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2:45 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 and p2pnet
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple shuts down Think Secret?
Discussion: DailyTech and 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 …
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, Electronista and Tech Blog
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.
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
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Blockbuster Raises Prices Again: 3-Out Unlimited Plan Now $34.99  —  Many readers wrote in to complain about the latest Blockbuster price increase, effective December 27th.  —  Some of the price increases were modest: $9.99 to $11.99, $14.99 to $16.99, $17.99 to $19.99, and even $21.99 to $29.99 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and ParisLemon
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster grinches Total Access customers with price hike
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt and WinBeta
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
First In-Flight Calling Finally Launched by Air France  —  The first production in-flight mobile system is now airborne: After years of setting dates and pushing them back, OnAir has its first bird aloft.  The satellite-based mobile phone and data service is installed in a test mode on an Airbus 318 …
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
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Vaporware 2007: Long Live the King
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