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12:40 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
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 …
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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)
Discussion: WebProNews
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Trojan bumps Google ads from Web pages
Discussion: The Tech Report and eWEEK.com
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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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
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.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nokia's N96 spotted in the wild?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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
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.
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 …
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
Chris O'Brien / The Docu-Drama Blog:
Some warm fuzzies for NetSuite's IPO...  Larry Ellison's NetSuite (ticker:N) went public today.  Read our story here.  And read NetSuite's SEC filing here.  The company had bumped up its offering price to $26 per share from an initial target range of $13-$16.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Real Cost Of Copyright Extension In Korea: $170 Million
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Found Guilty of Mass Copyright Infringement
Discussion: WinBeta
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
The year of the new mobile operating system
Discussion: InfoWorld
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware 2007: Long Live the King
Discussion: Blue's News and Slashdot
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Group says Ask's privacy feature is flawed
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nokia wins hearts, minds with breakthrough mobile
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Blockbuster Raises Prices Again: 3-Out Unlimited Plan Now $34.99
InfoWorld:
Year end: AIR and RIAs raise Adobe's profile
Discussion: Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Wi-Fi mesh lights up Mecca for Hajj
Discussion: Gizmodo and DSLreports
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
$299 ASUS Eee PC 2G Surf in Multiple Colors Appears Online
Discussion: Mobility Site and Engadget
Royal Pingdom:
Twitter growing pains cause lots of downtime in 2007
Flung / Krunker:
Liquid Image Digital Underwater Camera Mask allows you to take …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Q&A: Going to the mat for photo copyrights
Discussion: TechCrunch, Workbench and PDNPulse
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Yet Another in the Ongoing Series Wherein I Examine a Piece …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Look Who's Bidding in Auction 73
Guy Clapperton / Guardian:
Mapping Britain's blogosphere