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2:45 AM ET, December 27, 2007

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Apple To Offer Fox Video Rentals On iTunes  —  Apple is said to have signed a deal with 20th Century Fox that will see video rentals on iTunes.  —  According to FT.com the deal will be officially announced at MacWorld on January 14.  The same report also says that Apple is in talks …
Discussion: Computerworld and Lost Remote
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Fox In Movie Rental Deal With Apple For iTunes; DVDs Will Allow Ripping To PC And iPods  —  As had been speculated earlier in the month, News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) and its studio Twentieth Century Fox have signed a deal with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) to allow users to rent the latest Fox DVD releases …
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Apple and 20th Century Fox strike digital movie rental deal  —  The Financial Times reports that Apple and News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox film studio have signed a deal for digital movie rentals.  Consumers will be able to rent the latest Fox DVD releases from iTunes for a limited time.
Discussion: Digg
Chrix Finne / Official Google Reader Blog:
Managing your shared items  —  We've gotten a lot of helpful feedback about our new sharing feature.  We'd hoped that making it easier to share with the people you chat with often would be useful and interesting, but we underestimated the number of users who were using the Share button to send stories to a limited number of people.
Discussion: Mashable! and ParisLemon
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Google Reader Sharing Too Much?
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:   Google Reader Becomes Holiday Snitch
Seeking Alpha:
Details of Apple's Mysterious New Portable Device  —  I have been working on gathering more information about a new Apple (AAPL) portable device from several different sources during the past 6 months.  I have pieced together the puzzle which portrays a picture of what can be perhaps best described …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Computerworld Blogs
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Shares Cross $200; Let The Rumors Fly  —  As Apple (AAPL) shares crossed the $200 mark today for the first time ever, the rumor mill is cranking out plenty of grist for CEO Steve Jobs's keynote at the Macworld convention in San Francisco, which runs January 14 through 18.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and bub.blicio.us
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Broadband Mechanics announcement(s)  —  I hate doing press releases - they seem so old school Web 1.0-ish.  Scheduling appointments to go kiss Om Mailk's or Arrington's ring just seems so arcane to me, but it's clearly what has to be done to get coverage.  And then they assign the post …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Radiohead: Free New Year's Web Concert, Amazon Beats iTunes To ‘In Rainbows’  —  Alterna-rockers Radiohead will stream a free, hour-long concert of their latest album, In Rainbows, on Monday, New Year's Eve, via their Web site, Current TV, and Current.com.  “This is a wee celebration …
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Radiohead on Current TV!
Discussion: iPlot
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Radiohead To Promote Album With New Year's Eve Concert on Current TV
Peter Cohen / PC World:
Apple Stock Toys With $200 Per Share Mark  —  Banner year helps propel Apple's stock, which briefly stock traded north of $200 on Wednesday.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Apple's stock traded north of US$200 briefly on Wednesday, although it settled at $198.95 when the Nasdaq market closed at 4:00 PM.
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
How to Safeguard Your Privacy Online  —  As privacy issues continue to monopolize our national conversation, sparked by everything from Google's proposed takeover of DoubleClick to Facebook's Beacon advertising platform to warrantless wiretapping by the NSA and various other activities …
Discussion: Wonderland
David Flynn / APC:
Google-powered mobile phones to make a February debut?  —  First came the fervent and persistent rumours of a Google mobile phone.  —  Then, just six short weeks ago, the search supremo (and just-about-everything-else-online supremo) announced there would not be a ‘Google phone’ per se …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Slashdot and Digg
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Masterful Web Entrepreneurs Hit a Snag in Miami's Condo Market  —  Jim Clark and Tom Jermoluk cut a swath through Silicon Valley in the 1990s with companies like Silicon Graphics, Netscape and WebMD.  But they are finding that it is a lot harder to maneuver through the real estate market than to master the Internet.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Everex gPC gets reviewed, thrashed  —  Just because something sells out, that doesn't mean that it's up to snuff.  Substantiating said claim is the Everex gPC, which recently did an outstanding job of frustrating and disappointing reviewers at PCMag.  Put simply, the gPC was found …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gearlog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Study: Ads in online shows work better than ads on TV  —  Good news for TV networks: online ads work.  As TV shows continue their lengthy migration onto the web, new research finds that the people watching those shows actually pay more attention to both advertising and content when they watch online.
Discussion: broadstuff, Valleywag and Slashdot
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Yiwyn / Techland:   Survey: More online ads, free content
Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
Hacks and smack-talking make hi-def format war even uglier  —  The format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD continues, but now the participants are really getting feisty.  Both camps have been particularly aggressive this holiday season, offering a variety of discounts, free movies …
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Mac Os / PC World:
Apple's Record Breaking Year
Discussion: ParisLemon
 
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
EU: Microsoft's Last Stand Against Google's Acquisition of DoubleClick
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NEC Hello Kitty laptop LaVie G decorated with Swarovski Crystals
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The GigaOM Interview: Dr. Mendel Roseblum, Chief Scientist, VMWare
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Microthink: If you can't measure it, then it doesn't exist
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Predictions for Google's 2008  —  Some of these items are obvious …
Elaine C. Kamarck / Boston Globe:
Increasing Internet capacity
Discussion: Aswath Weblog and VoIP Watch
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Information Overload Costing $650 Billion
Sarah Fallon / Wired News:
Confessions of an Online Scrabble Cheat
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Christmas At The Apple Store: Very, Very Crowded
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Canon, Panasonic and Hitachi Join Up, Dig In for Flat-Panel War
Discussion: Ars Technica
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
2007 In Numbers: Low Traffic Is One Problem Yahoo Doesn't Have
Discussion: Digg
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
FCC Leaks Details on the Motorola ROKR E8
Google Watch:
Google Taps NTT DoCoMo in Mobile No-Brainer
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Tamar Weinberg / techipedia:
Best Internet Marketing Blog Posts of 2007
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Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

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