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3:25 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.
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:   Rumor: Apple Hopping on Board with Intel's Ultra-Mobile Platform
Katie Fehrenbacher / Earth2Tech:
Tesla's Chairman and New CEO Talk Transmission Snags and Raising Another $40M  —  The two people most responsible for helping Tesla get its first car to its customers look and sound a bit overwhelmed.  Chairman Elon Musk calls into an interview with Earth2Tech from his home …
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
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple expected to announce sales of 5 million iPhones at Macworld  —  Insiders tell us that Apple expects to announce sales of roughly five million iPhones at Macworld 2008 in January.  Of these, around one million are expected to come from Europe.  Apple is seeing very strong Christmas sales despite …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
One Million Deaths Per Day On Duels.com  —  There are a fair number of our readers who admit to being addicts of Duels.com, a World of Warcraft-like game that lets users create characters, add weapons and spells, and duel each other.  It's asynchronous, meaning one player can fight another without both having to be online.
Discussion: ChasNote
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 …
Chris Lanier / Chris Lanier's Blog:
First DIRECTV Tuner Details?  —  DIRECTV and even Sky TV support appear to be picking up speed.  Like many of you, I've been awaiting the DIRECTV tuner for Media Center since it was announced.  Microsoft and DIRECTV have been quiet on the subject which has made it hard to find out any details on the upcoming product.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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 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
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 …
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.
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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Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple is looking for an Exchange QA staffer for iPhone
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Jim Carr / SC Magazine US:
Anti-virus vendor AVG subpoenas information on counterfeiters
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
DivX CEO Looks Beyond Web Video
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
HarperCollins Partners With MySpace
Discussion: Computerworld
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Online Holiday Shoppers Spending $25 Billion
Discussion: Computerworld and Mark Evans
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Yahoo China slammed again for piracy
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Comcast and DirecTV Settle HDTV Lawsuit
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Can You Spare The Odd Pea For A Good Cause?
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Bentley / AOL:
AOL Completes Acquisition Of Quigo
Ikona / N-Gage:
New Update for N-Gage First Access
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Google Monopoly Begins
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
‘Bricking’ bug threatens most HP, Compaq laptops
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Mysto from Helio drops today, sort of
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Smashing Pumpkins exclusive coming to iTunes
Tony Smith / The Register:
Plunging player prices to reveal Blu-ray vs HD DVD winner?
Discussion: PC World and Gearlog
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality