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2:20 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 and Electronista
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
MICROSOFT, GOOGLE AND YAHOO! PAY MILLIONS TO U.S. FOR THEIR PAST PROMOTION OF ILLEGAL GAMBLING  —  St. Louis, MO: Microsoft Corporation, Google, Inc. and Yahoo! have entered into settlements with the U.S. to resolve claims that they promoted illegal gambling, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway announced today.
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
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Blockbuster Raises Prices Again: 3-Out Unlimited Plan Now $34.99
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
iSuppli cuts its forecast for semiconductor industry in 2008  —  iSuppli has trimmed its semiconductor forecast slightly for next year.  Now it expects 7.5 percent growth instead of 9.3 percent growth.  Dampening effects include the sub-prime mortgage crisis and rising energy costs, which can hurt overall demand.
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
PopCap launches holiday half-off sale for casual games  —  For the late gift-givers and the forgetful gamers comes one easy present for the casual games fan in your life.  PopCap Games, makers of such digital crack as Peggle and Bookworm, are selling everything on its site for half price from now until January 3.
Discussion: AppScout
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
Microsoft signs rare open-source deal, under EU orders  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microsoft signed a rare deal with an open source software group on Thursday, taking a step towards meeting sanctions imposed by the European Commission for antitrust violations.  —  “This should inject competition …
Discussion: WinBeta
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Found Guilty of Mass Copyright Infringement
Discussion: WinBeta
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Trojan bumps Google ads from Web pages
Discussion: The Tech Report and
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware 2007: Long Live the King
Discussion: Blue's News and Slashdot
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nokia wins hearts, minds with breakthrough mobile
Business Wire:
ESPN Acquires SchoolSports Inc. - Publisher of RISE Magazine
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
$299 ASUS Eee PC 2G Surf in Multiple Colors Appears Online
Discussion: Engadget and Mobility Site
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Look Who's Bidding in Auction 73
Bill Ray / The Register:
N95 struggles to find itself
Discussion: and Mobilewhack