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9:35 AM 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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Oh My God!  Apple Killed Think Secret!  Those Bastards!  —  Apple and Apple blog Think Secret have settled their long running legal dispute over leaked Apple secrets, and under the deal Think Secret will cease operation.  —  According to a statement from ThinkSecret (via CrunchGear)
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple Forces Rumors Site To Shut Down  —  For a few years now, there's been a legal battle going on between Apple and Think Secret, a very popular Apple rumors site for publishing certain rumors.  The lawsuit had many people up in arms, as they pointed out that Think Secret should be protected …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone  —  As a team, we've spent the last year heads down working hard on IE8.  Last week, we achieved an important milestone that should interest web developers.  IE8 now renders the “Acid2 Face” correctly in IE8 standards mode.
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Twitter is dangerous  —  Twitter is rapidly becoming a serious threat to corporate information protection.  The program's great strength — many-to-many messaging — becomes its great weakness in this context.  —  Imagine this scenario: 20 people are in a confidential meeting, one of them using Twitter.
Bloomberg:
Google's DoubleClick Buy to Win Clearance, People Say  —  Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. will be cleared by U.S. antitrust enforcers as early as this week, two people with knowledge of the decision said.  —  The five-member Federal Trade Commission …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google: Microsoft-Viacom deal helps our DoubleClick defense  —  At a Capitol Hill hearing in September, Microsoft's top lawyer skewered the proposed merger of Google and DoubleClick as a sure path to an online advertising monopoly.  —  “One company will become the overwhelming dominant gateway …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.2 to deliver sprawling list of fixes for Leopard  —  Mac OS X 10.5.2 Update, the next in a year-long series of planned updates to Apple's new Leopard operating system, promises to be one of the most hefty maintenance releases put out by the company for its operating system software in recent years.
Daryl Lang / PDNPulse:
Bubble Video: This Thing Ain't Over  —  Earlier today I e-mailed a few of the photographers listed in the credits of the now-infamous “Here Comes Another Bubble” video.  (For background, see previous posts here and here.)  Four of them wrote back right away.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Look Who's Bidding in Auction 73  —  The FCC's auction of wireless spectrum is swarming with participants, some of which you might not expect—including Chevron and Vulcan's Paul Allen  —  U.S. government auctions of wireless spectrum always attract plenty of established telecoms …
Discussion: Telecompetitor
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Bill Ray / The Register:
N95 struggles to find itself  —  The latest firmware for the Nokia N95 offers many new features and much better memory management, and is free to download - but it also takes away the tracking feature from Nokia Maps, which the company now claims was a limited-time promotional offer.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Vinay Mahadik / McAfee Avert Labs:
Orkut spam worm spotted!  —  I analyzed some suspicious scrap “2008 vem ai... que ele comece mto bem para vc” from a bunch of friends on Orkut.  For a while it was all over Orkut!!  Translated to English, it reads “2008 is coming...I wish that it begins quite well for you".
Discussion: antrix.net and WebProNews
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Alice Decker / TrendLabs:
Orkut/Google Worms Compromise Over 400,000 Accounts
Discussion: Between the Lines and Zero Day
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Liquid Image Camera-Mask Lets You Shoot Video, Take Pics Underwater  —  Although only waterproof to 15 feet, and therefore not exactly serious underwater snapper gear, this Liquid Image digital camera-mask is not a bad idea for kids or snorkelers as it lets you take hands-free images of the Big Blue.
Discussion: Krunker, Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
Guy Clapperton / Guardian:
Mapping Britain's blogosphere  —  As blogging becomes a national pastime, Guy Clapperton takes a look at some of the writers who have embraced the medium to promote the cities they live in  —  Blogs are changing.  What appeared at first to be a solitary occupation behind closed doors …
 
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Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Firefox 3 beta 2 Arrives with More Speed and Fewer Bugs
Discussion: TechSpot News and Mozilla
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Yet Another in the Ongoing Series Wherein I Examine a Piece …
Matt Pace / Compete Blog:
Candidate FaceTime in November: Meetup.com is Ron Paul's Secret Weapon
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Polar Phone Concept For Winter Gloves and Fat Fingers
Jason Ryan / ABCNEWS:
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo to Pay $31.5M Over Illegal Gambling Ads
ClickZ:
Virtual Worlds Agency Electric Sheep Lays Off 22
Mark Britton / Avvo Blog:
Judge Dismisses Browne v. Avvo
Maciej Stachowiak / Surfin' Safari:
Announcing SunSpider 0.9  —  A New JavaScript Benchmark From the WebKit Team
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Hop-On (who!?) launches GSM/CDMA smartphone (what!?) for gamblers (wtf!?)
JKK / jkkmobile:
Asus Eee Pc with touch screen
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Yahoo! Maps adds drag and drop rerouting
Discussion: CyberNet, Ted On Flex and Mashable!
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate Now Available, Vista Haters Rejoice
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Can Larry Ellison Keep it Up?
Dan Stober / news-service.stanford.edu:
Stanford's nanowire battery holds 10 times the charge of existing ones
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
WorkLight secures Facebook for enterprises
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Developing apps for Google Android: it's a mixed bag