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Rumor Has It: We'd take an iTV over an iPhone 5S any day

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Rumor Has It: We'd take an iTV over an iPhone 5S any day

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We don't even know what the iTV is, and we'd still rather have that than an iPhone 5S. Luckily (unluckily?) for us, Apple might be releasing both next year.

EMILY: I'm Emily Dreyfuss. KARYNE: And I�m Karyne Levy EMILY: Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's biggest tech rumors. KARYNE: And vote on what sounds legit, and what seems like it'll never ever happen. EMILY: And remember: you can vote on all the rumors! Keep your eye out for the poll in the interactive player, if you're watching on CNET. KARYNE: First up, The Daily cites two anonymous sources within Facebook, saying that the social network is on the verge of creating a new classifieds listing technique, which would let you put ads on specific friends' newsfeeds; Facebook would charge a fee for some types of ads. EMILY: The advantage of using this over something like Craigslist is that this is specific to people you know, or their friends; so if your company is hiring, or you need a roommate, it might be worth paying for. KARYNE: When reached for comment, a Facebook rep told CNET, "Facebook is not working on a product like the one you describe." Of course, that doesn't mean anything. I think this is a smart move for Facebook: using word of mouth, essentially, that targets newsfeeds for specific friends. EMILY: I find it icky. It suddenly puts us on the same level as the �Get thin in 2 weeks� ads. KARYNE: Next, it seems that Apple might be taking a page out of Google's book. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple quietly started a program that gives some of the company's employees two weeks to work on projects that aren't part of their job. It�s supposedly code-named Blue Sky. This goes against Apple's image as a company with a top-down management structure. Side projects suggest the move toward a culture that would foster independent projects that could make their way into larger products. Just like Google's program, which gave us Gmail and Google Reader. EMILY: In a follow-up report, the Journal noted that Blue Sky may not be a long-term thing, adding that it was tied to Scott Forstall--awkward--Apple's former senior vice president of software who recently left the company. EMILY: Hold onto to something steady [Emily grabs the bar, or Karyne] cuz this next rumor is going to rock your world, if you�re into the over-the-top superhyped Apple rumor kind of thing. A Chinese news site is reporting that Apple will drop three brand-spankin' new products in the first half of next year. And not something boring and inconsequential like a new AirPort Express, no the site claims we�ll see a new iPhone, a new iPad, and something called the iTV. China Times says it has spoken to �industry sources,� and though that sounds sketchy, China Times was right about the time table for the iPhone 5. KARYNE: But don�t get too excited -- the new iPhone it�s speaking of is not the iPhone 6. It�s the iPhone 5S. Ugh. Which means it�ll be the exact same plus Siri will now sing songs. Or something. EMILY: Obviously the exciting part of this rumor is about the iTV, but that�s also the most vague. A couple things it could be: it could be a simple update to Apple TV, or the set-top DVR cable box we talked about a few months ago, or it could be the most majestic tech unicorn of them all, an Apple television set with iTunes and Airplay built in, which we�ve been hearing rumors of for a year. Who knows. As for the iPhone 5S, I�m gonna say it being tested early next year is possible, but I wouldn�t think Apple would ship it until the fall, when iPhone 4S people will be out of their 2-year contracts. KARYNE: Right, because the iPhone 4S was announced October 2011, and that came nearly a year and a half after the 4. Apple would totally disrupt its own product schedule if this were true -- and people were very upset when it did that with the iPad 4, so I�d think they�d be loathe to repeat it. Or wait, who am I kidding? Apple never learns its lessons -- and doesn't care what we think! EMILY: What do you guys think? Is the iPhone 5S coming to us in the first half of next year? What about a new iPad and iTV? Don't forget to vote, or leave us a comment on the Rumor Has It blog! KARYNE: We asked the CNET Council about the iPhone 5S release only. EMILY: And the CNET verdict is a unanimous no -- we even got a hell no. KARYNE: That�s our show everyone, share your rumors at rumorhasit@cnet.com or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us! EMILY: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.
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