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9:30 PM ET, December 7, 2007

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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
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.
Associated Press:
Syria blocks access to Facebook  —  DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian authorities have blocked Facebook, the popular Internet hangout, over what seems to be fears of Israeli "infiltration" of Syrian social networks on the Net, according to residents and media reports.
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: ParisLemon
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
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Web Access and E-Mail on Flights  —  Passengers may soon hear a new in-flight announcement: "You can now log on."  —  Starting next week and over the next few months, several United States airlines will test Internet service on their planes.  —  On Tuesday, JetBlue Airways will begin offering …
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Breaking: American Airlines to offer Wi-Fi service next year …
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 …
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?"
Discussion: Epicenter, CNET News.com and Valleywag
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Local Search Ads To $5 Billion In '08  —  Borrell Associates predicted a big gain in the overall local online ad market, with local search representing a big slice of the market share.  —  We'll tell the yellow pages firms and local papers why they are doomed in a moment.
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 …
Nick / Rough Type:
Sun guru foresees data center disaster in '08  —  One of the top engineers at Sun Microsystems this week predicted that a large data center would suffer a "massive failure" during the next twelve months, causing "major national effects," including possible "national security issues," …
Discussion: Storage Soup
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
 
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Mork / Trademork.com:
Not safe for work  —  On November 28, 2007, social networking …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Valleywag and Mashable!
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Missing product ruins Palm's Christmas
Alastair Taylor / The Sun:
My bird Billy is polly phonic
Discussion: Gizmodo and ringtonia.com
Len Rust / Computerworld:
Online reputations under threat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL (TWX): Update on Next Week's Firings
Discussion: WebProNews
The Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile 6.1 video walkthrough!
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
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Shift by name, Shift by nature.
BBC:
Nintendo mulls pulling Wii TV ads
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
 Earlier Items: 
Business Week:
Next-Gen DVDs: Advantage, Sony
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 beta goes portable
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABCNews.com: No Facebook Effect, Yet
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Western Digital 1TB MyBook Drives Infested With DRM? [Peripherals]
Discussion: Bits, The Register and Compiler
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
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Man Proposes to Girlfriend Using Zune, Glenn Medeiros, Cheese …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Sub Domains To Be Treated As Folders By Google