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10:40 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.
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: Digital Daily and PC World
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)
Mathew /
Think Secret: Damn you, Steve Jobs  —  The Apple rumour site Think Secret has posted a note saying that it has reached a settlement with Apple over the lawsuit the computer company filed against it for leaking company secrets, and that it is “a positive solution for both sides.”
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Flung / Krunker:
Liquid Image Digital Underwater Camera Mask allows you to take photos/videos underwater hands-free  —  Liquid Image will be releasing their 5.0 megapixel Digital Underwater Camera Mask at CES 2008 which allows swimmers to record underwater photos and videos hands-free.
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and CrunchGear
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Liquid Image Camera-Mask Lets You Shoot Video, Take Pics Underwater
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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.
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.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Digital music: Go legal, get screwed  —  The Big Four record labels want us to think that the sound recording business is a reformed character these days.  Recently, we've heard ritualistic self-flagellations from a succession of top executives.  There was Ed Bronfman at Warner's, prostrating himself in front of Apple.
Discussion: The Open Road and Michael's Minute
Jason Ryan / ABCNEWS:
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo to Pay $31.5M Over Illegal Gambling Ads  —  Microsoft to Provide Additional $9M to International Center for Missing and Exploited Children  —  Three major Internet companies have settled with the Justice Department for $31.5 million for promoting illegal online gambling …
BitTorrent search site loses case  —  A website which facilitated the online exchange of films, music and TV programmes without permission has lost a US copyright case.  —  TorrentSpy was taken to court by the Motion Picture Association of America.  —  A judge made a default ruling in favour …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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Asus Eee Pc with touch screen
Alice Decker / TrendLabs:
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate Now Available, Vista Haters Rejoice
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