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7:20 PM ET, December 27, 2007

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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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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Yahoo to patent “smart drag-and-drop,” Ars submits prior art  —  A patent application filed by Yahoo is being scrutinized by the peer-to-patent web site (http://www.peertopatent.org/ ), a web-based public patent review system that is co-sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) …
Discussion: Electronista and CNET News.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Apple Tries To Patent A Way to Avoid Long Lines
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 …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Dell XPS One Is Better Machine than iMac, Loses Battle for the Software, Mossberg Says  —  Today, December 27 at 1:01AM EDT, The Supreme Pope of Tech Walter Mossberg has declared the Dell XPS One a better machine than the iMac.  And yes, that sound you thought you dreamt was Steve Jobs screaming and Hell freezing over.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
3 down, 1 to go: Warner Music Group drops DRM  —  Warner Music has bent beneath the force of the anti-DRM winds sweeping the globe.  The label will now offer its complete catalog, DRM-free, through Amazon's new MP3 store.  —  The announcement means that EMI, Universal …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Reuters:
Amazon adds Warner Music tunes to download service
Discussion: Download Squad
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Adds Warner Music to DRM-Free Roster
Discussion: Reuters and BetaNews
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.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Will Apple Blow Past Netflix, Amazon, and Microsoft With A Fox Deal?
Discussion: E-Commerce Times, Epicenter and Gizmodo
Center for Democracy & Technology:
Music Download Warning List  — Claims to have the “Largest Music & Movie Selection,” “Over 12 million MP3 files,” and to allow users to “Find Any Song for Movie Fast!"  — Charges $34.44 for a lifetime membership  — Claims to be “legal” on the home page.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Is The ROI Of Requiring User Registration To Access Online Content?  —  I somehow got logged out of my NYTimes.com registration and just hit the registration wall when I tried to read an article — I almost forgot it was there.  Which made me wonder, now that the TimesSelect pay wall is gone …
Discussion: Recovering Journalist
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.
Georges Yared / BloggingStocks:
Apple's new price target: $300  —  Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been a truly fun company and stock to watch and write about during the course of 2007.  Not a bad name to own either.  I have probably written a dozen posts for BloggingStocks about Apple, and I have raised my price target five or six times this past year.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
New product release today  —  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...  It's with much anticipation that I say this.  —  I have a new product that may be familiar to those of you who used Radio 8, and in other ways may be completely new.  —  The idea is simple.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
$40K to fill an iPod?  One third of PCs use LimeWire instead  —  Pop quiz: what music and movie downloading app is installed on over one third of the world's computers, according to a new report from Digital Music News and media tracking specialist BigChampagne?
Discussion: hypebot and Digg
Royal Pingdom:
The major incidents on the internet in 2007  —  We have gathered 13 of the most notable internet-related outages and incidents of 2007.  Why 13?  Though you usually can't blame downtime on bad luck, we thought it was an appropriate number for a collection like this.  —  Now on to the list!
Discussion: WebProNews, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Inside Apple Stores, a Certain Aura Enchants the Faithful  —  It was 2 o'clock in the morning but in the subterranean retailing mecca in Midtown Manhattan, otherwise known as the Apple store, it might as well have been midafternoon.  —  Late one night shortly before Christmas …
Discussion: CrunchGear and BloggingStocks
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Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple's IPhone, Macintosh Push Shares to Record High
Discussion: GigaOM, Macsimum News and The Stalwart
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
'I M ON THE T': Tunnels ready for cellphones  —  Passengers riding the T in tunnels underneath downtown Boston will now be able to chat on their cellphones, text-message their friends, or use hand-held devices to e-mail their bosses from platforms and underground tunnels in and around four of the MBTA's busiest stations.
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget Mobile
 
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Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Did you get a Zune for Christmas?
Discussion: WebProNews
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Samsung's P720, F490 make their video debut
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Once Again: The Great Inventors Often Were Neither Great, Nor Inventors
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft's Windows Home Server corrupts files
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Fujitsu quits the display business
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
Reuters:
Sony becomes latest to quit rear-projection TVs
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ross Levinsohn Speaks!
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Wacom Cintiq 12WX Video Review (Verdict: Simply Amazing)
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Keeping It Private On Google Reader
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Movie Industry: DRM Is For Customers, Not For Members
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Digg
Marci Alboher / New York Times:
Blogging's a Low-Cost, High Return Marketing Tool
Discussion: iPlot, Blogcosm and MarketingVOX
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple's new laptops: confirmed!
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Google suffers patent blow
Discussion: Mashable!
Reuters:
Samsung SDI unveils 31-inch organic display screen
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
The technology with impact 2007
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
36 Startup Tips: From Software Engineering to PR and More!