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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple Announces Its Last Year at Macworld  —  Apple® today announced that this year is the last year the company will exhibit at Macworld Expo.  Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the opening keynote for this year's Macworld Conference & Expo …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Not a rumor: No Steve Jobs keynote at this year's Macworld — which will be Apple's last  —  Here's some big Apple news regarding the upcoming Macworld Expo that's not a rumor: This will be Apple's last appearance at Macworld and chief executive Steve Jobs will not be giving the keynote.
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Politics Not Pancreas the Reason for Jobs' Macworld Exit  —  The news that Steve Jobs would not deliver the keynote at this year's Macworld Expo in San Francisco next month was hardly a surprise to those of us covering this company.  Rumors had been swirling for weeks that Jobs wouldn't attend …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Jobs to skip Macworld keynote as Apple backs out  —  The era of the Macworld Stevenote is over.  —  (Credit: Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks)  —  This post was updated at 2:30 p.m. PST with more details.  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs has given his last keynote address at Macworld in San Francisco.
Financial Times:   Apple CEO's withdrawal fuels health fears
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Macworld Without Steve? That's Like “Baywatch” Without Hasselhoff
Discussion: BoomTown
Michael Gartenberg / MobileDevicesToday:
Macworld's demise is of little consequence to Apple
Discussion: blogs.ft.com
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs won't give Macworld keynote
Discussion: Mercury News
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple will unveil netbooks next month, says analyst  —  Tough economic times demand a lower-priced system, but Apple won't want to cannibalize MacBook sales  —  Computerworld) Apple Inc. will introduce two netbooks at the MacWorld Conference and Expo next month that will be tied to the company's App Store …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Apple Will Release Netbooks Next Month.  If “Will” Means “Might Conceivably.”
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:   What To Make of Apple's Exit from Macworld
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
An Apple Netbook at Macworld 2009?
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Microsoft Internet Explorer users told to switch browsers over ‘zero-day’ flaw  —  Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer have been warned of a flaw that could let hackers gain access to their computers and steal personal data, and told them to swap to a rival browser.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: December 16, 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: December 17, 2008  —  This is an advance notification of an out-of-band security bulletin …
Daniel / Disqus:
DISQUS and Facebook Connect under the mistletoe  —  Facebook Connect is new technology that allows websites and blogs to plug into the Facebook platform.  This holiday season, Disqus will enable all websites with Disqus-powered comments to easily integrate with Facebook Connect.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Soon, All Your Blog Comments Will Belong To Facebook (Or Google)  —  There are way too many comment login systems out there.  Each blogging platform (Wordpress, Typepad, Blogger) has its own login system, then there are the cross-platform commenting systems like Disqus and JS-KIT.
Discussion: Got Kit? and All Facebook
Brett Slatkin / Google App Engine Blog:
System Status Dashboard, Quota Details Page, and a Billing Sneak Preview  —  We're excited to announce a couple new features and a preview for you today:  — an App Engine System Status Site that monitors the latency and uptime of various components and provides real-time visibility into their performance
Discussion: Google Watch, Webware.com and SitePoint
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Alistair Croll / GigaOM:   Google Opens Up App Engine Pricing Model
Andrew Koubaridis / New Zealand Herald:
Aussie couple lose home via Facebook  —  A legal move believed to be a world first has opened the way for New Zealanders to be served legal documents through their Facebook sites.  —  Canberra lawyer Mark McCormack expects other courts will follow his lead after he used the internet to find …
Rick Broida / Crave: The gadget blog:
Get a refurbished iPhone 3G for $149.99 shipped  —  Here's something you don't see every day: refurbished iPhones.  Nevertheless, over at AT&T you can score a refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G for $149.99 with free overnight shipping.  (You can get the 16GB model, in either black or white, for $249.99.)
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Long waits for some Netflix Blu-ray customers  —  If you're a Netflix customer who's paying an extra $1 a month to rent movies on Blu-ray, you might have noticed that the discs aren't being delivered as quickly as DVDs.  —  Josh Lowensohn, one of my colleagues here at CNET News …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter has made Dell $1 million in revenue  —  Everyone loves talking about Twitter's business model — because there isn't one yet, and they'll keep talking about it until there is one.  But it's becoming more clear that while a business model is of course important, Twitter is perhaps …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 3G finally unlocked by the Dev-Team!  —  Well this has been a long time coming.  It seems that the iPhone Dev-Team has finally done the impossible — they've gone and unlocked the iPhone 3G.  The hack isn't out yet (the team says they're shooting for a December 31st release) …
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com:
HOT!  BlackBerry Virtual OS Running On Windows Mobile HTC Touch Pro ScreenCandy - AKA BlackBerry Application Suite  —  We just had some great pictures sent in to us showing a Windows Mobile HTC Touch Pro running a virtual BlackBerry OS.  This is what RIM is officially calling …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Maps Integrates Video  —  When you click the top More button at Google Maps, you can now select a “Videos” option that will show location-related YouTube videos on the map (not sure if non-YouTube videos are supported too, I just spotted YouTube ones among the several ones I checked)*.
Discussion: Webware.com and Search Engine Land
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Mac Sales Down?  Hold On Just A Minute!  —  Today's Wall Street Journal focuses on how according to the latest NPD figures, Mac sales in November as compared to November of last year are down by 1%, and thus rushes to ring the alarm bells: Apple is being dragged down by the recession.
Aaron Ricadela / Tech Beat:
Microsoft and VMware Execs are Friendly Foes  —  File this one under ‘frenemies’: The Microsoft exec in charge of its virtualization software business and category leader VMware's CEO are good friends—even as Microsoft tries to squash VMware's $2 billion-a-year business.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
NBC's Samberg: Still King of YouTube  —  Network Turns Blind Eye as Video Racks Up Views  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — NBC is supposed to give all its hit “Saturday Night Live” clips to its online joint venture, Hulu, not YouTube, right?  Well, not always, apparently.
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu Has Fewer Eyeballs, More Room for Advertisers  —  We've already noted that Hulu's audience seems to have tailed off.  Now it seems as if its advertisers are less interested in the site, too.  —  In a roundup story about the state of online advertising, The Wall Street Journal notes …
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:
Consumer Reports picks the Samsung Blackjack II as the top smartphone  —  I enjoy checking out Consumer Reports ratings on products and in their January 2009 issue that was recently posted online they rank smartphones, cellphones, and US wireless carriers.  I have to say I was quite surprised …
 
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Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft May Use ‘Kumo’ Name for More Than Search
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Joost: The sequel  —  NEW YORK—Not so long ago, Web video start …
Discussion: Beet.TV
David Marshall / Virtualization Report:
VMware's year end acquisition of Tungsten Graphics
Dan Moren / Macworld:
AOL releases AIM 1.0 for OS X
Discussion: AOL Beta Central
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Qi Lu's patents show interest beyond search
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Zoho Creator Apps Will Now Float on Google App Engine Cloud
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
‘Extremely severe’ vulnerabilities in Opera browser
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook recruits a new director (or two) from eBay
Discussion: All Facebook
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
ESPN Strives to Eject Clutter From Its Site
Chris Williams / The Register:
Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users
Discussion: DSLreports and TorrentFreak
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Dell Trails Its Rivals in the Worst of Times
 

 
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