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6:10 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 …
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
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
PEW Survey Finds Most People Don't Google Themselves That Often After All  —  A PEW/Internet Survey out this week found that 47% of internet users have done ego searches, up from 22% five years ago.  That nearly half of internet users are searching for themselves seems excessive, but only 3% say they check regularly.
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
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
Go Ahead Google Yourself, Everyone is
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.
Joseph Weisenthal /   As Strike Wears On, More Screenwriters Explore Internet Ventures
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.
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Ribbit debuts as "Silicon Valley's phone company"
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Open source telephony gives customers control, consultant says
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Paper: disregard for customers, DMCA led to Sony CD rootkit
Discussion: SSRN and Pocket PC Thoughts
Matt Manolides / Google LatLong:
Where in the world is ...  Hello, geo fans!  —  Today I'm …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Mobiblu unveils the Nanum folding cube DAP
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Discussion: Infinite Loop
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Palm: A Fall From Grace, But What's Really Going On Here?
Discussion: PalmAddicts and BloggingStocks
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Depth of eBay's Problems 1: Disappointed Buyers
Business Wire:
Adobe Reports Record Quarterly and Fiscal Year Revenue
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Hack Facebook When You Can Just Build A Silly Viral App Instead?
Discussion: The Register and AppScout
George Ou:
How LCD makers lie to you about viewing angles
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
New URL features can make your e-mail productive again
Discussion: AppScout
Dan Tynan / PC World:
The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007