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5:50 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.
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Adds Warner Music to DRM-Free Roster
Discussion: Reuters and BetaNews
Reuters:
Amazon adds Warner Music tunes to download service
Discussion: Download Squad
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
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.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
$40K to fill an iPod?  One third of PCs use LimeWire instead  —  Pop quiz: what music and movie downloading app is installed on over one third of the world's computers, according to a new report from Digital Music News and media tracking specialist BigChampagne?
Discussion: hypebot and Digg
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?
Georges Yared / BloggingStocks:
Apple's new price target: $300  —  Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been a truly fun company and stock to watch and write about during the course of 2007.  Not a bad name to own either.  I have probably written a dozen posts for BloggingStocks about Apple, and I have raised my price target five or six times this past year.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Movie Industry: DRM Is For Customers, Not For Members  —  This week several DVD-screeners leaked on BitTorrent.  “I Am Legend”, “Gone Baby Gone” and several other movies showed up at BitTorrent sites, presumably leaked with the help of industry insiders.  —  December is traditionally …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Digg
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
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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Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
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Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Fujitsu quits the display business
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
Reuters:
Sony becomes latest to quit rear-projection TVs
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
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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!
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Wacom Cintiq 12WX Video Review (Verdict: Simply Amazing)
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Keeping It Private On Google Reader
Marci Alboher / New York Times:
Blogging's a Low-Cost, High Return Marketing Tool
Discussion: Blogcosm and MarketingVOX
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
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