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3:45 PM 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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I think the Microsoft Vista giveaway is an awesome idea  —  Lots of people like BL Ochman are screaming bloody murder about Microsoft giving bloggers and other influentials free laptops loaded with Windows Vista.  I personally don't get it.  —  That is a GREAT idea.
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Microsoft Under Fire Over Laptop Giveaways to Bloggers  —  While i spent the day in the sun at the cricket watching Australia totally decimate England a storm has been brewing in the blogosphere over Microsoft giving away Ferrari Acer laptops loaded with Vista to bloggers to review - and if they want, to keep.
Michael Gartenberg:
Lessons from the Ferrari Fiasco  —  First lesson, No Good Deed Goes Un-Punished.  I've been following some of the posts about Microsoft (actually Edelman PR) sending some very nice Ferrari laptops with Windows Vista to some bloggers.  Ostensibly to keep, although now bloggers are being told to return them or to "give them away".
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Much Oomph Does Vista Really Need?
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Mike / CrunchNotes:
The Microsoft "Scandal"
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com and Werblog
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Microsoft & Edelman Make Two Mistakes with Free Laptop Fiasco
Discussion: digg
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:   Microsoft "Gifts" and Ethics
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Love Will Tear Us Apart: Microsoft Wants Its Laptops Back
Discussion: notgartner
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 …
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CNET News.com:
Top ten Apple rumours of all time  —  What do you get when you cross a notoriously tight-lipped computer company with rabidly fanatical users?  A whole lot of gossip, speculation and hearsay, that's what.  Thirty years of Apple Computer has seen the company rise, fall and rise again like a kind …
Discussion: MacUser, Slashdot and Infinite Loop
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
News site Digg raises $8.5M more, rejects evidence it has been gamed  —  Digg, the news site that lets users rank stories by voting, has raised $8.5 million in fresh financing from existing backers, putting to rest for now speculation that it might sell to a bigger media player.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Google "disappears" sex blogs?  UPDATED  —  Xeni Jardin: UPDATE (Dec. 28, 12PM ET): Readers have been writing in to say that whatever happened here, the issue appears to be resolved for now — at least for the specific sex blogs cited in this post.  I haven't verified this, but if it's true, great.
Discussion: digg
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Valleywag:
GOOGLE: Chronicle writer disappears in porn clampdown
Discussion: violet blue
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.
Carlo / Techdirt:
iPod's Present Popularity Brings Down iTunes Music Store  —  from the i'm-giving-her-all-she's-got-got- captain dept  —  Several well-known retailers' web sites went down during the Thanksgiving weekend when they couldn't keep up with the traffic their promotions were generating.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Online shoppers overwhelm iTunes store
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google Blog Search Surpasses Technorati  —  When Google Blog Search launched last year, I wondered if it would surpass Technorati in market share of visits.  This week Hitwise data show that the market share of visits to Google Blog Search surpassed visits to Technorati for the week ending 12/23/06.
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Screenshots of Gmail's Mail Fetcher  —  Gmail added a new feature that lets you fetch mail from up to 5 POP3 accounts, but the feature is not yet enabled in all Gmail accounts.  Here's what you'll see:  —  You'll find the mail fetcher in Settings / Accounts.  —  You can add up to 5 accounts.
Gamasutra:
PlayStation 3 Gets Downloadable Tekken 5  —  Previously available only in arcade and PSP formats, Namco Bandai's Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection has been released overseas as a fully digitally distributed PS3 title over Sony's PlayStation Store.  —  First hinted at in a Weekly Famitsu report …
Discussion: You NEWB, Joystiq and PSP Fanboy
The Sun:
Talk talk naked  —  NEARLY half of Brits regularly chat to friends and family on their home phone NAKED, a survey has revealed.  —  The poll showed 49 per cent of 600 people questioned were happy to use the phone in their birthday suit.  —  Women are more likely than men to go au naturel …
Discussion: 21talks and Reuters
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: The Next Net and Zoli's Blog
Chris Winfield / 10e20:
101 Biggest Stories in Search 2006  —  The first thing that you will do when you read this list is say "This list isn't just about search!"  And you will be right.  2006 was a year that saw the definition of search expand.  Search to me has become an all-encompassing word.  Search is information.
Dave Girard / Ars Technica:
The Mac OS X font managers review  —  Introduction  —  Well it was a long time coming, but I've been through the trenches and come up, sucking chest wound and all, with the Ars review of font management programs.  I've also succeeded in not completely losing my mind while the developers updated the apps …
Discussion: MacUser
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).
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
I-O Data unveils internal / external Vista-approved TV tuners
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Ten of the biggest Dutch municipalities say 'enough!' to Microsoft
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Contra 3 Headed To Wii VC Soon?
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James Barron / New York Times:
To Send a Page, Press #, Then Hope It Still Works
Discussion: Techdirt
Chris Howard / Apple Matters:
Apple and Nintendo Should Play Together
Discussion: digg
Kotaku:
Games Make You Drive Like an Idiot
Discussion: Techdirt, GamePolitics.com and digg
Seth Mydans / International Herald Tribune:
Earthquake knocks Asia back to phone age, and beyond
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AACS DRM cracked by BackupHDDVD tool?
John Liu / Bloomberg:
Google to invest in Chinese video Web site