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11:20 PM ET, December 7, 2007

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Associated Press:
CompUSA to close all of its 103 stores  —  The consumer electronics store will run store-closing sales during the holidays to get rid of inventory.  —  DALLAS (AP) — Consumer electronics retailer CompUSA said Friday it will close its stores after the holidays following sale of the company …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple's $15 billion cash hoard  —  Pop quiz: Which tech company has the most cash?  —  (A) IBM (IBM)  —  (B) Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)  —  (C) Intel (INTC)  —  (D) Google (GOOG)  —  (E) Apple (AAPL)  —  If you picked E, congratulations.  Apple's $15.4 billion stash is indeed the biggest of the group …
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Who should Apple buy?  —  Just three days ago, American Technology Research upgraded projections for Apple for the holiday quarter, suggesting as many as 2.3 million Macs and 25 million iPods would be sold.  Today, AppleInsider has a research note from Andrew Neff of Bear Sterns suggesting Apple's inventory …
OSDir.com:
Rails 2.0  —  Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making.  This is a fantastic release that's absolutely stuffed with great new features, loads of fixes, and an incredible amount of polish.  We've even taken a fair bit of cruft out to make the whole package more coherent and lean.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Ruby on Rails 2.0 released for Web apps  —  San Francisco - Version 2.0 of Ruby on Rails, the popular open source Web application development framework, was released this morning, said the developer of the framework, David Heinemeier Hansson, on Friday.  —  Key to this release is its reliance on REST …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Kindling  —  When I started writing this column in the spring of 1997 Apple was on the skids.  It was the era of Gil Amelio, still several months before the return of Steve Jobs.  Apple's products were a confused mish-mash, with product planning coming more from CompUSA than from Cupertino.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Venture Summit: Has the Internet Jumped the Shark?  —  So I moderated a panel yesterday at AlwaysOn's Venture Summit West, held at the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay, Calif., with the title "Is There Still an Upside to the Internet?"  —  Of course, I redubbed it: "Has the Internet Jumped the Shark?"
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Verizon hit with GPL copyright lawsuit over router software  —  Open source software is very attractive for companies looking to expand their services or quickly get new offerings to market, in part because it's free.  Unfortunately, some companies tend to overlook the software license commonly attached …
Discussion: Engadget and Digg
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Louise Story / Bits:
Facebook Members Sell their Own Ads  —  More than 1,500 Facebook users have started placing advertisements on their own profile pages-despite the social networking site's rule against such ads.  —  They are posting them with the help of a Montreal-based company called Weblo …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gemstar-TV Guide Sold; Murdoch's Nightmare Over  —  Gemstar-TV Guide (GMST) finally found a buyer, and Rupert Murdoch found a way to offload his 41% stake in the company—ending the most significant losing bet he's made in the last decade.  It's not too hard to see how owning Gemstar …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Coke Promotes Itself in a New Virtual World  —  COCA-COLA lovers will have a new place to hang out starting today, and it is an island on the Internet that is shaped like a Coke bottle.  —  At CC Metro, the name of the island, visitors can set up a virtual alter ego known as an avatar …
Peggy Mihelich / CNN:
Commodore 64 still loved after all these years  —  (CNN) — Like a first love or a first car, a first computer can hold a special place in people's hearts.  For millions of kids who grew up in the 1980s, that first computer was the Commodore 64.  Twenty-five years later, that first brush with computer addiction is as strong as ever.
Discussion: DSLreports, Techlog and Digg
InfoWorld:
First Passport, now fraud: ex-MS employee charged  —  The former Microsoft employee associated with the company's notorious December 1999 Hotmail outage has been charged with fraud.  —  Carolyn Gudmundson was indicted Thursday on charges that she raked in more than $1 million during …
PC World:
Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs  —  Hackers have succeeded in breaking into the computer systems of two of the U.S.' most important science labs, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.  —  John E. Dunn, Techworld  —  Recommend this story?
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Associated Press
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Novell, Red Hat and Gartner war with Facebook for PR flop award  —  Save the fear leader.  Save the hurled  —  Radio Reg Is there a PR professional decent enough to join the Open Season crew?  Like you, we thought "no." But, as it turns out, Lonn Johnston from Page One PR is all class and just as full of vitriol as the rest of us.
Discussion: The Open Road
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Crapgadget: nano knockoff (with a camera), Millennium Falcon joystick, Fly Bar pogo
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Mork / Trademork.com:
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Missing product ruins Palm's Christmas
Alastair Taylor / The Sun:
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Online reputations under threat
Nick / Rough Type:
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The Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile 6.1 video walkthrough!
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
BBC:
Nintendo mulls pulling Wii TV ads
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
Business Week:
Next-Gen DVDs: Advantage, Sony
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 beta goes portable
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Western Digital 1TB MyBook Drives Infested With DRM? [Peripherals]
Discussion: Bits, The Register and Compiler
Associated Press:
Syria blocks access to Facebook
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft architect compares Volta and Google's GWT
Discussion: BetaNews
Julie Kent / Search Engine Journal:
Research Firm Says Yahoo, MSN, & Google Have Major Page-Caching Flaw