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4:10 PM ET, December 27, 2007

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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Piping Hot Innovation  —  Want a coffee with your iPhone?  —  Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) Chief Executive Steve Jobs wants to patent a process that will save customers the hassle of waiting to order a cup of coffee at a local Starbucks (nasdaq: SBUX - news - people ) …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Yahoo to patent “smart drag-and-drop,” Ars submits prior art  —  A patent application filed by Yahoo is being scrutinized by the peer-to-patent web site (http://www.peertopatent.org/ ), a web-based public patent review system that is co-sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) …
Discussion: Electronista and CNET News.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Apple Tries To Patent A Way to Avoid Long Lines
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Dell's All-in-One PC Has the Guts, Design To Compete With iMac  —  Something interesting is going on at Dell.  The Texas personal-computer behemoth, long associated with boxy, boring machines, has started emphasizing industrial design.  And the company, which in recent years seemed to care …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Dell XPS One Is Better Machine than iMac, Loses Battle for the Software, Mossberg Says  —  Today, December 27 at 1:01AM EDT, The Supreme Pope of Tech Walter Mossberg has declared the Dell XPS One a better machine than the iMac.  And yes, that sound you thought you dreamt was Steve Jobs screaming and Hell freezing over.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Offer Fox Movie Rentals  —  Twentieth Century Fox and Apple are preparing to announce a deal in which Fox movies would be available for rent digitally through Apple's iTunes Store.
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Fox to allow DVD copying on Apple's iTunes  —  Also in Apple's movie rental deal yesterday with Fox: Apple will license its FairPlay copy-protection technology to the studio for DVD movie releases.  This will allow DVD purchasers to easily — and legally — copy movies to their computers for playback on iPods and iPhones.
Discussion: MarketingVOX, AppScout, MacUser, p2pnet and Digg
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iTunes Movie Rentals: Winners And Losers (AAPL)
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Howard Lindzon
Electronista:
Amazon beats Apple to non-DRM Warner music  —  Amazon today landed a coup by announcing the availability of Warner Music Group albums on Amazon MP3.  The store becomes the first to offer music from the label in a universal format withoutdigital rights management (DRM), permitting buyers …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Amazon Now Selling MP3s from Warner; 2.9 Million DRM-Free Tracks Now Available
Discussion: The Digital Home and IntoMobile
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Adds Warner Music to DRM-Free Roster
Discussion: Reuters and BetaNews
Karl Ribas / Karl Ribas.com Blog:
NEW at Wal-Mart: SEM Services  —  This should make for a good laugh.  —  The following is an email marketing campaign that was forwarded on to me from my good friend Gene Carbonell who just so happens to run an online store over at My Health Management.com.
Center for Democracy & Technology:
Music Download Warning List  — Claims to have the “Largest Music & Movie Selection,” “Over 12 million MP3 files,” and to allow users to “Find Any Song for Movie Fast!"  — Charges $34.44 for a lifetime membership  — Claims to be “legal” on the home page.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google suffers patent blow  —  Google has been hit by a setback in a patent row with Hyperphrase Technologies, LLC.  —  A federal appeals court in Wisconsin yesterday rejected part of a summary judgment that could have worked to Google's advantage in the case.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Mashable!
Reuters:
Sony becomes latest to quit rear-projection TVs  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Thursday it would stop making rear-projection televisions, becoming the latest company to distance itself from a technology once seen as a promising rival of LCD and plasma displays in the flat-TV market.
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
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Electronista:
Sony officially quits rear-projection TV business
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Once Again: The Great Inventors Often Were Neither Great, Nor Inventors  —  For many years, we've tried to argue how important it is to understand the difference between innovation and invention.  While it may seem like a minor point of semantics, it actually plays quite heavily into the debate over the patent system.
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Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
New book claims Bell stole key telephone idea
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
36 Startup Tips: From Software Engineering to PR and More!  —  This is a collection of startup tips covering software engineering, infrastructure, PR, conferences, legal and finance.  They describe best practices for an early-stage startup.  We hope that you will find these tips useful …
Royal Pingdom:
The major incidents on the internet in 2007  —  We have gathered 13 of the most notable internet-related outages and incidents of 2007.  Why 13?  Though you usually can't blame downtime on bad luck, we thought it was an appropriate number for a collection like this.  —  Now on to the list!
Discussion: WebProNews and TechCrunch
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple's new laptops: confirmed!  —  Leave it up to our music industry spies (Ok, well, Just Blaze really) to set the record straight!  Apple will 100% be announcing a new laptop at MacWorld.  We've also heard the laptop will go on sale a week after MacWorld, too.  What laptop is this?
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Wacom Cintiq 12WX Video Review (Verdict: Simply Amazing)  —  Here's the video review for the new Wacom Cintiq 12WX, a tablet that allows you to draw directly on the screen with extreme precision, great feel and amazing results (even with butter fingers like mine).
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft's Windows Home Server corrupts files
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
EZ Dupe's Ultra Portable DVD Duplicator
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Inside Apple Stores, a Certain Aura Enchants the Faithful
Discussion: CrunchGear and BloggingStocks
John Markoff / New York Times:
Documents of Library in Boston to Go on Web
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ross Levinsohn Speaks!
Ansley Berrones / Yanko Design:
Music to Your Ears  —  In a day where portable music devices …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Gadget Lab
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Keeping It Private On Google Reader
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Movie Industry: DRM Is For Customers, Not For Members
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Marci Alboher / New York Times:
Blogging's a Low-Cost, High Return Marketing Tool
Discussion: Blogcosm and MarketingVOX
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Cowon's N3 player packs DMB, GPS, 7-inch touchscreen
Discussion: I4U News and Electronista
John Oram / Inquirer:
Digital movies more expensive to store than film
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony's 1080p VPL-VW40 projector set for January release
Discussion: Gizmodo
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nokia Blows Game-Service Release Again, Kills “Ovi” Buzz
Discussion: Reuters
Reuters:
Samsung SDI unveils 31-inch organic display screen
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
The technology with impact 2007
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Digg This: Deal or No Deal?  —  CEO Jay Adelson discusses rumors …
 

 
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