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9:45 AM ET, December 21, 2007

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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, Traffick, 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.
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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 …
investors.redhat.com:
Red Hat Names Jim Whitehurst Chief Executive Officer
Discussion: InfoWorld and Linux-Watch.com
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.
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: CenterNetworks and 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
BBC:
Apple shuts down rumours website  —  Apple has settled a legal row with tip site Think Secret that will see the website shut down.  —  The legal battle between Apple and the site blew up in January 2005 when Think Secret revealed details of the Mac Mini before its official unveiling.
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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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Arne Hess / the::unwired:
FIRST: Air France and OnAir launch 2.5G in-flight Mobile Phone Service
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Amazon Patents Blurbs; Google Patents Snippets  —  from the patents-patents-all-the-time dept  —  theodp writes “On Tuesday, Amazon.com was granted a patent for Personalized Selection and Display of User-Supplied Content to Enhance Browsing of Electronic Catalogs, which the three inventors …
Discussion: Mashable!
John Leyden / The Register:
IBM forges Solid acquisition  —  Xmas shopping for in-memory database software  —  IBM announced this morning that it will buy privately-held database software developer Solid Information Technology for an undisclosed sum.  —  Solid's in-memory database software allows quick retrieval of data from a computer's memory (or RAM).
Discussion: InfoWorld
Reuters:
Samsung, Hitachi Sign License Deal on Hard Drives  —  The deal covers hard disk drive patents held by both IBM and Hitachi.  —  SEOUL (Reuters)—Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it had agreed with Hitachi Ltd's data storage business unit to a license deal over hard disk drive (HDD) patents.
Discussion: PC World
Canon USA:
Canon produces 30 millionth EOS-series SLR camera  —  Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company's EOS-series film and digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras passed the 30-million mark.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Engadget and Krunker
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Does Japan Need the iPhone?  —  The world's most sophisticated users of wireless technology may be unimpressed by Apple's high-tech gadget  —  The Japanese fell for the iPod.  So why should they not embrace the iPhone, too?  It's tempting to think that Japan's love affair with Apple's …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Tony Smith / The Register:
Sharp, Toshiba to share LCD TV toys  —  Sharp and Toshiba have agreed to work together on the development of their LCD TV product lines.  —  The deal will see Sharp buy Toshiba LCD TV chips in return for Toshiba buying Sharp LCD panels sized 32in and above.
Discussion: Electronista
 
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Post Blogger Comments Using Your Own Domain
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Blog.Photobucket.com:
MySpace launches Photobucket integration into the MySpace Comments Editor
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Clears Google-DoubleClick Deal
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steal my content please, Part II
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality
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comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Releases Top 50 Web Rankings for November
Discussion: HipMojo.com and MarketingVOX
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Customers Compile Wish List for Google Apps
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Mowser: Stop letting Google transcode your content!
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Are Macs Less Secure than PCs?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Rabbit-Ear Users Don't Know The End (of Analog TV) Is Near
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Who Will Be The First Tech President? Help Us Endorse A Candidate
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Vista sets 2007 land-speed record for copying and deleting