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4:20 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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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 …
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.
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 …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   How Palm Can Beat Apple's iPhone: The Flash Phone
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: Gizmodo, MacUser and UNEASYsilence
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Cinema Displays to receive Macworld update? We're not so sure
Discussion: Electronista
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Top 10 reasons IT won't support the iPhone  —  Wondering why your corporate Information Technology department won't buy you an Apple (AAPL) iPhone or support the one you bought yourself?  Here's your answer.  —  Or, rather, 10 answers.  Channeling the thought processes of IT managers …
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AppleInsider:
Apple working on improved Exchange support for iPhone
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to release Hyper-V virtualization beta  —  Microsoft is set to deliver a downloadable beta release of Hyper-V, its virtualization product, on December 13, according to sources close to the company.  —  Hyper-V is Microsoft's hypervisor that allows customers to virtualize multiple operating systems on a single server.
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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
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."
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Forecasting 2008: AMD [Apologist] Analyst Day  —  AMD held its annual Financial Analyst Day this morning.  This time around, there was no glitter, no flash, and no rosy pep talks about the current (or future) dominance of AMD products in the marketplace.  The various corporate executives who spoke …
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congressman Hollywood: It's time to revisit the DMCA  —  Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), also known as Congressman Hollywood, is one of the most powerful members of the House when it comes to intellectual property issues, so when he muses aloud about "revisiting" the DMCA, people listen.
Nick / Rough Type:
FIRESTORM!  —  New wave IT analyst James Governor has written a long, long post that picks up on last weekend's hubbub about the "sexiness" (or lack thereof) of enterprise software, a hubbub that started with Robert Scoble scratching his Charlie Brown-like head, moved on to Mike Krigsman accusing Scoble …
Google:
2007 Year-End Zeitgeist  —  We're bidding adieu to 2007 with a look back at the breaking news, the big events and the must-have gadgets that captivated us this year (give or take a few weeks; we compile this list by early December).  To get a glimpse of what's been on our collective consciousness …
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.
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.
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: CrunchGear and MobHappy
 
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