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7:25 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 …
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?
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
HD disk format wars are over  —  Opinion A clear victor emerges  —  THE NEXT GENERATION disk format has been settled once and for all.  Thanks to the due diligence, hard work and unprecedented cooperation between the media companies, the hardware vendors and the OS vendor, we finally have a solution.
Discussion: 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: Gizmodo, digg and Slashdot
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: HipMojo.com, Techdirt and Seeking Alpha
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
65nm Xbox 360 CPUs delayed until mid-2007  —  According to industry sources, plans to produce CPUs for the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console on 65nm at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing will be pushed back until the middle of 2007, at least one quarter behind the original schedule.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
65nm Xbox 360 CPU refresh delayed until mid-2007?
Discussion: TechSpot
Jeffrey Gangemi / Business Week:
Fine-Tuning Local Search  —  Small businesses may soon be able to target their online ads to prospective customers who are within a few blocks of their shops  —  Karl Murphy, president and co-owner of Carolina Auto Spa, a car wash and automotive detailer with two locations outside Raleigh …
Mike / Techdirt:
Korea Doesn't Want That Virtual Currency To Be Traded For Real Money  —  from the and-you-will-do-this-how-exactly?  dept  —  It's not like people haven't been warning others around the world about the potential tricky issues that come up with online worlds and offline laws …
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
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Wikipedia Founder Plans Search Engine  —  The search engine, code-named Wikiasari, would combine open source technology and human intervention to deliver more relevant results than the algorithm-based systems used today.  —  Jimmy Wales, founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia …
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
Illegal Video Downloads Surpass Legal Alternatives 5 to 1  —  According to the NPD Group, a consumer and retail information company, for every legally downloaded video file, there are five illegally downloaded ones on P2P networks and BitTorrent sites.  —  The research carried out by the group shows …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and digg
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
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 …
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: Micro Persuasion and Mark Evans
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Web Strategy
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: Gadgetell, Gizmodo, Seeking Alpha and digg
 
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Discussion: digg
Blake Snow / Joystiq:
Zelda, Gears, and others for $39 this week at Target
Discussion: You NEWB, Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Hewlett-Packard, Recasting Itself, Is Looking Beyond PCs and Printers
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
How to permanently activate Windows Vista, at least for now
Mike / Techdirt:
Latest Attempt To Catch Phishers May Make Life Difficult For Small Web Vendors
Discussion: Associated Press
Mike Yamamoto / Crave RSS:
Phones that can power themselves
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
'Alpha Moms' pitch Nintendo Wii