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5:10 PM ET, November 9, 2007


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Evan DiBiase / The Evan Series:
Video Rentals Coming Soon to iTunes?  —  Before installing any iTunes upgrade, I dump the strings from the old iTunes binary.  Once the new version has installed, I diff the new version's strings against the old's, to see what shows up.  —  When I did this for the recent 7.5 upgrade, I found the following interesting (new) strings:
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Movie Rentals Are Baked Into the Latest Version of iTunes.  —  Look inside the code of the latest version of iTunes (version 7.5), and you will find eight lines that speak volumes about Apple's next move in video.  Movie rentals and video-on-demand, it appears, are now baked into iTunes, just waiting to be turned on.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
1.1.2 iPod touch Jailbroken—before its official release!  —  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  And here is the first picture from a jailbroken 1.1.2 iPod touch, courtesy of hacker planetbeing.  Congratulations to all the iPhone/iPod team, including Pumpkin, Edgan, Dinopio, Drudge, Kroo, and all the rest.
Gil Kaufman / MTV:
Radiohead Deny Reports That 60 Percent Of Fans Paid Nothing For In Rainbows  —  Band sets December 31 for physical release of latest album overseas.  —  The physical version of Radiohead's In Rainbows won't be ready for your holiday stocking, but it will be released this year.
Tris Hussey / blognation:
Om Malik & Arrington Blow Off BlogWorld-iJustine Fills In  —  The buzz around the show was that Om Mailk and Michael Arrington were skipping BlogWorld Expo even though both are confirmed speakers.  Right now Leo Laporte, after giving what I've heard was a kick-ass keynote, pulled iJustine in as a last minute panel member.
Discussion: and Web Strategy
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   BlogWorldExpo - Update - Arrington/Malik No Shows
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Sony brass thinks Blu-ray vs HD DVD is a 'stalemate'  —  Howard Stringer (Sony Corp. CEO) says that Blu-ray and HD DVD are in a stalemate.  He has to say that, though.  —  I've stayed out of the debate since it started because, as a consumer, I don't care who wins.
Nick / Rough Type:
Tapping at the window  —  Spying is best done surreptitiously.  The Peeping Tom that you don't see is of infinitely less concern to you than the one who taps on your window and waves.  With its new Beacon ad program, Facebook taps on the window.  —  Nate Weiner reports on his first experience coming face …
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Nigeria favors Linux vendor Mandriva over Microsoft once more  —  San Francisco - Microsoft may not have beaten French Linux vendor Mandriva in a large deal to supply Nigerian elementary schools with laptop computers and software after all.  —  Mandriva had closed a deal in mid-August …
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
New Facebook ad system raises privacy concerns  —  'They are pushing the boundaries,' says one privacy advocate  —  Just days after Facebook unveiled plans for a new advertising network that relies on user-provided details about themselves for marketers to target their ads, some legal experts said the system may violate privacy laws.
Discussion: WebProNews and All Facebook
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can WiMAX be saved?  —  It costs money to build a nationwide network, even a citywide one.  Without some assurance of a return, few people want to go up against the current shared monopoly and drive down prices.  —  That's the clear message of the Clearwire-Sprint split on WiMAX …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Review: The Sweet Agony That Is Nokia N81  —  It has been nearly 65 days since I went without a phone set change, leading to snide remarks from my co-workers about my fidelity to Apple's iPhone.  Despite getting frustrated with iPhone's email application (I carry a Blackberry to get some serenity) …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and jkOnTheRun
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung Stops Selling in Japan  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it had stopped selling flat panel televisions and other consumer products in Japan, citing poor profitability.  —  Samsung has emerged in the past decade and a half as a global giant in consumer electronics …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Attack of the Splogs—One Of Our Posts Copied 152 Times Without Attribution  —  Here at TechCrunch, there is nothing we love more than when one of our posts gets linked to and talked about.  And like the majority of other blogs out there, we try to be good citizens by linking back to any source from which we excerpt.
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
David Pogue / New York Times:
Reaching for Apple, Falling Short  —  The iPhone's biggest achievement isn't any particular feature; it's the way Apple took veto power away from the cellphone carriers.  —  Ordinarily, Verizon, Sprint and their rivals are the gatekeepers for phone features.
Seeking Alpha:
DivX and Xbox 360: A Potential Win-Win For Everyone  —  DivX (DIVX) followed up Tuesday night's earnings report with a presentation at the JP Morgan SmMid cap conference.  After having just undergone their quarterly confessional, I didn't expect to hear any new information, but wanted to tune in anyway.
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo and WinBeta
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook to let users vote on news feed [Scoop]
Discussion: Mashable!
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
From surfers to tea fans, Britain's blogging army is now 4m strong
Discussion: Liberate Media
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
IAC launches 23/6, a fake news site modeled on real failures [Blogging For Dollars]
Christopher Null:
Did Web Amateurs Impede Search for Fossett?
Discussion: Valleywag
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid Shuts Down Again
Discussion: Ars Technica and The Register
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Barry Diller's Bill Gates Imitation
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Windows Live Translator For Your Website
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Live Search gets gimmicky: taps prizes to lure search engine users, data
Discussion: MarketWatch and Mashable!
Karl / DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable To Employ DNS Redirection - The 'butterfinger …
The Register:
Dublin designer branches out with 'tree' PC
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Hollywood Reporter:
Second life for 'Quarterlife' due to writers strike?
Mark Ward / BBC:
Graphics chips rev up research results
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
Fans queue but iPhone fails to grip Germany
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's Surface taking a while to, you know, surface
Discussion: CNET and CrunchGear
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft makes refurbished PCs its latest WGA anti-piracy target