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3:20 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: 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 …
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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Amazon.com:
Amazon MP3 Adds Music Audio Downloads from Warner Music Group  —  Customers Can Now Choose from More Than 2.9 Million MP3 Songs on Amazon MP3, Including Music from Warner Music's Renowned Catalog of Artists  —  Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Warner Music Group (NYSE:WMG) …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Amazon Now Selling MP3s from Warner; 2.9 Million DRM-Free Tracks Now Available
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Adds Warner Music to DRM-Free Roster
Discussion: Reuters and BetaNews
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iTunes Movie Rentals: Winners And Losers (AAPL)
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Financial Times:
Apple in online film-rental deal with Fox studio
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.
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: Mashable!
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InfoWorld:   Update: U.S. court of appeals hands Google a patent setback
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
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
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews, PR 2.0, Scobleizer and BlueBlog
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?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ross Levinsohn Speaks!  —  On our recent trip to sunny Southern California, we had a lively lunch in Brentwood with the ever-sassy Ross Levinsohn.  —  In the dullish panoply of Internet moguls, Levinsohn stands out as one of the more colorful characters, no small thing since he comes from a big company …
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
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Digg This: Deal or No Deal?  —  CEO Jay Adelson discusses rumors that the thriving content-sharing site is up for sale and its plans for 2008  —  As the year winds down, so often does the Web rumor mill.  After all, even the most prolific bloggers have to put in some holiday time with the family.
 
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Fujitsu quits the display business
Discussion: Electronista
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
Ansley Berrones / Yanko Design:
Music to Your Ears  —  In a day where portable music devices …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Keeping It Private On Google Reader
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Movie Industry: DRM Is For Customers, Not For Members
Discussion: Gizmodo
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
New book claims Bell stole key telephone idea
Discussion: Techdirt, DSLreports and Slashdot
Marci Alboher / New York Times:
Blogging's a Low-Cost, High Return Marketing Tool
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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
Jenna Wortham / Wired News:
Bliss in a Box: Professor iPod Tells How iPods Insulate City Dwellers
Discussion: IP Democracy
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony's 1080p VPL-VW40 projector set for January release
Discussion: Gizmodo
Reuters:
Samsung SDI unveils 31-inch organic display screen
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
The technology with impact 2007
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Pogies: Envelope, Please
Discussion: VoIP Watch
David Flynn / APC:
Google-powered mobile phones to make a February debut?
 

 
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