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11:00 PM ET, December 15, 2008

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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, and 10.5.5.  It includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  —  Installation recommendations
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9 to 5 Mac:
10.5.6 here...snappieness™ ensues  —  10.5.6 is out, go grab it from Software update (377mb here!) or via the standalone installer.  —  Here are the details or check below.  It looks like there are many performance improvements in this one!  Yes, we are feeling the snappieness™, are you?
Edward Kirk / iPhone Alley:
Warning: Mac Update 10.5.6 Breaks DFU Mode For iPhone, iPod Touch  —  in - news - DFU mode - hacking - iPhone Dev Team - iTunes - Mac - PwnageTool - QuickPwn - Software Updates - unlocking  —  Mac users with a hacked iPhone or iPod touch should beware: Apple released update 10.5.6 for Mac OS X over the weekend.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Announces Next Steps in Open Strategy  —  Yahoo has invited the press to an event in San Francisco today where it will announce the next steps in its open strategy (details found here).  —  As GigaOm speculated over the weekend, we should be hearing details about the deployment of applications on Yahoo Mail.
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Yahoo! Mail rolls out a smarter inbox  —  You may have seen today's news announcing the next generation of Yahoo! Mail — rolling out a “smarter inbox"experience to users.  One way to make an inbox smarter: make applications that can work within it, opening up Yahoo! Mail to content and services built outside the Yahoo! network.
Ryan / Yahoo! Mail Blog:
Take a tour of Yahoo! Mail's new smarter inbox
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Mail, other properties get more social, open
Discussion: Bits and SitePoint
Mussie Shore / The Official Google Blog:
@Twitter: Welcome to Google Friend Connect  —  We know many of you enjoy using Twitter to see what people are talking about and to let others know what you've been up to, whether it's sharing a YouTube video or checking in on your friend's tweets.  To help you and your Twitter network stay connected …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Humiliates MySpace
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Social Times
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
The Web is in Motion via Movable Type Pro
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rumor: New Mac Mini Coming to Macworld 2009  —  Apple will launch an upgrade to its low-end desktop, the Mac Mini, at January's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, according to an Apple corporate employee who contacted Wired.com.  —  The source, who wished to remain anonymous (to keep his job) …
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Lessig Blog:
The made-up dramas of the Wall Street Journal  —  I got off the plane from Boston to find my inbox filled with anger about an article in the Wall Street Journal.  To those who were angry, I hope you will direct any anger at the Wall Street Journal after you read what follows.
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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Net neutrality and the benefits of caching
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google off list of 20 most trusted companies  —  (12-14) 16:40 PST SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Verizon and FedEx for the first time have made an annual ranking of the top 20 most trusted companies in the United States.  —  Google, however, dropped off the list …
Times of London:
Revealed: Amazon staff punished for being ill  —  Amazon, Britain's most popular website for Christmas shopping, is making its staff work seven days a week and threatening them with the sack if they take time off sick.  —  The company charges among the lowest prices for products ranging …
Associated Press:
Hasbro dropping suit against makers of Facebook game Scrabulous  —  NEW YORK — Hasbro is dropping its lawsuit against the makers of a popular online version of board game Scrabble.  —  According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in New York, Hasbro dropped the lawsuit Friday.
Discussion: CNET News
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hasbro Finally Drops Scrabulous Suit
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Janna Anderson Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
The Future of the Internet III  —  A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Extraordinary Happenings At BitTorrent  —  “I have never seen anything like this” said a corporate law partner at a large silicon valley law firm.  He was referring to the undoing of a $17 million venture round at BitTorrent and subsequent recapitalization that we reported yesterday.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook's new value: $1.3 billion?  —  With more than 120 million users, Mark Zuckerberg's social network continues to grow, kudzu-like.  And yet it is worth far less today than the $15 billion it commanded a year ago.  Why is that?  —  One could talk about Facebook's fast-growing headcount …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The myth of the 99-cent killer app  —  Stung by criticism from frustrated developers, Apple (AAPL) redesigned its increasingly crowded iPhone App Store last Friday to showcase the most popular paid applications in each category — Books, Business, Games, etc. (See here.)
Discussion: CNET News, Macworld and Infinite Loop
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon's MP3 Store, One Year In: No iTunes Killer; Probably Won't Be  —  Amazon has been selling digital music from all the big music labels for nearly a year now.  It's the first major challenge to Apple's hammer lock on that business.  So how did it do?  —  If you view Amazon's MP3 store …
Financial Times:
Ex-Vodafone chief set to rule out Yahoo move  —  By Andrew Parker in London and Chris Nuttall in San Francisco  —  Arun Sarin, the former head of Vodafone (pictured left) has decided not to pursue the possibility of becoming the next chief executive of Yahoo.
Dimitris Pagkalos / XSSed syndication:
New highly critical Facebook XSS vulnerabilities pose serious privacy risks  —  Facebook users are susceptible to phishing attacks and ID theft due to some new highly critical cross-site scripting vulnerabilities.  —  Security researchers Zeitjak, David Wharton, Daimon and p3lo …
Discussion: Zero Day
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Windows Live Essentials Beta Released!  —  I know we told you the Windows Live Essentials would be released last week, it really was planned like that, but sometimes things just don't work out as planned.  You had to wait a little longer, but now it's finally here!
 
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Tina Reinvents the Web
Frank Quaratiello / Boston Herald:
Boston author Ben Mezrich pens tale of Facebook's founders
Discussion: The Social and All Facebook
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
AMD's new dual-core Athlon processors
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Hyper-Local News Service Outside.In Grows
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Portland Gets WiMAX Service
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Associated Press:
Blogger pleads guilty to G N' R leak
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Cory Bohon / TUAW:
Walmart creates iPhone compatible site
Discussion: Appletell
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Let Your Boss Find Your Facebook Friends
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft Sales Vet Leaves, After Consolidation Post-Qi Lu Hire
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Native Client d**k-swinging met with fake Googasm
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Google Blog Search loses its bearings
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
Want good Web? Better get wired
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Wall Street Journal:
The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World
Discussion: RexBlog.com and Furrier.org
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Palm Pins Its Hopes on Nova