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9:10 AM ET, December 18, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Meets with DoCoMo, Softbank On Launching iPhone in Japan  —  After signing deals with U.S. and European operators to sell its iPhone earlier this year, Apple Inc. now is making plans to enter Japan, one of the biggest and most sophisticated mobile-phone markets in the world.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone coming to Japan's NTT DoCoMo?  —  According to the Wall Street Journal Asia, Jobs and Co are in Japan working out the details for a domestic iPhone launch.  It's no surprise then that Jobs was rumored to have just met with NTT DoCoMo's president, Masao Nakamur, to discuss the deal …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Gadget Lab
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Digg
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Introducing Video Sitemaps  —  In our effort to help users search all the world's public videos, the Google Video team joined the Sitemaps folks to introduce Video Sitemaps—an extension of the Sitemap Protocol that helps make your videos more searchable via Google Video Search.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
NPD: Leopard latest in chain of "blow-out" Apple OS launches  —  Sales during Mac OS X Leopard's first full month on store shelves reached an unprecedented high for any Apple operating system release to date, according to new research from the NPD Group.  —  When compared to OS sales in May 2005 …
Discussion: Epicenter and Insanely Great Mac
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Electronista:   NPD: Leopard Apple's best OS launch yet
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
The Depth of EBay's Problems 2: Angry Sellers  —  Here's another angle on what's wrong at eBay: Sellers increasingly find eBay too expensive and are becoming successful finding buyers on Amazon.com or on their own sites.  I wrote Friday about why Amazon should buy eBay.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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uk.playstation.com:
Update features (ver 2.10)  —  Find out what features are included in PS3 system software update 2.10.  —  An update to the PS3 system software was released on December 18, 2007.  If you update your PS3 system, the system software version will be 2.10 and the following features will be updated.
Jason Schultz / LawGeek:
Copyright, fair use and the struggle against online image misappropriation  —  Lane Hartwell is an exceptionally talented freelance photographer and a friend of mine.  She's one of a new generation of phototakers who are attempting to embrace the Internet and online photo-sharing sites like Flickr …
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Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
A French Twist in Silicon Valley  —  With backing from high-profile investors, Loïc Le Meur is giving new meaning to the idea of "building a company online"  —  It sounds more like a gimmick than a way to start a company: set up a Web site and let visitors vote on everything …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Bloglines Gets A Triple Dose Of New Features  —  Bloglines has added three new features to its RSS reading service.  —  First up is the ability to save posts including text and graphics from within Bloglines to a "Saved" folder.  This allows users to have quick access to previously read posts at a later date.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Yes, There Can Be Life After Word  —  AS the clerk at Circuit City rang up my purchase of a new notebook computer last month, she started her up-selling.  —  Padded bag?  No. Security lock?  No. Windows Office?  —  For someone who processes words for a living, Microsoft's software would seem to be an indispensable tool.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Facebook whales: 800 is 'too many friends'  —  After my story this weekend on Facebook 'whales' - those inveterate social networkers who have gathered more than 1,000 friends on the site - the New York Times is running a number about how researchers are digging into Facebook.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Richard Wray / Guardian:
T-Mobile shares phone masts with 3 to boost wireless broadband  —  T-Mobile is pooling its mobile phone masts with rival operator 3, to bring high-speed wireless broadband to more of the country.  The deal, to be announced today, will be seen by many in the industry as a precursor to T-Mobile …
Discussion: SMS Text News
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Levinsohn, Miller Linking With SV VC ComVentures  —  Former Fox Interactive head Ross Levinsohn and former AOL CEO Jon Miller, who spent the fall trying to launch a digital media rollup with the backing of private equity group General Atlantic, have moved on.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft security update cripples IE  —  Last week's MS07-069 update crashes IE6, IE7 on Windows XP, Vista for some  —  Microsoft Corp. confirmed today that it is investigating reports that a security update for Internet Explorer issued last week has crippled some users' ability to get on the Web.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The coming exaflood, and why it won't drown the Internet
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Ingram Micro's $459 24-inch V7 monitor is an HDMI oddity
Discussion: Electronista
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Thinking Of Online Video Ads? Here's A Price List
Discussion: Furrier.org and Lost Remote
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
UNVEILED: LG KS20 Windows Mobile Smartphone to hit the USA as LG MS25
The B-List:
The future of web standards
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the new online version of OpenOffice.org
Discussion: TechSpot News, Slashdot and Digg
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Former Russian Spies Are Now Prominent in Business
The Macalope:
With disappointments like these, who needs successes?
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Rumors swirl in WiMAX world
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Tony Smith / The Register:
Firewire to gain 3.2Gb/s bandwidth boost
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe rides Creative Suite 3 wave; Profits shine
Tina Gasperson / Linux.com:
Open source telephony gives customers control, consultant says
Discussion: Slashdot
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Can You Outbid Microsoft For The Microsoft Name In Portugal?
Discussion: Reuters and AppScout
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Long tail evolution
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