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9:55 PM ET, December 20, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Who Will Be The First Tech President?  Help Us Endorse A Candidate  —  Our series of podcasts and interviews with the 2008 presidential candidates continue - so far we've spoken to Barack Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Mitt Romney and Mike Gravel.  We are in active scheduling discussions with all of the remaining candidates.
Ashley Phillips / ABCNEWS:   Tech Blog to Endorse Presidential Candidates
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Apple Kills Think Secret: Publisher Nick Ciarelli Talks  —  The two-year court battle between popular rumor site Think Secret and Apple has concluded.  Sadly, the end result is that Think Secret will no longer be published.  —  Speaking by phone Wednesday morning Nick Ciarelli …
Discussion: The Apple Core
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
Mathew /
Think Secret: Damn you, Steve Jobs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Kayak Raises $196 Million, Buys Rival SideStep  —  Discount travel site Kayak has acquired rival SideStep for $200 million.  This story was set to be announced tomorrow but word is leaking all over the place after Sidestep CEO Rob Solomon told his company employees the news at an all hands meeting …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Vista sets 2007 land-speed record for copying and deleting  —  It's been almost nine months since we first reported on Windows Vista's inability to copy, delete and move files without stalling indefinitely, and yet the problem continues.  —  Screenshots relayed this week by two Reg readers say it better than we ever could.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM: BlackBerry demand just swell; Earnings more than double  —  Research in Motion said Thursday that it added 1.65 million BlackBerry subscriber accounts for the third quarter ended Dec. 1 and shipped more than 3.9 million devices.  That demand added up to RIM doubling its earnings.
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Reality mining and your cell phone
Discussion: broadstuff and Technology Review
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Matthew Szulik resigns as Red Hat CEO, is replaced by an airline COO (???)  —  Wow.  If there was ever an industry that has little to nothing to teach the software industry, it's the airline industry.  And yet that is precisely what Red Hat has done: Matthew Szulik, its long-time CEO …
Discussion: Valleywag
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Red Hat Names New CEO; FY Q3 Slightly Beats Street
TED / uncov:
Pownce Is Still Alive  —  Yeah, I know.  It surprised me too, but they are still kicking.  Stagnation is the name of the game in Web 2.0, and Pownce is no exception.  —  In case you forgot, Pownce is a Twitter clone whose added value is the resale of Amazon S3 space.
Discussion: Scripting News
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Charlie Giancarlo, #2 Guy at Cisco Joins Silver Lake Partners  —  The exodus of senior management at Cisco Systems (CSCO) continues.  Today, Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo and the #2 man at Cisco resigned.  He is joining buyout shop, Silver Lake Partners.
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 target.
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 …
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 and ParisLemon
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Jibi / The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 - Myth or Reality?
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Danger Inc. in trouble, IPO coming soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Are Macs Less Secure than PCs?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Singing the E*Trade (ETFC) Blues: Stock Approaching $3
Discussion: WebProNews
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Rabbit-Ear Users Don't Know The End (of Analog TV) Is Near
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Digg's Design Dilemma Redux
Charles Babcock / EE Times:
Irate Unix administrator admits trying to sabotage California power grid
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
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Matt Asay / CNET
IEEE survey: Microsoft is software industry's leading innovator
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
First In-Flight Calling Finally Launched by Air France
Microsoft signs rare open-source deal, under EU orders
Discussion: The Open Road and WinBeta
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blockbuster grinches Total Access customers with price hike
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Discontinues Inline Gadgets
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Vaporware 2007: Long Live the King
Discussion: Techdirt and Blue's News