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2:20 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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
AT&T claims completely open network, too — "the most open," even!  —  Who'd have thought the end of 2007 would see US cellphone carrier heavyweights duking it out with PR one-upsmanship to be... open?  Seriously, someone pinch us, it's as amazing as it is farcical.
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: The Last Podcast
Om Malik / GigaOM:   AT&T, Verizon...We Are All Open  —  Ever since Verizon announced …
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:
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 …
George Ou:
We need to calm down over the SAFE act  —  Slashdot had this eye-popping headliner "House Bill Could Criminalize Free Wi-Fi Operators" which linked to Declan McCullagh's story "House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites".  The bill in question H.R.876 would enact huge fines …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Congress Rushes Through Law To Protect The Children... And Make …
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
ISP Tracks Customers and Targets Ads  —  (PC World contributor Emily Price spotted a story about an ISP that tracks its customers' Web movements to better target online ads to them — here is her take on the story.)  —  Should a company that knows your every move on the Web also be able to provide you with advertising?
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Bobby White / Wall Street Journal:
Watching What You See on the Web  —  New Gear Lets ISPs Track  —  Users and Sell Targeted Ads;  —  More Players, Privacy Fears  —  CenturyTel Inc., a Monroe, La., phone company that provides Internet access and long-distance calling services, is facing stiff competition from cellphone companies and cable operators.
InfoWorld:
IBM researchers build supercomputer-on-a-chip  —  San Francisco - Supercomputers may soon be the same size as a laptop if IBM brings to market research detailed on Thursday, in which pulses of light replace electricity to make data transfer between processor cores on a chip up to one-hundred times faster.
Discussion: GigaOM and Gizmodo
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
IBM creates a chip-sized supercomputer
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
SourceForge Opens Online Marketplace  —  SourceForge.net now has a marketplace, where users can offer support services.  —  Recommend this story?  —  SourceForge Inc.'s open-source, project-hosting Web site now has an eBay-like marketplace, where users can offer support services for sale.
Discussion: Mashable!, The Open Road and eWEEK.com
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   SourceForge.net Launches Open Source Services Marketplace
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Major copyright bill boosts penalties, creates new agency  —  In the aftermath of the $222,000 jury verdict that the Recording Industry Association of America recently won against a Minnesota woman who shared 24 songs on Kazaa, the U.S. Congress is preparing to amend copyright law.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Bipartisan PRO IP Bill Turns White House Into Hollywood's Private Enforcement Agency
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Small New Features Make Gmail Better  —  It seems that Gmail 2.0 is all about small new features.  There may be small, but you'll find plenty of minor updates and there are more to come.  —  Contact tooltips  —  The tooltip that showed up when you hovered over the name of a contact …
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Gmail Now Includes Pop-Up Keyboard Shortcut Guide [Keyboard Shortcuts]
Discussion: CyberNet and Download Squad
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell to sell PCs at Best Buy  —  Beginning in the next few weeks, Dell notebooks and desktops will be for sale at Best Buy, the companies announced Thursday.  —  Several models of XPS and Inspiron PCs will be available at 900 Best Buy locations, including the XPS M1330 in white …
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Rethinks Tracking  —  Site Apologizes,  —  Makes It Easier  —  To Retain Privacy  —  After weeks of criticism over a new advertising program that was perceived as a privacy threat, Facebook Inc. has tweaked its privacy settings and offered a public apology from its chief executive — but advertisers remain wary.
Discussion: DailyTech
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USA Today:   Facebook chief apologizes for feature exposing users
J.A. Watson / ZDNet:
Skype - Is 10,000 Page Faults per Second normal?  —  I am writing this as a follow-up to yesterday's Tech Talk about Skype.  I mentioned this issue then, and I have received a number of requests for additional information about it.  There have been some new developments today, as well.
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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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony finally gets it right with the latest PS3 commercial
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft plans October developer conference
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Google Enables More Apps for the iPhone
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Sony Ericsson patent to amaze friends, family with bogus gesture-based controls
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You Want It - You Get It
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Flux Capacitor  —  Back to the Future fans, your day has arrived.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Slacker Portable Player delayed until next year
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TripIt Adds Calendar Sync, Travel Confirmations
Discussion: Crave, CenterNetworks and Compiler
InfoWorld:
Lenovo will pass Olympic torch to Acer after Beijing
Discussion: The Register
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Books Adds Hand Scans
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Field Test PC For Developing Countries
Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter is Banned in the United Arab Emirates
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