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11:45 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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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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   iTunes Movie Rentals: Winners And Losers (AAPL)
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Apple To Offer Fox Video Rentals On iTunes
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Fox In Movie Rental Deal With Apple For iTunes; DVDs Will Allow …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Electronista:
Amazon beats Apple to non-DRM Warner music  —  Amazon today landed a coup by announcing the availability of Warner Music Group albums on Amazon MP3.  The store becomes the first to offer music from the label in a universal format withoutdigital rights management (DRM), permitting buyers …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mashable!
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Amazon.com:
Amazon MP3 Adds Music Audio Downloads from Warner Music Group  —  Customers Can Now Choose from More Than 2.9 Million MP3 Songs on Amazon MP3, Including Music from Warner Music's Renowned Catalog of Artists  —  Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Warner Music Group (NYSE:WMG) …
Discussion: GigaOM and Digital Trends
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google suffers patent blow  —  Google has been hit by a setback in a patent row with Hyperphrase Technologies, LLC.  —  A federal appeals court in Wisconsin yesterday rejected part of a summary judgment that could have worked to Google's advantage in the case.
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InfoWorld:   U.S. court of appeals hands Google a patent setback
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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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 …
Reuters:
Samsung SDI unveils 31-inch organic display screen  —  Samsung says it has developed a 31-inch ultra-thin organic screen, raising the stakes in an accelerating worldwide race for organic displays.  —  Recommend this story?  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean display screen maker Samsung SDI Co …
Discussion: Electronista
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:   Samsung Set to Show Off 31-Inch OLED Screen at CES 2008
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 ) …
Discussion: Switched
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Christopher Nickson / Digital Trends:   Apple Files Microsoft-Like DRM System
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?
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
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: CNET News.com, ParisLemon and Mashable!
John Oram / Inquirer:
Digital movies more expensive to store than film  —  Kansas salt mines are cheapest place to hide 'em  —  HOLLYWOOD USED TO gather up rolls of film with those bloopers and outtakes, and ship the whole package for storage inside a salt mine in the middle of noplace Kansas.
Discussion: Gizmodo
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple's new laptops: confirmed!  —  Leave it up to our music industry spies (Ok, well, Just Blaze really) to set the record straight!  Apple will 100% be announcing a new laptop at MacWorld.  We've also heard the laptop will go on sale a week after MacWorld, too.  What laptop is this?
Discussion: geeksugar, Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
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.
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
 
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Jenna Wortham / Wired News:
Bliss in a Box: Professor iPod Tells How IPods Insulate City Dwellers
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nokia Blows Game-Service Release Again, Kills “Ovi” Buzz
Discussion: Reuters
Karen D. Schwartz / eWEEK.com:
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David Pogue / New York Times:
The Pogies: Envelope, Please
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Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
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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: Gearlog and Gizmodo
Fareastgizmos.com:
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Elaine C. Kamarck / Boston Globe:
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