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11:15 AM ET, December 17, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple at Expo: What went wrong?
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.
Yahoo! Sets New Industry Privacy Standard with Data Retention Policy  —  With Consumer-Friendly Standard, Yahoo! Sets 90-Day Data Retention  —  Policy  —  Today, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) announced a new global data retention policy that sets an industry-leading approach to user data privacy.
Associated Press:
Yahoo to shorten logs of user activity to 3 months
Kim Dixon / Reuters:   Yahoo cuts personal data storage time to three months
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: and VCMike's Blog
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!
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
New York considers taxing iTunes downloads  —  New York wants a share of iTunes' money.  —  The state is staring at a $15.4 billion deficit so Gov. David Paterson is proposing an “iPod tax” as part of his state budget.  Under the plan, New York would charge state and local sales tax for …
NY Daily News:
Gov. David Paterson unveils dire New York State budget that includes …
Discussion: Techdirt and Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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 …
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 …
4 titles, including the newest in the METAL GEAR series will be progressively made available for download for the iPhone and iPod touch from late this month.  —  KONAMI will make downloads of METAL GEAR SOLID TOUCH, DanceDanceRevolution S Lite, SILENT HILL The Escape and Frogger for the iPhone …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia targets Netbooks, 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
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Tilt-Shift Comes to the iPhone  —  Tilt-Shift photography (and the faking thereof) is so hot right now.  In fact, it will probably date the photography of today in the same way the tobacco-graduated filter dates the pictures of the 1980s.  —  Now, the technique is set to swarm onto iPhones everywhere …
Discussion: TUAW and Gizmodo
Ronen Halevy /
HOT!  Details On BlackBerry Application Suite - Virtual BlackBerry OS For Windows Mobile  —  I just got some more details from our tipster about the BlackBerry Application Suite (BAS) that we caught on camera and video.  Its interesting to note that BAS was supposed to be released back in mid 2007.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Western Digital squeezed by weak demand; Lays off 2,500  —  Storage company Western Digital on Wednesday cut its revenue target and said it will lay off 2,500 employees, or 5 percent of its workforce, and idle plants.  The culprit: Demand is “significantly below expectations.”
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: jaxtr, VentureBeat and Technology Live
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Textbook site raises $25M from Kleiner Perkins  —  Textbook rental site announced today that it has raised $25 million in a third round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Foundation Capital.  —  That's an impressive amount of cash …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Motorola: We're freezing pensions, 401k matches  —  Motorola will halt 401k matches and freeze pensions as it aims to save an additional $800 million.  —  The company said it will freeze its U.S. pension plans effective March 1.  That's no surprise there given many companies with pensions have already made such a move.
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Diane Mapes / MSNBC:
Bury me with my cell phone
Discussion: Inquirer, Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
SeeqPod Aims to Beat iPod With Windows Mobile App
Discussion: Channel 10 and WMExperts
Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
10 Bugs Fixed in New Mozilla Apps
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GeoData Explorations: Google's Ever-Expanding Geo Investment
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Rise of complaints follows Apple Mac OS X 10.5.6 update
 Earlier Items: 
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Ex chowhounds launch Foodista, a Wikipedia/IMDB for food
Discussion: TechFlash
Music Ally:
EMI launches experimental D2C website
Discussion: Epicenter, hypebot, CNET News and MediaMemo
Adobe results at top end of view
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
Verizon Relents! GPS to Open Up Next Year!
Discussion: Unwired View and Engadget Mobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Hiring Product Manager To Bring In The Revenue
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Schiller vs. Ballmer: The Inevitable, Unexpected Keynote Smackdown