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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.
Discussion: dot.life blog and Digital Trends
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) …
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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) …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Loses Shine as Mac Sales Slow  —  PC Maker Eschews Discounts Even as Rivals Slash Prices and Consumers Pull Back; Worries for 2009  —  Even Apple Inc. is beginning to suffer in this year's dismal holiday season, and worries are mounting the recession will weigh on its business next year.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Loses Market Share, November Desktop Mac Sales Plummet (AAPL)
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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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Tom Reestman / TheAppleBlog:   Netbooks: The Race to the Bottom Has Begun
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and Twitterrati
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 …
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Possible images of HTC Touch Pro running BlackBerry Application Suite
Discussion: Download Squad
Wall Street Journal:
Online Video Ads Slow  —  TV networks have long hoped digital dollars would help offset declines in traditional ad spending, but now even online video is showing some signs of faltering amid the recession.  —  General Electric's NBC Universal last week at an investor conference warned …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Hulu Has Fewer Eyeballs, More Room for Advertisers
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
ESPN Strives to Eject Clutter From Its Site  —  ESPN.COM is counting on less clutter and more advertising options to bolster revenue at a time when its sister cable channels are battling rare weakness.  —  ESPN, the Walt Disney Company's sports media behemoth, is unveiling Tuesday …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users  —  It's deep packet inspection, but it's not for Phorm...  Exclusive The UK's second largest ISP, Virgin Media, will next year introduce network monitoring technology to specifically target and restrict BitTorrent traffic, its boss has told The Register.
Discussion: DSLreports and ZDNet Government
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Mystery T-swivel device is really Compal Tabasco MID  —  Remember that unknown T-swivel device I showed you last week?  The one that all the smartphone sites swooped in on and cautiously identified as the Palm Roteo?  Well, it's not unknown anymore and contrary to its Treo keyboard, it's not the Roteo either.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Intel-Powered Convertible Classmate PC: The Touch Netbook to Emulate  —  CES 2009 is undoubtedly going to be the show for touch-enabled netbooks and leading the pack will be Intel's Convertible Classmate PC.  While MSI and ASUS have hinted at their respective touch-capable Winds and Eee PCs …
Business Wire:
Best Buy Continues To Prepare For Difficult Economic Environment, Plans Significant Spending Reductions  —  Company reports fiscal third-quarter EPS of $0.13; adjusted quarterly EPS was $0.35, excluding investment impairment charge  —  MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY - News):
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 …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and PalmAddicts
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Chips: AmTech's Freedman Turns Bullish, Expects Rally; But Gartner Slashes '09 Chip Forecast To Down 16%  —  American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman this morning turned bullish on the semiconductor sector, raising his rating on the group to Overweight from Equal Weight.
Discussion: eWeek
TG Daily:
Exclusive: First look at Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1  —  First Look - Microsoft quietly released the first update to its IE8 beta 2 to its closest partners last week.  This new version is marked as “Release Candidate 1” and is expected to be the final IE8 pre-release update Microsoft intends …
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cloud computing: Think collective, not zero sum  —  To date cloud computing and its offshoots have been described in zero sum terms: Amazon's storage system over another vendor; Salesforce.com's platform over Siebel; IBM's cloud over HP's.  The reality is likely to be much more democratic.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Mobile phone market to shrink in 2009  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Mobile phone sales will shrink next year at their fastest pace ever as consumers cut spending, a Reuters poll showed, with analysts increasingly concerned about unsold phones piling up in stores.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook recruits a new director (or two) from eBay  —  Daniel Levy is the new director of risk management at social network Facebook.  He has formerly held senior leadership positions at eBay-owned online payment company Paypal.  In his new role, Levy (pictured) will be working …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Hasbro drops lawsuit against Scrabulous creators  —  Do we need to spell it out to you?  —  Toy maker Hasbro Inc has dropped a lawsuit it filed against Scrabulous creator RJ Softwares.  —  The company said it has withdrawn the suit after the Indian IT firm made changes to its Lexulous and Wordscraper online games.
Discussion: Reuters, VentureBeat and AppScout
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Dell Trails Its Rivals in the Worst of Times  —  ROUND ROCK, Tex. — Michael S. Dell has grown tired of discussing his company's reinvention.  —  “It's O.K. if everyone doesn't understand what we're doing,” Mr. Dell said in an interview at the headquarters of Dell, the computer maker.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Vator.tv gets a centralized, Twitter-like news feed  —  Vator.tv, the “YouTube for start-ups” has a new feature going live on Tuesday morning that lets companies post short updates to their Vator.tv-hosted information pages.  Similar to Twitter, the messages are limited to just a few hundred characters …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VatorNews and VentureBeat
 
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Swedish Police Warn of Tampered Credit Card Terminals
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Virgin Media stands by targeted ad technology
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