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We'd take an iTV over an iPhone 5S any dayWe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us! EMILY: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.