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10:50 AM ET, December 28, 2006

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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!
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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 …
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com
Long Zheng / istartedsomething.com:
Microsoft hands out Ferrari's to bloggers
Scott Gilbertson / Monkey Bites:
Microsoft Tries To Buy New Friends
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I think the Microsoft Vista giveaway is an awesome idea
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Nancy Weil / Macworld:
Report: Feds looking at Apple stock-option documents
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and MacUser
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Full disclosure...  I am sitting in an airport in Houston.  I see a lot of people are wondering who is paying for the trip.  I wasn't supposed to announce what I was doing until I got to New Orleans, but since news schedules have been moved up (John Edwards announced he's running for President today) I'm sure the campaign won't mind.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ProfileLinker Takes Meebo Approach to Social Networking  —  There are clearly too many social networks, and if you belong to one you likely belong to many.  Boston based (soon to be relocated to San Francisco) ProfileLinker's aim is to help you stay organized across those networks.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
lasagna.pbwiki.com:
lasagna  —  nyMeetupDec2006 … Note from Sanford Dickert  —  Wollmann Lounge (at Cooper Union Engineering Building, next to Starbucks on corner of 3rd Ave and Astor Place)  —  Subway Map  —  51 Astor Place, 8th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues Official Directions  —  5:30pm til 7pm
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).
Jim Tharpe / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Busy travelers snap up iPods from Hartsfield vending machines  —  Concourse A machine sold $55,000 worth of electronics in a month  —  Anita Leopold has a little surprise for anyone who thinks vending machines were created to dispense lightly salted snack food and sugar-laced temptations.
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
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.
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 …
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Contra 3 Headed To Wii VC Soon?  —  Rumor Smash: Capcom Doesn't Love The 360 THAT Much  —  Two Capcom-Xbox 360 rumors have been crawling around the internet for the past couple (slow news) days, so before we get too many more tips about these non-stories, let's smash 'em!
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
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
Chris Howard / Apple Matters:
Apple and Nintendo Should Play Together  —  Hope the festive season has rewarded your hard labors this past year with lots of cool toys.  In the Howard house, Santa left a Nintendo Wii, which was quite appreciated and ha nearly been worn out already.  Well, it's users have, says I flexing aching muscles.
Discussion: digg
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Online shoppers overwhelm iTunes store  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Swarms of online shoppers armed with new iPods and iTunes gift cards apparently overwhelmed Apple's iTunes music store over the holiday, prompting error messages and slowdowns of 20 minutes or more for downloads of a single song.
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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Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Google "disappears" sex blogs? Something's broken.
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
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Kotaku:
Games Make You Drive Like an Idiot
Discussion: GamePolitics.com, Techdirt and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Replacement Wii straps arrive
Discussion: digg
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Ripping on Gootube.... Again
Techworld.com:
Disabling and degrading  —  Vista is disadvantaging high-end audio …
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AllofMP3.com Responds to RIAA Lawsuit
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Why a 'Digg Clone' using Google Reader won't work
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Why piracy is still more common than legal video downloads
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Ziff Davis' Two Units Being Hawked by Lehman; Enterprise Division Status Unclear
Discussion: CrunchGear
Derek / 5ThirtyOne:
Poor boy Apple Dot Mac alternatives
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg