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9:50 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 or on their own sites.  I wrote Friday about why Amazon should buy eBay.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
R.I.P.: The Web 2.0 Office Suite
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the new online version of
Discussion: TechSpot News, Slashdot and Digg
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
For Sale: Used Social Voting Site, Asking Price $300 Million …
Discussion: Shoemoney, Insider Chatter and Digg
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
Electronista:   NPD: Leopard Apple's best OS launch yet
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Ingram Micro's $459 24-inch V7 monitor is an HDMI oddity  —  Ingram Micro just kicked out an oddball, budget monitor under their V7 brand.  How budget?  Very.  The 24-inch D24W33 has an MSRP of $459.  That takes home a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, 1,000:1 reported contrast, 250cd/m2 brightness …
Discussion: Electronista
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
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 …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Getting Millions Of People Listening To Your Music, With Many Giving You Money Voluntarily, Is Dumb?  —  Karl writes in to point out that on Fortune/CNN's somewhat bizarre list of 101 Dumbest Moments in Business, number 59 is about Radiohead's decision to offer a name-your-own-price offering for its downloaded music.
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
David Kaplan /
Thinking Of Online Video Ads?  Here's A Price List  —  The major online video sites offers a very simple choice when it comes to advertising rates: pay $90 CPMs on the high end or $10 to $20 CPMs on the low end.  WebVideoReport provides a comparison price list of eight sites, demonstrating what marketers can expect to pay in general.
Discussion: WebProNews, and Lost Remote
John Markoff / New York Times:
Start-Up Sells Solar Panels at Lower-Than-Usual Cost  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nanosolar, a heavily financed Silicon Valley start-up whose backers include Google's co-founders, plans to announce Tuesday that it has begun selling its innovative solar panels, which are made using a technique …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
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Cade Metz / The Register:
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Tony Smith / The Register:
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft security update cripples IE
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Reuters and AppScout
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Long tail evolution