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10:35 PM ET, December 27, 2007

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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
New product release today  —  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...  It's with much anticipation that I say this.  —  I have a new product that may be familiar to those of you who used Radio 8, and in other ways may be completely new.  —  The idea is simple.
Discussion: louisgray.com
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The MacMini HDTV revolution  —  Yesterday I was over talking with the team behind Retrevo, the consumer electronics search engine.  —  We all agreed that Apple TV sucks.  More on that in a minute.  —  But we all notice a trend: hooking MacMinis up to your HTDV.  I think it's a revolution.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FlickrFan: Dave Winer's New Photo Viewing Software  —  Chronic inventor Dave Winer has released an early version of his new Mac software called FlickrFan tonight.  Though there are some kinks in it at launch, the service leverages a number of APIs to do some very cool things.
Discussion: Podcasting News
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
Discussion: MacNN and CNET News.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Apple Tries To Patent A Way to Avoid Long Lines
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.
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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 …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Is The ROI Of Requiring User Registration To Access Online Content?  —  I somehow got logged out of my NYTimes.com registration and just hit the registration wall when I tried to read an article — I almost forgot it was there.  Which made me wonder, now that the TimesSelect pay wall is gone …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
3 down, 1 to go: Warner Music Group drops DRM  —  Warner Music has bent beneath the force of the anti-DRM winds sweeping the globe.  The label will now offer its complete catalog, DRM-free, through Amazon's new MP3 store.  —  The announcement means that EMI, Universal …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Adds Warner Music to DRM-Free Roster
Discussion: Reuters and BetaNews
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Wal-Mart Kills Video Download Store Before Christmas, No One Notices  —  Honestly, if we hadn't been tipped to this, we probably would've been none the wiser—same as pretty much everybody else on the planet apparently—but it looks like Wal-Mart's video download store caught pneumonia and died on Dec. 21.
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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: Mashable! and InfoWorld
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.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Will Apple Blow Past Netflix, Amazon, and Microsoft With A Fox Deal?  —  Articles this morning in the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) has signed a deal with the 20th Century Fox Pictures unit of News Corp. (NWS) to develop a rental service where Fox movies …
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Apple to Offer Fox Movie Rentals
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Did you get a Zune for Christmas?  —  Microsoft's Zune digital media player is catching on, if this holiday season is indication.  —  Microsoft first released the Zune last year and introduced a new line in November in time for the holidays.  Early on, there were reports that the 80 GB models were tough to find on store shelves.
Discussion: WebProNews
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Inside Apple Stores, a Certain Aura Enchants the Faithful  —  It was 2 o'clock in the morning but in the subterranean retailing mecca in Midtown Manhattan, otherwise known as the Apple store, it might as well have been midafternoon.  —  Late one night shortly before Christmas …
 
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