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2:45 PM ET, December 24, 2007

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Christmas eve: Apple MacBook is Amazon's No. 1 top-selling computer  —  Despite fierce competition from machines with more than twice the memory and price points hundreds of dollars lower, Apple's (AAPL) white 120 GB MacBook has captured the top spot on Amazon's (AMZN) list of bestselling computers this Christmas eve.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Christmas Present For Apple Bulls: Mac Cleared for Takeoff  —  As hard as it is to believe, many Apple (AAPL) bulls are still missing the best part of the company's growth story: The improving opportunity for Apple's computer business.  Unlike the last go-round, when Apple got clobbered …
Sarah Lacy / MSNBC:
Paris Is No Silicon Valley — Yet  —  The missing piece is finally falling into place: the development of a startup “working class” of smart techies and ambitious entrepreneurs  —  My trip to Paris last week did not go smoothly.  For starters, I could never quite adjust to the time change.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Europe's startup culture gets the Business Week treatment  —  Business Week's Sarah Lacy pens an interesting piece on Europe's startup climate following her visit to Le Web 3 in Paris a couple of weeks ago.  Although relatively fair-minded, it has the faint whiff of disdain.  I can imagine her saying “Europe?
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Can NBC Do for ‘Quarterlife’ What YouTube Could Not?  —  Scripts by Marshall Herskovitz, the Emmy award-winning writer and producer, have drawn millions of viewers to movie theaters and television sets over the past two decades.  —  But on the Internet, where his 36-part series “Quarterlife” …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Podcasting News
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Airborne Internet might bring turbulence  —  NEW YORK - Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call.  Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats.  Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care.  Seat 17C just wants to sleep.  —  Welcome to the promise of the Internet …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Rivals Learn From Boeing's ‘Connexion’
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
2008 Web Predictions  —  What Web applications and trends will make it big in 2008?  In this post the RWW authors ruminate on the current trends in Web technology and look forward to what 2008 might bring us.  Topics include Google, semantic web, online advertising, recommendation systems …
Discussion: Adam Kalsey and BlueBlog
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
When non-technologists write about technology  —  They're so CUTE!  —  The Economist puts random words in random order: … First, 1994 is calling and wants its metaphors back.  —  Second, got any data to support that? … OK, that's simply not true.
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Chloe Albanesius / AppScout:
Newsflash: Tech Executives Are Not Hurting For Cash  —  Tis the season to embrace your financial ruin.  —  It's no revelation that many of our country's top tech executives take home more money on an annual (daily?) basis than most of us will ever see in our lifetimes …
Discussion: DSLreports
Electronista:
ASUS rolls out U2 luxury ultraportable  —  Preempting the large volume of computers expected next month, ASUS has provided an early look at its U2 subnotebook.  The 11-inch ultraportable is built for the same audience as the Sony VAIO TZ and uses exotic materials to add a sense of luxury …
Discussion: Mobility Site
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
SO WHAT'S ALL THIS NEW MARKETING STUFF, ANYWAY?  —  Some people call it “The New Marketing".  Some people call it “Marketing 2.0".  Whatever name you care to give it, I get asked about it a lot.  Here are some random thoughts, in no particular order.  —  1. “The New Marketing” …
Discussion: broadstuff and Web Worker Daily
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Toshiba and Sharp to join forces on LCD panels  —  Toshiba and Sharp were recently pressed their magic rings together proclaiming, “Wonder Twin powers, activate!  Form of...a strategic LCD alliance wherein Toshiba buys LCD panels from Sharp and Sharp buys semiconductors from Toshiba!”
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
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Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Toshiba and Sharp Form LCD Pact
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
When to Buy a Camera, MP3 Player, or Cell Phone  —  If it's Presidents Day, it must be time to get serious about buying a new digital camera.  For this and other advice about buying mobile electronic devices, read on.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Cameras
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why are some bloggers turning on Apple?  —  I'm seeing more and more anti-Apple blogs lately like the one Dave Winer posted yesterday.  Why is that?  —  Well, Apple is getting bigger and bigger and our attitude is changing.  Seven years ago Apple was a cute company that was in severe trouble.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Australia to enforce a “ratings system” on web, track users  —  While Aussies may be proud to be among the first to ring in the New Year, more than a few aren't happy about the impending enforcement of new age verification rules online by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg, The Song  —  Really?  Yes, Really:  —  The song, which is pretty damned good, is performed by Kina Grannis.  Here are the lyrics (and hear Kina's other songs here):
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