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10:45 PM ET, December 18, 2007


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Declan McCullagh / CNET
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 on grounds that its operators engaged in "willful" deletion of important evidence.
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 …
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
The Web Celeb 25  —  Things change fast on the internet —and fame is no exception.  Nearly half of the online celebrities identified in the inaugural edition of the Web Celeb 25 failed to place on the list in this second edition.  Among the casualties: YouTube star LonelyGirl15 …
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods and 901am
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
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.
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.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
What's in Store for EBay? Outlook Hazy
Discussion: … and Bits
Nick Weininger / Official Google Blog:
Better flight stats results  —  The holiday season is upon us, and we know that many amongst you are traveling to be with family and friends.  To make sure you spend more time celebrating and less time waiting at the airport, we're introducing a new flight status feature that we hope will make your travels easier.
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.
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Google Toolbar Dialog Spoofing Vulnerability
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
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Pumping DC power to the data center  —  Thomas Edison had it right, say the founders of start-up Validus DC Systems.  Direct current is the way.  —  Validus on Tuesday announced that it has raised $10 million from Oak Hill Venture Partners to further develop its data center power supplies …
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.
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.
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.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple finally fixes some MacBook keyboard issues
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
$8,000-per-gallon printer ink leads to antitrust lawsuit
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Tom Krazit / CNET
Intel spins out telecom portion of optical-networking group
Discussion: The Register
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this the mylo 2?  —  So we were dong some followup research …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Reader-Centric Publishing: Aggregating and Repackaging Print Content Online
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook beta testing Platform payment system
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December update bans XBoxen
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Why Apple should launch iTunes movie rentals now
PC World:
Apple TV Leads Internet Video Delivery Market
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Tom Lee / Techdirt:
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