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3:35 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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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update
Discussion: Apple and PC World
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 and Pulse 2.0
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The Internet Movie Database adds the “movie” part to the “database” part
Discussion: Webware.com
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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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.
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: Infinite Loop, MacUser and TG Daily
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.
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Mark Hurd crunches the numbers  —  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.  —  At the time, the Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CEO wanted to be sure I knew he hadn't temporarily lost his mind.
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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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louisgray.com:
CodeWeavers Brings Chrome Experience to Mac OS X, Linux
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
HP Touchsmart IQ816 Adds Bigger Screen, Blu-ray, VESA Wall Mount  —  HPs Touchsmart all-in-one, launched earlier this summer, was a pretty good all-in-one PC, and now it got a few more features that sweeten the deal.  The key updates for the Touchsmart IQ816 are that it now comes with a 25.5-inch LCD …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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 …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft joins the ‘everyone but Apple’ digital-media coalition
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
HP announces High-Def notebooks, HDX X16 and HDX X18
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
PR Newswire:
WD(R) Best-Selling Portable Drives Put Half a Terabyte of Storage …
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Open mobile platforms and Facebook developer refugees
Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
Rumor: Windows 7 to Arrive Early, First Beta Due October 27
John Fontana / LinuxWorld.com:
Bluenog ties together open source CMS, BI, portal
Discussion: PC World
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Apple's Big Location Chance, Or When Is The iPhone Going To Use That GPS?
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Download all your tagged Facebook pics with a new app
Discussion: Webware.com
 Earlier Items: 
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
‘BusinessWeek’ site hacked in potential malware attack
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Peru to try out Windows on XO laptops
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Former Martha Stewart CEO Susan Lyne To Run New York Startup Gilt Groupe
Reuters:
EU competition officials probing Google-Yahoo deal
Matt Murphy / iFundVC:
Launching the iFund Blog....
Google Mac Blog:
Gears for Safari
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Stack Overflow Launches
Discussion: webmonkey and Platform Wars
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Significance of Google Chrome
Discussion: Platform Wars