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12:50 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.
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  —  The company will license its tags and APIs to other social networking sites, so they can run apps designed for Facebook.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Facebook will help other social networking sites to run applications developed for its own software platform, it said Thursday.
Discussion: AppScout and CNET News.com
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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
New Jackass Movie To Be Offered Free Online
Discussion: Reuters
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
'Jackass 2.5′ is first online movie premiere backed by big studio
Discussion: WebProNews and The Register
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."
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.
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:   Russian Chat Bot Talks the Sexy Talk, Scores Chicks for You [Bots In Disguise]
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!
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple removes displays from front page of store  —  I've been saying for a while that Apple is due to announce new displays any day now.  Apple's current Cinema Displays were released at WWDC in June 2004 and three and a half years is an eternity in consumer electronics.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Install Vista SP1 Release Candidate in ten easy steps  —  Are you looking to try out the Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate but you're not quite sure where to start?  It's not as straightforward as you might have thought, huh?  —  Just follow this simple ten step guide and you'll be good to go before you know it.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Michael Geist Blog:
No Canadian DMCA This Year  —  The roller coaster that is the Canadian DMCA has taken another turn.  Sometime between yesterday afternoon and this morning, the government decided to hold off.  At 10:00 am this morning, the introduction of new government bills came and went without a new copyright bill.
Discussion: p2pnet
 
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Peter Sayer / New York Times:
Amazon Ordered to End Free Delivery on Books in France
Sean Hargrave / Guardian:
Is Google a Grinch or a good guy?
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Online Accounting: The Next Killer App For Google Apps
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Google tries search design AOL discarded [Scoop]
Joe Walnes / Official Google Mobile Blog:
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