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4:45 AM ET, December 21, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Kayak Raises $196 Million, Buys Rival SideStep  —  Discount travel site Kayak has acquired rival SideStep for $200 million.  This story was set to be announced tomorrow but word is leaking all over the place after Sidestep CEO Rob Solomon told his company employees the news at an all hands meeting.
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
Long Bet Winner: Weblogs vs. The New York Times  —  In 2002, blogging evangelist Dave Winer made a long bet with New York Times executive Martin Nisenholtz: “In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New York Times' Web site.”
Discussion: Gawker
A Message From Matthew  —  “The only people for me are the mad ones.  The ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved.  Desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Matthew Szulik resigns as Red Hat CEO, is replaced by an airline COO (???)  —  Wow.  If there was ever an industry that has little to nothing to teach the software industry, it's the airline industry.  And yet that is precisely what Red Hat has done: Matthew Szulik, its long-time CEO …
TED / uncov:
Pownce Is Still Alive  —  Yeah, I know.  It surprised me too, but they are still kicking.  Stagnation is the name of the game in Web 2.0, and Pownce is no exception.  —  In case you forgot, Pownce is a Twitter clone whose added value is the resale of Amazon S3 space.
Discussion: Scripting News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Pownce Going To The DeadPool?  —  Uncov has a very funny post on the demise of Kevin-Rose-founded-Twitter-clone Pownce, noting that their traffic seems to have fallen to the point that “Even TechCrunch can't save you now."  The image above is taken from their post.
Discussion: franticindustries
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple Kills Think Secret: Publisher Nick Ciarelli Talks  —  The two-year court battle between popular rumor site Think Secret and Apple has concluded.  Sadly, the end result is that Think Secret will no longer be published.  —  Speaking by phone Wednesday morning Nick Ciarelli …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Who Is Really Hurt by Apple Rumor Site's Closure?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Vista sets 2007 land-speed record for copying and deleting  —  It's been almost nine months since we first reported on Windows Vista's inability to copy, delete and move files without stalling indefinitely, and yet the problem continues.  —  Screenshots relayed this week by two Reg readers say it better than we ever could.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fair Use Vs. Free Speech in the Internet Age: The Lane Hartwell Problem  —  The furor surrounding the now infamous Bubble video (embedded above) is not over.  To recap: the parody video was watched more than one million times on YouTube, then taken down because photographer Lane Hartwell objected …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steal my content please, Part II
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Who Will Be The First Tech President?  Help Us Endorse A Candidate  —  Our series of podcasts and interviews with the 2008 presidential candidates continue - so far we've spoken to Barack Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Mitt Romney and Mike Gravel.  We are in active scheduling discussions with all of the remaining candidates.
Clint Boulton /
Customers Compile Wish List for Google Apps  —  Soon after installing Google Apps, two customers ask for task management and full Calendar synchronization.  —  Google Apps Premier Edition is not even a year old, but the enterprise flavor of the company's collaboration software suite is getting …
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
comScore Media Metrix Releases Top 50 Web Rankings for November  —  Retail Sites See Surge in Traffic as Holiday Season Kicks Off  —  Black Friday Ad Site Ranks as Top-Gaining Property for the Month  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Discussion: and MarketingVOX
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Charlie Giancarlo, #2 Guy at Cisco Joins Silver Lake Partners  —  The exodus of senior management at Cisco Systems (CSCO) continues.  Today, Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo and the #2 man at Cisco resigned.  He is joining buyout shop, Silver Lake Partners.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM: BlackBerry demand just swell; Earnings more than double  —  Research in Motion said Thursday that it added 1.65 million BlackBerry subscriber accounts for the third quarter ended Dec. 1 and shipped more than 3.9 million devices.  That demand added up to RIM doubling its earnings.
Todd Woody / Techland:
NetSuite's sweet IPO  —  By Michael V. Copeland  —  You have to hand it to NetSuite.  While the markets have been whipsawing all around, the on-demand finance software company backed by Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison got its IPO done via a Dutch auction at a price, $26, almost double the stock's original target.
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