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8:10 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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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.
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.
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 …
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: Microsoft, CNET News, Crave and Engadget
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
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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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
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook App Consolidation Continues: SGN Acquires (fluff)Friends  —  As the Facebook Platform continues to mature, larger app developers are swallowing up smaller ones in a race to create economies of scale and barriers to entry.  Tonight, Social Gaming Network announced that it is continuing …
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.
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
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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InfoWorld:
Keyloggers beaten by new crypto utility
Discussion: Ars Technica
Patrick Phillips / I Want Media:
Jack Dorsey: Twitter Complements Traditional Media
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Sony Ericsson Xperia phones may not use Windows
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and Gizmodo
Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile's Google-Based Phone Nears
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
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: Between the Lines and eWeek
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft joins the ‘everyone but Apple’ digital-media coalition
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Mark Hurd crunches the numbers
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
HP announces High-Def notebooks, HDX X16 and HDX X18
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
HP Touchsmart IQ816 Adds Bigger Screen, Blu-ray, VESA Wall Mount
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
AT&T to link iPhone to U-verse video, Internet
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Bleeds Purple.  And You Thought Microsoft's Marketing Campaign Was Weird
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
Matt Murphy / iFundVC:
Launching the iFund Blog....
The Official Google Blog:
Google Desktop 5.8 for Windows: increased performance