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6:30 PM ET, December 20, 2007


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Think Secret:
Apple, Think Secret settle lawsuit  —  PRESS RELEASE: Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides.  As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Settlement shutters ThinkSecret; EFF: it's for the best  —  A ripple was felt through the Mac community early this morning, as one of its oldest and best-known rumor sites announced that it would be closing its doors.  ThinkSecret announced that it had settled a three-year-old lawsuit with Apple …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Apple makes the messenger kill himself
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Think Secret Agrees to Close Shop in ‘Amicable Settlement’ with Apple
Discussion: The Apple Core
Federal Trade Commission:
Federal Trade Commission Closes Google/DoubleClick Investigation  —  Proposed Acquisition “Unlikely to Substantially Lessen Competition"  —  The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it will not seek to block Google Inc.'s proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of Internet advertising …
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
7 pictures of the Nokia N96 leak!  This isn't a render folks, this is real hardware  —  All 7 images can be found on my Flickr account here, the images came from Mobile Review.  Immediate thoughts are it looks like an N81, but even larger.  No specifications are known, but people say it is an N95 in a new shell.
Yahoo in Huge Mobile Search Deal  —  Yahoo nets a 16-country Web services pact with America Movil.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters)—Internet company Yahoo and Latin America's top mobile phone company America Movil said on Thursday they have struck a deal to provide mobile Web services to 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Nick / Rough Type:
Reality mining and your cell phone
Discussion: Technology Review
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fair Use Vs. Free Speech in the Internet Age: The Lane Hartwell Problem  —  The furor surrounding the now infamous Bubble video (embedded above) is not over.  To recap: the parody video was watched more than one million times on YouTube, then taken down because photographer Lane Hartwell objected …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Who Will Be The First Tech President?  Help Us Endorse A Candidate  —  Our series of podcasts and interviews with the 2008 presidential candidates continue - so far we've spoken to Barack Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Mitt Romney and Mike Gravel.  We are in active scheduling discussions with all of the remaining candidates.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Found Guilty of Mass Copyright Infringement  —  After being hounded by the IFPI since April 2006, Yahoo! China - partly owned by one the world's most prominent internet businesses, Yahoo! - today had its music search (via deep linking) deemed illegal by a Beijing Court …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Charlie Giancarlo, #2 Guy at Cisco Joins Silver Lake Partners  —  The exodus of senior management at Cisco Systems (CSCO) continues.  Today, Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo and the #2 man at Cisco resigned.  He is joining buyout shop, Silver Lake Partners.
Market Wire:
Research In Motion Reports Third Quarter Results  —  Research In Motion Limited (RIM)(NasdaqGS:RIMM - News)(Toronto:RIM.TO - News), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported third quarter results for the three months ended December 1, 2007 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Rabbit-Ear Users Don't Know The End (of Analog TV) Is Near  —  In less than 14 months, any traditional television set still connected to its antenna will receive nothing but static, as the broadcasting industry cuts over completely to its new digital frequencies.
Verizon Wireless Customers Can Rock Out With The Guitar Hero III Mobile Game  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN FRANCISCO — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, Hands-On Mobile, Inc., the world's leading developer …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Vista sets 2007 land-speed record for copying and deleting  —  It's been almost nine months since we first reported on Windows Vista's inability to copy, delete and move files without stalling indefinitely, and yet the problem continues.  —  Screenshots relayed this week by two Reg readers say it better than we ever could.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster grinches Total Access customers with price hike  —  A handful of disgruntled (and in a couple of of cases, soon-to-be-ex-) Blockbuster customers wrote in this morning to point out that the video rental giant has hiked the prices for its Total Access mail order rental plan.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Singing the E*Trade (ETFC) Blues: Stock Approaching $3
Discussion: WebProNews
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
HP readying new Pavilion tx1400 series convertible tablets
Jesper / Jesper's Blog:
IE 6 crashes after you install security update MS07-069 on a computer …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Red Hat Names New CEO; FY Q3 Slightly Beats Street
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Cerevellum bike rearview monitor might be a little overkill
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Digg's Design Dilemma Redux
Charles Babcock / EE Times:
Irate Unix administrator admits trying to sabotage California power grid
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Todd Woody / Techland:
NetSuite's sweet IPO
 Earlier Items: 
IBM unveils ‘smart’ e-mail search engine
Matt Asay / CNET
IEEE survey: Microsoft is software industry's leading innovator
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Sexy Librarians of the Future Will Help You Upload Your Videos to YouTube
Discussion: Business Wire
Apple designs next generation iPod Boombox
Discussion: Gizmodo
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
First In-Flight Calling Finally Launched by Air France
Michael Gartenberg / JupiterResearch:
CES and Macworld 2008
Microsoft signs rare open-source deal, under EU orders
Discussion: WinBeta
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Discontinues Inline Gadgets