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8:55 PM ET, December 27, 2006

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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
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Reuters:   Asia Quakes Damage Cables; Internet, Banks Affected
Wikinews:   Strong earthquake strikes off the coast of Taiwan
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Taiwan quake cuts off much of Asia Internet
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 …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and Scobleizer
Mitch Denny / notgartner:
Acer Ferrari 1000: The Unboxing
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
A cloud over Macworld Expo  —  In recent years, Apple Computer stock has risen as Macworld Expo approaches, and this year has been no different.  Boosted by increasing sales of iPods and Macs, the exuberance of analysts' expectations, and rumors of iPhones and "true" video iPods, AAPL rose to over $91 a share at the end of November.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Report: Apple executives faked stock-option documents  —  update Apple Computer's stock took a hit early Wednesday after a report that company executives had made up details on stock-option administration documents to guarantee profits for certain executives.
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, Joystiq, CrunchGear and Slashdot
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware '06: Return of the King
Discussion: PVR Wire and TiVo Lovers
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) …
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 …
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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Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
The HP Pavilion tx1000 Notebook PC / Tablet PC  —  I received something very interesting in the mail yesterday: a Vista Launch Kit.  Apparently, Microsoft is sending out 5000 numbered launch kits.  I've got #2395.  —  It is mostly Vista launch material - dvd's, printed material …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and What Is New
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.
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
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.
Gregg Keizer / InformationWeek:
Chess Player Banned 10 Years For Cheating With Bluetooth, Computer  —  The All India Chess Federation slapped the 10-year sanction on a player who had been using a Bluetooth device stitched into a cap he typically pulled down over his ears.  —  An Indian chess player was banned Tuesday …
Discussion: UNEASYsilence and digg
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   Chess cheater's Bluetooth scheme sniffed out
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).
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Why piracy is still more common than legal video downloads  —  A recent study conducted by consumer and retail analysis group NPD claims that peer-to-peer (P2P) video downloads (which in the study are synonymous with illegal downloads) are outpacing purchases from legitimate video download services five to one.
Discussion: iMedia Law Blog, SplashCast and digg
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: 4 color rebellion, You NEWB and Joystiq
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.
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Jobless in Seattle?  —  Jobster, a Seattle-based job-focused …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
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