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2:00 PM ET, December 4, 2008

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Apple to sell a $99 4GB iPhone at Walmart?  —  We just got a tip that in addition to the iPhone 3G actually making its way to Walmart, as we exclusively told you, there will be a 4GB model priced at $99 with a 2-year agreement.  We're not putting our stamp of approval behind this one just yet …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Wal-Mart to Sell $99 4GB iPhone?  —  Boy Genius Report first broke the story back in October that Apple would begin selling the iPhone at Wal-Marts.  The actual date of release appears to be December 28th.  Wal-Mart employees are already receiving training on iPhone activation (see photo above).
Discussion: Switched
Avner / boxee blog:
boxee <3 Netflix  —  when we planned the Dec 4th release we had minor changes in mind, mainly bug-fixes.... but we were undisciplined and immature.. and it turned from a minor release into a big one..  —  we could not ignore the number of people asking for Netflix on boxee.. so we called …
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Boxee gets support for Netflix streaming  —  Boxee is releasing on Thursday a new version of its media center software that adds support for Netflix Watch Instantly streaming movies.  —  Unlike streaming solutions from Roku and Microsoft's Xbox 360, Boxee's effort includes the option …
Discussion: Electronista, TUAW and Geek.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boxee adds Netflix support, but not for the Apple TV...yet
AT&T:
AT&T Announces Job Reductions  —  AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced a planned reduction of approximately 12,000 jobs, or about 4 percent of the company's total workforce, citing economic pressures, a changing business mix and a more streamlined organizational structure.
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Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
World's Second Android Phone Now on Presale … Kogan's Agora and Agora Pro hinted at last month is now ready to roll, costing AU$299 and AU$399, and shipping on January 29th.  The Agora Pro's specs are as follows:  — Operating System: Android™  — Google Mobile Functions …
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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Times Extra: The New York Times Opens Web Front Page to Outside Content  —  New York TimesAt a time when the online world is continually seen as a more trusted source of news, mainstream media outlets find themselves forced into the position of becoming more and more open to keep their readers coming back.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The New York Times Clutters Up Its Homepage With Links From Elsewhere (In Beta)  —  It used to be that when a newspaper put out an “Extra” edition, it was filled with stories written by its reporters who had toiled away the night to cover some breaking news or collection of stories.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Beet.TV
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Offers ‘Microsoft-Free’ Desktop  —  Applications for Thin Clients Would Operate From Back-Office Server  —  International Business Machines Corp. is hoping to convince corporate customers that they no longer need Microsoft Corp.  —  IBM says it has created a “Microsoft-free” …
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:
IBM launches first Linux-OpenOffice desktop with virtualization features
Discussion: The Register
Eric Lai / LinuxWorld.com:
New virtual Linux desktop bundle comes ‘Microsoft-free’
Discussion: AppScout and Computerworld
Opera Community:
Peregrine takes flight... Opera 10.0 Alpha 1 is here!  —  It seems like yesterday we released Opera 9.6 and now you can all get your hands on Opera 10.0.  Rather than ramble on, here's a quick list of what's new:  — Presto 2.2 Engine  — Performance boost  — 100/100 and pixel-perfect on the Acid3 test
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Opera 10 Alpha 1 web browser passes the Acid3 test
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jeremy Kirk / LinuxWorld.com:
Firefox users targeted by rare piece of malware  —  Researchers at BitDefender have discovered a new type of malicious software that collects passwords for banking sites but targets only Firefox users.  —  The malware, which BitDefender dubbed “Trojan.PWS.ChromeInject.A” sits in Firefox's add-ons folder …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Zero Day
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BitDefender:
BitDefender detects novel approach to stealing web passwords
Discussion: Icrontic
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Facebook Growth Regions and Gender Split  —  Since we began tracking Facebook demographics in late May, weekly growth has held steady, usually in the low single-digits on a percentage basis.  More importantly, it's fair to say that the company has successfully expanded overseas.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Facebook finally hits the mainstream
Discussion: Going Social Now
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Yahoo Tech Star Qi Lu Likely to Be Named Microsoft's Digital Head by Next Week  —  Former Yahoo tech star Qi Lu (pictured here) is poised to take on the big job of being Microsoft's top digital executive, according to several sources inside and outside the company.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Beyond Binary
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Dreaded Viacom Layoffs: 850 People  —  The long-feared Viacom pre-post holiday layoffs are here, and they're not pretty.  We heard earlier that as many as 300 layoffs might be coming at MTV today, but the total, Viacom-wide numbers are even worse: 850 people are being cut, about 7% of the company's global staff.
CNN:
Gartner: Smartphone Market Grows 11.5% In 3Q08 From 3Q07  —  STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Gartner Thursday said in the third quarter of 2008, the global smartphone market reached its weakest year-on-year growth since it began tracking the industry.  Worldwide smartphone sales …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Online auctions remain piracy problem for Microsoft  —  Attention, software buyers: there's no such thing as Microsoft Office “Blue Edition.”  —  That's the latest ruse making the rounds on online auctions.  It feigns to be some sort of technician version of Microsoft's software that happens …
Neal Santos / The Clog:
Zunegate  —  OK.  So let's get things straight.  —  I want to correct what I said yesterday about Obama using a Zune.  I claimed that it was his Zune.  I don't know for sure that it was his.  It could belong to one of the many Secret Service dudes that were at the gym, Michelle, or even one of his daughters.
Royal Pingdom:
Google Apps SLA loophole allows for major downtime without consequences  —  Gmail could be unavailable for more than 21 hours in a day, and Google could still tell you that according to their SLA, the service has had 100% uptime.  —  It sounds impossible, but it's a direct consequence …
 
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft and EMC Partner to Build Data Loss Prevention Technology in Infrastructure
Discussion: The Register and Channel Insider
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Microsoft seeks ‘community’ help to make IE8 Standards Mode work out
Discussion: All about Microsoft and IEBlog
Electronista:
Apple files patent for hover-ready touchscreen
Discussion: TUAW and SlashGear
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Open source thrives in downturn
Discussion: Network World
The Register:
Apple more closed than Microsoft
Discussion: The Open Road
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Piper's Munster Cuts Ests, Target On Macro Issues
Discussion: AppleInsider and Edible Apple
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Search Box To YouTube Videos & Adds HD Embed
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Buy This Recession Winner: Amazon.com (AMZN)
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Secret Builders goes live with educational game world for kids
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Grand Theft Auto IV On PC Is A Little Broken
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PC World:
Yahoo Technology Will Offer Abstracts of Search Results (PC World)
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
Apple says others are behind Psystar's misdeeds
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Startups seek more dignified exit than a belly flop into the dead pool
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Nintendo Thinking About Changing the Accelerometer in Wiimote
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