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6:15 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.
Tris Hussey / blognation:
Om Malik & Arrington Blow Off BlogWorld-iJustine Fills In  —  The buzz around the show was that Om Mailk and Michael Arrington were skipping BlogWorld Expo even though both are confirmed speakers.  Right now Leo Laporte, after giving what I've heard was a kick-ass keynote, pulled iJustine in as a last minute panel member.
Discussion: chrisbrogan.com and Web Strategy
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
BlogWorldExpo - Update - Arrington/Malik No Shows  —  FYI, for anyone planning to attend the BlogWorldExpo session called "Cult of Blogging" with Mike Arrington and Om Malik - neither are here.  It's been replaced by a chat with iJustine.  —  Leo Laporte said that Om is sick and Mike "forgot".
Discussion: Valleywag
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
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Instructions posted for downgrading iPhone from 1.1.2 to 1.1.1  —  It looks like those having regrets about upgrading their iPhone to the 1.1.2 firmware now have a means of bringing their prized device back to the comforts of 1.1.1, although the process is apparently not without its faults.
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone: Testing the 1.1.2 Jailbreak
Discussion: CNET News.com, Bits and Engadget
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 …
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 …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook to let users vote on news feed [Scoop]  —  Snooping on user profiles isn't the only special privilege Facebook employees have.  They also get to test the site's latest features.  Like news feed voting.  Above is a mockup of my news feed as a Facebooker would see it, based on real screenshots from an inside source.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Reaching for Apple, Falling Short  —  The iPhone's biggest achievement isn't any particular feature; it's the way Apple took veto power away from the cellphone carriers.  —  Ordinarily, Verizon, Sprint and their rivals are the gatekeepers for phone features.
 
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Attack of the Splogs—One Of Our Posts Copied 152 Times Without Attribution
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Barry Diller's Bill Gates Imitation
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New Facebook ad system raises privacy concerns
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Live Search gets gimmicky: taps prizes to lure search engine users, data
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Karl / DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable To Employ DNS Redirection - The 'butterfinger …
The Register:
Dublin designer branches out with 'tree' PC
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Hollywood Reporter:
Second life for 'Quarterlife' due to writers strike?
Reuters:
Fans queue but iPhone fails to grip Germany
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Review: The Sweet Agony That Is Nokia N81
Discussion: Gadget Lab and jkOnTheRun