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1:40 PM 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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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.”
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
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Comcast and DirecTV Settle HDTV Lawsuit  —  Cable Operator Allowed to Continue Citing Survey Disputed by DirecTV  —  DirecTV and Comcast have agreed to call off their high-definition lawyers.  —  The parties have settled all claims and counterclaims related to DirecTV's May lawsuit …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports
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
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Kaspersky inadvertently quarantines Windows Explorer  —  Windows Explorer, one of the most crucial components of Microsoft's operating system, was quarantined earlier this week after being falsely identified as malicious code by an antivirus company.  —  Users of Kaspersky Lab's antivirus products noticed …
Discussion: Techdirt
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
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
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Perez Hilton Pulls Videos From YouTube  —  Celebrity gossip queen Perez Hilton said he's unlikely to post videos on YouTube any longer and instead will probably host them on his own site, Perezhilton.com.  —  The blogger and the biggest video-sharing service are feuding after YouTube pulled …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Apples For The Army  —  Given Apple's marketing toward the young and the trendy, you wouldn't expect the U.S. Army to be much of a customer.  Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Wallington is hoping hackers won't expect it either.  —  Wallington, a division chief in the Army's office of enterprise information systems …
Discussion: Macsimum News and MacUser
 
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Discussion: Electronista, Gizmodo and Gearlog
Sam Ramji / Port 25:
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
‘Bricking’ bug threatens most HP, Compaq laptops
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
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Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
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 Earlier Items: 
John Leyden / The Register:
IBM forges Solid acquisition
Discussion: InfoWorld
Reuters:
Samsung, Hitachi Sign License Deal on Hard Drives
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Pownce Going To The DeadPool?  —  Uncov has a very funny post …
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality