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5:35 PM 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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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T Does Nothing, Convinces Reporter It Has Now 'Opened' Its Network  —  When Verizon Wireless announced last month its plans to "open" its network some people noticed very quickly that what Verizon Wireless was announcing didn't sound any different from what GSM operators, like AT&T and T-Mobile already had.
Discussion: Joe Duck and The Last Podcast
Om Malik / GigaOM:   AT&T, Verizon...We Are All Open  —  Ever since Verizon announced …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
AT&T claims completely open network, too — "the most open," even!
Discussion: Computerworld
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sub-notebook to retail for $1500, 3G iPhone by June - report  —  In a just-aired broadcast on CNBC, the network's Jim Goldman reported that a source close to Apple's manufacturing facilities has confirmed that the company will launch its much rumored sub-notebook at Macworld in January …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Releases Chart Image Generator  —  Google released a chart generator service they are calling the Google Chart API.  Usage is quite straightforward: you link to an image in the form of a parameterized URL, e.g. (line break added)  —  http://chart.apis.google.com/ chart?  cht=
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Google Code Blog:
Embed charts in webpages with one of our simplest APIs yet  —  Today we're launching the Google Chart API, a really simple tool for creating charts and graphs that are perfect for websites.  —  Let's get straight in with an example.  This URL:  —  http://chart.apis.google.com/ chart?
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and Mashable!
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple Store 14th Street press preview  —  We got a chance to preview the new Manhattan Apple Store this morning before the official unveiling tomorrow at 6PM.  The store is nicely situated on W. 14th St. and 9th Ave., and while Apple did its best to blend into the existing early 20th century architecture …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Apple 2.0
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Dell to sell PCs at Best Buy  —  Beginning in the next few weeks, Dell notebooks and desktops will be for sale at Best Buy, the companies announced Thursday.  —  Several models of XPS and Inspiron PCs will be available at 900 Best Buy locations, including the XPS M1330 in white …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: December 6, 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: December 11, 2007  —  This is an advance notification of seven security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on December 11, 2007.
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 …
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:
George Ou:
We need to calm down over the SAFE act  —  Slashdot had this eye-popping headliner "House Bill Could Criminalize Free Wi-Fi Operators" which linked to Declan McCullagh's story "House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites".  The bill in question H.R.876 would enact huge fines …
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.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Free in-flight Wi-Fi on JetBlue with a catch, of course  —  This isn't exactly what we expected in terms of in-flight Wi-Fi, but beggars can't be choosers and something is better than nothing.  JetBlue, Yahoo! and RIM have announced free in-flight Wi-Fi services starting on the 11th of this month.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Mobile Updater for Blackberry  —  Google Mobile Updater.  What could that be?  After all, Google doesn't have too many mobile apps.  Maybe there's some connection with the desktop updater included in Google Pack.  Let's see.  —  "Google Mobile Updater is a free download …
Discussion: eWEEK.com, WebProNews and Mashable!
Kevin Allison / Financial Times:
Apple's rising popularity lures hackers  —  After years of relative safety, the Apple Mac is becoming an increasingly tempting target for malicious computer hackers, according to a new report published this week.  —  Security researchers have been aware of the threat to Apple since last year …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
IBM tries to stop Asus imports over patent violations  —  In what's becoming a common strategy by patent plaintiffs to try and speed up the settlement process, IBM has asked the United States International Trade Commission to ban imports of Asus computers due to claimed patent violations.
Discussion: Reuters
 
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Tim Lee / Techdirt:
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Business Wire:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft releases final version of HD Photo plug-in for Photoshop
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Microsoft gears up for the biggest enterprise launch in its history
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
YouTube users prefer lousy science over the real deal
Cade Metz / The Register:
French high court thumps Google Video
Discussion: Techdirt and Mashable!
J.A. Watson / ZDNet:
Skype - Is 10,000 Page Faults per Second normal?
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Small New Features Make Gmail Better
Discussion: Lifehacker, CyberNet and Mark Evans
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony finally gets it right with the latest PS3 commercial
Discussion: Gizmodo
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Major copyright bill boosts penalties, creates new agency
 

 
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