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5:00 AM ET, December 7, 2007

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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: Mark Evans, CNET News.com and Gizmodo
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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 …
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?
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Releases Chart Image Generator
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.
bookofjoe:
Amazon Kindle a Fraud?  —  That's essentially what bookofjoe reader Steve Saroff contends.  —  Below is his comment, received last night at 10:40:12 p.m., on my recent "Kindle Blogs" post.  —  Personally, I believe Steve's letting Amazon off the hook far too easily: how about a no-questions …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Tech_Space
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Edgeio To Shut Down - In The DeadPool  —  Edgeio, a company I co-founded in 2005, had a final board meeting this evening and made the decision to shut down operations of the company.  We are putting it into the TechCrunch DeadPool.  —  Edgieo first launched in February 2006 after a beta period.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
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Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
A note to Nancy Pelosi regarding the PRO IP act  —  This morning I read about Chairman Conyers' proposed PRO IP act, and as others in the technology industry have, I lowered my head sadly.  While I only recently became an American citizen, it seems quite clear to me that this is yet another sad sign …
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.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SmugMug Automatically Scales Photos and Video, Supports High Definition Video  —  SmugMug has released a set of new features that further cements itself as a first-rate photo sharing website.  —  The first of these constitutes just a user interface upgrade, but a very attractive one at that.
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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Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Sign of the times  —  As broadband speeds get faster and the appetite for video services grows apace, bandwidth becomes an ever more precious commodity.  —  Already people are seeing the amount of bandwidth they can use limited by monthly caps and, in the US, operators have just won the right …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
EchoStar Now DISH Network Spins Off SlingBox, Set-Top Biz  —  EchoStar, the Satellite Broadcasting Company is finally changing its name to DISH Network, the company said in a filing with the SEC. Why the change?  EchoStar wants its new name to truly reflect its true business.
Discussion: Engadget
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
The State of HD DVD [The State Of HD DVD]  —  Where Blu-ray is a freight train of unrivaled weight and marketing might, backed by 13 of the world's most well known electronics and computer makers, HD DVD is a Little Engine That Could, the product of a much smaller group of collaborators …
Discussion: Digg
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 DVD Player Still Sucks After Update, HD DVD Not Great Either [Xbox 360]
Discussion: CrunchGear
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
There's One Thing That Can Slow Apple's iPhone Growth  —  As I start to look at getting a mobile device, I have watched the pros and cons for each with great interest.  Today was the coldest day of the year in NYC so far — with the windchill -4C.  Will we see a slowdown in Apple (AAPL) iPhone growth during the winter months?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Meebo + Platform + VideoEgg Ads Suddenly Makes Business Sense  —  In a move further differentiating themselves from countless other platform plays, web-IM service Meebo will announce tomorrow that they have partnered with VideoEgg to offer Meebo platform participants a 50/50 revenue split …
 
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Tanya Irwin / MediaPost Publications:
Downloading Videos On The Rise Among High-Speed Internet Users
Discussion: last100, GigaOM and NewTeeVee
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Dr. Seuss Jumble: Naming Web Sites
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Web Access and E-Mail on Flights
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
SAFE Act won't turn mom-and-pop shops into WiFi cops
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Quicksilver's Creator on the Future of QS [Exclusive Lifehacker Interview]
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Seagate buys document analysis firm
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Start-up creates flexible sheets of light
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Fixing Guitar Hero III's Mono Problem
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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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
EBAY: Time For CEO Meg Whitman to Go?
Nick / Rough Type:
Through the Kindle window
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple Store 14th Street press preview
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Mobile Updater for Blackberry
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