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5:45 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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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 …
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.
Michael Gartenberg / MobileDevicesToday:
Macworld's demise is of little consequence to Apple
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Technologizer
Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
What To Make of Apple's Exit from Macworld
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and CNET News
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:   How does Apple's Macworld decision affect the faithful?
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 …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Hiring Product Manager To Bring In The Revenue  —  Twitter's business model (or rather lack of one) is a topic of endless debate.  Like many successful startups that came before it the company has been successful in getting users and usage when it doesn't charge a cent.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Upcoming 2009 handsets from Motorola pose for BGR on their way to Verizon  —  Well lookie here.  Motorola apparently has a few tricks up its sleeve that might just surprise us in the coming year.  Well they would have any way, if our trusty ninja didn't come through with the goods!
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Ex Amazon.com chowhounds launch Foodista, a Wikipedia/IMDB for food  —  Seattle's cluster of successful food-oriented Web sites - which includes hits such as Allrecipes, Recipezaar, BigOven and Urbanspoon - just got bigger with today's debut of Foodista.  —  The site is a user-editable …
Discussion: TechFlash
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 …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Jaxtr Launches Free Calling Service.  Why?  —  A few years ago we saw a gaggle of VoIP start-ups pop-up, each claiming to have their unique twist on cheap phone calls.  Some offered anonymous calling services as their signature feature.  Others labeled themselves as social voice apps.
Discussion: VentureBeat and jaxtr
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Rise of complaints follows Apple Mac OS X 10.5.6 update  —  An unusual spike in comments posted to Apple's support forums since yesterday afternoon points to the possibility of certain problems in particular with the company's latest rollup to the Mac operating system.
Discussion: bit-tech.net
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
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
Ray C. He / Facebook Developers:
Applications Menu Updates  —  Since we released the new profile design, we've heard a lot of positive feedback on the new experience, as well as a lot of feedback on how we could improve application discoverability and bookmarking.  We've been running several tests to validate feature suggestions …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint unveils dual-mode modem for WiMax  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) announced plans on Wednesday for the first device that would work on both the high-speed WiMax network Clearwire Corp (CLWRD.O) is building and on Sprint's existing mobile network.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
GeoData Explorations: Google's Ever-Expanding Geo Investment  —  Google has been investing lots of money in geodata acquisition.  Some of the money is being spent externally: they've inked an exclusive satellite imagery deal with GeoEye (Radar post) and a data sharing deal Tele Atlas (Radar post).
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
Verizon Relents!  GPS to Open Up Next Year!  —  Ok, we're totally not going to take credit for this, but it looks like people who have joined our campaign to demand Verizon unlock GPS on their Windows Mobile offerings are receiving a stock reply that's looking, well, good!  User efudd sends us his reply from the Big V:
Discussion: Unwired View and Engadget
Music Ally:
EMI launches experimental D2C EMI.com website  —  It's been an open secret for weeks, but EMI Music has now officially announced the launch of its new EMI.com website, which will act as a D2C portal to experiment with new digital technologies and discovery mechanisms.
Discussion: MediaMemo and CNET News
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analysts trim Apple estimates amid weaker iPhone, Mac sales
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