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5:15 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 …
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: Gizmodo, digg and Slashdot
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 …
Gizmodo:
Wiimote Controlled Smarthome  —  I've been getting scads of CES pitches from smarthome software and gear makers, and not a single one is as interesting as LiquidIce's Wii-home hack.  It uses the Wii browser, a Flash interface and some PHP script to control the lights, thermostat, security camera, cable DVR, and stereo system.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and digg
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 …
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: Gizmodo, Seeking Alpha and digg
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
comScore to take Web 2.0 seriously  —  Television has Nielsen, but the web has no clear leader for ranking the world's busiest websites.  There's no shortage of competitors in the space, of course, and you've probably heard of many of them: Alexa, comScore, HitWise, and the newcomer, Compete.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Micro Persuasion
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Presence for your presents  —  You've probably got the paper and boxes cleaned up by now.  Did you get that new gadget you've wanted?  A new phone?  A Zune?  A new MacBook?  Regardless of what it was, chances are that its stated purpose was to make you better connected.  Is that really want you want?
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
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 …
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: You NEWB, Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Yahoo's Panama Project Is Important  —  Business week has a long article about Yahoo's Panama project and why it may not have the positive financial impact the company is hoping for.  Yahoo's goal for Panama is to make their pay-per-click advertising program more efficient at extracting dollars from advertisers.
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Why Yahoo's Panama Won't Be Enough
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
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
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
'Alpha Moms' pitch Nintendo Wii  —  The game company takes an innovative viral approach to drum up support for its new console.  —  Mother knows best.  —  As it geared up to promote its new Wii video game console, Nintendo of America Inc. looked to a group better known for nagging kids to stop playing video games: moms.
Discussion: Joystiq, Wii Have A Problem and digg
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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Associated Press:   'Safe' Web Seal Requires Rigorous Checks
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
A decade of NeXT and Apple  —  In the summer of 1989, I had a really, really tough assignment: I had to evaluate the NeXT Cube for a publishing company.  What a hardship to have that black box on my desk, along with that 400-dpi laser printer!  I don't know how I ever managed.
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
How to Add Search to Google Reader
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Dreaming of a White PS3 Christmas
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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
How to permanently activate Windows Vista, at least for now
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
EBay's China lesson: Go local
Mike Yamamoto / Crave RSS:
Phones that can power themselves
Discussion: Tech Digest and Gear Factor