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12:25 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.
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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 / mathewingram.com/work:
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
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Apple mugs Think Secret
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple shuts down Think Secret?
Discussion: DailyTech
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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.
Yahoo!:
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
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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
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nokia's N96 spotted in the wild?  —  That, friends, is an N96.  Or, at least we're led to believe so.  Judging by five mysterious images that surfaced over at Mobile-Review, it appears that Nokia's N96 (which certainly shouldn't be considered the final name at this point) has leaked out …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
7 pictures of the Nokia N96 leak!  This isn't a render folks, this is real hardware
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google, Yahoo & Microsoft To Pay $31.5M For Illegal Gambling Ads  —  Microsoft, Google, Yahoo to Pay $31.5M Over Illegal Gambling Ads from ABC News reports the big three search engine companies settled with the US Justice Department to pay $31.5 million to educate that online gambling is illegal in the United States.
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Jason Ryan / ABCNEWS:
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo to Pay $31.5M Over Illegal Gambling Ads
Discussion: Things That and MarketingShift
BBC:
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 TECH.BLORGE.com
Business Wire:
ESPN Acquires SchoolSports Inc. - Publisher of RISE Magazine  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—ESPN announced it has reached an agreement to acquire SchoolSports Inc., a leading high school-focused sports and lifestyle media company.  SchoolSports reaches teen athletes and fans through RISE …
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
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Liquid Image Camera-Mask Lets You Shoot Video, Take Pics Underwater
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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.
Discussion: Mobilewhack and mocoNews.net
 
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
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Discussion: MarketingVOX
InfoWorld:
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Discussion: Computerworld
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Discussion: Gizmodo and DSLreports
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Discussion: Mobility Site and Engadget
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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