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10:00 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 …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
For Sale: Used Social Voting Site, Asking Price $300 Million, Goes By The Name Of Digg  —  It seems like every other month rumors of Digg either being acquired or being shopped come up (see our November summary here).  VentureBeat has word that Digg is getting serious about a sale …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Google Android Prototype In the Wild  —  Here's the first gorgeous shot of an Google Android prototype in the wild.  It looks HTC-ish in build, similar to the grainy versions we've seen in the official videos and the renderings in the SDK emulator.  Our source, a Giz reader …
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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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
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 …
Electronista:
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: Epicenter
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Reuters:
Apple launch of Leopard system its best ever-group
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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 …
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
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.
The Macalope:
With disappointments like these, who needs successes?  —  Will someone please page the lithesome yet strong-handed nymphs whose job it is to massage the furry one's scalp right between the antlers?  The Macalope's got a headache again.  —  What's causing it this time?
Discussion: TechBlog and TECH.BLORGE.com
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 gone...how sad.
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.
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 …
 
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Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
emTube - YouTube client for S60 phones
Discussion: IntoMobile
ReadWriteWeb:
What's Coming Next at Digg?
Discussion: Digg
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Sirf is joining the Android party
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Summize: A Sentiment Engine For The "Reviewosphere"
Discussion: Elliott C. Back
Cade Metz / The Register:
Rumors swirl in WiMAX world
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Tony Smith / The Register:
Firewire to gain 3.2Gb/s bandwidth boost
Intel:
Intel Introduces Ultra-Small Solid-State Drive for Handheld Devices
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe rides Creative Suite 3 wave; Profits shine
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft security update cripples IE
Staska / Unwired View:
TRIPLE SLIDER IDEA FROM NOKIA
Discussion: Gizmodo and IntoMobile
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Hack Facebook When You Can Just Build A Silly Viral App Instead?
Discussion: The Register and AppScout
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Long tail evolution
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
What the Internet Knows About You  —  We often wonder …
Discussion: Computerworld and Valleywag
 

 
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