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11:55 AM ET, December 21, 2007

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Can an airline exec run Red Hat?  You'd be surprised  —  When former Delta Airlines chief operating officer James Whitehurst takes over as CEO of Red Hat on New Year's Day he'll face the worst kind of doubters-the quiet ones.  But Whitehurst could very well take Red Hat to the next level.
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Red Hat Names Jim Whitehurst Chief Executive Officer
Discussion: InfoWorld and Linux-Watch.com
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.”
Kaspersky Lab Weblog:
Pinch authors pinched  —  Today Nikolay Patrushev, head of the Federal Security Services, announced the results of the measures taken to combat cyber crime in 2007.  —  Among other information, it was announced that it had been established who was the author of the notorious Pinch Trojan …
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Russian Feds Bust ‘Pinch’ Malware Creation Kit Authors  —  According to reports out of Russia, two men who allegedly built and distributed the notorious Pinch malware creation kit has been busted and could soon face prosecution.  The two men, identified as Ermishkin and Farkhutdinov …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
The odds on an Apple flash laptop  —  At next month's Macworld show, will the trendsetter say goodbye to hard drives? … What do you get when you cross an iPod with a Mac?  —  A super-slim laptop that uses chip-based flash memory in place of a spinning hard drive, of course.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Exclusive: Apple to adopt Intel's ultra-mobile PC platform  —  Apple Inc. will form a closer bond with once-rival Intel Corp. early next year when it begins building a new breed of ultra-mobile processors from the chipmaker into a fresh generation of handheld devices, AppleInsider has learned.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Amazon Patents Blurbs; Google Patents Snippets  —  from the patents-patents-all-the-time dept  —  theodp writes “On Tuesday, Amazon.com was granted a patent for Personalized Selection and Display of User-Supplied Content to Enhance Browsing of Electronic Catalogs, which the three inventors …
Discussion: Rough Type and Mashable!
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
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Pownce Is Still Alive
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Scripting News
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.
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Does Japan Need the iPhone?  —  The world's most sophisticated users of wireless technology may be unimpressed by Apple's high-tech gadget  —  The Japanese fell for the iPod.  So why should they not embrace the iPhone, too?  It's tempting to think that Japan's love affair with Apple's …
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
More details emerge about amended Apple backdating suit  —  The media was all a-twitter earlier this week when the New York City Employees' Retirement System announced that it would be continuing its options backdating lawsuit against Apple with amended complaints.
Discussion: Reuters
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Smashing Pumpkins exclusive coming to iTunes  —  “Eh, making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel."  —  One of the nice things about the iTunes Store is some of the exclusive content we get from various artists.  Some of it is good, some of it is bad …
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Reuters
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Mustek's PF-i700 digiframe rocks an iPod dock  —  Granted, you may have assumed that an iPod wouldn't be caught dead snuggling with a digital photo frame, but strange though it may be, that assumption has just been proven wrong.  Mustek's PF-i700 inelegantly combines Apple's darling with a 7-inch digiframe …
Discussion: Gizmodo
heise Security:
Antivirus protection worse than a year ago  —  The effectiveness of antivirus software has fallen off, and more and more pests can now slip past these barriers.  This is the sobering conclusion the german computer magazine c't comes to in issue 1/08 with a test on 17 antivirus solutions.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Plunging player prices to reveal Blu-ray vs HD DVD winner?  —  A clear leader in the battle to be the top next-generation optical disc format could emerge next year as player prices plummet and take of the cost of entry out of the equation, market watcher Understanding & Solutions (U&S) has claimed.
Discussion: Gearlog
 
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Google Monopoly Begins
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Sam Ramji / Port 25:
If you're surprised, you're not paying attention
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
‘Bricking’ bug threatens most HP, Compaq laptops
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Mixx Democratizes Categories: Something Digg Should Have
John Leyden / The Register:
IBM forges Solid acquisition
Discussion: InfoWorld
Tony Smith / The Register:
Sharp, Toshiba to share LCD TV toys
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Reuters:
Samsung, Hitachi Sign License Deal on Hard Drives
Discussion: DailyTech and PC World
Canon USA:
Canon produces 30 millionth EOS-series SLR camera
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BBC:
Apple shuts down rumours website
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Post Blogger Comments Using Your Own Domain
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Inside some of Channel 4's new media projects
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Air France Makes In-Flight Calling Possible, Gallic Shrugs All Round
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Customers Compile Wish List for Google Apps
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