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3:55 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
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 and Perez Hilton
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 …
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 …
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 …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Users left in lurch by network shutdown  —  NEW YORK - When Adele Rothman bought her 16-year-old son a car in 2003, she made sure to pick one that had OnStar, the onboard communications and safety system.  —  What the Scarsdale, N.Y., resident didn't know was that the OnStar system in the car was already doomed to die.
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
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 …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
XM Settles With Warner Music Group Over Pioneer Inno; Second Settlement This Week  —  As expected, satellite radio operator XM (NSDQ: XMSR) has come to an agreement with Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) pertaining to the Pioneer Inno, a receiver capable of recording songs.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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
 
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why all Vista users should upgrade to Windows XP
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple is looking for an Exchange QA staffer for iPhone
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gadget Lab
Jim Carr / SC Magazine US:
Anti-virus vendor AVG subpoenas information on counterfeiters
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
DivX CEO Looks Beyond Web Video
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Online Holiday Shoppers Spending $25 Billion
Discussion: Computerworld and Mark Evans
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
HarperCollins Partners With MySpace
Discussion: Computerworld
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Comcast and DirecTV Settle HDTV Lawsuit
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Google Monopoly Begins
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
‘Bricking’ bug threatens most HP, Compaq laptops
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
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
The odds on an Apple flash laptop
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Amazon Patents Blurbs; Google Patents Snippets
Kaspersky Lab Weblog:
Pinch authors pinched
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
Long Bet Winner: Weblogs vs. The New York Times