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1:05 PM ET, December 25, 2007

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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 …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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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 and VoIP Watch
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Still Using Secret In-Store Website With Higher Pricing  —  Even after being slapped in the face with a suit by a Connecticut attorney general, Best Buy is still having an internal bestbuy.com website that offers higher prices than the actual bestbuy.com.
Maggie Reardon / CNET News.com:
Apple and Google, telecom's new stars  —  It was Apple and Google—not the traditional phone companies AT&T and Verizon Communications—that took center stage in the telephony market in 2007.  —  In January, Apple announced the iPhone and named AT&T its exclusive carrier in the U.S. For almost six months …
Discussion: Slashdot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
2007: The Year in RSS  —  This past year was a big one for RSS.  RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, was the backbone of all early developments in the new era of the internet.  It made blogs readable, podcasts subscribable, wikis trackable and search persistent.
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
Consumers Who Watch TV Online More Engaged Than TV-Set Watchers, Simmons Finds  —  CONSUMERS ARE 47% MORE ENGAGED in ads that run with television programs that they view online than those watched on a TV set, according to new research findings.  —  A cross-media study by Simmons …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Mashable!
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.
Paul Sims / Daily Mail:
Apple to launch iPod with automatic volume control that can protect your hearing  —  Listening to music non-stop has never been easier since the iPod came along.  —  But future versions of Apple's MP3 player are to be adapted to prevent users from playing tracks at full blast through their earphones for too long.
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
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
ComScore: Last Week Saw Strong Online Shopping  —  E-tailers have laggards and penny-pinchers to thank for last week's brisk sales, which grew 25 percent over the comparable period last year, according to comScore.  —  Procrastinators and deal-seekers helped create a “flurry” …
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 …
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Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
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