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12:50 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: Podcasting News
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The Internet Movie Database adds the “movie” part to the “database” part
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?  —  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
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Wow.  Apple Financial Services Really Does Make Buying a Mac as Easy as Using One
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.
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.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon Blackberry Storm talking points slip out  —  We're still waiting on Verizon's official launch of the Blackberry Storm, but the anticipation is running high, especially since we just received a list of specs and talking points distributed to store reps about RIM's first touchscreen phone.
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.
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Google Desktop 5.8 for Windows: increased performance  —  We love getting your feedback, and one of the themes that has cropped up in the Google Desktop Help group is that you want a lighter, faster product.  We heard the message loud and clear and decided that the Google Desktop 5.8 …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
New iPhone Chip Will Cost an ARM and a Missile  —  Given Apple's super-secretive ways, it's quite a shock to find a company engineer disclosing something about the iPhone's future innards on a public social networking site.  —  Wei-han Lien, the senior manager of Apple's chip team …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu-Firefox EULA dustup reignites OSS licensing debate  —  Mozilla has received widespread criticism from within the open-source community for bundling a EULA with official binary builds of Firefox 3.  Critics argue that including a conventional user license agreement in Firefox is antithetical …
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Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:   Ubuntu, Firefox and License Issues
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
‘BusinessWeek’ site hacked in potential malware attack  —  Hackers have broken into BusinessWeek's online site and set up an attack scenario in which visitors to a section of the site could have their own computers compromised and their data stolen, a security researcher said on Monday.
Discussion: The Register and ZDNet.com.au
Google Mac Blog:
Gears for Safari  —  We're really excited to announce the official release of Gears for Safari on OS X (minimum requirements are Leopard 10.5.3 or Tiger 10.4.11).  —  You can download it today from http://gears.google.com.  —  This means that you can now access all the Gears-enabled sites …
HP:
HP Announces Plans to Integrate EDS  —  Move designed to create greater opportunities for customers while streamlining costs  —  At its securities analyst meeting today, HP will unveil a strategic plan to establish a powerful position in the evolving enterprise market.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Things That Podcaster's Rejection From the App Store Is Not About  —  Daniel Dilger has a piece on Roughly Drafted today arguing that Apple's rejection of Podcaster from the App Store should not have been a surprise, and in fact should have been expected under section 3.3.3 of the iPhone SDK Agreement.
Discussion: Roughly Drafted
Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
Rumor: Windows 7 to Arrive Early, First Beta Due October 27  —  Windows 7, the much-anticipated successor to Microsoft's Windows Vista OS, may arrive ahead of schedule.  Although Microsoft has previously said that Windows 7 would not arrive until early 2010, new rumors surfaced Monday claiming …
 
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louisgray.com:
CodeWeavers Brings Chrome Experience to Mac OS X, Linux
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
AT&T to link iPhone to U-verse video, Internet
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Phone Scoop
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Open mobile platforms and Facebook developer refugees
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Jukebox on MySpace That Takes Aim at Apple
Discussion: CNET News and Reuters
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple's Big Location Chance, Or When Is The iPhone Going To Use That GPS?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Twitter will come to Current TV for debate chitchat
Discussion: Associated Press and Mashable!
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Download all your tagged Facebook pics with a new app
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 Earlier Items: 
comScore:
comScore M:Metrics Reports Mobile Search Grew 68 Percent in the U.S …
Reuters:
EU competition officials probing Google-Yahoo deal
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MTV Wants To Sell Ads On Like-Minded Sites
Matt Murphy / iFundVC:
Launching the iFund Blog....
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Stack Overflow Launches
Discussion: webmonkey
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Significance of Google Chrome
Discussion: Platform Wars and Open Source
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Everyone but Apple joins new “buy once, play anywhere” group
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Isn't A Social Network.  And Stop Trying to Make New Friends There