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8:10 AM ET, December 21, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Kayak Raises $196 Million, Buys Rival SideStep  —  Discount travel site Kayak has acquired rival SideStep for $200 million.  This story was set to be announced tomorrow but word is leaking all over the place after Sidestep CEO Rob Solomon told his company employees the news at an all hands meeting.
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
Long Bet Winner: Weblogs vs. The New York Times  —  In 2002, blogging evangelist Dave Winer made a long bet with New York Times executive Martin Nisenholtz: “In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New York Times' Web site.”
Discussion: WebProNews, Boing Boing and Gawker
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Can an airline exec run Red Hat?  You'd be surprised  —  When former Delta Airlines chief operating officer James Whitehurst takes over as CEO of Red Hat on New Year's Day he'll face the worst kind of doubters-the quiet ones.  But Whitehurst could very well take Red Hat to the next level.
Discussion: Red Hat and 451 CAOS Theory
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press.redhat.com:
A Message From Matthew  —  “The only people for me are the mad ones.  The ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved.  Desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Matthew Szulik resigns as Red Hat CEO, is replaced by an airline COO (???)  —  Wow.  If there was ever an industry that has little to nothing to teach the software industry, it's the airline industry.  And yet that is precisely what Red Hat has done: Matthew Szulik, its long-time CEO …
investors.redhat.com:
Red Hat Names Jim Whitehurst Chief Executive Officer
Discussion: Linux-Watch.com
TED / uncov:
Pownce Is Still Alive  —  Yeah, I know.  It surprised me too, but they are still kicking.  Stagnation is the name of the game in Web 2.0, and Pownce is no exception.  —  In case you forgot, Pownce is a Twitter clone whose added value is the resale of Amazon S3 space.
Discussion: Scripting News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Pownce Going To The DeadPool?  —  Uncov has a very funny post on the demise of Kevin-Rose-founded-Twitter-clone Pownce, noting that their traffic seems to have fallen to the point that “Even TechCrunch can't save you now."  The image above is taken from their post.
Discussion: franticindustries
Gizmodo:
Air France Makes In-Flight Calling Possible, Gallic Shrugs All Round  —  Air France is to let passengers loose on their cell phones by turning on its in-flight mobile data and voice system.  An initial three-month trial period will only allow SMS and mobile emails, with voice calls expected to come later.
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple Kills Think Secret: Publisher Nick Ciarelli Talks  —  The two-year court battle between popular rumor site Think Secret and Apple has concluded.  Sadly, the end result is that Think Secret will no longer be published.  —  Speaking by phone Wednesday morning Nick Ciarelli …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Who Is Really Hurt by Apple Rumor Site's Closure?
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Customers Compile Wish List for Google Apps  —  Soon after installing Google Apps, two customers ask for task management and full Calendar synchronization.  —  Google Apps Premier Edition is not even a year old, but the enterprise flavor of the company's collaboration software suite is getting …
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Who Will Be The First Tech President?  Help Us Endorse A Candidate  —  Our series of podcasts and interviews with the 2008 presidential candidates continue - so far we've spoken to Barack Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Mitt Romney and Mike Gravel.  We are in active scheduling discussions with all of the remaining candidates.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Vista sets 2007 land-speed record for copying and deleting  —  It's been almost nine months since we first reported on Windows Vista's inability to copy, delete and move files without stalling indefinitely, and yet the problem continues.  —  Screenshots relayed this week by two Reg readers say it better than we ever could.
comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Releases Top 50 Web Rankings for November  —  Retail Sites See Surge in Traffic as Holiday Season Kicks Off  —  Black Friday Ad Site Ranks as Top-Gaining Property for the Month  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and MarketingVOX
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Clears Google-DoubleClick Deal  —  Google Inc.'s $3.1 billion deal to buy Internet advertising services company DoubleClick Inc. was cleared by the Federal Trade Commission, but it faces a final and potentially tougher hurdle in Europe.  (Read the announcement.)
Blog.Photobucket.com:
MySpace launches Photobucket integration into the MySpace Comments Editor  —  MySpace today launched a really useful Photobucket integration into their ever-popular Comments Editor on MySpace.com.  —  Here's how it works:  — Login to your MySpace profile and go post a comment on a friends profile.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
 
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Danger Inc. in trouble, IPO coming soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Are Macs Less Secure than PCs?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Singing the E*Trade (ETFC) Blues: Stock Approaching $3
Discussion: WebProNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Charlie Giancarlo, #2 Guy at Cisco Joins Silver Lake Partners
Todd Woody / Techland:
NetSuite's sweet IPO
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
IEEE survey: Microsoft is software industry's leading innovator