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3:10 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: The Last Podcast
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T, Verizon...We Are All Open  —  Ever since Verizon announced that it was going "open," OPEN has become the new buzzword.  For instance, this morning USA Today ran a story on AT&T being open, with extensive commentary from AT&T Wireless CEO & President Ralph de la Vega.
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:
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 …
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: eWEEK.com, GigaOM and Gizmodo
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
IBM creates a chip-sized supercomputer
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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: WebProNews
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Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:   Google Enables More Apps for the iPhone
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 …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites
J.A. Watson / ZDNet:
Skype - Is 10,000 Page Faults per Second normal?  —  I am writing this as a follow-up to yesterday's Tech Talk about Skype.  I mentioned this issue then, and I have received a number of requests for additional information about it.  There have been some new developments today, as well.
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 …
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Microsoft to Try Windows XP Out on OLPC in January  —  Microsoft field trials of Windows XP running on the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop will take place next month.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Microsoft said it plans to conduct field trials in January of Windows XP running on the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Small New Features Make Gmail Better  —  It seems that Gmail 2.0 is all about small new features.  There may be small, but you'll find plenty of minor updates and there are more to come.  —  Contact tooltips  —  The tooltip that showed up when you hovered over the name of a contact …
Discussion: Lifehacker, CyberNet and Mark Evans
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
ESPNU Enlists Colleges For Student-Generated Sports Coverage  —  College sports network ESPNU is tapping students, professors and athletic departments at 20 universities to cover their respective schools' games as part of an effort to by the Disney (NYSE: DIS) unit to use more user-generated content.
Discussion: Reel Pop and Mashable!
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
SourceForge Opens Online Marketplace  —  SourceForge.net now has a marketplace, where users can offer support services.  —  Recommend this story?  —  SourceForge Inc.'s open-source, project-hosting Web site now has an eBay-like marketplace, where users can offer support services for sale.
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: TorrentFreak and Techdirt
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 …
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and Engadget
Peter Cohen / PC World:
LaCie Unveils Designer Hard Drive  —  LaCie has introduced a new external hard drive designed by industrial designer Neil Poulton.  —  Recommend this story?  —  LaCie on Wednesday introduced the Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton.  It's an external hard disk with USB 2. connectivity …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Crave
 
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony finally gets it right with the latest PS3 commercial
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft plans October developer conference
Discussion: eWEEK.com
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Sony Ericsson patent to amaze friends, family with bogus gesture-based controls
Computerworld:
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Apple Remote But Not By Apple  —  Are you tired of losing your remotes?
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TripIt Adds Calendar Sync, Travel Confirmations
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Rethinks Tracking
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