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4:05 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
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.
Discussion: Computerworld
Om Malik / GigaOM:   AT&T, Verizon...We Are All Open  —  Ever since Verizon announced …
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.
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The Microsoft Security Response Center:   December 2007 Advance Notification
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, CrunchGear and ParisLemon
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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:
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 and Mashable!
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Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:   Google Enables More Apps for the iPhone
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft releases final version of HD Photo plug-in for Photoshop  —  Microsoft has taken the beta tag off a plug-in to let Photoshop read and write files in the HD Photo format, which Microsoft is standardizing as JPEG XR.  —  The free plug-in is available for download for Windows and Mac OS X systems.
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Billcrow / Bill Crow's HD Photo Blog:
HD Photo Plug-ins for Photoshop are Released
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 …
BBC:
Microsoft trials XP on XO laptop  —  Microsoft is to begin field tests of Windows XP working on the so-called $100 laptop, or XO, early in 2008.  —  It has not committed to offering XP on the XO laptop but hopes to release the operating system in the first half of 2008 if the trials succeed.
Discussion: p2pnet and CrunchGear
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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.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
OAuth 1.0, OpenID 2.0 and up next: DiSo  —  IIW 2007b is now over and with its conclusion, we have two significant accomplishments, both the sum of months of hard work by some very dedicated individuals, in the release of the OpenID 2.0 and OAuth Core 1.0 specifications.
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 …
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: NewTeeVee, TorrentFreak and Techdirt
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.
Johnnie L. Roberts / Newsweek:
Shakeup at Dow Jones  —  CEO Richard Zannino to leave as Murdoch takes over.  —  Dow Jones CEO Richard Zannino is expected to announce his resignation Thursday afternoon, one week before Rupert Murdoch is set to assume official control of the company and its storied Wall Street Journal …
 
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Discussion: Lifehacker, CyberNet and Mark Evans
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony finally gets it right with the latest PS3 commercial
Discussion: Gizmodo
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Dell to sell PCs at Best Buy
George Ou:
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Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
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