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1:15 PM ET, December 21, 2007

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Exclusive: Apple to adopt Intel's ultra-mobile PC platform  —  Apple Inc. will form a closer bond with once-rival Intel Corp. early next year when it begins building a new breed of ultra-mobile processors from the chipmaker into a fresh generation of handheld devices, AppleInsider has learned.
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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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.”
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: broadstuff and Mashable!
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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 …
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Security Watch:   Russian Feds Bust ‘Pinch’ Malware Creation Kit Authors
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.
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Stewart and Colbert to Return Without Writers  —  Comedy Central's pair of popular news satirists, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, will return to their television shows on Jan. 7, two months after production was suspended because of a writers' strike.  —  Mr. Stewart, host of “The Daily Show …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Howard Lindzon and Gawker
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Google Monopoly Begins … When historians look back on the early 2000s, the DoubleClick merger will likely stand out as the turning point for Google.  History isn't yet written.  The European Union can still spoil the deal.  Early signs aren't good on the Continent for merger approval.
Discussion: Voices
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.
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TED / uncov:
Pownce Is Still Alive
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Scripting News
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: PC World and Gearlog
Ikona / N-Gage:
New Update for N-Gage First Access  —  We know all of you are eager to get started with N-Gage First Access, and we are just as eager to get it into your hands and start hearing your feedback.  We have teams of people around the world, literally, working overtime to deliver this experience to you.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia's N-Gage First Access delayed to 2008
Discussion: CrunchGear and Electronista
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Can You Spare The Odd Pea For A Good Cause?  —  The benefits of Twitter may still be subject to heated debate amongst TechCrunch commenter's, but very few would doubt that Twitter has created new relationships and taken social networking to new (and perhaps different) levels.
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality  —  I've been doing a good deal of speaking recently.  And in one of my talks, I tell an anecdote about a lesson I learned from my own readers.  —  It was early in 2005, and a little hackware program called PyMusique was making the rounds of the Internet.
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.
 
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Anne Bentley / AOL:
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Launches Obama Attack Web Sites
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Mustek's PF-i700 digiframe rocks an iPod dock
Discussion: Electronista, Gizmodo and Gearlog
Sam Ramji / Port 25:
If you're surprised, you're not paying attention
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
More details emerge about amended Apple backdating suit
Discussion: Reuters
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Kaspersky inadvertently quarantines Windows Explorer
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
‘Bricking’ bug threatens most HP, Compaq laptops
Discussion: TechSpot News and Zero Day
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Mysto from Helio drops today, sort of
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Smashing Pumpkins exclusive coming to iTunes
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Reuters
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Mixx Democratizes Categories: Something Digg Should Have
John Leyden / The Register:
IBM forges Solid acquisition
Discussion: InfoWorld
Reuters:
Samsung, Hitachi Sign License Deal on Hard Drives
Canon USA:
Canon produces 30 millionth EOS-series SLR camera
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Engadget and Krunker
BBC:
Apple shuts down rumours website
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Post Blogger Comments Using Your Own Domain
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Gizmodo:
Air France Makes In-Flight Calling Possible, Gallic Shrugs All Round