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1:35 AM ET, December 18, 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 and Digg
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 …
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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Lane Hartwell: Still wrong on fair use  —  It's nice to hear that photographer Lane Hartwell is working things out with the band Richter Scales, after filing a DMCA takedown notice and having their video removed from YouTube because a photo of hers appeared in the video for less than a second.
Discussion: John Furrier
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
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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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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.
Discussion: paidContent.org, GigaOM and TechCrunch
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: Reuters and AppScout
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Summize: A Sentiment Engine For The "Reviewosphere"  —  Sometimes reading online product reviews can be a real time sink.  There are so many opinions out there—from CNet to Amazon to blogs.  It can take a long time and a lot of sifting to figure out what people really think.  But now there is another way.
Discussion: Elliott C. Back
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.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Rumors swirl in WiMAX world  —  Sprint-Clearwire detente?  —  There could be changes afoot in the world of WiMAX.  One rumor-happy research firm is claiming that US WiMAX pioneer Clearwire may soon be purchased by Intel, while another is speculating that the company will soon resume its defunct WiMAX relationship with Sprint Nextel.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Luis Suarez / E L S U A:
Next Generation Knowledge Sharing & Learning Online Conference Event - In Spring 2008?  —  While I am just about to finish editing the audio recording (And fine tune the slide deck that will go with it) from my pitch on Social Computing @ IBM at the recent IBM iForum event in Zürich …
 
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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
ReadWriteWeb:
What's Coming Next at Digg?
Discussion: Digg
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft security update cripples IE
Tina Gasperson / Linux.com:
Open source telephony gives customers control, consultant says
Discussion: Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
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
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
GOOG-411 isn't what you think  —  Google's free 411 service …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Can Blogs Do Journalism?
Christina Warren / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
QuickBooks users be cautious of recent update
John Markoff / New York Times:
Faster Chips Are Leaving Programmers in Their Dust