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12:00 PM ET, December 17, 2007

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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Ribbit debuts as "Silicon Valley's phone company"  —  I met with the top executives at Ribbit last week and found their strategy to be eye-opening.  The Mountain View company, which bills itself as "Silicon Valley's phone company," is making it easy to embed web phones in just about any kind of web site …
Discussion: CNET News.com, TechCrunch and Reuters
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can Ribbit Finally Bring Web & Voice Together?  —  For a long time, I had this belief that the worlds of web and voice would converge, unleashing upon us a whole new class of voice-web mashups.  Instead all we got were some marginal ideas and rarely-used widgets.  Voice, in particular, remained too difficult for web developers.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Bits and Mashable!
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
MacWorld rumblings: Expect a 11- to 13-inch screen on Apple ultra-portable  —  With Apple expected to deliver a new ultra-portable Mac at its Macworld conference Jan. 15 prognosticators are busy handicapping the device's features.  —  In a research note Monday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm Treo 755p goes live (at last) on Verizon, costs more  —  Here's a special present to those Palm diehards out there that've been sticking with their Verizon service for the past months, hoping against hope that Palm will notice them hanging out over on the largest CDMA network in the States …
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and PalmAddicts
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
More details on the Palm Treo 800w uncovered?  —  According to some dedicated — and, might we add, thorough — Palm fans, it looks like we've gotten a few more bits of data about the (rumored) forthcoming Treo 800w.  If you believe the data, FCC documents detailing emails between Palm …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gadget Lab
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Few Thoughts On Google Knol  —  News of Google most recent project, Knol, came out late last Thursday without, as far as I can tell, much in the way of press pre-briefings.  All the major publications were late to the story.  Blogs hit it fast, but had nothing to go on other than the brief blog post put …
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Help Wanted: A Vacancy In Google's Top Ranks  —  Everyone wants to work at Google.  It's a money machine with a stock price bouncing around $700.  The employees are brilliant and free organic meals are served every day.  —  But there is one job the search giant seems to be having a hard time filling: chief financial officer.
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google's Vint Cerf Interviewed
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BBC:
Weblogs rack up a decade of posts  —  The word "weblog" celebrates the 10th anniversary of it being coined on 17 December 1997.  —  The word was created by Jorn Barger to describe what he was doing with his pioneering Robot Wisdom web page.  —  The word was an abbreviation for the "logging" …
Discussion: cgm and Web Worker Daily
Bob Driehaus / New York Times:
Ohio Elections Official Calls Machines Flawed  —  CINCINNATI — All five voting systems used in Ohio, a state whose electoral votes narrowly swung two elections toward President Bush, have critical flaws that could undermine the integrity of the 2008 general election, a report commissioned …
Discussion: Engadget, Digital Daily and Digg
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Ohio Finds All E-Voting Machines In The State Had Serious Flaws
Discussion: Digg
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Familiar Editor for Gawker  —  Nick Denton, the entrepreneur who has built Gawker Media into a formidable blog brand, said two weeks ago that he wanted the new editor of his flagship site, Gawker.com, to oversee its evolution toward a more traditional news operation.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Faster Chips Are Leaving Programmers in Their Dust  —  REDMOND, Wash. — When he was chief executive of Intel in the 1990s, Andrew S. Grove would often talk about the "software spiral" — the interplay between ever-faster microprocessor chips and software that required ever more computing power.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up to Create Market For Trade of Virtual Goods  —  A start-up plans to help game companies get a grip on the booming illicit market for virtual goods, including everything from currencies to magical swords that help players advance in online games.  —  Live Gamer Inc. is developing …
Erik Huggers / BBC Internet Blog:
From Microsoft To The BBC  —  It has been six months since I joined the BBC as Group Controller in Future Media and Technology and while flying back from Rome to London, I figured that this was a good time to join the conversation.  —  Many people have asked me: "why on earth did you join the BBC?
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and paidContent
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dash Express beta hands-on  —  We recently got to take a Dash Express beta unit for a spin, and while they're still gluing all the software together behind the scenes in anticipation of launch, we did spot the makings of a few obvious and ridiculously useful features new users can expect in February.
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Dash Express finally shipping
Electronista:
PS3 2.1 update leak shows DivX, Final Profile Blu-ray  —  Sony is about to update the PS3 with its promised DivX playback and other features, according to information posted on Sony's PlayStation Spain website.  The version 2.1 upgrade will bring native support for the video format either stored locally or streamed across the network.
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Striking writers in talks to launch Web start-ups
Discussion: IP Democracy and rexblog.com
Christina Warren / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
QuickBooks users be cautious of recent update
Jean Halliday / AdAge:
Automakers Will Steer More Spend From TV and Print Toward Digital
Staska / Unwired View:
TOSHIBA PORTEGE G910 & PORTEGE G920 SMARTPHONES OUTED
Erik Kennedy / Infinite Loop:
Apple brings Mac OS X closer to UNIX standards
Discussion: MacUser
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Cerevellum Bike Computer Concept
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Jibe Audio's Sound Machine iPhone dock — designed by Apple alumni
Discussion: Gizmodo
Electronista:
Toshiba ships first notebooks with HD DVD rewriters
Discussion: PC World
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Wray / Guardian:
O2 plans broadband battle in pay-TV market
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
Anatomy & Optimization Of A Local Business Profile
Discussion: Screenwerk
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
On Facebook, Scholars Link Up With Data
Gregory Bonnell / Canadian Press:
Facebook suing Ontario porn firm
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Teen's weed usage nets dad $9,000 for Guitar Hero III
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Battle of the next-gen: FireWire S3200 versus USB 3
Discussion: PC World
evhead:
Will it fly? How to Evaluate a New Product Idea
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Is All About Large Amounts of Data
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped