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4:45 PM ET, December 17, 2008


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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Piper believes leadership shift at Apple is underway  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, one of the most outspoken figures on all things Apple, told clients on Wednesday that Steve Jobs' absence from this year's Macworld Expo signals “the beginning of a shift in leadership roles” at the company.
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple Expo Paris cancelled  —  Reed Exhibitions will not hold Apple Expo Paris in 2009.  The show organizers confirmed its plans for Macworld on Wednesday.  —  Apple has slowly been moving away from the Paris expo for the last several years.  In 2005 Apple cancelled Steve Jobs' keynote in Paris …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Behind Steve Jobs' Macworld exit  —  Truth is, nobody outside Steve Jobs' inner circle knows why Apple's CEO won't be giving his annual Macworld keynote this year.  —  The news broke Tuesday afternoon, and by dawn Wednesday just about every reporter who follows the company had filed a story.
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.
BBC:   Yahoo throws down data gauntlet
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078 - Critical  —  Security Update for Internet Explorer (960714)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability.  The vulnerability could allow remote code execution …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Official Security Update for Internet Explorer Now Available
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
The Definitive Coast-to-Coast 3G Data Test  —  After a grueling eight-city coast-to-coast test of the 3G networks run by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, we've come up with some clear-cut test results.  Think you know who has the best network?  Think again.  —  The Test  —  3G is more important now than ever before.
Discussion: TechFlash
EA rapped for misleading Tiger Woods Wii ad  —  Electronic Arts has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading viewers over the graphics of its Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 Wii ads.  —  The ads featured the sportsman swinging a Wii remote, but showed Xbox 360 gameplay footage …
Number of complaints: 1  —  Media:  —  Sector:  —  Leisure  —  Agency:  —  Freedman International  —  Ad  —  A TV ad, for the computer game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, showed Tiger Woods swinging a Wii handset.  The background showed scenes of a golf course from the game.
Discussion: Kotaku, Offworld and Opposable Thumbs
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 …
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
iPhone gaming is maturing as more major games join the fray
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Death To The Embargo  —  PR firms are out of control.  Today we are taking a radical step towards fighting the chaos.  From this point on we will break every embargo we agree to.  —  Background:  —  Tech companies are desperate for press and hammering their PR firms for coverage on blogs and major media sites.
Apple ordered to end exclusive iPhone deal with France's Orange  —  Apple must immediately cease its exclusive relationship with France Telecom's Orange and allow other local carriers to offer the iPhone to its subscribers, the French competition counsel ruled Wednesday.
NY Daily News:
Gov. David Paterson unveils dire New York State budget that includes new taxes, layoffs and cuts  —  ALBANY - Gov. Paterson's proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too.  —  Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
New York considers taxing iTunes downloads
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 …
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
VC survey: Market will look up ... in 2010  —  There's a tough year ahead for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, according to a new survey from the National Venture Capital Association.  Respondents predicted venture capitalists and entrepreneurs alike will have trouble raising money next year …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Losing the Paper Trail With Earth Class Mail  —  The mail-scanning service Earth Class Mail is opening a new outpost in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday to cater to jet-setters, business travelers, expatriates, nomads and anyone else who is on the road too often to manage their snail mail.
Discussion: TechFlash and Jobwire
Matthew Flamm / AdAge:
Report: News-oriented Websites Have a Future  —  But Traffic Needs to be Above 200M Page Views Per Month  —  NEW YORK ( — News on the web has a future — and not just for sites that don't pay their bloggers, like The Huffington Post, but for cost-intensive operations such as The New York Times, too.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Makinde Adeagbo / Facebook Blog:
Seamless Browsing  —  Information that gets posted on Facebook—a video, a blog post, anything from the web—is often more interesting because someone you know has expressed the desire to share it.  Alongside the preview within Facebook there might also be a comment from your friend who posted …
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