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10:10 PM ET, December 16, 2008

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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.
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:   How does Apple's Macworld decision affect the faithful?
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
Financial Times:   Apple CEO's withdrawal fuels health fears
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
What To Make of Apple's Exit from Macworld
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CNET News
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.)
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 …
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
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Apple Will Release Netbooks Next Month.  If “Will” Means “Might Conceivably.”  —  In my more cynical moments, I've sometimes contended that analysts don't know anything we technology journalists don't-it's just that they get paid (a lot) more for their opinions, and people take them more seriously.
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 …
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.
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 …
PR Newswire:
Bold Transformation of Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News Lead Nation and Industry With Expanded Digital Offerings; Launch of New Magazine; Colorful, Easy-To-Use Newsstand Editions  —  The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News announced today a sweeping set of strategic …
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft May Use ‘Kumo’ Name for More Than Search  —  Microsoft has been rumored for some time to be renaming its Live Search “Kumo” in 2009.  However, a trademark application the company filed this month suggests Microsoft may use the name for more than just its search engine.
 
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