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7:00 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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Settlement shutters ThinkSecret; EFF: it's for the best
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple Kills Think Secret: Publisher Nick Ciarelli Talks
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 …
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Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
FTC Releases Behavioral Advertising Guidelines  —  The agency recommends that companies that track consumers' online activities provide an opt-out option.  —  Although the Federal Trade Commission did not discuss privacy issues in its approval of the $3.1 billion Google-DoubleClick merger …
Discussion: WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google-DoubleClick Deal Passes FTC Hurdle.  Now Comes the Hard Part: Europe
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.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM: BlackBerry demand just swell; Earnings more than double  —  Research in Motion said Thursday that it added 1.65 million BlackBerry subscriber accounts for the third quarter ended Dec. 1 and shipped more than 3.9 million devices.  That demand added up to RIM doubling its earnings.
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Reuters:
Microsoft signs rare open-source deal, under EU orders  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microsoft signed a rare deal with an open source software group on Thursday, taking a step towards meeting sanctions imposed by the European Commission for antitrust violations.  —  “This should inject competition …
Discussion: The Open Road and WinBeta
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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 …
Reuters:
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.
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.
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 …
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.
MacNN:
Apple designs next generation iPod Boombox  —  A new patent filed by Apple describes a next generation digital device called the iPod Boombox, or simply the Boombox.  Proof of the Cupertino-based company's plans surfaced today in a patent published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office …
Discussion: Gizmodo and ParisLemon
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Red Hat Names New CEO; FY Q3 Slightly Beats Street  —  Red Hat (RHT) this afternoon announced that its board has named Jim Whitehurst as CEO, succeeding Matthew Szulik, effective January 1.  Szulik will remain chairman.  Whitehurst had been COO of Delta Air Lines.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Standoff hits a sour chord with gamers  —  Guitar Hero's Activision takes a hard line in controller fight with Rock Band maker Harmonix  —  It's shaping up as a blue Christmas for some fans of the popular videogame Rock Band.  —  Game maker Harmonix Music Systems Inc. of Cambridge …
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Digg's Design Dilemma Redux  —  Digg continues to improve their interface to counteract gaming.  The evolution of the site over the last year is a good design lesson for anybody working on social web apps.  —  Back in Sep 2006, the social news site Digg was coming under massive scrutiny …
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.
 
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Danger Inc. in trouble, IPO coming soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Are Macs Less Secure than PCs?
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 …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Cerevellum bike rearview monitor might be a little overkill
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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
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InfoWorld:
IBM unveils ‘smart’ e-mail search engine
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
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
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
First In-Flight Calling Finally Launched by Air France
Michael Gartenberg / JupiterResearch:
CES and Macworld 2008
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster grinches Total Access customers with price hike
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Discontinues Inline Gadgets
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware 2007: Long Live the King
Discussion: Techdirt and Blue's News
 

 
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