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2:35 PM ET, December 13, 2007

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Opera:
Opera files antitrust complaint with the EU  —  Urges Microsoft to give consumers a genuine choice of standards—compliant Web browsers  —  Opera Software ASA, the only company that can put the Web on any device, filed a complaint with the European Commission yesterday which is aimed …
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James Niccolai / PC World:
Opera files EU antitrust suit against Microsoft  —  Opera Software has filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft in the European Union, accusing it of stifling competition by tying its Internet Explorer Web browser to Windows, the Norwegian company said Thursday.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Why Opera's antitrust complaint against Microsoft is a bad idea  —  Whether you think Opera Software is right in its attempt to convince the European Commission (EC) of the wisdom of forcing Microsoft to stop bundling exclusively Internet Explorer with Windows, there's another part …
Discussion: Salon, BetaNews and people.opera.com
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple removes displays from front page of store  —  I've been saying for a while that Apple is due to announce new displays any day now.  Apple's current Cinema Displays were released at WWDC in June 2004 and three and a half years is an eternity in consumer electronics.
Discussion: MacUser and UNEASYsilence
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Cinema Displays to receive Macworld update? We're not so sure
Discussion: Electronista
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's wireless chief, Sacca, leaves to become angel investor  —  Chris Sacca, the head of special initiatives at Google who led Google's efforts to open up the wireless spectrum to more competition, is leaving Google to invest in early-stage technology companies.  —  Sacca wielded significant clout at Google.
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Facebook outmaneuvers Google; Bebo launches FB-compatible platform  —  When Google announced "OpenSocial", a set of three common APIs designed to create an alternative developer platform to that offered by Facebook, I described it as a 'combine and conquer strategy'.
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Facebook to License its Social Networking Platform
Discussion: AppScout and CNET News.com
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Yahoo! launches new WordPress plugin  —  Do you use WordPress?  Are you a fan of really annoying pop-up advertising links/badges?  Then Yahoo! has the plugin for you!  Launching today, the Yahoo! Shortcuts for Bloggers WordPress plugin is designed to allow bloggers to easily add context links …
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Mobile Ads: Not So Fast  —  Mobile advertising revenues aren't growing as fast as expected, and that could spell trouble for a bunch of venture-funded startups  —  Ads on cell phones have long been hailed as the next big thing.  But flipping through industry forecasts, Didier Kuhn says, "I don't believe the figures I am seeing."
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kwiry, Hooja offering new texting features  —  Texting is commonplace, but new companies are building new features around it now that more people comfortable with it and sending more texts (SMS) than ever.  —  Kwiry, a San Francisco company, now lets you text reminders to you computer for later.
Macworld UK:
BBC iPlayer for Mac launched  —  BBC iPlayer service to come out of beta on Christmas day, Mac stream beta launches  —  Jonny Evans  —  The BBC plans to launch the full version of its catch-up TV service, iPlayer, on Christmas Day.  —  The BBC has today introduced Mac support for its streaming catch-up TV service in beta form.
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's'Podfather' Now Aims to Revive A Wilting Palm  —  In mid-July, as Palm Inc. was putting the finishing touches on its new $99 Centro smart phone, the gadget's development team received a stark message: It wasn't good enough.  —  The warning was delivered by Jon Rubinstein …
BBC:
Shock at $85k mobile phone bill  —  A Canadian man has been shocked to receive a mobile phone bill for nearly $85,000 (£41,000).  —  Piotr Staniaszek thought he could use his new phone as a modem for his computer under his $10 unlimited mobile browser plan from Bell Mobility.
Discussion: MobHappy and CrunchGear
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Segway Polo match featuring Woz to be broadcast live on the 'net  —  Curb your enthusiasm, young buck.  We know you're pretty stoked to hear that a live Segway Polo match will be coming to a browser near you this Sunday, but really, you don't want your office mates to come ask what's getting you all excited.
Conor Sweeney / Reuters:
Russian computer program fakes chatroom flirting  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Internet chatroom romantics beware: your next chat may be with a clinical computer, not a passionate person, trying to win your personal data and not your heart, an online security firm says.
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
A Chapter of 'Jackass' as Web Test  —  LOS ANGELES — Paramount Pictures is lurching onto the Web with its "Jackass" franchise, with what it says will be the first studio-backed feature film to have its premiere online.  And the studio hopes the result will be considerably more pleasurable …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Newspapers v. Facebook  —  While in Sweden.... The new editor of Aftonbladet says they learned in a focus group with 20somethings that their major competition for time is Facebook.  —  I had a somewhat related conversation with my entrepreneurial students yesterday as we debated what properly …
Discussion: everybuddy.org
 
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MS, Google Fire Up White Space PR - Launch new Wireless Innovation Alliance
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