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4:30 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
Ryan Block / Engadget:
AT&T claims completely open network, too — "the most open," even!
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, CrunchGear and ParisLemon
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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.
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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:
Johnnie L. Roberts / Newsweek:
Shakeup at Dow Jones  —  CEO Richard Zannino to leave as Murdoch takes over.  —  Dow Jones CEO Richard Zannino is expected to announce his resignation Thursday afternoon, one week before Rupert Murdoch is set to assume official control of the company and its storied Wall Street Journal …
Discussion: FishBowlNY
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zannino Out at Dow Jones (DJ/NWS). Who's Next?
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft releases final version of HD Photo plug-in for Photoshop  —  Microsoft has taken the beta tag off a plug-in to let Photoshop read and write files in the HD Photo format, which Microsoft is standardizing as JPEG XR.  —  The free plug-in is available for download for Windows and Mac OS X systems.
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Billcrow / Bill Crow's HD Photo Blog:
HD Photo Plug-ins for Photoshop are Released
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
Discussion: Ajaxian
Paul Mah / One Microsoft Way:
Next version of IE is IE8  —  Well, its official.  The next version of IE will be, well, IE8.  In fact, Bill Gates himself was heard calling it IE8 at Microsoft's Mix 'n Mash event over at the Redmond campus.  —  Perhaps you won't be so sarcastic if you looked at the list of names actually considered …
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Microsoft to Try Windows XP Out on OLPC in January  —  Microsoft field trials of Windows XP running on the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop will take place next month.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Microsoft said it plans to conduct field trials in January of Windows XP running on the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop.
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BBC:
Microsoft trials XP on XO laptop
Discussion: CrunchGear and p2pnet
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Dell and Best Buy Forge New Retail Alliance  —  Dell broadened its retail plans on Thursday by announcing it will start selling various notebook and desktop computers at more than 900 Best Buy locales across the country over the next couple weeks.  The deal is noteworthy for two reasons …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Dell to sell PCs at Best Buy
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.
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 …
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: WebProNews and Mashable!
Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Flexible-jointed robot is no pushover  —  If robots are going to work alongside humans, then they will need to stand up to accidental bumps and shoves, not to mention the occasional deliberate kick.  —  That is why researchers in Japan have developed software that allows a life-size humanoid robot …
Discussion: DVICE, The Raw Feed and Slashdot
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: NewTeeVee, TorrentFreak and Techdirt
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: Apple 2.0, Gizmodo and CNET News.com
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.
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 …
Discussion: Lifehacker, CyberNet and Mark Evans
 
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Sharp Introduces 2nd Generation Full HD 1080p AQUOS® LCD TV Optimized for Gaming
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
EBAY: Time For CEO Meg Whitman to Go?
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Inviting Users to Share Online Presence
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Through the Kindle window
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
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Microsoft gears up for the biggest enterprise launch in its history
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ESPNU Enlists Colleges For Student-Generated Sports Coverage
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Turns On Its Own News Feeds (in Beta)
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
YouTube users prefer lousy science over the real deal
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony finally gets it right with the latest PS3 commercial
Discussion: Gizmodo
George Ou:
We need to calm down over the SAFE act
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
SourceForge Opens Online Marketplace
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