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3:35 PM ET, December 26, 2006

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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 …
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  —  While Microsoft's Vista hasn't quite had time to make it out to us normal folk just yet, there's certainly versions floating around thanks to the November 30th corporate release, and we've already found a way to circumvent Redmond's …
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: Techdirt, PVR Wire and Slashdot
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Best Buy's $15,000 ConnectedLife.Home in a box
Discussion: SCI FI Tech
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 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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
Latest Attempt To Catch Phishers May Make Life Difficult For Small Web Vendors  —  from the no-fun-at-all dept  —  It's no secret that there are a lot of scammers out there online, and trying to come up with ways to weed out who's legit and who's not has certainly been a growth industry lately.
Discussion: Associated Press
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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 …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Ad Costs on the Web Are Rising, but Perhaps a Bit Irrationally  —  MEDIA executives and investors get a pleasant neck ache from watching the skyward path of online advertising revenues.  But for those who have to pay for advertising, the trend is bringing some anxiety.
Discussion: Techdirt and Seeking Alpha
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
Wired News:
Biblio Tech … The new library at Chicago State University has one ironclad rule: No students allowed in these stacks - only robots.  Every book, CD, and DVD in the school's $38 million facility is tagged with a radio-frequency ID chip.  When a borrowed item slides through the return slot, the system identifies and sorts it.
Discussion: Slashdot
Blake Snow / Joystiq:
Zelda, Gears, and others for $39 this week at Target  —  Black Friday and holiday shopping deals don't end post Christmas; they're alive and well all this week starting tomorrow.  And Target has some killer $39 buys on big games starting 7 AM Tuesday.  Like arguably two of the biggest games of the year …
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
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
Michael Gartenberg:
Lessons in Analyst Relations  —  I've had the fortune of working as an Industry Analyst for more than a decade now.  One of the interesting aspects of the job is dealing with the various analyst relations folks at different vendors over the years.  Most are great and hardworking professionals.
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
level3.com:
LEVEL 3 TO ACQUIRE SAVVIS CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK  —  Transaction Combines Industry Leading Network Scale and Video Capabilities with Pioneering Content Distribution Capabilities  —  Company Will Be Well Positioned to Target Growth of Rich Media Services over the Internet
Discussion: GigaOM and NewTeeVee
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
 
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
SF MuniFi - maybe in 2007?
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Updated Playstation emulator for Windows Mobile
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Forbes:
Google, China Mobile to launch mobile search service - report
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
A decade of NeXT and Apple
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 Earlier Items: 
Michal Birecki / ps3center.net:
PS3center.net Makes The First White PS3
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
EBay's China lesson: Go local
Times of London:
Nintendo Wii steals the Christmas show
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
Adam Kinney / Channel 9:
Special Holiday Episode IV: Don Box and Chris Anderson
Discussion: Don Box's Spoutlet
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Internet Video and how the Broadcast Nets are Missing the HDTV Opportunity.