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8:15 PM ET, December 6, 2007

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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 …
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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, Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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?
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 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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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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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
JETBLUE TO START TESTING IN-FLIGHT E-MAIL, IM NEXT WEEK
Discussion: Mashable!
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
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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Dell:
Dell: Coming Soon to Best Buy Stores in U.S.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 DVD Player Still Sucks After Update, HD DVD Not Great Either [Xbox 360]  —  We've known that the Xbox 360 DVD player was asstastic for a while, but surely this latest fall update would have improved things at least a little.  No such luck, as the player still only got a 40 out of 130 …
Discussion: CrunchGear and ExtremeTech
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
The State of HD DVD [The State Of HD DVD]
Discussion: Digg
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
EBAY: Time For CEO Meg Whitman to Go?  —  We realize this may sound like heresy, but we think it's time for eBay shareholders to consider nudging CEO Meg Whitman out the door.  —  Meg is one of the Valley's most celebrated and admired executives, and eBay did have an amazing run for almost a decade.
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, eWEEK.com and Mashable!
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.
Discussion: WebProNews
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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Julie Kent / Search Engine Journal:
Google Maps & TomTom Team Up to Provide Business Information
bookofjoe:
Amazon Kindle a Fraud?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Tech_Space
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Start-up creates flexible sheets of light
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Fixing Guitar Hero III's Mono Problem
Discussion: kottke.org
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Jajah Gives iPhone International Callers a VoIP Alternative [VoIP]
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
OpenSocial Still "Not Open for Business"
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Steve's Case's Revolution Buys Another Startup - HealthTalk
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Search Engines Should Ignore Bossy Publishers
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Business Wire:
Sharp Introduces 2nd Generation Full HD 1080p AQUOS® LCD TV Optimized for Gaming
Discussion: Gizmodo, DVICE, Engadget and Engadget HD
Nick / Rough Type:
Through the Kindle window
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
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Small New Features Make Gmail Better
Discussion: CyberNet, Lifehacker and Mark Evans
Electronista:
iPhone 1.1.3 to bring voice capture, disk mode?
 

 
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