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4:00 PM ET, December 17, 2007

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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 …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple At Macworld: Tiny MacBook, No 3G iPhone?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and MacUser
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.
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Ribbit debuts as "Silicon Valley's phone company"  —  I met with the top executives at Ribbit last week and found their strategy to be eye-opening.  The Mountain View company, which bills itself as "Silicon Valley's phone company," is making it easy to embed web phones in just about any kind of web site …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:   Startup Ribbit seeks to unite telephony and the Web
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
Go Ahead Google Yourself, Everyone is  —  (PC World contributor Scott Nichols looked into a study that says people are increasingly turning to Google to find out about themselves.  Here is what he found.)  —  Have you Googled yourself lately?  According to a survey (PDF) …
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:   PEW Survey Finds Most People Don't Google Themselves That Often After All
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
What the Internet Knows About You  —  We often wonder …
Discussion: Valleywag
PR Newswire:
Verizon Wireless and Palm Announce the Arrival of the Treo 755p Smartphone  —  Verizon Wireless and Palm, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 755p smartphone online and through business sales channels in exclusive deep blue-green.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm Treo 755p goes live (at last) on Verizon, costs more
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and PalmAddicts
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
More details on the Palm Treo 800w uncovered?
Discussion: Gadget Lab and PalmAddicts
Dan Tynan / PC World:
The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007  —  These much-ballyhooed products, sites, and services, it turned out, left much to be desired.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?  —  It's not that Vista is awful.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Joe Duck
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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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.
BBC:
Weblogs rack up a decade of posts  —  The word "weblog" celebrates the 10th anniversary of it being coined on 17 December 1997.  —  The word was created by Jorn Barger to describe what he was doing with his pioneering Robot Wisdom web page.  —  The word was an abbreviation for the "logging" …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Blogging celebrates its tenth birthday
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
New URL features can make your e-mail productive again  —  Alt: Link to your e-mail from external apps, get productive again  —  One of the incredibly useful things about Mac OS X in general is the potential for integration between applications.  Type the name of an Address Book contact …
Discussion: AppScout
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Erik Kennedy / Infinite Loop:
Apple brings Mac OS X closer to UNIX standards (Updated)
Discussion: MacUser
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.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
GOOG-411 isn't what you think  —  Google's free 411 service (1-800-GOOG-411) lets you find and call local businesses, but the service isn't exactly as it seems.  On the surface, it looks pretty straight forward, but spending lots of money advertising a service that has no clear potential …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Few Thoughts On Google Knol  —  News of Google most recent project, Knol, came out late last Thursday without, as far as I can tell, much in the way of press pre-briefings.  All the major publications were late to the story.  Blogs hit it fast, but had nothing to go on other than the brief blog post put …
John Leyden / The Register:
Sys admin admits trying to axe California power grid  —  A sys admin last week pleaded guilty to attempting to disrupt the power grid in California by shutting down a data centre that managed the state's electrical supply.  —  Lonnie Charles Denison, 33, of South Natomas in California confessed …
Discussion: UPI
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Xbox 360 HD DVD holds one-third of market  —  The Inquirer today writes that the 360 makes up one-third of the HD DVD player market.  A recently released report speculates that 750,000 HD DVD players are currently in homes and that 269,000 of them are of the Xbox 360 add-on variety.
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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