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8:15 PM ET, December 17, 2007


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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: Digg hires bank, hoping to sell for $300 million or more  —  It's been a little more than a month since the last rumors surfaced about social news site Digg trying to sell itself for at least $300 million.  —  A reliable source just confirmed the company's plans …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
MacWorld rumblings: Expect a 11- to 13-inch screen on Apple ultra-portable  —  With Apple expected to deliver a new ultra-portable Mac at its Macworld conference Jan. 15 prognosticators are busy handicapping the device's features.  —  In a research note Monday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Piper sees iTunes rentals, new breed of Apple touch games in 08  —  For Apple, 2007 may in some ways represent the very beginning of a new standard in innovation, with 2008 likely giving way to a slew of new Mac models in addition to fresh initiatives like an iTunes movie rental service …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple At Macworld: Tiny MacBook, No 3G iPhone?
Discussion: MacUser and Tech Trader Daily
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
What the Internet Knows About You  —  We often wonder why there isn't more outrage when companies announce they've lost data about customers or employees.  Here's part of the answer: Most Americans don't care what information about them is publicly available.
Discussion: Computerworld and Valleywag
NPD: Leopard Apple's best OS launch yet  —  The release of Mac OS X Leopard in late October was both Apple's strongest operating system release to date and evidence that the company may have a greater understanding of how to launch such software, according to a new study from NPD Group.
Discussion: Wired
Apple launch of Leopard system its best ever-group
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Can Blogs Do Journalism?  —  On the face of it, the question of whether blogs can do journalism is absurd — like asking whether sites published on Vignette can do journalism.  A blog, after all, is just a content management system — revolutionary because it made web-native publishing free …
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Striking writers in talks to launch Web start-ups  —  MOVING TO NEW MEDIA: Aaron Mendelsohn, a Writers Guild board member known for the "Air Bud" franchise, is in a group that plans to produce programming for the Internet independently of Hollywood studios at odds with the union.
Lane Hartwell:
There is no lawsuit against the Richter Scales.  —  As previously mentioned, I will soon be releasing a statement in regard to the Here Comes Another Bubble video created by The Richter Scales.  I've said very little publicly regarding the matter out of respect to all involved parties …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe rides Creative Suite 3 wave; Profits shine  —  Adobe on Monday reported fiscal fourth quarter earnings and revenue that topped expectations due to strong Creative Suite 3 demand.  The company also upped its outlook for the first quarter.  —  For the quarter ended Nov. 30 …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and InfoWorld
Business Wire:
Adobe Reports Record Quarterly and Fiscal Year Revenue
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Christina Warren / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
QuickBooks users be cautious of recent update  —  At the risk of spreading unnecessary FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt),] It's not FUD, we want to caution Inuit's QuickBooks users of installing the most recent update, without proper back-ups - especially if you typically store lots of important files on the desktop.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Faster Chips Are Leaving Programmers in Their Dust  —  REDMOND, Wash. — When he was chief executive of Intel in the 1990s, Andrew S. Grove would often talk about the "software spiral" — the interplay between ever-faster microprocessor chips and software that required ever more computing power.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Can You Outbid Microsoft For The Microsoft Name In Portugal?  —  Microsoft is reasonably protective of its name — even to ridiculous levels at times.  However, it surprised us to find out that a company other than the Redmond giant happens to have the trademark on Microsoft in Portugal.
Discussion: AppScout and Reuters
Tony Smith / The Register:
Firewire to gain 3.2Gb/s bandwidth boost  —  Not to be outdone by rival peripheral interconnect technology USB, Firewire is likewise having its data throughput increased, the organisation behind the standard said today.  But it's target speed of 3.2Gb/s falls some way below that of USB 3.0.
Discussion: Christopher Null and TechSpot News
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up to Create Market For Trade of Virtual Goods  —  A start-up plans to help game companies get a grip on the booming illicit market for virtual goods, including everything from currencies to magical swords that help players advance in online games.  —  Live Gamer Inc. is developing …
Brian C / Wallstrip:
12-17-07 Facebook  —  Today, Lindsay gets poked into Facebook. … 19 RESPONSES SO FAR ↓  —  You summed up perfectly why I've stayed off sites like FaceBook and MySpace - the stalker factor!  —  [...] Today, Lindsay pokes around .  Trader Mike  —  The Dell's sad.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can Ribbit Finally Bring Web & Voice Together?  —  For a long time, I had this belief that the worlds of web and voice would converge, unleashing upon us a whole new class of voice-web mashups.  Instead all we got were some marginal ideas and rarely-used widgets.  Voice, in particular, remained too difficult for web developers.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Rumors swirl in WiMAX world  —  Sprint-Clearwire detente?  —  There could be changes afoot in the world of WiMAX.  One rumor-happy research firm is claiming that US WiMAX pioneer Clearwire may soon be purchased by Intel, while another is speculating that the company will soon resume its defunct WiMAX relationship with Sprint Nextel.
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Long tail evolution  —  I recently gave a presentation on the evolution of the long tail, concluding that the long tail is getting longer, but the 'head' is getting bigger.  The reasons for the increasing length of the long tail are clear: there are more people online, they are spending more time online …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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New URL features can make your e-mail productive again
Discussion: AppScout
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