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12:55 PM 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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iTunes Movie Rentals: Winners And Losers (AAPL)
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Apple To Offer Fox Video Rentals On iTunes
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Apple and 20th Century Fox strike digital movie rental deal
Discussion: Profy.Com and Digg
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Fox In Movie Rental Deal With Apple For iTunes; DVDs Will Allow …
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: last100, Engadget 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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Warner Signs On With Amazon's DRM-Free MP3 Download Store  —  Effective today, Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) follows Universal Music Group and EMI to the DRM-free Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) MP3 store.  For Warner, it's an admission that DRM-free music is part of its present and future; for Amazon …
Discussion: Billboard.Biz
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Amazon Now Selling MP3s from Warner; 2.9 Million DRM-Free Tracks Now Available  —  Amazon just kicked a certain Cupertino-based company where it counts, scoring DRM-free MP3s from Warner Music Group that you can buy today.  This leaves out only the big S, Sony, which is always the last to cave …
Discussion: The Digital Home
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 …
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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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 ) …
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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
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?
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.
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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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.
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Movie Industry: DRM Is For Customers, Not For Members  —  This week several DVD-screeners leaked on BitTorrent.  “I Am Legend”, “Gone Baby Gone” and several other movies showed up at BitTorrent sites, presumably leaked with the help of industry insiders.  —  December is traditionally …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
New book claims Bell stole key telephone idea
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Blogging's a Low-Cost, High Return Marketing Tool
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Cowon's N3 player packs DMB, GPS, 7-inch touchscreen
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Electronista:
Sony officially quits rear-projection TV business
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John Oram / Inquirer:
Digital movies more expensive to store than film
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Jenna Wortham / Wired News:
Bliss in a Box: Professor iPod Tells How IPods Insulate City Dwellers
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony's 1080p VPL-VW40 projector set for January release
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The Boy Genius Report:
Apple's new laptops: confirmed!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nokia Blows Game-Service Release Again, Kills “Ovi” Buzz
Discussion: Reuters
Karen D. Schwartz / eWEEK.com:
The Best Money-Saving Technologies of 2007
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Pogies: Envelope, Please
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
The perfect computer memory: quantum dots?
Discussion: WinBeta
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
How to Safeguard Your Privacy Online
Discussion: Wonderland
David Flynn / APC:
Google-powered mobile phones to make a February debut?