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9:55 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 …
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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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Movie studios fear the sequel to iPod  —  They see risk that new Apple TV signals effort to control distribution.  —  Some movie fans hope Apple TV will do for Internet video what the iPod did for digital music.  —  That's precisely what some Hollywood executives are afraid of.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Apple plots a DVD player for the broadband era
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:   Apple gets head start in online rental
Erik Kennedy / Ars Technica:   Apple reportedly working on downloadable movie rentals
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.
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BBC:   Google ranked 'worst' on privacy
Adobe Labs:
Adobe Flex  —  Adobe® Flex™ 3 is a cross platform, open source framework for creating rich Internet applications that run identically in all major browsers and operating systems.  —  This page provides a summary of the Flex-related prerelease products, experimental technologies …
Discussion: PC World, RIA pedia and Computerworld
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Adobe Apollo Launches Beta, Now Called Adobe AIR
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   "Flashless Adobe Apollo" ships AIR: Adobe IPhone Runtime?
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.
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
NBC Studied Dow Jones Bid With Microsoft  —  General Electric's NBC unit and Microsoft explored making a joint bid for Dow Jones but decided against it a week ago, a person close to NBC and Microsoft said yesterday.  —  No rival has yet stepped up to compete with Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion bid …
Discussion: parislemon
DailyTechTalk:
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Intensifies Microsoft Fight  —  Google Inc. has told state and federal antitrust authorities that Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating-system software puts rivals at a disadvantage in violation of Microsoft's antitrust settlement.  —  Google's complaints center on desktop search …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google launches antitrust complaint against Vista's desktop search
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 …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Dog or a Cat?  New Tests to Fool Automated Spammers  —  On the Internet, nobody knows you're a human — until you fill out a captcha.  —  Captchas are the puzzles on many Web sites that present a string of distorted letters and numbers.  These are supposed to be easy for people to read and retype …
Discussion: Slashdot
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Hollywood's YouTube frustration grows  —  news analysis Google and its YouTube subsidiary are trying Hollywood's patience.  —  The search engine has made significant progress in recent weeks signing content partnership deals for YouTube.  But a growing number of studio executives …
Lia Miller / New York Times:
An Editor's Untimely Departure Is Captured in Just a Flicker  —  Call it a bit of a "video killed the radio star" moment, circa 2007: John Curley, who had been a deputy managing editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, announced that he was let go from the newspaper by posting the news on Flickr, the photo-sharing Web site.
Discussion: rexblog.com
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's .Mac getting a Google overhaul?
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RIAA and MPAA Fund Anti-Piracy Politicians
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Microsoft:
Microsoft, Games for Change Team Up to Encourage Global Problem …
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Matt / mattwaite.com:
Why (some) journalists should learn (some) code
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A Few Details of the iPhone Galvanize the Apple Cadre
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CNN the TV Channel Is No Match for CNN the Website
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