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3:25 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.
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 …
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
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: TechCrunch and Scripting News
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.
Ashley Phillips / ABCNEWS:   Tech Blog to Endorse Presidential Candidates
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 …
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.
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
Andrew Tridgell / Samba:
The PFIF Agreement  —  This article will give my own perspective on the agreement entered into today between the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF) and Microsoft.  I led the negotiations around the agreement, so I thought I should try to explain why it ended up in the form that it did …
Microsoft signs rare open-source deal, under EU orders
Discussion: WinBeta
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Mowser: Stop letting Google transcode your content!  —  I'm going to try to explain this as clearly as possible.  Right now the most popular search engine for mobile phones, by far, is Google.  But they don't just search for mobile websites, they actually have a “blended” …
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David Pogue / New York Times:
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Danger Inc. in trouble, IPO coming soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Singing the E*Trade (ETFC) Blues: Stock Approaching $3
Discussion: WebProNews
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Rabbit-Ear Users Don't Know The End (of Analog TV) Is Near
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Digg's Design Dilemma Redux
 Earlier Items: 
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Matt Asay / CNET
IEEE survey: Microsoft is software industry's leading innovator
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Apple designs next generation iPod Boombox
Discussion: Gizmodo and ParisLemon
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
First In-Flight Calling Finally Launched by Air France
Yahoo in Huge Mobile Search Deal
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Found Guilty of Mass Copyright Infringement
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
7 pictures of the Nokia N96 leak! …