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1:10 AM ET, September 16, 2008

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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update is recommended for Mac OS X Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 and 10.5.4.  It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon Does the Obvious, Finally: Adds Video on IMDB  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has finally done what many have been asking it since the time the company bought IMDB: it has enabled video on the film and TV database/info site.  The company says users can now watch 6,000 full-length feature films …
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Chuck / Business Wire:
Users Can Now Watch Full-Length Movies and TV Shows for Free on IMDb.com  —  Beta feature debuts with over 6,000 TV episodes and movies  —  The Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the authoritative source of information on movies, TV and celebrities, and a subsidiary of Amazon.com …
Discussion: Podcasting News
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The Internet Movie Database adds the “movie” part to the “database” part
Discussion: Webware.com
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Drudge Report: News Site That Sends Readers Away With Links Has Highest Engagement  —  There are two main reasons why news sites are reluctant to send readers away by linking to third-party content.  First, you shouldn't send people away or else they won't come back to your site.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Citi Says Sept. Qtr Tracking Ahead Of Street Ests; Contends Shipments Have Begun On New MacBooks  —  Citigroup's Richard Gardner asserted in a research note this morning that Apple's September quarter is tracking in line with his above-consensus revenue estimate of $8.3 billion …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
New MacBooks shipping all around us, unseen?  —  Disappointment following certain Apple events is hardly new.  The company sets the bar so high that now it seems anything less than a new iPhone will be a disappointment.  Apple's “Let's Rock” even last week was no different.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and AppleInsider
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Wow.  Apple Financial Services Really Does Make Buying a Mac as Easy as Using One
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 Announcement Video!!  —  Update: We now have the actual .pdf files that went out to VZW employees.  Check them out after the jump.  In addition to the Talking Points document (widely seen already), there's also a Q&A .pdf.  Not much new here, but it does have a table comparing the Storm to the iPhone 3G.
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Times of London:
Google search finds seafaring solution  —  Google may take its battle for global domination to the high seas with the launch of its own “computer navy”.  —  The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km) offshore.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Bleeds Purple.  And You Thought Microsoft's Marketing Campaign Was Weird  —  Apparently Yahoo has caught the bizarre marketing bug.  Today the company has launched “Start Wearing Purple”, a campaign that is trying to capitalize on the color's reported association with …
CodeWeavers:
Fire Drills and Proving a Point  —  So in a CodeWeavers management meeting one day, we were looking for a way to show off Wine's new maturity, particularly for porting applications.  What we needed was a freely redistributable application; one that didn't exist on Mac or Linux, but one that was readily understandable.
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louisgray.com:
CodeWeavers Brings Chrome Experience to Mac OS X, Linux
The Official Google Blog:
Google Desktop 5.8 for Windows: increased performance  —  We love getting your feedback, and one of the themes that has cropped up in the Google Desktop Help group is that you want a lighter, faster product.  We heard the message loud and clear and decided that the Google Desktop 5.8 …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
New iPhone Chip Will Cost an ARM and a Missile  —  Given Apple's super-secretive ways, it's quite a shock to find a company engineer disclosing something about the iPhone's future innards on a public social networking site.  —  Wei-han Lien, the senior manager of Apple's chip team …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu-Firefox EULA dustup reignites OSS licensing debate  —  Mozilla has received widespread criticism from within the open-source community for bundling a EULA with official binary builds of Firefox 3.  Critics argue that including a conventional user license agreement in Firefox is antithetical …
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Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:   Ubuntu, Firefox and License Issues
Google Mac Blog:
Gears for Safari  —  We're really excited to announce the official release of Gears for Safari on OS X (minimum requirements are Leopard 10.5.3 or Tiger 10.4.11).  —  You can download it today from http://gears.google.com.  —  This means that you can now access all the Gears-enabled sites …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
‘BusinessWeek’ site hacked in potential malware attack  —  Hackers have broken into BusinessWeek's online site and set up an attack scenario in which visitors to a section of the site could have their own computers compromised and their data stolen, a security researcher said on Monday.
Discussion: The Register and ZDNet.com.au
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Things That Podcaster's Rejection From the App Store Is Not About  —  Daniel Dilger has a piece on Roughly Drafted today arguing that Apple's rejection of Podcaster from the App Store should not have been a surprise, and in fact should have been expected under section 3.3.3 of the iPhone SDK Agreement.
Discussion: Roughly Drafted
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
HP announces High-Def notebooks, HDX X16 and HDX X18  —  Building on their cavalcade of notebooks announced a few months ago, HP whipped out two entertainment-focused notebooks today.  The biggest draw for both the HDX 16 and HDX18 are their 16:9 HD displays, sort of.
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
HP:
HP Announces Plans to Integrate EDS  —  Move designed to create greater opportunities for customers while streamlining costs  —  At its securities analyst meeting today, HP will unveil a strategic plan to establish a powerful position in the evolving enterprise market.
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
HP Touchsmart IQ816 Adds Bigger Screen, Blu-ray, VESA Wall Mount
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
PR Newswire:
WD(R) Best-Selling Portable Drives Put Half a Terabyte of Storage …
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
AT&T to link iPhone to U-verse video, Internet
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Phone Scoop
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Open mobile platforms and Facebook developer refugees
Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
Rumor: Windows 7 to Arrive Early, First Beta Due October 27
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Jukebox on MySpace That Takes Aim at Apple
Discussion: CNET News and Reuters
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple's Big Location Chance, Or When Is The iPhone Going To Use That GPS?
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Download all your tagged Facebook pics with a new app
Discussion: Webware.com
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comScore M:Metrics Reports Mobile Search Grew 68 Percent in the U.S …
Reuters:
EU competition officials probing Google-Yahoo deal
Matt Murphy / iFundVC:
Launching the iFund Blog....
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Stack Overflow Launches
Discussion: webmonkey
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Significance of Google Chrome
Discussion: Platform Wars
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Everyone but Apple joins new “buy once, play anywhere” group
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Isn't A Social Network.  And Stop Trying to Make New Friends There
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As Twitter Regains Footing, Competitors' Growth Stalls
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