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6:00 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: The Last Podcast and Joe Duck
Om Malik / GigaOM:   AT&T, Verizon...We Are All Open  —  Ever since Verizon announced …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
AT&T claims completely open network, too — "the most open," even!
Discussion: Computerworld
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?
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and Mashable!
CNET News.com:
The Big Apple's new big Apple (store)  —  NEW YORK—At 6 p.m. EST Friday, Apple will officially throw open the doors to its third Manhattan retail store on the corner of West 14th Street and 9th Avenue in the Meatpacking District.  The neighborhood, once known for exactly what its name suggests …
Discussion: A VC, Macsimum News and MacDailyNews
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple Store 14th Street press preview
Discussion: Gizmodo and Apple 2.0
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Through the Kindle window  —  Amazon.com's Kindle has been out for a couple of weeks now, and the ebook reader has earned generally lukewarm reviews, with complaints ranging from the speed with which it renders pages to its "Fisher-Price" design.  But there's at least one aspect of the device …
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Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:   Kindled, but Not Enlightened  —  Amazon's Improved eBook Plot Stumbles on Resolution
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 …
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.
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:
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: eWEEK.com, WebProNews and Mashable!
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.
 
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
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Tim Lee / Techdirt:
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Business Wire:
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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J.A. Watson / ZDNet:
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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