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8:20 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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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Politics Not Pancreas the Reason for Jobs' Macworld Exit  —  The news that Steve Jobs would not deliver the keynote at this year's Macworld Expo in San Francisco next month was hardly a surprise to those of us covering this company.  Rumors had been swirling for weeks that Jobs wouldn't attend …
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
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:   How does Apple's Macworld decision affect the faithful?
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!
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)
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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
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
New Experimental Seesmic Site  —  We have been working on an important update to the Seesmic platform, and are excited to show our new Seesmic UI and get your feedback.  It is experimental, still has a few glitches we're fixing as we hear from our community, which is the whole point of launching …
Discussion: Guardian and TheNextWeb.com
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.
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 …
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
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
Yahoo lowers data retention to three months  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Search engine Yahoo! Inc will cut to three months the time it stores personal data gathered from Web surfing, making its retention policy the shortest among peers, the company said on Wednesday.
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
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Textbook site Chegg.com raises $25M from Kleiner Perkins  —  Textbook rental site Chegg.com announced today that it has raised $25 million in a third round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers and Foundation Capital.  —  That's an impressive amount of cash …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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).
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 and PhoneNews.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Walmart iPhone on sale the 28th for a lot more than $99  —  At this point, it's clear that the $99 iPhone 3G rumor was just that: rumor.  We have a letter that we believe to be authentic from a source within Walmart that says the iPhone will launch in the house that Sam built at 9am December 28th.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Ten things I don't like about Google Chrome  —  Recently I blogged about what I like about Google Chrome, and Philipp Lenssen asked a good question: “What do you *not* like about Google Chrome?”  —  Normally when I have suggestions or complaints about a Google product …
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
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.
Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2008-60  —  Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.9.0.5/1.8.1.19)  —  Impact:  —  Critical  —  Announced:  —  Reporter:  —  Mozilla developers  —  Products:  —  Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey  —  Fixed in:  —  Firefox 3.0.5
Discussion: Security Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Quietly Begins Encouraging Users To Use Their Real Names  —  A constant criticism of MySpace is that real names are hidden when you view someone's profile or interact with them on the site.  They're now making subtle product changes that encourage users to show their real name on the site.
 
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