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9:10 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 …
Discussion: Computerworld and Lost Remote
Wall Street Journal:
Apple to Offer Fox Movie Rentals  —  Twentieth Century Fox and Apple are preparing to announce a deal in which Fox movies would be available for rent digitally through Apple's iTunes Store.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Fox In Movie Rental Deal With Apple For iTunes; DVDs Will Allow …
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.
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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 …
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Shares Cross $200; Let The Rumors Fly
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 and Mashable!
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
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
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
The technology with impact 2007  —  The last 12 months have seen plenty of talking points around technology - from the iPhone, to Facebook, the launch of Vista and the XO laptop - but what were the developments, stories or gadgets which had the biggest impact?
InfoWorld:
U.S. court of appeals hands Google a patent setback  —  Google's browser toolbar is back in court on patent infringement charges, after a U.S. court of appeals overturned part of a lower court decision.  Google's AdSense contextual advertising service, though, is in the clear.
Discussion: The Register
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
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 …
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 …
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
Current.com // Current Picks:
Radiohead on Current TV!  —  <grammarnazi> Shouldn't the post read “Radiohead is going to play an...” The current sentence just feels wrong to read.  Otherwise good news. </grammarnazi>  —  I can't wait!  —  hell yeah ha!  interactive happy new year peace  —  Ah, that's great!
Discussion: The Register, iPlot and WebProNews
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Samsung Set to Show Off 31-Inch OLED Screen at CES 2008
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Digg Traffic Has Questionable Value For Most Niche Publishers
Mark Ward / BBC:
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Hack: Hidden Preferences for iPhone
Peter Cohen / PC World:
Apple Stock Toys With $200 Per Share Mark
Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
Hacks and smack-talking make hi-def format war even uglier
Discussion: Electronista
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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Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Broadband Mechanics announcement(s)
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The GigaOM Interview: Dr. Mendel Roseblum, Chief Scientist, VMWare
Oldnewthing / The Old New Thing:
Microthink: If you can't measure it, then it doesn't exist
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
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Masterful Web Entrepreneurs Hit a Snag in Miami's Condo Market