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5:15 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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Mashable!
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Is Google Reader Sharing Too Much?
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 …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Computerworld Blogs
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Shares Cross $200; Let The Rumors Fly
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 …
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
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
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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Discussion: iPlot
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
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.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Computerworld
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
David Flynn / APC:
Google-powered mobile phones to make a February debut?  —  First came the fervent and persistent rumours of a Google mobile phone.  —  Then, just six short weeks ago, the search supremo (and just-about-everything-else-online supremo) announced there would not be a ‘Google phone’ per se …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Slashdot and Digg
Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
The perfect computer memory: quantum dots?  —  Flash storage is the component that makes low power electronics so flexible.  Unlike RAM, flash memory will stay written for about 10 years without power.  However, we pay for that convenience in access times, which are much slower than those for RAM.
Discussion: WinBeta
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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Mark Ward / BBC:
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
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Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
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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
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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Microthink: If you can't measure it, then it doesn't exist
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Predictions for Google's 2008  —  Some of these items are obvious …
Elaine C. Kamarck / Boston Globe:
Increasing Internet capacity
Discussion: Aswath Weblog and VoIP Watch
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Information Overload Costing $650 Billion
Sarah Fallon / Wired News:
Confessions of an Online Scrabble Cheat
Discussion: Switched
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
2007 In Numbers: Low Traffic Is One Problem Yahoo Doesn't Have
Discussion: Digg
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Masterful Web Entrepreneurs Hit a Snag in Miami's Condo Market
Tamar Weinberg / techipedia:
Best Internet Marketing Blog Posts of 2007
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Joe Duck
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Wraps Up Its 13th Holiday With Best Season Ever
 

 
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Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93

Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
More than 300 New York Times staffers express interest in buyouts

 
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