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Mac news for Mac people
*** Beatles Ready For Legal Downloading Soon
Roger Friedman, Fox News
"It will be on all the services, not just one."
*** Apple Denies Apple TV Delay Rumors
Shaun Nichols, vnunet.com
"We're still planning to release Apple TV in February, as announced," a spokeswoman for Apple said.
*** Unplugging An iPod: Harder Than It Should Be
John Martellaro, iPodObserver
Apple has proposed a mechanism for validating the connection between two divices and leaving the iPod unmounted unless there is a communication in progress.
*** Lionsgate Signs Up With iTunes For Movie Deal
Peter Cohen, Playlist
Lionsgate and Apple announced a distribution deal that will see the iTunes Store expand its catalog of online movies by more than 150 titles in February, including hits like "Terminator 2."
*** A Windows Kinda Guy Does A Mac Kinda Thing
Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle
I've not seen anything that is as friendly as Parallels Desktop for Mac.
*** That Web Look
Youf eel that a typically British sarcastic barb or aside is just around the corner, as if it was a sketch.
*** Filtering Out iPhone Speculation
Jim Dalrymple, Macworld
To add some measure of a reality check to all this iPhone pondering, we're taking a closer look at some of the more frequently asserted opinions to see which ones provide more noise than signal.
*** Command, Option, Control
John Gruber, Daring Fireball
The problem from the music industry's perspective is their technically ludicrous pipe dream of devising a scheme that forces everyone to pay for every single song they play. They obsess over pirates while taking their honest customers for granted.
*** FinanceToGo 1.1: Financial Application Offers Alternative To Established Accounting Programs
Jeffery Battersby, Macworld
While it appears that FastForward Software will aggressively update this application, there are several other programs on the market that offer more features and functionality for the same or only slightly more money.
The other things in life
*** What The West Can Learn From Islam
Tariq Ramadan, Chronicle Of Higher Education
The muffling of critical opinion should be of immediate concern to all freethinking individuals. To accept such a state of affairs is to accept that the United States, in the name of the "global war on terror" and national security, requires all citizens to think the same way.
[Tech & Science]
*** Faces, Faces Everywhere
Elizabeth Svoboda, New York Times
Why do we see faces everywhere we look? Compelling answers are beginning to emerge from biologists and computer scientists who are gaining new insights into how the brain recognizes and processes facial data.
*** Flashy Libraries? I Prefer To Get My Adventure Out Of The Books Not The Building
Germaine Greer, The Guardian
I like my libraries stable, durable, serene. I am looking for adventure in the books, rather than in the building.
*** Lightning Stirke In Paradise
Andrew Hudgins, Slate
Andrew Hudgins teaches at the University of Cincinnati. His most recent book of poems is Babylon in a Jar.
Life in the city
*** Thai Govt Evaluating Singapore's Gestures: FM
The Thai government is assessing Singapore's latest gestures following the ousted prime minister's visit to the island state, foreign minister Nitya Pibulsonggram said Tuesday.
*** Budget Carriers Eye Malaysian Cities As Air Links May Liberalise By 2008
Dominique Loh, Channel NewsAsia
Though details of the proposed liberalisation have yet to be announced, budget carriers are already eyeing certain destinations in malaysia.
*** Singapore's Economy Probably Expanded At Fastest Pace In A Year
Shamim Adam, Bloomberg
Singapore's economy probably expanded in the fourth quarter at the fastest pace in a year as surging drugs production and increased consumer spending helped offset slower electronics manufacturing and exports.
*** No Bubble In Property Market: Mah
Li Xueying, Straits Times
"I guess if you look purely at the number of sub-sales, I will say that there is no cause for concern at the moment." Still the government is "monitoring the situation and making sure that the property market stays healthy," he said.
*** Indonesia, Singapore Disagree Over Extradition, Defense Treaties
Abdul Khalik, Jarkarta Post
The signing of a long-awaited exradition treaty with Singapore is being delayed by arguments over whether it can be signed at the same time as a defense treaty.
*** Phone Tapping Claim 'Absurd'
Singapore denied it was listening in on Thai military conversations through a telecommunications company it bought last year and yesterday called the accusation "absurd."
*** Spam Control Bill Tabled In Parliament
Margaret Perry, Channel NewsAsia
The Spam Control Bill, tabled in Parliament on Monday, will make it an offence for companies to send out bulk advertisements or offers to people who have not previously agreed to receive them.
*** Locking Out Liberalisation
Burton Ong, Today
Will the postage savings enjoyed by residents, as a result of rigorous price competition between basic mail service providers, be eroded by higher conservancy fees arising from the junk mail problem?
*** Let's Not Be Insular
Wong Chun Wai, The Star
Johor needs Singapore as much as the city-state needs Johor.
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