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12:00 AM ET, December 25, 2007

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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 …
Discussion: MediaFlect and Alec Saunders .LOG
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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.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: DailyTech, VoIP Blog and Digg
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.
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: Mashable!
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” …
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
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.
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
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
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.
 
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George Appiah / Blogarithms:
Skype for Interviews - A How-To Video
Todd R. Weiss / Computerworld:
Q&A: Craig Newmark, of ‘Craigslist’ fame, looks back — and ahead
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and Slashdot
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Australia to enforce a “ratings system” on web, track users
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why are some bloggers turning on Apple?
BBC:
Xbox games tackle drink driving
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Wonderland
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Toshiba and Sharp to join forces on LCD panels
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
SAP Global Report: Dell's Lionel Menchaca
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
When to Buy a Camera, MP3 Player, or Cell Phone
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
SO WHAT'S ALL THIS NEW MARKETING STUFF, ANYWAY?