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5:05 PM ET, December 16, 2008

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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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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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
An Apple Netbook at Macworld 2009? … Perhaps Macworld Expo 2009 will have its “one more thing” after all.  —  In a note to clients this morning, Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research speculates that Apple (AAPL) will indeed launch a new product category at Macworld in early January.
Discussion: Apple Watch, Apple 2.0 and Gizmodo
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Apple Will Release Netbooks Next Month.  If “Will” Means “Might Conceivably.”
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 …
BBC:
Serious security flaw found in IE
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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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
‘Shutdown’ was the alternative in Detroit
Discussion: Recovering Journalist
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.)
Microsoft:
Microsoft adCenter Study Reveals Small Businesses Build Online Presence, but Fail to Invest in Search Marketing  —  A surprising 73 percent surveyed would rather do their taxes than start a search marketing plan.  —  Microsoft adCenter today released the results of an online survey examining …
Discussion: Startup Chatter
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Small Businesses Struggle With Search Marketing
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.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Google: A little more like Microsoft every day  —  Recently, Google made a series of changes to its Chrome end-user license agreement, including the removal of language that describes how users can terminate their relationship with Google, as ReadWriteWeb discovered.  Evil?  Nah.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Zoho Creator Apps Will Now Float on Google App Engine Cloud  —  Resource Library:  —  Zoho enables applications created in its Zoho Creator online database tool to run on Google's App Engine, the latest application development collaboration between two SAAS players looking to bolster the cloud computing ecosystem.
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 …
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 …
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Google Opens Up App Engine Pricing Model  —  Until now, Google's App Engine has been a great playground for coders: Everyone gets a daily quota of computing resources to play with.  But without understanding how pricing will work when you go beyond those quotas, it's been harder to understand business models built on it.
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.
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The Sony PSP2 to come after one last PSP update  —  The PSP has had a good run, but Sony is ready to move onto the next generation according to EuroGamer.  The PSP will receive one more refresh with the PSP-4000 in late '09.  It's PSP2 after that.  Details are not available about either the updated PSP or the successor as of yet.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
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