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6:20 PM ET, December 21, 2007

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Exclusive: Apple to adopt Intel's ultra-mobile PC platform  —  Apple Inc. will form a closer bond with once-rival Intel Corp. early next year when it begins building a new breed of ultra-mobile processors from the chipmaker into a fresh generation of handheld devices, AppleInsider has learned.
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Perez Hilton Pulls Videos From YouTube  —  Celebrity gossip queen Perez Hilton said he's unlikely to post videos on YouTube any longer and instead will probably host them on his own site, Perezhilton.com.  —  The blogger and the biggest video-sharing service are feuding after YouTube pulled …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Apples For The Army  —  Given Apple's marketing toward the young and the trendy, you wouldn't expect the U.S. Army to be much of a customer.  Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Wallington is hoping hackers won't expect it either.  —  Wallington, a division chief in the Army's office of enterprise information systems …
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why all Vista users should upgrade to Windows XP  —  Now that Microsoft has announced the availability of the RC version of Service Pack 3 for our old friend, XP, I'm delighted to tell you all that not only is this upgrade substantial and extremely helpful.  Believe it or not …
New York Times:
In Trade Ruling, Antigua Wins a Right to Piracy  —  PARIS — In an unusual ruling on Friday at the World Trade Organization, the Caribbean nation of Antigua won the right to violate copyright protections on goods like films and music from the United States — up to $21 million …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
WTO Gives Antigua Only $21 Million In Sanctions; US Says ‘Not So Fast...’
Discussion: Associated Press
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Years Later: Blogs Beat NYT in Google but Everything More Complicated Than Expected  —  A five year old bet was settled last night between New York Times executive Martin Nisenholtz and Web 2.0 Founding Father Dave Winer.  Five years ago Winer bet Nisenholtz that blogs would top …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast, DirecTV settle suit, agree all HD looks excellent  —  In the competition for customers between cable and satellite providers, one of the key selling points is HD.  Who has more high-def channels?  Whose HD programming looks the best?  A Comcast ad campaign touting its HD picture …
Discussion: Engadget
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Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Comcast and DirecTV Settle HDTV Lawsuit
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
One Million Deaths Per Day On Duels.com  —  There are a fair number of our readers who admit to being addicts of Duels.com, a World of Warcraft-like game that lets users create characters, add weapons and spells, and duel each other.  It's asynchronous, meaning one player can fight another without both having to be online.
Discussion: ChasNote
Jen the Weird Hunter / AppScout:
Facebook to Be Added to 2008 Collins English Dictionary  —  It's official: The word “Facebook” has been added to the 2008 edition of the Collins English Dictionary.  And not only as a noun—as a verb, too.  —  Also, according to Ananova.com, the words “pimp” and “poke” …
Discussion: Ananova and Mashable!
Dembot:
8 Reasons Why The TV Studios Will Die  —  Recently, I have met with many people including top executives from most of the largest studios as well as people from some of the top internet companies that are building studios, top investors in the VC world that are turning towards the studio business …
Discussion: Online Video Watch
Katie Fehrenbacher / Earth2Tech:
Tesla's Chairman and New CEO Talk Transmission Snags and Raising Another $40M  —  The two people most responsible for helping Tesla get its first car to its customers look and sound a bit overwhelmed.  Chairman Elon Musk calls into an interview with Earth2Tech from his home …
Aaron Linde / Ars Technica:
Study: Wii gaming no substitute for exercise  —  Younger gamers looking to con a Wii out of parents this year by selling them on the physical benefits of “active” gaming, it's time to dream up a new strategy.  A UK study entitled “Energy expenditure in adolescents playing new generation computer games” …
Discussion: Medical News and Go Nintendo
heise Security:
Antivirus protection worse than a year ago  —  The effectiveness of antivirus software has fallen off, and more and more pests can now slip past these barriers.  This is the sobering conclusion the german computer magazine c't comes to in issue 1/08 with a test on 17 antivirus solutions.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Edgeio Assets Acquired By LookSmart  —  The auction of Edgeio's assets is complete, and Looksmart is the winning bidder.  They've acquired most of the assets of the company for $280,000.  —  I spoke to Patrick Chapman, LookSmart's director of corporate development, briefly after the auction closed this morning.
Discussion: Valleywag, CNN and cheezhead
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Does Japan Need the iPhone?  —  The world's most sophisticated users of wireless technology may be unimpressed by Apple's high-tech gadget  —  The Japanese fell for the iPod.  So why should they not embrace the iPhone, too?  It's tempting to think that Japan's love affair with Apple's …
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: Retail chain scalping Wii allotment on eBay
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Year-End Report Card: B
InfoWorld:
Google's DoubleClick deal brings greater focus on privacy
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA writes its own “news” for local TV stations
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Prisoners, meet the body orifice security scanner
Discussion: DVICE
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple is looking for an Exchange QA staffer for iPhone
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gadget Lab
Chris Lanier / Chris Lanier's Blog:
First DIRECTV Tuner Details?
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
DivX CEO Looks Beyond Web Video
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
HarperCollins Partners With MySpace
Discussion: Computerworld
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Google Monopoly Begins
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Kaspersky inadvertently quarantines Windows Explorer
Discussion: Techdirt
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
‘Bricking’ bug threatens most HP, Compaq laptops
Tony Smith / The Register:
Plunging player prices to reveal Blu-ray vs HD DVD winner?
Discussion: PC World and Gearlog
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Amazon Patents Blurbs; Google Patents Snippets
Kaspersky Lab Weblog:
Pinch authors pinched
 

 
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
ABC report: UK magazines' digital sales rose 15.4% YoY to an average of 2.6M per edition, including 1.2M from “all you can read” sales via Readly and others

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