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12:20 PM ET, December 13, 2007

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James Niccolai / PC World:
Opera files EU antitrust suit against Microsoft  —  Opera Software has filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft in the European Union, accusing it of stifling competition by tying its Internet Explorer Web browser to Windows, the Norwegian company said Thursday.
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Opera:
Opera files antitrust complaint with the EU  —  Urges Microsoft to give consumers a genuine choice of standards—compliant Web browsers  —  Opera Software ASA, the only company that can put the Web on any device, filed a complaint with the European Commission yesterday which is aimed …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Why Opera's antitrust complaint against Microsoft is a bad idea  —  Whether you think Opera Software is right in its attempt to convince the European Commission (EC) of the wisdom of forcing Microsoft to stop bundling exclusively Internet Explorer with Windows, there's another part …
Discussion: BetaNews
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:   Opera makes anti-trust complaint against IE, rekindling the spirit of 1998
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Opera files EU antitrust suit against Microsoft for bundling IE
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Facebook outmaneuvers Google; Bebo launches FB-compatible platform  —  When Google announced "OpenSocial", a set of three common APIs designed to create an alternative developer platform to that offered by Facebook, I described it as a 'combine and conquer strategy'.
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Facebook to License its Social Networking Platform
Discussion: AppScout and CNET News.com
Conor Sweeney / Reuters:
Russian computer program fakes chatroom flirting  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Internet chatroom romantics beware: your next chat may be with a clinical computer, not a passionate person, trying to win your personal data and not your heart, an online security firm says.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:   Russian Chat Bot Talks the Sexy Talk, Scores Chicks for You [Bots In Disguise]
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Mobile Ads: Not So Fast  —  Mobile advertising revenues aren't growing as fast as expected, and that could spell trouble for a bunch of venture-funded startups  —  Ads on cell phones have long been hailed as the next big thing.  But flipping through industry forecasts, Didier Kuhn says, "I don't believe the figures I am seeing."
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
A Chapter of 'Jackass' as Web Test  —  LOS ANGELES — Paramount Pictures is lurching onto the Web with its "Jackass" franchise, with what it says will be the first studio-backed feature film to have its premiere online.  And the studio hopes the result will be considerably more pleasurable …
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
'Jackass 2.5′ is first online movie premiere backed by big studio
Discussion: The Register and WebProNews
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google's wireless chief, Sacca, leaves to become angel investor  —  Chris Sacca, the head of special initiatives at Google who led Google's efforts to open up the wireless spectrum to more competition, is leaving Google to invest in early-stage technology companies.  —  Sacca wielded significant clout at Google.
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Yahoo! launches new WordPress plugin  —  Do you use WordPress?  Are you a fan of really annoying pop-up advertising links/badges?  Then Yahoo! has the plugin for you!  Launching today, the Yahoo! Shortcuts for Bloggers WordPress plugin is designed to allow bloggers to easily add context links …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Meebo Hits 20 Million Reach; Updates Partner Edition  —  Rememeber the game of Risk?  Today it's like that game between Meebo and eBuddy.  Meebo controls North America and eBuddy controls the rest of the World but overall the market is probably split 50/50.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Joe Walnes / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Picasa Redefined for your iPhone  —  I was sitting in the pub recently (I'm a Brit, it's what I do), and I wanted to show my friend a photo of the sunset I saw on my honeymoon.  I pulled out my phone and started typing in the URL for Picasa Web Albums.  Before I could continue, he threw his shiny iPhone into my hand.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
It's your business  —  Yesterday, while I was on a panel discussion at LeWeb3 talking about the future of video something happened that discussed my future.  I was driving the computer during the panel discussion, demonstrating bleeding edge video technologies like Seesmic and Kyte on stage …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Video Recording Now Working with Drunknbass [IPhone Video Recording]  —  The geniuses from Monster and Friends have created an iPhone application which can record video up to 45 frames per second.  They are still working in the final version, but to give you a taste they have published Drunknbass …
Discussion: CrunchGear
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Law Firm Purges DoubleClick References  —  The demand for the FTC chair to recuse herself from the Google and DoubleClick antitrust review yielded a surprising little twist.  —  In their motion for disqualification of Deborah Platt Majoras, the Center for Digital Democracy …
 
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BBC:
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Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple removes displays from front page of store
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Michael Geist Blog:
No Canadian DMCA This Year
Discussion: p2pnet
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Layoffs coming as Palm sinks lower
Karl / DSLreports:
MS, Google Fire Up White Space PR - Launch new Wireless Innovation Alliance
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Engadget
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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InfoWorld:
AMD to face tough questions at analyst meeting
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