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1:40 AM ET, December 7, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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?
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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=
bookofjoe:
Amazon Kindle a Fraud?  —  That's essentially what bookofjoe reader Steve Saroff contends.  —  Below is his comment, received last night at 10:40:12 p.m., on my recent "Kindle Blogs" post.  —  Personally, I believe Steve's letting Amazon off the hook far too easily: how about a no-questions …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Tech_Space
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Beacon Inflating Facebook's Visitor Numbers?  —  While Facebook's Beacon program has been drawing the ire of many people because of the privacy issues surrounding it, advertisers might be equally concerned about whether Beacon is inflating Facebook's overall visitor and traffic numbers.
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.
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, Apple 2.0 and ifoAppleStore
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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 …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SmugMug Automatically Scales Photos and Video, Supports High Definition Video  —  SmugMug has released a set of new features that further cements itself as a first-rate photo sharing website.  —  The first of these constitutes just a user interface upgrade, but a very attractive one at that.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
There's One Thing That Can Slow Apple's iPhone Growth  —  As I start to look at getting a mobile device, I have watched the pros and cons for each with great interest.  Today was the coldest day of the year in NYC so far — with the windchill -4C.  Will we see a slowdown in Apple (AAPL) iPhone growth during the winter months?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Meebo + Platform + VideoEgg Ads Suddenly Makes Business Sense  —  In a move further differentiating themselves from countless other platform plays, web-IM service Meebo will announce tomorrow that they have partnered with VideoEgg to offer Meebo platform participants a 50/50 revenue split …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Seagate buys document analysis firm  —  MetaLinks assimilated for undisclosed sum  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar .  Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  Seagate plans to buy the digital document search firm MetaLincs for an undisclosed sum.
Discussion: PC World, eWEEK.com and TechSpot News
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Jajah Gives iPhone International Callers a VoIP Alternative [VoIP]  —  VoIP provider Jajah has released a web app today that helps you make international calls on an iPhone without going totally broke.  The Jajah web app looks like the iPhone's dial pad, and like the iPhone it uses an address book to store contacts.
 
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Reuters:
IBM files patent complaint vs Taiwan's Asustek
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Fixing Guitar Hero III's Mono Problem
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Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
OpenID 2.0 specification released
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
OpenSocial Still "Not Open for Business"
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 DVD Player Still Sucks After Update, HD DVD Not Great Either [Xbox 360]
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Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Flexible-jointed robot is no pushover
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Business Wire:
Sharp Introduces 2nd Generation Full HD 1080p AQUOS® LCD TV Optimized for Gaming
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