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1:40 PM ET, December 24, 2007

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
When non-technologists write about technology  —  They're so CUTE!  —  The Economist puts random words in random order: … First, 1994 is calling and wants its metaphors back.  —  Second, got any data to support that? … OK, that's simply not true.
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Economist:
Technology in 2008  —  Three fearless predictions  —  1. Surfing will slow  —  PEERING into Tech.view's crystal ball, the one thing we can predict with at least some certainty is that 2008 will be the year we stop taking access to the internet for granted.
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.
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: Mashable!
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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?
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
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: Gizmodo
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikia Search Launches Private Beta; Public Launch On January 7  —  Well, the waiting appears to be over, and the promised 2007 launch date was technically achieved.  Wikipedia/Wikia Founder Jimmy Wales has publicly announced the private beta for Wikia Search - right now.  And the public launch is set for January 7.
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
E-Greetings Gain Ground at Businesses This Season  —  Have you sent out your holiday cards this year?  What about your e-cards?  —  If your second answer was yes, you are in good company.  Once seen as the tacky, last-minute substitute for pen and paper, e-cards have become more acceptable …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
When to Buy a Camera, MP3 Player, or Cell Phone  —  If it's Presidents Day, it must be time to get serious about buying a new digital camera.  For this and other advice about buying mobile electronic devices, read on.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Cameras
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: Adam Kalsey and BlueBlog
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
SO WHAT'S ALL THIS NEW MARKETING STUFF, ANYWAY?  —  Some people call it “The New Marketing".  Some people call it “Marketing 2.0".  Whatever name you care to give it, I get asked about it a lot.  Here are some random thoughts, in no particular order.  —  1. “The New Marketing” …
Discussion: broadstuff and Web Worker Daily
 
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Rivals Learn From Boeing's ‘Connexion’
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung's F490 / P720 handsets get outed
Discussion: Electronista and Unwired View
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
SAP Global Report: Dell's Lionel Menchaca
Discussion: Gadgetell
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Macs are even more expensive than I thought
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Day 6: Gotta Digg!  —  Welcome Diggers!!  Hope you enjoy watching …
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Best New Google Features that Don't Require Login
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Faces of Business 2007: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Discussion: Web Strategy …
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
The Afterlife Is Expensive for Digital Movies
Richard Gray / Telegraph Connected:
Apple to turn down the volume on iPod