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4:00 PM ET, November 9, 2007

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Evan DiBiase / The Evan Series:
Video Rentals Coming Soon to iTunes?  —  Before installing any iTunes upgrade, I dump the strings from the old iTunes binary.  Once the new version has installed, I diff the new version's strings against the old's, to see what shows up.  —  When I did this for the recent 7.5 upgrade, I found the following interesting (new) strings:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Movie Rentals Are Baked Into the Latest Version of iTunes.  —  Look inside the code of the latest version of iTunes (version 7.5), and you will find eight lines that speak volumes about Apple's next move in video.  Movie rentals and video-on-demand, it appears, are now baked into iTunes, just waiting to be turned on.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
1.1.2 iPod touch Jailbroken—before its official release!  —  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  And here is the first picture from a jailbroken 1.1.2 iPod touch, courtesy of hacker planetbeing.  Congratulations to all the iPhone/iPod team, including Pumpkin, Edgan, Dinopio, Drudge, Kroo, and all the rest.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPod Touch Firmware 1.1.2 Released: Add Calendar Events [Update: Jailbroken]
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Reuters:
Fans queue but iPhone fails to grip Germany  —  COLOGNE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Hundreds of German Apple (AAPL.O) fans braved rain and wind before dawn to be among the first in Europe to get their hands on an iPhone but the arrival of the year's hottest consumer gadget passed most Germans by.
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
If I see another headline about "the iPhone cometh..."
Discussion: Computerworld
BBC:
Apple iPhone debuts in UK stores
Discussion: p2pnet, PalmAddicts and textually.org
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Sony brass thinks Blu-ray vs HD DVD is a 'stalemate'  —  Howard Stringer (Sony Corp. CEO) says that Blu-ray and HD DVD are in a stalemate.  He has to say that, though.  —  I've stayed out of the debate since it started because, as a consumer, I don't care who wins.
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Nigeria favors Linux vendor Mandriva over Microsoft once more  —  San Francisco - Microsoft may not have beaten French Linux vendor Mandriva in a large deal to supply Nigerian elementary schools with laptop computers and software after all.  —  Mandriva had closed a deal in mid-August …
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:   Mandriva Regains Nigeria Deal From Microsoft
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Review: The Sweet Agony That Is Nokia N81  —  It has been nearly 65 days since I went without a phone set change, leading to snide remarks from my co-workers about my fidelity to Apple's iPhone.  Despite getting frustrated with iPhone's email application (I carry a Blackberry to get some serenity) …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and jkOnTheRun
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
New Facebook ad system raises privacy concerns  —  'They are pushing the boundaries,' says one privacy advocate  —  Just days after Facebook unveiled plans for a new advertising network that relies on user-provided details about themselves for marketers to target their ads, some legal experts said the system may violate privacy laws.
Discussion: WebProNews and iMedia Connection
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Gil Kaufman / MTV:
Radiohead Deny Reports That 60 Percent Of Fans Paid Nothing For In Rainbows  —  Band sets December 31 for physical release of latest album overseas.  —  The physical version of Radiohead's In Rainbows won't be ready for your holiday stocking, but it will be released this year.
Nick / Rough Type:
Tapping at the window  —  Spying is best done surreptitiously.  The Peeping Tom that you don't see is of infinitely less concern to you than the one who taps on your window and waves.  With its new Beacon ad program, Facebook taps on the window.  —  Nate Weiner reports on his first experience coming face …
Discussion: Download Squad and Valleywag
Hollywood Reporter:
Second life for 'Quarterlife' due to writers strike?  —  In a bit of an irony since squabbles over Web content are at the heart of the writers strike, an Internet series might be used by a broadcast network as strike-contingency programming.  —  Sources said Thursday that NBC is in talks …
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung Stops Selling in Japan  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it had stopped selling flat panel televisions and other consumer products in Japan, citing poor profitability.  —  Samsung has emerged in the past decade and a half as a global giant in consumer electronics …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can WiMAX be saved?  —  It costs money to build a nationwide network, even a citywide one.  Without some assurance of a return, few people want to go up against the current shared monopoly and drive down prices.  —  That's the clear message of the Clearwire-Sprint split on WiMAX …
Business Wire:
Clearwire Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results  —  Clearwire Adds 49,000 Net New Subscribers to End the Third Quarter 2007 with 348,000 Subscribers, up from 162,000 at the End of Third Quarter 2006.  Service Revenue Increases over 117% Relative to Same Quarter in the Prior Year
Seeking Alpha:
DivX and Xbox 360: A Potential Win-Win For Everyone  —  DivX (DIVX) followed up Tuesday night's earnings report with a presentation at the JP Morgan SmMid cap conference.  After having just undergone their quarterly confessional, I didn't expect to hear any new information, but wanted to tune in anyway.
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo and WinBeta
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Live Search gets gimmicky: taps prizes to lure search engine users, data  —  How do you win in the search engine wars?  Two approaches suggest themselves: 1) build a better search engine or 2) bribe users.  Microsoft is trying option two in hopes of gathering enough data to make option one a reality.
Discussion: MarketWatch and Mashable!
 
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