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9:45 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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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 …
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.
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!
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 …
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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
StockTwits nails stockpicking on Twitter, raises round  —  StockTwits, a two month-old site that lets you track messages on micro-blogging service Twitter about public company stock performance, has closed a first round of venture funding.  The investors, all individuals …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Stocktwits Closes its Series A a/k/a Building a Long Tail Meritocracy
Discussion: A VC and Howard Lindzon
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia targets Netbooks (and Intel) with 9400M chip  —  With Apple under its belt, Nvidia is taking aim at Netbooks.  —  On Wednesday, Nvidia is launching its GeForce 9400M graphics chipset for Netbooks and small desktop designs.  And the Santa Clara, Calif. company is hoping for another coup …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Electronista and Gizmodo
Associated Press:
Yahoo to shorten logs of user activity to 3 months  —  WASHINGTON—Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday that it will shorten the amount of time that it retains data about its users' online behavior — including Internet search records — to three months from 13 months and expand the range of data that it “anonymizes” after that period.
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Kim Dixon / Reuters:   Yahoo lowers data retention to three months
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 …
eMarketer:
eMarketer's Predictions for 2009  —  What lies ahead in the new year?  —  David Hallerman, Senior Analyst  —  Online Ad Spending: Still Solid Choice  —  Video ad spending will run counter to overall economic developments, rising by 45% in 2009 to reach $850 million.  Two key factors support this trend.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Good news for YouTube: Bullish video ad forecast
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Beet.TV
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)
Discussion: Got Kit? and All Facebook
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 …
Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
10 Bugs Fixed in New Mozilla Apps  —  The final version of the Firefox 2 generation made it's debut with a series of updates from Mozilla to address 10 vulnerabilities in their products.  New versions of Firefox 3, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey are also out now for the same reason.
Discussion: Mozilla.org
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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
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
Jeremie Lenfant-Engelmann / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Turn an email into a Google doc  —  More than once, I've had a conversation over email and later realized that the information contained in the messages would make a great starting point for a document.  So I built an experimental feature for Gmail Labs that does just that …
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.
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
 
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Tilt-Shift Comes to the iPhone
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Rise of complaints follows Apple Mac OS X 10.5.6 update
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Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
Verizon Relents! GPS to Open Up Next Year!
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Privacy groups ask Obama for stronger FTC
Agence France Presse:
PartyGaming founder pleads guilty, to forfeit 300 mln dlrs
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Yahoo's Santa Monica office ditches Hollywood perks in bow to frugality
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