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11:10 PM ET, December 27, 2006

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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.
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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.
Discussion: Valleywag and Law Blog
Nancy Weil / Macworld:
Report: Feds looking at Apple stock-option documents  —  U.S. federal investigators are "looking closely" at stock-option documents that former Apple officials allegedly falsified to boost their own profits, The Recorder legal newspaper reported late Tuesday in its online edition.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and MacUser
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Scott Gilbertson / Monkey Bites:
Microsoft Tries To Buy New Friends
Discussion: Geek News Central
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Microsoft Sent A Free Laptop With Windows Vista
Discussion: Scobleizer and Blogging Stocks
Mitch Denny / notgartner:
Acer Ferrari 1000: The Unboxing
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
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.
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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) …
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
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.
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
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
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
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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).
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Hackers: 6, Vista: 0  —  About a month after the business release of Windows Vista, and a month before its consumer release, hackers and security researchers have uncovered at least six major security flaws in Microsoft's brand new operating system, the New York Times is reporting.
Discussion: BetaNews, Digital Common Sense and digg
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
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
How to Build a 'Digg Culture' on your Blog  —  How do you build a 'Digg Culture' and get repeatedly on the front page of Digg over time?  —  In this post I'll share 10 ways that top bloggers do it.  —  Last week on a post that Tony wrote about Digg Fraud one of those who left a comment wrote:
PC World:
The 20 Most Innovative Products of the Year  —  Always intriguing, often useful, and sometimes surprising, these 20 products showcase some of the best in tech this year.  —  A PC that's half desktop, half notebook.  An operating system that runs entirely on the Web.  A radically made-over office suite.
Discussion: Slashdot 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: You NEWB, Joystiq and 4 color rebellion
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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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Why a 'Digg Clone' using Google Reader won't work
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Poor boy Apple Dot Mac alternatives
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
iTunes visits skyrocket on Christmas Day
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Hitachi does 800 x 480 display for phones
Discussion: Ring Nokia and I4U News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Notebook: Use the Privacy Option
Gizmodo:
Tiger Electronics is the Dr. Moreau of Interactive Pets
Discussion: Chip Chick and I4U News
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Google Set To Expand Newspaper Ad Program