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8:30 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
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 …
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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.
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 …
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!
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
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.
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
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.)
 
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
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Kaspersky Lab Weblog:
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Blog.Photobucket.com:
MySpace launches Photobucket integration into the MySpace Comments Editor
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steal my content please, Part II
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Inspired by networking sites, teens creating more online content
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality
Discussion: John Nack on Adobe
 Earlier Items: 
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Mowser: Stop letting Google transcode your content!
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Danger Inc. in trouble, IPO coming soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Are Macs Less Secure than PCs?
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