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7:30 AM ET, June 11, 2007


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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Hollywood studios in video talks with Apple  —  Apple is in advanced talks with Hollywood's largest movie studios about launching an online film rental service to challenge cable and satellite TV operators.  —  The service could be significant for Apple.  If it signs enough studios …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Seeks a Deal to Make Movies Available for Rent Via iTunes Service  —  Apple Inc. is in talks with the Hollywood studios to make new movies available for rental for its iTunes service, according to two studio executives familiar with the matter.  —  The rental service is being pitched aggressively …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple plots a DVD player for the broadband era  —  At the recent All Things D conference, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer of Apple in an uncharacteristic display of modesty dubbed Apple TV, as a "hobby" that the company was trying to figure out.  He, then proceeded to outline his grand vision …
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:   Apple gets head start in online rental
Erik Kennedy / Ars Technica:   Apple reportedly working on downloadable movie rentals
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Bad On Privacy?  Maybe It's Privacy International's Report That Sucks  —  It's a bad privacy day for Google, with Privacy International first accusing the company of having the worst privacy performance of any internet service company in a study it has just released and then accusing Google …
Discussion: down the avenue
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Why I disagree with Privacy International  —  Sigh.  Google as a company takes privacy very seriously.  I personally feel strongly about protecting our users' privacy.  So I'm frustrated by a recent study that Privacy International did, and I want to know if I'm off-base in my reaction.
An Open Letter to Google
Discussion: InfoWorld
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google slammed in privacy report...
Jay Fortner / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Apollo is now Adobe AIR  —  Adobe has just unveiled the official name of its much talked about Adobe Apollo product: Adobe Integrated Runtime, or Adobe AIR for short.  Adobe is also announcing a beta version of the runtime, which will include Ajax and HTML support.
Discussion: Adobe Labs and Ryan Stewart
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   "Flashless Adobe Apollo" ships AIR: Adobe IPhone Runtime?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Adobe Apollo Launches Beta, Now Called Adobe AIR
Wall Street Journal:
GE, Microsoft Discussed Buying Dow Jones  —  General Electric Co. and Microsoft Corp. were in discussions in recent weeks to combine Dow Jones & Co. with some portions of GE's NBC Universal, parrying a bid by News Corp., but the two sides couldn't reach an agreement, according to people briefed on the discussions.
Helen Chernikoff / Reuters:
Desk jockeys can cool off or heat up with C2 device  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. wants to let cooler heads prevail when it comes to the often-heated issue of how hot or cold offices should be.  —  Herman Miller is launching a $300 desktop heating …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google launches antitrust complaint against Vista's desktop search  —  Who's the monopolist, Google or Microsoft?  The two companies have been trading antitrust criticisms over the last few months, with Microsoft most recently asking the federal government to scrutinize Google's proposed merger with DoubleClick.
Paul McNamara / Network World:   Justice turns a blind eye toward Microsoft?
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker:
NY Times alleges pro-business DOJ helps Microsoft
Discussion: George Ou and Computerworld
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Wi-Fi memory cards coming to cameras  —  Think of it as point, shoot and post.  —  In the fall, start-up Eye-Fi plans to release Secure Digital memory cards with integrated Wi-Fi chips.  With the card, digital cameras will be able to automatically send photos to home PCs or to photo-sharing Web sites.
Discussion: Vecosys
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
CNN the TV Channel Is No Match for CNN the Website  —  The Breaking-News Model the 24-Hour Network Built Its Reputation on Now Best Suits Its Website  —  NEW YORK ( — "I worry about CNN more than I do about"  —  Many news junkies already feel the same way …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
A Few Details of the iPhone Galvanize the Apple Cadre  —  These days advertisers fret over DVR owners fast-forwarding through their commercials, but that was far from the case with the release by Apple last week of four iPhone commercials, which viewers pored over with Talmudic intensity.
Marc Andreessen /
The truth about venture capitalists, Part 3  —  Bonus chapter!  —  (This will be the last post on venture capital for a while, if I can help it.)  —  The current venture capital environment in the United States is characterized by a very large number of venture firms (866 …
Matt /
Why (some) journalists should learn (some) code  —  Warning: long post ahead.  —  Recently, I argued that some journalists should learn how to program.  Here's a practical example why.  —  Today, my employer published a story about where the tens of thousands of people who came to Tampa Bay during the boom years came from.
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Dell Quells Critics With Web 2.0 Tack  —  Social Media Has Turned Customer Service Inside-out for All to See  —  NEW YORK ( — Back in the summer of 2005, Dell ignored Jeff Jarvis' complaints about a lemon laptop at its own peril.  The blogger's "Dell Hell" rants teed …
Discussion: AttentionMax and ChasNote
Exact Keynote Transcript for WWDC07 [UPDATED]  —  In a last minute find, I happened across a German site that has an outline of tomorrow's play by play of Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote.  The text has some issues when I performed the translation but I've copied it in the "Full Story" section and made some changes to make it easier to read.
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