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10:10 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.
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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.
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iTunes Movie Rentals: Winners And Losers (AAPL)  —  The FT and others report that Apple and News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox are preparing to announce a digital movie rental service via Apple's iTunes store.  The service hasn't been acknowledged by either company, so it's a bit early to call it a hit or a dud.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Fox In Movie Rental Deal With Apple For iTunes; DVDs Will Allow …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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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.
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InfoWorld:
U.S. court of appeals hands Google a patent setback  —  Google's browser toolbar is back in court on patent infringement charges, after a U.S. court of appeals overturned part of a lower court decision.  Google's AdSense contextual advertising service, though, is in the clear.
Reuters:
Samsung SDI unveils 31-inch organic display screen  —  Samsung says it has developed a 31-inch ultra-thin organic screen, raising the stakes in an accelerating worldwide race for organic displays.  —  Recommend this story?  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean display screen maker Samsung SDI Co …
Discussion: Electronista
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:   Samsung Set to Show Off 31-Inch OLED Screen at CES 2008
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
The technology with impact 2007  —  The last 12 months have seen plenty of talking points around technology - from the iPhone, to Facebook, the launch of Vista and the XO laptop - but what were the developments, stories or gadgets which had the biggest impact?
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.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Mashable!
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: Scobleizer and BlueBlog
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 …
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Shares Cross $200; Let The Rumors Fly
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Pogies: Envelope, Please  —  Good evening, and welcome to the third annual Pogie awards!  Let's hear it for Rico and the band!  —  As you know, this award was created to celebrate the tiny glints of cleverness and innovation that sometimes appear in consumer electronics.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nokia Blows Game-Service Release Again, Kills “Ovi” Buzz  —  Nokia has again had to delay the launch of its N-gage mobile gaming service, further hurting its incipient “Ovi” Internet services brand.  Nokia dominates the mobile market, but its late entry into the sexier Internet services market …
Discussion: Reuters
Karen D. Schwartz / eWEEK.com:
The Best Money-Saving Technologies of 2007  —  Here are some of the technologies that gained prominence in 2007 and that are considered to be among the best at helping companies retain their hard-earned profits.  —  For companies that aren't flush with cash, it's important to keep on top …
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
Current.com // Current Picks:
Radiohead on Current TV!  —  <grammarnazi> Shouldn't the post read “Radiohead is going to play an...” The current sentence just feels wrong to read.  Otherwise good news. </grammarnazi>  —  I can't wait!  —  hell yeah ha!  interactive happy new year peace  —  Ah, that's great!
Discussion: The Register, iPlot and WebProNews
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Piping Hot Innovation
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Dell's All-in-One PC Has the Guts, Design To Compete With iMac
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Digg Traffic Has Questionable Value For Most Niche Publishers
Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
The perfect computer memory: quantum dots?
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Online games battle for top spot
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
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 Earlier Items: 
Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
Hacks and smack-talking make hi-def format war even uglier
Discussion: Electronista and Computerworld
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
EU: Microsoft's Last Stand Against Google's Acquisition of DoubleClick
Discussion: ParisLemon and Slashdot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Everex gPC gets reviewed, thrashed
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gearlog
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Broadband Mechanics announcement(s)
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The GigaOM Interview: Dr. Mendel Roseblum, Chief Scientist, VMWare
Elaine C. Kamarck / Boston Globe:
Increasing Internet capacity
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Information Overload Costing $650 Billion
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