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12:20 AM ET, December 27, 2007

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Financial Times:
Apple in online film-rental deal with Fox studio  —  By Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles and Kevin Allison in San Francisco  —  Apple has signed News Corp's 20th Century Fox studio to a new online video-on-demand service in a deal that could change the way people pay for online film content.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google ruining Christmas?  Get a grip  —  Since I'm full of the milk of human kindness after a wonderful Christmas, I've been trying to remain calm in the face of all the Google Reader hysteria about shared items and so on — but wiping out on some ice yesterday and landing on my ass …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Google Reader Sharing Too Much?  —  A small privacy debate is igniting over a new sharing feature in Google Reader.  A couple weeks ago, Google turned on a new feature in its feed reader that lets you share posts with anyone in your Gmail or Gtalk contact list (assuming you use either of those other Google services as well).
Fh on earth:
Google Reader shares private data, ruins Christmas  —  Update 2007-12-26: Getting closer to the truth.  A leaked internal Google video reveals that this is part of a new strategy to fight Facebook: … Details at wisebread.  —  Update 2007-12-26: Update at the end of the article, answer to a comment.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Thinks It Knows Your Friends  —  “Reader and Talk are Friends!"  —  That's how Google announced earlier this month on one of its corporate blogs the expansion of the sharing features in Google Reader, the company's service for viewing blogs.  The feature didn't win Google a lot of friends.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
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: ParisLemon and Mashable!
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:   Google Reader Becomes Holiday Snitch
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Google Reader: Naughty or Nice? Santa Safe!
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 …
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.
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.
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Radiohead To Promote Album With New Year's Eve Concert on Current TV
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
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Mac Os / PC World:
Apple's Record Breaking Year
Discussion: ParisLemon
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
EU: Microsoft's Last Stand Against Google's Acquisition of DoubleClick  —  As we reported December 20, the last hurdle to Google's acquisition of Doubleclick now rests with the European Union after obtaining approval for the merger in the United States.  —  One company petitioning against the acquisition is Microsoft.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Slashdot
 
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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
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Information Overload Costing $650 Billion
Discussion: Ars Technica
Sarah Fallon / Wired News:
Confessions of an Online Scrabble Cheat
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Russian GPS alternative near completion, Putin and dog celebrate
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
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
Discussion: Mashable!
Tamar Weinberg / techipedia:
Best Internet Marketing Blog Posts of 2007
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Joe Duck
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Qt 4.4.0 with Phonon and WebKit
 

 
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