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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.
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.”
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
An Apple Netbook at Macworld 2009?
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Apple Watch and Gizmodo
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 …
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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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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
‘Extremely severe’ vulnerabilities in Opera browser  —  Opera has released version 9.63 of its browser as a “recommended security upgrade” that fixes at least seven security vulnerabilities, some with serious risk implications.  —  The most serious of the flaws could lead to remote code execution …
Discussion: The Register
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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David Marshall / Virtualization Report:
VMware's year end acquisition of Tungsten Graphics
Dan Moren / Macworld:
AOL releases AIM 1.0 for OS X
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RIAA Just Keeps On Suing Students: Conversation At The End Of A Gun Barrel
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Qi Lu's patents show interest beyond search
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Yahoo To Do List: 1) Pick CEO 2) Cut MSFT Search Deal
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The Sony PSP2 to come after one last PSP update
Discussion: Crave, Electronista and Engadget
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple's holiday Get a Mac ads warm the cockles of our hearts
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Facebook recruits a new director (or two) from eBay
 

 
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