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6:45 PM ET, December 6, 2007

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USA Today:
AT&T flings cellphone network wide open  —  NEW YORK — Starting immediately, AT&T (T) customers can ditch their AT&T phones and use any wireless phone, device and software application from any maker — think smartphones, e-mail and music downloading.  And they don't have to sign a contract.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T Does Nothing, Convinces Reporter It Has Now 'Opened' Its Network  —  When Verizon Wireless announced last month its plans to "open" its network some people noticed very quickly that what Verizon Wireless was announcing didn't sound any different from what GSM operators, like AT&T and T-Mobile already had.
Discussion: Joe Duck and The Last Podcast
Om Malik / GigaOM:   AT&T, Verizon...We Are All Open  —  Ever since Verizon announced …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sub-notebook to retail for $1500, 3G iPhone by June - report  —  In a just-aired broadcast on CNBC, the network's Jim Goldman reported that a source close to Apple's manufacturing facilities has confirmed that the company will launch its much rumored sub-notebook at Macworld in January …
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple Future Headline: New Products Including Super Laptop?  —  A very good source of mine with good connections to Apple's  —  [AAPL Loading...  (%) ] Asian manufacturing partners called me this morning with some news: Seems like Apple will be making headlines in the next few weeks …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Releases Chart Image Generator  —  Google released a chart generator service they are calling the Google Chart API.  Usage is quite straightforward: you link to an image in the form of a parameterized URL, e.g. (line break added)  —  http://chart.apis.google.com/ chart?  cht=
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Google Code Blog:
Embed charts in webpages with one of our simplest APIs yet  —  Today we're launching the Google Chart API, a really simple tool for creating charts and graphs that are perfect for websites.  —  Let's get straight in with an example.  This URL:  —  http://chart.apis.google.com/ chart?
Kevin Allison / Financial Times:
Apple's rising popularity lures hackers  —  After years of relative safety, the Apple Mac is becoming an increasingly tempting target for malicious computer hackers, according to a new report published this week.  —  Security researchers have been aware of the threat to Apple since last year …
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Andrew Farrell / Forbes:
Consumers Crave Apple's Macs  —  Consumers are becoming more comfortable making the jump from Windows-based PCs to Apple's Macs.  This growing comfort is pointing to big holiday's sales of the tech company's computers.  —  Shares of Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) rose 1.5%, or $2.88 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple Store 14th Street press preview  —  We got a chance to preview the new Manhattan Apple Store this morning before the official unveiling tomorrow at 6PM.  The store is nicely situated on W. 14th St. and 9th Ave., and while Apple did its best to blend into the existing early 20th century architecture …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Apple 2.0
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: December 6, 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: December 11, 2007  —  This is an advance notification of seven security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on December 11, 2007.
Electronista:
iPhone 1.1.3 to bring voice capture, disk mode?  —  Apple may be preparing a significant update for the iPhone as early as this weekend that will have some heavily requested features, according to a claim from CNET France.  The site points to multiple reports that a 1.1.3 upgrade for the iPhone …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Free in-flight Wi-Fi on JetBlue with a catch, of course  —  This isn't exactly what we expected in terms of in-flight Wi-Fi, but beggars can't be choosers and something is better than nothing.  JetBlue, Yahoo! and RIM have announced free in-flight Wi-Fi services starting on the 11th of this month.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Mobile Updater for Blackberry  —  Google Mobile Updater.  What could that be?  After all, Google doesn't have too many mobile apps.  Maybe there's some connection with the desktop updater included in Google Pack.  Let's see.  —  "Google Mobile Updater is a free download …
Discussion: eWEEK.com, WebProNews and Mashable!
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Fixing Guitar Hero III's Mono Problem  —  Some players of Guitar Hero III, the video game where you strum on a toy guitar to tunes played on the TV, have been emitting a different kind of squealing feedback.  —  It seems that for those who own a Wii gaming console, Guitar Hero III is playing music in mono …
Discussion: kottke.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messages: Small Change, Big Impact.  —  Dear Facebook: Thank You.  Thank You.  Thank You.  —  In August Facebook opened up their messaging system to allow people to add normal email addresses.  I wrote a post praising the change, but I specifically asked for more:
 
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Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
OpenID 2.0 specification released
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Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Jajah Gives iPhone International Callers a VoIP Alternative [VoIP]
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Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Search Engines Should Ignore Bossy Publishers
Discussion: WebProNews
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 DVD Player Still Sucks After Update, HD DVD Not Great Either [Xbox 360]
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Business Wire:
Sharp Introduces 2nd Generation Full HD 1080p AQUOS® LCD TV Optimized for Gaming
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Engadget HD
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
EBAY: Time For CEO Meg Whitman to Go?
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Through the Kindle window
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Johnnie L. Roberts / Newsweek:
Shakeup at Dow Jones
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft releases final version of HD Photo plug-in for Photoshop
One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft gears up for the biggest enterprise launch in its history
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
YouTube users prefer lousy science over the real deal
J.A. Watson / ZDNet:
Skype - Is 10,000 Page Faults per Second normal?
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Small New Features Make Gmail Better
Discussion: Lifehacker, CyberNet and Mark Evans
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Dell to sell PCs at Best Buy
InfoWorld:
IBM researchers build supercomputer-on-a-chip
 

 
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