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6:25 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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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Let Microsoft spy on you, get a free copy of Vista Ultimate
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Lifehacker
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Snag Vista Ultimate for free, in exchange for your privacy
Discussion: CyberNet
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 …
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
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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Electronista:
NBC switches TV shows to SanDisk service
Discussion: Digital Trends and Mashable!
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: WebProNews
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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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.
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.
SPEC:
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
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.
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.
InfoWorld:
DNS attack could signal Phishing 2.0  —  Researchers at Google and the Georgia Institute of Technology are studying a virtually undetectable form of attack that quietly controls where victims go on the Internet.  —  The study, set to be published in February, takes a close look at …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Halo 3's Heroic Map Pack available now
Bruce Meyerson / Business Week:
Why Wireless Isn't Wide Open
Discussion: mocoNews.net and MobHappy
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Some turbulence for JetBlue's in-flight e-mail
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Update: AT&T: U-Verse Available To 30 Million Homes in 2010 …
Discussion: Between the Lines, CNN and Reuters
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
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Microsoft: users don't want to own downloadable movies
Discussion: Gizmodo and VideoGamer.com
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Study: High-speed Internet helps cool the planet
 Earlier Items: 
MobileTechNews:
Virgin Mobile USA deploys self-service phone activation
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
RealNetworks lays off 100, about 35 of them in Seattle
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
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Future-safe archives  —  I just woke up in Paris, it's 5:34AM here …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Offers Pulse Plugin For Outlook
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