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11:00 AM ET, December 21, 2007

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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.
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Red Hat Names Jim Whitehurst Chief Executive Officer
Discussion: InfoWorld and Linux-Watch.com
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.”
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
The odds on an Apple flash laptop  —  At next month's Macworld show, will the trendsetter say goodbye to hard drives? … What do you get when you cross an iPod with a Mac?  —  A super-slim laptop that uses chip-based flash memory in place of a spinning hard drive, of course.
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 …
Discussion: franticindustries
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.
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Smashing Pumpkins exclusive coming to iTunes  —  “Eh, making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel."  —  One of the nice things about the iTunes Store is some of the exclusive content we get from various artists.  Some of it is good, some of it is bad …
Discussion: Apple Gazette
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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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 …
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!
Kaspersky Lab Weblog:
Pinch authors pinched  —  Today Nikolay Patrushev, head of the Federal Security Services, announced the results of the measures taken to combat cyber crime in 2007.  —  Among other information, it was announced that it had been established who was the author of the notorious Pinch Trojan …
heise Security:
Antivirus protection worse than a year ago  —  The effectiveness of antivirus software has fallen off, and more and more pests can now slip past these barriers.  This is the sobering conclusion the german computer magazine c't comes to in issue 1/08 with a test on 17 antivirus solutions.
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.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Plunging player prices to reveal Blu-ray vs HD DVD winner?  —  A clear leader in the battle to be the top next-generation optical disc format could emerge next year as player prices plummet and take of the cost of entry out of the equation, market watcher Understanding & Solutions (U&S) has claimed.
Discussion: Gearlog
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
 
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Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Aerielle intros i2i Stream
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Mixx Democratizes Categories: Something Digg Should Have
Tony Smith / The Register:
Sharp, Toshiba to share LCD TV toys
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
Reuters:
Samsung, Hitachi Sign License Deal on Hard Drives
Discussion: PC World
Canon USA:
Canon produces 30 millionth EOS-series SLR camera
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Engadget and Krunker
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Post Blogger Comments Using Your Own Domain
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Inside some of Channel 4's new media projects
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Clears Google-DoubleClick Deal
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steal my content please, Part II
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality
Discussion: John Nack on Adobe
comScore:
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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!
IFPI:
Beijing court confirms Yahoo China's music service violates copyright
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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