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7:55 PM ET, December 7, 2007

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Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple's $15 billion cash hoard  —  Pop quiz: Which tech company has the most cash?  —  (A) IBM (IBM)  —  (B) Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)  —  (C) Intel (INTC)  —  (D) Google (GOOG)  —  (E) Apple (AAPL)  —  If you picked E, congratulations.  Apple's $15.4 billion stash is indeed the biggest of the group …
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Who should Apple buy?  —  Just three days ago, American Technology Research upgraded projections for Apple for the holiday quarter, suggesting as many as 2.3 million Macs and 25 million iPods would be sold.  Today, AppleInsider has a research note from Andrew Neff of Bear Sterns suggesting Apple's inventory …
Peggy Mihelich / CNN:
Commodore 64 still loved after all these years  —  (CNN) — Like a first love or a first car, a first computer can hold a special place in people's hearts.  For millions of kids who grew up in the 1980s, that first computer was the Commodore 64.  Twenty-five years later, that first brush with computer addiction is as strong as ever.
Discussion: DSLreports, Techlog and Digg
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Kindling  —  When I started writing this column in the spring of 1997 Apple was on the skids.  It was the era of Gil Amelio, still several months before the return of Steve Jobs.  Apple's products were a confused mish-mash, with product planning coming more from CompUSA than from Cupertino.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gemstar-TV Guide Sold; Murdoch's Nightmare Over  —  Gemstar-TV Guide (GMST) finally found a buyer, and Rupert Murdoch found a way to offload his 41% stake in the company—ending the most significant losing bet he's made in the last decade.  It's not too hard to see how owning Gemstar …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Coke Promotes Itself in a New Virtual World  —  COCA-COLA lovers will have a new place to hang out starting today, and it is an island on the Internet that is shaped like a Coke bottle.  —  At CC Metro, the name of the island, visitors can set up a virtual alter ego known as an avatar …
Associated Press:
Syria blocks access to Facebook  —  DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian authorities have blocked Facebook, the popular Internet hangout, over what seems to be fears of Israeli "infiltration" of Syrian social networks on the Net, according to residents and media reports.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Missing product ruins Palm's Christmas  —  It's not going to be a happy holiday season for Palm employees.  —  The company issued a statement after the close of the market Thursday warning that revenue for its second fiscal quarter would be about $30 million less than it had predicted.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Palm Reports Preliminary Q2 FY08 Results
Discussion: Engadget and Between the Lines
UMPCPortal feed.:
Shift by name, Shift by nature.  —  ...all the way into 2008.  —  By the time the HTC Shift ships on Jan 11 2008 (latest date, UK, on Expansys) the biggest consumer electronics show of the year will be over and the Internet will be a wash (awash?  Sorry Mum ) with talk of the next …
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
HTC Shift Gets (Carbon) Dated? [Delays]
Discussion: Gadget Lab
OSDir.com:
Rails 2.0  —  Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making.  This is a fantastic release that's absolutely stuffed with great new features, loads of fixes, and an incredible amount of polish.  We've even taken a fair bit of cruft out to make the whole package more coherent and lean.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Venture Summit: Has the Internet Jumped the Shark?  —  So I moderated a panel yesterday at AlwaysOn's Venture Summit West, held at the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, Calif., with the title "Is There Still an Upside to the Internet?"  —  Of course, I redubbed it: "Has the Internet Jumped the Shark?"
Discussion: Epicenter, CNET News.com and Valleywag
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Verizon hit with GPL copyright lawsuit over router software  —  Open source software is very attractive for companies looking to expand their services or quickly get new offerings to market, in part because it's free.  Unfortunately, some companies tend to overlook the software license commonly attached …
Discussion: Digg
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Nick / Rough Type:
Sun guru foresees data center disaster in '08  —  One of the top engineers at Sun Microsystems this week predicted that a large data center would suffer a "massive failure" during the next twelve months, causing "major national effects," including possible "national security issues," …
Discussion: Storage Soup
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Local Search Ads To $5 Billion In '08  —  Borrell Associates predicted a big gain in the overall local online ad market, with local search representing a big slice of the market share.  —  We'll tell the yellow pages firms and local papers why they are doomed in a moment.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL (TWX): Update on Next Week's Firings  —  Got a kind note from a depressed AOLer who is preparing to be fired next Wednesday, December 12, and would like us to be taking more notice of this.  We wish we could!  Unfortunately, some of our AOL moles were pole-axed in the October massacre …
Discussion: WebProNews
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Western Digital 1TB MyBook Drives Infested With DRM?  [Peripherals]  —  The guys at Wired and BoingBoing stirred up a hornet's nest this morning by alleging that Western Digital's 1TB MyBook World Edition external hard drives "won't share media files over network connections."
Discussion: The Register, Bits and CrunchGear
Alastair Taylor / The Sun:
My bird Billy is polly phonic  —  FED-UP Stuart McNae has had to change his mobile phone ringtone five times - because his parrot keeps copying them.  —  Cheeky pet Billy waits until he leaves the room, mimics the sound of a call - then laughs when he dashes back to answer.
Discussion: Gizmodo and ringtonia.com
 
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Len Rust / Computerworld:
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PC World:
Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs
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The Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile 6.1 video walkthrough!
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
BBC:
Nintendo mulls pulling Wii TV ads
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
Business Week:
Next-Gen DVDs: Advantage, Sony
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 beta goes portable
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft architect compares Volta and Google's GWT
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
The Cult of Kindle  —  I'd not given Amazon's Kindle ebook reader …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Sub Domains To Be Treated As Folders By Google
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
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