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12:10 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.
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
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple lawsuit shutters rumor website
Discussion: Technovia and The Apple Core
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple shuts down Think Secret?
Discussion: DailyTech
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Apple mugs Think Secret
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
FTC's Xmas Gift To Google: Approval Of DoubleClick Acquisition
Discussion: Google Watch and PC World
America Movil and Yahoo! Partner to Bring Mobile Search and Compelling Mobile Services to Millions of Consumers Across 16 Countries in Latin America  —  America Movil Selects Yahoo! oneSearch(TM) as the Preferred Search Service for Its Wireless Properties; Companies Also Make Mobile Web Products Available
PC World:
Intel Capital Invests in Online Storage (PC World)  — Intel Capital Invests in Online Storage  —  Intel's venture-capital arm has invested in Nirvanix, a San Diego start-up company that offers a scalable online storage service.  — Yahoo, America Movil partner on mobile Web search
Discussion: WebProNews
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Making sense of sharing video with iPod and iPhone  —  As the iPod evolved, so did its features for sharing pictures and video out via various ports.  With the introduction of the iPhone and iPod touch this year, Apple upped the ante with new capabilities, some requiring new accessories.
Discussion: PC World
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 and
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Q&A: Going to the mat for photo copyrights  —  It wasn't Lane Hartwell's first heated exchange over a photo copyright issue, but a tussle involving a witty YouTube video probably was the one with the highest profile for the professional photographer.  —  Last week, a not-for-profit San …
Daryl Lang / PDNPulse:
Bubble Video: This Thing Ain't Over
Discussion: BoomTown and broadstuff
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
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
$299 ASUS Eee PC 2G Surf in Multiple Colors Appears Online  —  The Eee PC family expands even further  —  The ASUS Eee PC family recently expanded even further with the addition of the $299 2G Surf model.  Newegg now currently lists ASUS Eee PC 2G which is available in Galaxy Black, Blush Pink, Sky Blue and Lush Green.
Discussion: Mobility Site and Engadget
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
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.
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 …
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
7 pictures of the Nokia N96 leak!  This isn't a render folks, this is real hardware
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Wi-Fi mesh lights up Mecca for Hajj
Discussion: Gizmodo and DSLreports
Royal Pingdom:
Twitter growing pains cause lots of downtime in 2007
Nathan Buggia / Live Search Webmaster Center Blog:
Listing Google Ads In Live Search (D'oh!)
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Firefox 3 beta 2 Arrives with More Speed and Fewer Bugs
Discussion: TechSpot News
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