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8:45 PM ET, December 18, 2007

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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
TorrentSpy loses Calif. copyright lawsuit  —  In a potentially severe blow to fans of peer-to-peer networks, a federal judge has ruled against the BitTorrent indexing service TorrentSpy.com on grounds that its operators engaged in "willful" deletion of important evidence.
George Ou / Zero Day:
Mac versus Windows vulnerability stats for 2007  —  The year 2007 has been an interesting year that brought us improved security with Windows Vista and Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).  But to get some perspective of how many publicly known holes found in these two operating systems …
Discussion: CyberNet and Micronet's blog
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google may have finally figured out what to do with Google Apps  —  Om writes that Google has inked a deal with satellite ISP, WildBlue, that puts Google's "Office Suite" in the hands of average users — the right place for it.  There are many reasons Google Apps works much better for personal use …
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Inside iPod Touch  —  The Touch will probably set the standard for iPod iterations to come, and our teardown reveals it's more than just an iPhone you can't make calls on  —  At first glance, Apple's iPod Touch looks almost exactly like its sibling the iPhone.
InfoWorld:
Google Toolbar flaw opens door for phishers  —  Google is working to fix a bug in the Google Toolbar that could allow criminals to steal data or install malicious software on a system, a security researcher warned Tuesday.  —  The flaw lies in the mechanism Google Toolbar uses to add new buttons on the browser.
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Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Google Toolbar Dialog Spoofing Vulnerability
John Tierney / New York Times:
Why Nobody Likes a Smart Machine  —  At a Best Buy store in Midtown Manhattan, Donald Norman was previewing a scene about to be re-enacted in living rooms around the world.  —  He was playing with one of this year's hot Christmas gifts, a digital photo frame from Kodak.
Discussion: Dan Blank, Smart Mobs and Gawker
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Follow your Favorite Freeway  —  Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, us insiders know that the difference between Hwy 101 and Hwy 280 is like the difference between the mall ring-road on the Saturday before Christmas and the Autobahn.  Some of us will go through some awfully long detours …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ebay's rising star plots revamp of 'flea market'  —  Tinkering with the core mechanisms of the world's busiest e-commerce site is not something to be undertaken lightly.  Yet John Donahoe, head of Ebay's marketplace division, is preparing an overhaul for early next year that amounts to a major revamp of Ebay's core business.
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
What's in Store for EBay? Outlook Hazy
Discussion: Skype-watch.com … and Bits
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Ex-Jane Editor Lands at Yahoo  —  Brandon Holley, late of Jane magazine, has become the latest example of an editor who's made the leap from print magazines to the digital space.  Holley has been quietly working at Yahoo as executive producer, Yahoo Lifestyles, a new position at the company.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Don't DVR Owners Skip Commercials?  —  Yet another study argues that most DVR owners watch most of their TV live, and don't skip commercials.  Interpublic's Magna Global says that just 13.8% of all viewing in DVR homes is time-shifted, MediaPost reports.
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Q&A: Peter Norvig  —  The evolution of Web search.  —  As director of research at Google, Peter Norvig is intimately involved in the attempt to manage the world's information.  He's a good match for the job, having spent much of his life thinking about how computers think and making them do it more efficiently.
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Visualize Social Networks with IBM's Atlas  —  New relationship visualization tools ratchet up IBM's social networking push for the enterprise.  —  Determined to lead the market in creating social networking tools for the enterprise, IBM introduced a new set of social networking visualization and analysis tools for businesses.
Direct2Dell:
Latitude XT Pricing  —  by Glenn Keels, Sr. Manager—Commercial Products Team  —  First off, thanks to everyone for your insights on this product.  It's a product that lots of us have put effort into and we're happy bring it to market.  Since last week, we've gotten over 150 comments from Direct2Dell readers.
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why Apple should launch iTunes movie rentals now  —  Ever since Apple enabled users to download movies on iTunes, the world waited with bated breath to see if the company would launch a movie rental service.  Unfortunately, those people are still waiting.  —  But with a renewed sense …
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Karl / DSLreports:
FCC Votes To Cap Cable Growth - Also eases media ownership rules  —  We've been watching the FCC meetings on CSPAN-3 for much of the day (yeah we're wild like that).  Un-thwarted by attending protesters at the vote, the commission voted 3-2 across partisan lines today to ease thirty …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Tweeterboard: Who Does That Person on Twitter Think They Are?  —  Like it or not, there's a whole lot of conversation going on via microblogging service Twitter these days and it cannot be ignored.  —  Let's say you've subscribed to a search feed for your company's name (via Terraminds) …
Discussion: Web Strategy … and Cost Per News
 
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the mylo 2?  —  So we were dong some followup research …
Nick Weininger / Official Google Blog:
Better flight stats results
Discussion: Webware.com and Googlified
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
BBC Celebrates 10 Years Online by Blogging
Cesar Menendez / Zune Insider:
Firmware Update 2.3  —  Zune will be issuing a firmware update today.
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook beta testing Platform payment system
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
December update bans XBoxen
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Tafiti Search Visualization - Overview
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Pumping DC power to the data center
Discussion: VentureBeat and Xconomy
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Facebook Faces Off Against Sex Site
Discussion: DailyTech, Digital Trends and 901am
Associated Press:
Facebook settles text-messaging suit
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Xoanon / Hobbit Movie News and Rumors:
PETER JACKSON AND NEW LINE CINEMA JOIN WITH MGM TO PRODUCE "THE HOBBIT"
PC World:
Apple TV Leads Internet Video Delivery Market
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The Language Indicator: If You Want To Stay On Top Of Technology …
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