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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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
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).
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Thinks It Knows Your Friends
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:   Google Reader Becomes Holiday Snitch
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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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.
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
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Mac Os / PC World:
Apple's Record Breaking Year
Discussion: ParisLemon
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Information Overload Costing $650 Billion  —  Information overload is being called the 2008 “Problem-of-the-Year” by research firm Basex.  —  Information overload reduces employee efficiency and overall productivity and has been flagged as a key challenge for companies that operate in the knowledge economy.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Ars Technica
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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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
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
2007 In Numbers: Low Traffic Is One Problem Yahoo Doesn't Have
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FCC Leaks Details on the Motorola ROKR E8
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Google Taps NTT DoCoMo in Mobile No-Brainer
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Best Internet Marketing Blog Posts of 2007
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