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11:30 AM ET, December 6, 2007

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USA Today:
AT&T flings cellphone network wide open  —  NEW YORK — Starting immediately, AT&T (T) customers can ditch their AT&T phones and use any wireless phone, device and software application from any maker — think smartphones, e-mail and music downloading.  And they don't have to sign a contract.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
AT&T claims completely open network, too — "the most open," even!  —  Who'd have thought the end of 2007 would see US cellphone carrier heavyweights duking it out with PR one-upsmanship to be... open?  Seriously, someone pinch us, it's as amazing as it is farcical.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messages: Small Change, Big Impact.  —  Dear Facebook: Thank You.  Thank You.  Thank You.  —  In August Facebook opened up their messaging system to allow people to add normal email addresses.  I wrote a post praising the change, but I specifically asked for more:
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
IBM creates a chip-sized supercomputer  —  Good news, everybody!  Those super-geniuses over at IBM have whipped up a new form of CPU transfer which utilizes pulses of light instead of electricity to move data between cores on a chip.  The new technology — which is one-hundred times faster …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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InfoWorld:
IBM researchers build supercomputer-on-a-chip  —  San Francisco - Supercomputers may soon be the same size as a laptop if IBM brings to market research detailed on Thursday, in which pulses of light replace electricity to make data transfer between processor cores on a chip up to one-hundred times faster.
Discussion: GigaOM
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Rethinks Tracking  —  Site Apologizes,  —  Makes It Easier  —  To Retain Privacy  —  After weeks of criticism over a new advertising program that was perceived as a privacy threat, Facebook Inc. has tweaked its privacy settings and offered a public apology from its chief executive — but advertisers remain wary.
Discussion: DailyTech
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BBC:   Facebook founder in ads apology
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Zuckerberg's Mea Culpa, Not Enough
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Field Test PC For Developing Countries  —  Microsoft Corp. said that it will field test an inexpensive laptop PC for developing nations being championed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Nicholas Negroponte.  —  Microsoft's plans mark a step closer …
Discussion: Engadget and TECH.BLORGE.com
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IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8  —  Just as he was the first to talk about IE7, Bill Gates kept the tradition alive and discussed IE8 at the Mix 'n Mash event here on campus yesterday.  Bill was talking to some bloggers about IE.Next and called it IE8, the same way we do here in the IE team hallway.
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molly.com:
Conversation with Bill Gates about IE8 and Microsoft Transparency
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and LiveSide
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Yahoo! Messenger for Vista: Preview Release Available!  —  It's here!  It's really here!  We're thrilled to bring you the preview version of Yahoo! Messenger for Vista, the first Yahoo! Messenger built from the ground up for the Windows Vista operating system.
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Yahoo! Messenger for Vista Preview is live
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechCrunch
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites  —  The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings—or face fines of up to $300,000.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Online travel organization startup (and TechCrunch 40 finalist) TripIt will today release some new features that aim to further simplify booking travel online.  —  TripIt is a travel organizer that helps do-it-yourself travelers manage their travel plans.  Travelers manage their travel itinerary …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Electronista:
iPhone 1.1.3 to bring voice capture, disk mode?  —  Apple may be preparing a significant update for the iPhone as early as this weekend that will have some heavily requested features, according to a claim from CNET France.  The site points to multiple reports that a 1.1.3 upgrade for the iPhone …
Discussion: Gizmodo and O'Grady's PowerPage
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Major copyright bill boosts penalties, creates new agency  —  In the aftermath of the $222,000 jury verdict that the Recording Industry Association of America recently won against a Minnesota woman who shared 24 songs on Kazaa, the U.S. Congress is preparing to amend copyright law.
Discussion: Techdirt
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Slacker Portable Player delayed until next year  —  Not that next year is too far away or anything, but those of you who have been following Slacker's WiFi-enabled Portable Player DAP may be disheartened to learn that its release has been delayed until January 31st, 2008.
Discussion: Orbitcast
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Books Adds Hand Scans  —  The often controversial Google Books program, Google's effort to scan and digitize every book ever printed has an interesting new addition: hand scans.  —  It appears that the Google employees scanning 3000 books a day may be under a bit too much pressure …
 
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Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Apple Remote But Not By Apple  —  Are you tired of losing your remotes?
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InfoWorld:
Lenovo will pass Olympic torch to Acer after Beijing
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
California's testing cracks ES&S evoting system wide open
Discussion: Digg
Verizon:
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Rafael Ruffolo / Computerworld:
Professor uses Youtube, Facebook in copyright fight
Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter is Banned in the United Arab Emirates
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Barbie B2 touchscreen MP3 player in pink and bearskin
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Shedding light on China's underground cybercrime economy
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Hype and Backlash for Second Life Miss the Bigger Picture
Discussion: New World Notes
Official Google Mac Blog:
Welcome to the Playground!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside the Blackwave of Online Video
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / CNN:
Apple 2.0  —  Mac news from outside the reality distortion field
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Sprint's Samsung Ace SPH-I325 revealed
TiVo:
TiVo Boosts Its Robust Broadband Offering With the Addition …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Bad Math Among eBook Enthusiasts
David Recordon / OpenID:
OpenID 2.0...Final(ly)!  —  While its certainly been a long process …