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5:50 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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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 …
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 …
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.”
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Oh My God! Apple Killed Think Secret! Those Bastards!
Discussion: p2pnet and Profy.Com
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Nick Ciarelli, I Salute You For Your Guts and Stamina
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Gadget Lab
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Apple makes the messenger kill himself
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?
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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Reuters:
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.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Reality mining and your cell phone
Discussion: Technology Review
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!
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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 …
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: WebProNews, Techdirt, Mashable! and WinBeta
MacNN:
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
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Discontinues Inline Gadgets  —  Google earlier this month announced they'll stop allowing new gadgets for iGoogle which are using the “html-inline” functionality.  An inline gadget, as opposed to a normal gadget, can have more control over the full iGoogle page as it is not wrapped in an inline frame.
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Customers Can Rock Out With The Guitar Hero III Mobile Game  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN FRANCISCO — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, Hands-On Mobile, Inc., the world's leading developer …
Todd Woody / Techland:
NetSuite's sweet IPO  —  By Michael V. Copeland  —  You have to hand it to NetSuite.  While the markets have been whipsawing all around, the on-demand finance software company backed by Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison got its IPO done via a Dutch auction at a price, $26, almost double the stock's original price target.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Vista sets 2007 land-speed record for copying and deleting
Telegraph:
Drivers who use mobile phones face jail
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Downtime On the Upswing
InfoWorld:
IBM unveils ‘smart’ e-mail search engine
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
IEEE survey: Microsoft is software industry's leading innovator
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Sexy Librarians of the Future Will Help You Upload Your Videos to YouTube
Discussion: Business Wire
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Cyber Crime 2.0  —  In 2007, Online Fraud Got More Targeted and Sophisticated
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Local.com Announces Strategic Relationship with Citysearch
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Reuters:
Microsoft signs rare open-source deal, under EU orders
Discussion: WinBeta
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Social Media Can Lead To Better Companies
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
Closer Look: Firefox 3 Beta 2 Release
Chana R. Schoenberger / Forbes:
How To Make Friends, Japanese-Style
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware 2007: Long Live the King
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