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5:43 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.
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 …
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.”
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!
Discussion: p2pnet and Profy.Com
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Nick Ciarelli, I Salute You For Your Guts and Stamina
Discussion: and Gadget Lab
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Apple makes the messenger kill himself
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 …
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
US Regulators OK Google-DoubleClick Deal  —  FTC Clears Google's $3.1 Billion Purchase of DoubleClick; Deal Still Faces Scrutiny in Europe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.S. antitrust clearance for its DoubleClick purchase, Google's focus now turns to European regulators …
Microsoft signs rare open-source deal, under EU orders
Discussion: WinBeta
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?
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.
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!
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
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.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Cyber Crime 2.0  —  In 2007, Online Fraud Got More Targeted and Sophisticated  —  The year 2007 may go down in the annals of Internet crime as the year when organized cyber criminals finally got serious about their marketing strategies — crafting cyber schemes that were significantly more sophisticated and stealthy.
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