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11:55 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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPhone Coming to Japan
Discussion: Apple Gazette
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.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
R.I.P.: The Web 2.0 Office Suite … In a recent survey, NPD asked nearly 600 PC users: "Have you heard about online, browser-based office productivity applications like Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, gOffice, etc.?"  NPD also asked, "If so, how often do you use them?"
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Majority Of Americans On Google Docs: "What You Talkin Bout Willis?"
Brad Linder / Download Squad:   Study: 73% of Americans have never heard of Google Docs
Martin Roscheisen / Nanosolar Blog:
Nanosolar Ships First Panels  —  After five years of product development - including aggressively pipelined science, research and development, manufacturing process development, product testing, manufacturing engineering and tool development, and factory construction - we now have shipped …
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechCrunch
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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: Gizmodo and Howard Lindzon
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.
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 …
Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Names Wireless Veteran Dan Hesse as President and CEO  —  The Sprint Nextel Board of Directors has named wireless industry veteran Daniel R. Hesse, 54, as president and chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately.  He previously was chairman, president and CEO of Embarq Corporation.
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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.
Yiwyn / Techland:
Google's Checkout perks paying off  —  By Yi-Wyn Yen  —  Since Google launched its Checkout online payment service 18 months ago, industry insiders have wondered if its aggressive marketing promotions were worth the money.  —  The company, which has been tight-lipped about the performance …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Ticketmaster, NFL Ink Ticket Resale Deal  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ticketmaster plans to launch a Web site next year where people can resell tickets to pro football games, the latest push by the event ticketing company into the lucrative secondary ticket market.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
NFL, Ticketmaster Launching Stubhub Football Rival
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Google News Blog:
New Advanced News search  —  Want to find articles from a specific news source?  You may not know of some tricks to make Google News do the work for you.  —  Try using our site operator along with a keyword, like this: [site:iht.com Paris].  Or you can also use our advanced news search page.
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Local Papers' Web Scramble  —  With Web companies now beginning to dominate the market for local ads online, newspaper publishers are scrambling to change the way they sell ads, hiring sales teams that specialize in the digital market and creating new editorial packages to sell.
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.
 
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Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Xbox 360 vs. Wii vs. PS3: Wii more in demand now than at launch
Discussion: TechCrunch
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
SugarCRM 5.0 Now Available  —  SugarCRM has announced the GA version of Sugar 5.0.
Discussion: Open Source
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Web 2.0 Can Be Dangerous...
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Bebo's well-being platform
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Vinnee Tong / Associated Press:
Match.com Comes to Facebook
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Ingram Micro's $459 24-inch V7 monitor is an HDMI oddity
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Thinking Of Online Video Ads? Here's A Price List
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Facebook whales: 800 is 'too many friends'
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Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
A French Twist in Silicon Valley
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
NPD: Leopard latest in chain of "blow-out" Apple OS launches
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