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4:05 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.
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.”
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 …
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)
Discussion: Profy.Com and p2pnet
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 …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Nick Ciarelli, I Salute You For Your Guts and Stamina
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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 …
Adam Kovacevich / Google:
Federal Trade Commission Clears Google's Acquisition of DoubleClick  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today welcomed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's clearance of its planned acquisition of DoubleClick Inc., a premier provider of display ad serving technology and services.
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
US Regulators OK Google-DoubleClick Deal
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nokia's N96 spotted in the wild?
Discussion: Gizmodo, PalmAddicts and Tech Blog
Nokia N96 leaked?
Discussion: DVICE
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.
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.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Mashable!
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Blockbuster Raises Prices Again: 3-Out Unlimited Plan Now $34.99
Discussion: Gizmodo and ParisLemon
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 …
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
IBM unveils ‘smart’ e-mail search engine  —  IBM has created a free semantic e-mail search engine aimed at users of the company's Lotus Notes software and Microsoft Outlook.  —  The engine, called IOPES (IBM OmniFind Personal E-mail Search), allows users to search their mail based on concepts …
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 …
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Yahoo! Found Guilty of Mass Copyright Infringement
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Vaporware 2007: Long Live the King
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Making sense of sharing video with iPod and iPhone
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