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12:30 PM ET, December 26, 2006

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Flaws Are Detected in Microsoft's Vista  —  Microsoft is facing an early crisis of confidence in the quality of its Windows Vista operating system as computer security researchers and hackers have begun to find potentially serious flaws in the system that was released to corporate customers late last month.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
How to permanently activate Windows Vista, at least for now
Discussion: Microsoft News Tracker and digg
Julie Jacobson / The CE Pro Weblog:
Exclusive Details: Best Buy, Exceptional Innovation and ConnectedLife.Home  —  NOTE: This is a long story.  If you're an integrator wondering why I spent so much time on it, skip to the bottom.  Well, not the VERY bottom.  -JJ  —  Best Buy is going to sell a packaged solution of Media Center plus home automation.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Best Buy's $15,000 ConnectedLife.Home in a box
Discussion: SCI FI Tech
Associated Press:
'Safe' Web Seal Requires Rigorous Checks  —  Beginning next month, version 7 of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser will start flagging certain e-commerce and banking sites as green for "safe."  The browser will look for an extended-validation certificate issued by any number of vendors.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Latest Attempt To Catch Phishers May Make Life Difficult For Small Web Vendors
Discussion: Associated Press
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Why Yahoo's Panama Won't Be Enough  —  The Web's most visited site lags Google by billions in advertising revenue, and it's going to take more than its new ad-delivery technology to close the gap  —  Yahoo! had a rocky 2006.  In fact, it had a Rocky Balboa kind of 2006.  The pounding came from all sides.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land
Michael Hickins / internetnews.com:
Google to Write an 'Integrated Story'?  —  Internetnews.com editors provide an early roadmap for tech's direction in 2007.  —  Google (Quote) says its mission is to organize all the world's information and make it accessible and useful to everyone.  —  Now well on its way to accomplishing …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Internet Video and how the Broadcast Nets are Missing the HDTV Opportunity.  —  There is an oft repeated business saying that sales organizations should "Go after the low hanging fruit".  The meaning obviously is to close the easy sales before you have to work to climb after the more difficult sales.
Discussion: digg
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Verizon to Allow Ads on Its Mobile Phones  —  VERIZON WIRELESS, among the nation's most widely advertised brands, is poised to become the advertising medium itself.  —  Beginning early next year, Verizon Wireless will allow placement of banner advertisements on news, weather …
Mark Ward / BBC:
Spam surge drives net crime spree  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  The tussle between computer security companies trying to protect your PC and the bad guys that try to compromise it is often characterised as an arms race.  —  Sometimes the security companies have the upper hand …
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Screen Shot Of Quality Score Metric in AdWords Console  —  Early this month we reported that Google Testing Showing AdWords Quality Score Data to Advertisers, well, I finally found a screen shot.  A DigitalPoint Forums thread has a member posting a screen shot of the quality score being shown to him in the AdWords reports.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:   Google Shows Quality Scores For Christmas
Valleywag:
NAMING NAMES: The tech reporters who flack for Second Life  —  CLAY SHIRKY — "Here at KingsRUs.com, we call our website our Kingdom, and any time our webservers serve up a copy of the home page, we record that as a Loyal Subject.  We're very pleased to announce that in the last two months …
Times of London:
Nintendo Wii steals the Christmas show  —  The No3 player in the games world has beaten its rivals with its must-have console, says Paul Durman  —  THE Nintendo Wii is this year's must-have games console, and should delight the lucky few who receive one tomorrow morning.
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Forget L.C.D.; Go for Plasma, Says Maker of Both  —  What kind of company takes out ads in daily newspapers attacking one of its own type of products?  In the case of Panasonic, the answer is a company that has significant investments in a rival technology.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and digg
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Social Networking Awards - The Top Social Networks of 2006 … Is it really the holiday already?  Not quite - we've still got to announce the Social Networking Awards 2006!  With thousands of votes cast, the People's Choice attracted a much bigger response than anyone expected.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Hewlett-Packard, Recasting Itself, Is Looking Beyond PCs and Printers  —  Hewlett-Packard is looking for a second act.  Several of them, actually.  —  Its turnaround was confirmed this year when profits from PCs and corporate servers and storage devices nearly doubled from a year earlier.
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Mike Yamamoto / Crave RSS:
Phones that can power themselves  —  It's only a matter of time before phones join the alternative-energy trend in earnest, and some companies are already trying to get out front with designs before the onslaught begins.  ModeLabs, for one, has released three concept designs for mobile phones …
Discussion: Tech Digest and Gear Factor
Michal Birecki / ps3center.net:
PS3center.net Makes The First White PS3  —  After seeing what happened to the Playstation 3 market on eBay, we quickly realized that we won't get much for our black PS3.  PCN then decided to put a little twist to their unit.  We created the world's first and only white Playstation 3.
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
EBay's China lesson: Go local  —  STUNG BY FAILURES, U.S. FIRMS SEE VALUE IN FINDING PARTNERS  —  When eBay bought EachNet, China's then-leading online auctioneer, in July 2003, it seemed the world's most-promising e-commerce opportunity would only be eBay's to lose.
 
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Ad Costs on the Web Are Rising, but Perhaps a Bit Irrationally
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