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6:05 PM ET, December 27, 2006

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Bloomberg:
Asian Internet, Phone Services Hit by Taiwan Quakes (Update2)  —  Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) — Internet and telephone services across Asia were disrupted, hampering financial transactions, after earthquakes near Taiwan damaged undersea cables.  —  ``The repairs could take two to three weeks …
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Agence France Presse:
Quake cuts off much of Asia Internet  —  Internet and phone services have been disrupted across much of Asia after an earthquake damaged undersea cables, leaving one of the world's most tech-savvy regions in a virtual blackout.  —  From frustrated traders seeking in vain for stock quotes …
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Wikinews:   Strong earthquake strikes off the coast of Taiwan
Channel NewsAsia:
Taiwan quake cuts off much of Asia Internet
Reuters:   Asia Quakes Damage Cables; Internet, Banks Affected
Long Zheng / istartedsomething.com.nyud.net:8080:
Microsoft hands out Ferrari's to bloggers  —  Microsoft together with AMD gave out some really nice Christmas presents to a bunch of bloggers this year.  Brandon LeBlanc got one, Scott Beale got one, Barb Bowman got one, Mauricio Freitas got one, Mitch Denny got one, Zen.Heavengames got one …
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Microsoft Sent A Free Laptop With Windows Vista  —  Ok, so yeah, I've been blogging about Microsoft quite a bit lately.  I guess their marketing people are doing their job well, since the launch of Windows Vista is next month.  Speaking of which, on December 20th I received an email from Edelman …
Mitch Denny / notgartner:
Acer Ferrari 1000: The Unboxing
Discussion: Laughing Squid
Wall Street Journal:
Is 'Web 2.0' Another Bubble?  —  Hundreds of Internet companies have emerged since the dot-com crash, looking to capitalize on a resurgent online advertising market.  Companies in this new wave — known as Web 2.0 — have focused on online collaboration and sharing among users.
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   WSJ Does Some Link Trolling on Web 2.0
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware '06: Return of the King  —  Pull back the red curtain and dim the lights.  It's the 9th annual presentation of the Wired News Vaporware Awards, our ode to the year's top technology products promised, hyped and scheduled, but not delivered.  —  The nominees were chosen by you, our readers, in November.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Kotaku, CrunchGear and Slashdot
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware '06: Return of the King
Discussion: PVR Wire and TiVo Lovers
Valleywag:
SECOND LIFE: A debunking, in five acts  —  At Valleywag, we'd long had an inchoate irritation with Second Life and, more specifically, with the uncritical press coverage that the virtual world enjoyed.  Often, a company's publicity can get ahead of mundane reality; it's often more the fault …
PR Newswire:
The Big Story for CES 2007: the Public Debut of eCoupled Intelligent Wireless Power  —  Fulton Innovation LLC and its Partners Debut Technology That Enables Intelligent Wireless Power Transfer  —  LAS VEGAS, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ — The 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hey!  Watch Is A Seriously Cool Online Video Converter  —  Tools to convert file types, particularly audio and video files, are among the last to move from the desktop to the browser.  Part of the problem is CPU usage during the conversion (it's expensive to do this online) and part of the problem is the upload time for the user.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:   How to Save Online Videos
Business Wire:
Fox Sports Announces First-Ever Digital Distribution of Full-Length Bowl Championship Series™ Games  —  Full-Length and Condensed BCS Games; Highlight Packages and Exclusive Preview Shows Available Online Beginning December 28  —  LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)—FOX Sports today announced that …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PaidContent and HipMojo.com
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Launches the Ultra Edition 13.8 (Z720), the Thinnest HSDPA Slider  —  Samsung brings ultra HSDPA power to the palm of your hand  —  Seoul , Korea , December 27 th , 2006 - Samsung Electronics, a leading provider and innovator of mobile phones, launches the Ultra Edition 13.8 (Model: SGH-Z720).
Valleywag:
DIGGBAIT: Cover gallery: Wii games I'd like to see  —  Cover gallery: Wii games I'd like to see  —  NICK DOUGLAS — As fantastic as the baton-controlled Nintendo Wii may be (I found it's most fun after White Russians and a tequila shot), it seems like the only game anyone plays is Wii Sports.
Discussion: kottke.org, You NEWB and Joystiq
Fred / A VC:
2007: The End Of The Page View  —  Recently there was 'big news', Myspace had passed Yahoo! in monthly page views.  I put the words big news in quotes because it really wasn't as big news as it was made out to be.  —  It's common wisdom that Myspace is designed to generate a ton of page reloads every session.
Jessica Guynn / The Technology Chronicles:
The secret Scoble mission revealed  —  Tech Chronicles has confirmed with Robert Scoble that he's embarking on an out-of-state trip into the world of politics: He's been invited to help former Democratic VP candidate John Edwards announce his presidential bid in New Orleans tomorrow.  He flies out today.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Google Set To Expand Newspaper Ad Program  —  For some of the nation's newspapers, Google's offer was too good to pass up.  —  This fall, the search-engine company proposed to show how it could help newspapers sell print advertising to the hundreds of thousands of small merchants who buy Internet ads from Google.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Jobless in Seattle?  —  Jobster, a Seattle-based job-focused vertical search engine, is mulling a big round of layoffs and may cut up to half of its 145-strong workforce, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  —  Well known for having raised gobs of venture capital …
Discussion: VentureBeat and EXCELER8ion
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John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:   Facing threats, Jobster targets profitability in 2007
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Reader a Stealth Digg Killer?  —  Steve Mermelstein wisely states that Google Reader could be a digg killer.  The catch is a) people need to be using Google's sharing features and b) they would need to add a feature that displays how many people have shared each post.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Google Reader, the next "Digg?"
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Verizon markets services at mall stores  —  FAIRFAX, Va. - Verizon Communications Inc. has flooded mailboxes, gone door to door and even handed out free ice cream as it seeks to sell its new FiOS television, telephone and high-speed Internet service.  Now, the phone company is following Apple Computer Inc …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PaidContent
Clifford Carlsen / CNET News.com:
Want alternative energy?  Try pond scum  —  Mounting concern about U.S. dependence on foreign oil and about global warming is causing a surge of interest and investment in biomass, hydrogen, solar power and other alternative energy sources.  —  But bubbling beneath the surface of this wave …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Hitachi does 800 x 480 display for phones
Discussion: Ring Nokia and I4U News
Gizmodo:
Talking Tape: Scratch and Listen
Discussion: I4U News and UNEASYsilence
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Live Streaming MWSF Keynote?
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg
Kotaku:
Some Scalpers Give Up, Return PS3s To Stores
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
BetaNews:
Is Vista Really Bug-Plagued as the NY Times Claims?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Notebook: Use the Privacy Option
 Earlier Items: 
Gizmodo:
Tiger Electronics is the Dr. Moreau of Interactive Pets
Discussion: Chip Chick and I4U News
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Do you AOL-Yahoo? Maybe you will, if they merge
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Crowd Wisdom vs. Google's Genius
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Shoemoney:
How Hackers Are Using Google To Pwn Your Site
Discussion: Search Engine Land and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
Trying To Slow Down BitTorrent Traffic Will Backfire, Badly
phx.corporate-ir.net:
Amazon.com's 12th Holiday Season is Best Ever
Discussion: GigaGamez and digg