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7:35 AM ET, September 16, 2008

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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update is recommended for Mac OS X Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 and 10.5.4.  It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon Does the Obvious, Finally: Adds Video on IMDb  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has finally done what many have been asking it since the time the company bought IMDB: it has enabled video on the film and TV database/info site.  The company says users can now watch 6,000 full-length feature films …
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Chuck / Business Wire:
Users Can Now Watch Full-Length Movies and TV Shows for Free on IMDb.com  —  Beta feature debuts with over 6,000 TV episodes and movies  —  The Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the authoritative source of information on movies, TV and celebrities, and a subsidiary of Amazon.com …
Discussion: Profy, Pulse 2.0 and Podcasting News
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The Internet Movie Database adds the “movie” part to the “database” part
Discussion: Webware.com
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Drudge Report: News Site That Sends Readers Away With Links Has Highest Engagement  —  There are two main reasons why news sites are reluctant to send readers away by linking to third-party content.  First, you shouldn't send people away or else they won't come back to your site.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Zune Owners Get Free Wi-Fi at McDonald's  —  Microsoft signs three-year deal with Wayport for old and new Zune owners alike: This is a nice win for Zune users, Wayport, and McDonald's, each in their own way, and it's something Microsoft can simply write off as useful marketing …
Discussion: CNET News, Crave and Engadget
Times of London:
Google search finds seafaring solution  —  Google may take its battle for global domination to the high seas with the launch of its own “computer navy”.  —  The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km) offshore.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 Announcement Video!!  —  Update: We now have the actual .pdf files that went out to VZW employees.  Check them out after the jump.  In addition to the Talking Points document (widely seen already), there's also a Q&A .pdf.  Not much new here, but it does have a table comparing the Storm to the iPhone 3G.
Charles Cooper / CNET News:
Big Blue claims virtualization breakthrough  —  Twelve months ago, IBM Research began work on a project to develop an algorithm to help reduce the cost and requirements of virtual desktop storage.  —  To paraphrase Mel Brooks, it's good to be the R&D king.
Discussion: Inquirer, internetnews.com and GigaOM
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
New MacBooks shipping all around us, unseen?  —  Disappointment following certain Apple events is hardly new.  The company sets the bar so high that now it seems anything less than a new iPhone will be a disappointment.  Apple's “Let's Rock” even last week was no different.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and AppleInsider
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Wow.  Apple Financial Services Really Does Make Buying a Mac as Easy as Using One
Discussion: MacUser, Infinite Loop and TG Daily
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Twilight of the GPU: an epic interview with Tim Sweeney  —  Inflection points  —  “Inflection point” is a much abused word these days, but if it's appropriate anywhere, then it's appropriate for describing the moment in the history of computing that we're rapidly approaching.
Discussion: Slashdot, Blue's News and Digg
Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Porn passed over as Web users become social-author  —  CANBERRA (Reuters) - Social networking sites are the hottest attraction on the Internet, dethroning pornography and highlighting a major change in how people communicate, according to a web guru.  —  Bill Tancer, a self-described …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Mark Hurd crunches the numbers  —  HP CEO Mark Hurd outlined the company's enterprise strategy for financial analysts on Monday.  Image: HP webcast  —  I was sitting with Mark Hurd on the patio outside his Palo Alto office exactly four months ago when he made it crystal clear that an avalanche of pink slips was coming.
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Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
AT&T to link iPhone to U-verse video, Internet  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. phone company AT&T Inc plans to eventually link Apple Inc's iPhone to its high-speed Internet and video service called U-verse, and introduce new features like using the phone as a remote control.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Bleeds Purple.  And You Thought Microsoft's Marketing Campaign Was Weird  —  Apparently Yahoo has caught the bizarre marketing bug.  Today the company has launched “Start Wearing Purple”, a campaign that is trying to capitalize on the color's reported association with …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
DHS Report Says Leave Laptops At Home  —  The federal agency said anyone who brings their computer or cell phone out of the country is risking privacy and data security violations.  —  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security appears to be of two minds about the security of information on portable devices.
Maths / Music 2.0:
The Dark Truth About China's Baidu  —  One of the claims that Baidu makes is that it is the unwitting search engine that has no means to verify the legality of the music on third party sites it links to, but a new report on The Register shows that Baidu may have a little more to do with it than it lets on.
Discussion: ONE TWO MUSIC and p2pnet
 
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