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7:15 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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Apple:
About the security content of Mac OS X v10.5.5 and Security Update 2008-006  —  This document describes the security content of Mac OS X v10.5.5 and Security Update 2008-006, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.5
Discussion: CNET News, Apple and The Apple Core
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: Pulse 2.0 and Podcasting News
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.
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.
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
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Citi Says Sept. Qtr Tracking Ahead Of Street Ests; Contends Shipments Have Begun On New MacBooks  —  Citigroup's Richard Gardner asserted in a research note this morning that Apple's September quarter is tracking in line with his above-consensus revenue estimate of $8.3 billion …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
New MacBooks shipping all around us, unseen?
Discussion: Cult of Mac and AppleInsider
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
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.
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 and Blue's News
BBC:
EU scrutinises Yahoo-Google deal  —  The European Union has announced that it has been investigating the terms of Google's proposed deal to partner with Yahoo for advertising.  —  The deal would see Google's advertising programmes built into Yahoo's search engine in the US and Canada.
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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.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile's Google-Based Phone Nears  —  T-Mobile USA plans to begin selling the first smart phone powered by Google Inc.'s new mobile software late next month, according to people familiar with the matter, facing off against Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry with a device that blends aspects of both.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
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.
CodeWeavers:
Fire Drills and Proving a Point  —  So in a CodeWeavers management meeting one day, we were looking for a way to show off Wine's new maturity, particularly for porting applications.  What we needed was a freely redistributable application; one that didn't exist on Mac or Linux, but one that was readily understandable.
 
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AWS Startups:
How Daivergent Is Helping Autistic People with Careers in Tech  —  Founded in 2017 by Byron Dai and Rahul Mahida, Daivergent's platform connects AI companies with high-volume data needs to a remote workforce comprised of people with autism.
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Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson joins Disrupt SF to talk about US crewed spaceflight  —  The space race is back on, but this time it's closer to home: A number of U.S. companies are vying to become …
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Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Porn passed over as Web users become social-author
Charles Cooper / CNET News:
Big Blue claims virtualization breakthrough
Discussion: Inquirer and internetnews.com
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook App Consolidation Continues: SGN Acquires (fluff)Friends
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Sony Planning to Enter Netbook Market
Discussion: Liliputing and Gizmodo
Robert McMillan / PC World:
With ThinkServer, a New Market for Lenovo
Discussion: eWeek
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Safe Transactions with Infected PCs
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft joins the ‘everyone but Apple’ digital-media coalition
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
HP Touchsmart IQ816 Adds Bigger Screen, Blu-ray, VESA Wall Mount
 Earlier Items: 
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Things That Podcaster's Rejection From the App Store Is Not About
Discussion: Roughly Drafted
Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
Rumor: Windows 7 to Arrive Early, First Beta Due October 27
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple's Big Location Chance, Or When Is The iPhone Going To Use That GPS?
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
‘BusinessWeek’ site hacked in potential malware attack
Matt Murphy / iFundVC:
Launching the iFund Blog....
The Official Google Blog:
Google Desktop 5.8 for Windows: increased performance
Google Mac Blog:
Gears for Safari
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
New iPhone Chip Will Cost an ARM and a Missile