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5:45 PM ET, December 24, 2007

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Christmas eve: Apple MacBook is Amazon's No. 1 top-selling computer  —  Despite fierce competition from machines with more than twice the memory and price points hundreds of dollars lower, Apple's (AAPL) white 120 GB MacBook has captured the top spot on Amazon's (AMZN) list of bestselling computers this Christmas eve.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Christmas Present For Apple Bulls: Mac Cleared for Takeoff  —  As hard as it is to believe, many Apple (AAPL) bulls are still missing the best part of the company's growth story: The improving opportunity for Apple's computer business.  Unlike the last go-round, when Apple got clobbered …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Airborne Internet might bring turbulence  —  NEW YORK - Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call.  Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats.  Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care.  Seat 17C just wants to sleep.  —  Welcome to the promise of the Internet …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Skype, Porn May Not Fly In Friendly Skies  —  The good news is, all you guys who have been dreading the use of Internet calling on airplanes may be in luck, because airlines and airborne service providers alike are considering a ban on Skype.  The bad news is, they're also considering a ban …
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Rivals Learn From Boeing's ‘Connexion’
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
2008 Web Predictions  —  What Web applications and trends will make it big in 2008?  In this post the RWW authors ruminate on the current trends in Web technology and look forward to what 2008 might bring us.  Topics include Google, semantic web, online advertising, recommendation systems …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Europe's startup culture gets the Business Week treatment  —  Business Week's Sarah Lacy pens an interesting piece on Europe's startup climate following her visit to Le Web 3 in Paris a couple of weeks ago.  Although relatively fair-minded, it has the faint whiff of disdain.  I can imagine her saying “Europe?
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Sarah Lacy / MSNBC:
Paris Is No Silicon Valley — Yet  —  The missing piece is finally falling into place: the development of a startup “working class” of smart techies and ambitious entrepreneurs  —  My trip to Paris last week did not go smoothly.  For starters, I could never quite adjust to the time change.
Discussion: broadstuff and Mashable!
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Can NBC Do for ‘Quarterlife’ What YouTube Could Not?  —  Scripts by Marshall Herskovitz, the Emmy award-winning writer and producer, have drawn millions of viewers to movie theaters and television sets over the past two decades.  —  But on the Internet, where his 36-part series “Quarterlife” …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Podcasting News
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout:
Newsflash: Tech Executives Are Not Hurting For Cash  —  Tis the season to embrace your financial ruin.  —  It's no revelation that many of our country's top tech executives take home more money on an annual (daily?) basis than most of us will ever see in our lifetimes …
Discussion: DSLreports
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why are some bloggers turning on Apple?  —  I'm seeing more and more anti-Apple blogs lately like the one Dave Winer posted yesterday.  Why is that?  —  Well, Apple is getting bigger and bigger and our attitude is changing.  Seven years ago Apple was a cute company that was in severe trouble.
Electronista:
ASUS rolls out U2 luxury ultraportable  —  Preempting the large volume of computers expected next month, ASUS has provided an early look at its U2 subnotebook.  The 11-inch ultraportable is built for the same audience as the Sony VAIO TZ and uses exotic materials to add a sense of luxury …
Discussion: Mobility Site
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
2007 In Numbers: The Ask Mouse Squeaked A Little Louder This Year  —  IAC got serious about its Ask property this year, investing $100 million in the United States alone on a bizarre “Ask the Algorithm” campaign that even sunk to the depths of using the Unabomber as a marketing tool.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Facebook challenged by ad-free rival  —  Badoo: allows users to pay for popularity using its Rise Up function  —  Badoo, a social networking website which offers users the chance to pay to be popular while banning all advertising, is set to launch into an increasingly crowded UK market.
Discussion: Mashable!
Todd R. Weiss / Computerworld:
Q&A: Craig Newmark, of ‘Craigslist’ fame, looks back — and ahead  —  Computerworld) Twelve years ago, Craigslist.org founder Craig Newmark was still a software programmer at Charles Schwab & Co. But that changed after he began sending out self-composed e-mails to a small group of friends …
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and Slashdot
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Toshiba and Sharp to join forces on LCD panels  —  Toshiba and Sharp were recently pressed their magic rings together proclaiming, “Wonder Twin powers, activate!  Form of...a strategic LCD alliance wherein Toshiba buys LCD panels from Sharp and Sharp buys semiconductors from Toshiba!”
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
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Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Toshiba and Sharp Form LCD Pact
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
 
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Australia to enforce a “ratings system” on web, track users
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