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1:15 AM ET, December 17, 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.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple at Expo: What went wrong?  —  Tuesday's news that Apple had announced that Steve Jobs wouldn't be appearing at Macworld Expo and that the company would stop exhibiting at the show after 2009 came as a shock.  I'm stunned that Apple has taken a 25-year-old event that has been the single …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Schiller vs. Ballmer: The Inevitable, Unexpected Keynote Smackdown  —  Mind if I state the obvious?  Steve Jobs is the undisputed master of the tech-product keynote, and if there's anyone who's a very distant second place, it sure ain't Bill Gates.  Yet the only other tech keynote that's got …
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.
Michael Gartenberg / MobileDevicesToday:
Macworld's demise is of little consequence to Apple
Discussion: blogs.ft.com
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:   How does Apple's Macworld decision affect the faithful?
Financial Times:   Apple CEO's withdrawal fuels health fears
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
What To Make of Apple's Exit from Macworld
Discussion: CNET News and Infinite Loop
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs won't give Macworld keynote
Discussion: Mercury News and Slashdot
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
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 …
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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: Webware.com, Google Watch and SitePoint
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Alistair Croll / GigaOM:   Google Opens Up App Engine Pricing Model
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Good news for YouTube: Bullish video ad forecast  —  Online advertising may be dragging, but one analyst firm expects the market for video ads to grow 45 percent to $850 million in 2009.  —  An eMarketer study released Tuesday forecast more growth in years to come: $1.25 billion in 2010 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Beet.TV
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 …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Yahoo's Santa Monica office ditches Hollywood perks in bow to frugality  —  The perks of being a Yahoo are vanishing along with the jobs.  —  The Santa Monica satellite office, which once hosted veteran television executive Lloyd Braun and boasted ambitions of muscling in on the entertainment industry …
Agence France Presse:
PartyGaming founder pleads guilty, to forfeit 300 mln dlrs  —  AFP/File - A man plays poker on his computer connected to an internet gaming site from his home.  The co-founder ...  Related Quotes  —  Symbol Price Change  —  309.24  —  +18.17  —  1,589.89  —  +81.55  —  708.67  —  +33.87
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
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 …
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Pentax's white SLR for Imperial stormtroopers  —  It can be hard to get your lower-end SLR to stand out in the crowd of options these days, which is doubtless why Pentax on Tuesday announced a white version of its entry-level K2000 SLR and two bundled lenses.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Live Search GM leaving Microsoft  —  We've confirmed another notable leadership change in Microsoft's online business: Live Search general manager Brad Goldberg is headed for the door.  But don't add his name to the short list for Yahoo CEO.  Goldberg is leaving to become chief executive …
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.
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.
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.)
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Draper Fisher Jurvetson Working on Fund X  —  Draper Fisher Jurvetson has begun fundraising for its tenth fund a mere 12 months after closing its $600 million ninth fund, according to a regulatory filing.  —  Details are not yet available and Tim Draper could not be immediately reached for comment.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
AOL releases AIM 1.0 for OS X  —  Please tell me that you haven't been waiting, breath bated, for a “True AIM Experience.”  Honestly, you should really know better.  But if you were jittering with anticipation, you'll be happy to know that AOL has finally released AIM 1.0 for the Mac, a couple months after the program was in beta.
Discussion: AOL Beta Central and TechSpot
 
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Zoho Creator Apps Will Now Float on Google App Engine Cloud
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‘Extremely severe’ vulnerabilities in Opera browser
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HOT!  BlackBerry Virtual OS Running On Windows Mobile HTC Touch …
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