The Tech News Roundup

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Welcome to the LAist weekly tech news roundup. Each week I'll be bringing you the latest, and hopefully most interesting, technology news from around the city, the state, the country and maybe even the world. Also, if you have any news, tips or things of interest you want to point out, feel free to drop me a line at: themacist [at] gmail dot com.

Now, let's get to the news:

More that 25 million of you apparently are crooks who pirate movies — at least according to this report.

Mp3 downloading stations are coming to a Starbucks near you. Now you can order those new songs you want along with your Frappuccino.

Your new iPhone won't come with 1.5 years of free phone service after all. Sorry, its still gonna cost you for the phone and for an over-priced Cingular calling and data plan.

YouTube may be in trouble again. Fox has supeoned them to find out how they were able to post clips of the TV show 24. I guess Rupert Murdoch is mad that he didn't buy YouTube when he had the chance.

Say "Hello Moto" to the Motorizr Z8. Cool.

Apple may try to make your new laptop even thinner by putting the cd drive in the bottom. At least according to these filings at the patent office.

Scientific American shows us the 20 Hottest Gadgets from this years Consumer Electronics Show. No, not the 20 Hottest Porn Stars. That was the convention next store.

For you Mac users, here are some more screenshots of Apple's upcoming version of OSX -- code name Leopard.

Speaking of Apple, you can now burn Blu-Ray DVDs directly from your Mac Pro. Although, Apple didn't actually have much to do with it. It was these guys.

Is this guy an Apple fan or what?

Palm and Microsoft Exchange users have something be be happy about. On Monday, Palm will release an update for Treo 680 and 700p owners that will allow those devices to syn with Exchange Servers using Microsoft Active Sync.