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4:50 AM ET, December 28, 2006

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Long Zheng / istartedsomething.com:
Microsoft hands out Ferrari's to bloggers  —  Microsoft together with AMD gave out some timely Christmas presents (which are officially review PCs) 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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick:
Now Microsoft Wants Its Laptop Back  —  Microsoft and AMD sent out a pile of very expensive (yet trashy looking) laptops to a number of bloggers over the past week.  We were told we could keep them - now after a day of minor outrage by some people they are emailing us back with the following request that we not keep them after all!
Discussion: Technically Speaking
Mike / CrunchNotes:
The Microsoft "Scandal"  —  So we received one of the Microsoft computers the other day that everyone's been screaming about.  I don't think this is much of a scandal, because Microsoft is being pretty open about exactly what they are doing - giving away computers loaded with Vista to bloggers …
Scott Gilbertson / Monkey Bites:
Microsoft Tries To Buy New Friends
BL Ochman / B.L. Ochman's weblog:
Edelman Has New Ethics Scandal Brewing With Microsoft's Blogger Bribe Campaign
Discussion: gapingvoid
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I think the Microsoft Vista giveaway is an awesome idea
Discussion: the j. botter weblog
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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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Apple 'falsified' files on Jobs' options  —  Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple Computer, was handed 7.5m stock options in 2001 without the required authorisation from the company's board of directors, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Records that purported to show …
Nancy Weil / Macworld:
Report: Feds looking at Apple stock-option documents
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and MacUser
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Valleywag:
TAIL WAGGING DOG  —  Lagging presidential candidate turns to Robert Scoble
Discussion: Technically Speaking
Paul Kapustka / NewTeeVee:   John Edwards' YouTube Candidacy
Seth Mydans / International Herald Tribune:
Earthquake knocks Asia back to phone age, and beyond  —  BANGKOK: It was a tsunami for the digital age, a collapse of the virtual world that radiated through much of Asia and beyond after an undersea earthquake late Tuesday off the coast of Taiwan.  —  People woke Wednesday …
Discussion: The Tao of Zen
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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.
John Liu / Bloomberg:
Google to invest in Chinese video Web site  —  Google Inc., owner of the world's most-used Internet search engine, will invest in Shenzhen Xunlei Network Technology Ltd., a Chinese Web site that helps users download videos from the Internet.  —  The investment will probably be disclosed next month …
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
PayPerPost In The News Again  —  PayPerPost, the controversial startup that pays bloggers to write about advertisers' products, will be in the news again tomorrow.  They will be announcing the acquisition of blogging tools and services company Performancing (see our earlier coverage of Performancing).
Ryan Block / Engadget:
AACS DRM cracked by BackupHDDVD tool?  —  Can it be?  Is Hollywood's new DRM posterchild AACS (Advanced Access Content System, see more here) actually quite breakable?  According to a post on our favoritest of forums (Doom9) by DRM hacker du jour muslix64, his new BackupHDDVD tool decrypts and dismantles AACS on a Windows PC.
Discussion: Slashdot
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck.com File-Sharing News …:
AllofMP3.com Responds to RIAA Lawsuit  —  The legal wranglings of various file-sharing developers has created several common response patterns from those unfortunate enough to face litigation from the RIAA (Recording Industry Associate of America.)  If you're of the LimeWire ilk, your response may be to stay and fight.
Discussion: Technically Speaking and digg
Techworld.com:
Disabling and degrading  —  Vista is disadvantaging high-end audio and video systems by openly disabling devices.  The most common high-end audio output interface is S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) which doesn't have any content protection.  It must be disabled in a Vista system …
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
James Barron / New York Times:
To Send a Page, Press #, Then Hope It Still Works  —  Arkadiy Shats was gentle, examining the old patient and deciding he had no choice but to operate.  The surgery went fast: no more than 10 seconds of juggling a screwdriver and a pair of tweezers.  —  The patient was a pager.  —  Remember pagers?
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Chris Howard / Apple Matters:
Apple and Nintendo Should Play Together
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Kotaku:
Games Make You Drive Like an Idiot
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Replacement Wii straps arrive
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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Ripping on Gootube.... Again
USA Today:
Experts say Google will be No. 1 in visitors in '07
PC World:
The 20 Most Innovative Products of the Year
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
How to Build a 'Digg Culture' on your Blog
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
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PR Newswire:
The Big Story for CES 2007: the Public Debut of eCoupled Intelligent Wireless Power
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Jobless in Seattle?  —  Jobster, a Seattle-based job-focused …
Business Wire:
Fox Sports Announces First-Ever Digital Distribution of Full …
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Launches the Ultra Edition 13.8 (Z720), the Thinnest HSDPA Slider
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
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