the Lines, CNN and Reuters
InfoWorld:
DNS attack could signal Phishing 2.0
Discussion: The Register
ZodTTD:
[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
Yahoo! News:
Maroon 5, Fergie are top iTunes sellers
Discussion: Macsimum News
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Microsoft: users don't want to own downloadable movies
Discussion: Gizmodo and VideoGamer.com
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