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7:00 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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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Perez Hilton dumps YouTube
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
WTO Gives Antigua Only $21 Million In Sanctions; US Says ‘Not So Fast...’  —  The battle between the US and Antigua over online gambling is rather long.  You can go back here to read a summary of the back and forth — but the quick version is that the US violated its own free trade agreements …
Discussion: The Register and Associated Press
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New York Times:
In Trade Ruling, Antigua Wins a Right to Piracy
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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:
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
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
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
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Year-End Report Card: B  —  Well, Redmond, it's been a funny year, hasn't it?  Even if you ignore those Apple commercials, it's hard to ignore the fact that Vista was probably one of the main reasons people switched to the Mac OS, or to third-party Linux-based systems.
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.
Chris Lanier / Chris Lanier's Blog:
First DIRECTV Tuner Details?  —  DIRECTV and even Sky TV support appear to be picking up speed.  Like many of you, I've been awaiting the DIRECTV tuner for Media Center since it was announced.  Microsoft and DIRECTV have been quiet on the subject which has made it hard to find out any details on the upcoming product.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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Jen the Weird Hunter / AppScout:
Facebook to Be Added to 2008 Collins English Dictionary
Discussion: Ananova and Mashable!
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: Retail chain scalping Wii allotment on eBay
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Years Later: Blogs Beat NYT in Google but Everything …
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
Jim Carr / SC Magazine US:
Anti-virus vendor AVG subpoenas information on counterfeiters
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
DivX CEO Looks Beyond Web Video
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Yahoo China slammed again for piracy
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: Gearlog and PC World
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Does Japan Need the iPhone?