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3:35 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 …
Discussion: Electronista, TechSpot News and Digg
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Download Squad and Gizmodo
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Snag Vista Ultimate for free, in exchange for your privacy
Discussion: CyberNet
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.
The Blog:
Ask Launches AskEraser  —  Privacy.  It's a topic we discuss quite a bit here at  But we we do more than talk about it.  We listen to user feedback, industry debate, the CDT and many other sources.  And we've responded by launching AskEraser on and Ask UK.  —  Search Privacy When Enabled
Miguel Helft / New York Times: Puts a Bet on Privacy
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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Maroon 5, Fergie are top iTunes sellers
Discussion: Macsimum News
Daimaou /
Toshiba T31, the first notebook with Both XP and Vista !
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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
Discussion: DailyTech and The Tech Report
Toshiba to Launch Innovative Rechargeable Battery Business
Discussion: DailyTech, Gizmodo and I4U News
Virgin Mobile USA deploys self-service phone activation
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
RealNetworks lays off 100, about 35 of them in Seattle
 Earlier Items: 
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
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Evolution of Personal Publishing
Discussion: Changing Way and A VC
Live with Phil:
mobile messenger goes live
Business Wire: Enhances Payment Options with Bill Me Later
First year Apple TV sales fall below expectations
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Tiny, fake iPod Touch for $109
Deserting real life