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7:15 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.
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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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Might Apple Be Ditching Macworld For CES?  —  Many have been the times that I attended the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and wished that I were actually at Macworld, which often coincides or overlaps on the calendar.  I stopped attending CES in 2005 after going for what felt …
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.
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
“Madness” Around Jobs And Apple: Time For Uptick Rule  —  Short of the long list of shorts out there in Apple Inc. [AAPL Loading...  () ] stock, I don't think anyone would argue about what seems to be a year's worth of heavy market manipulation surrounding this company.
Discussion: MacBlogz
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.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Major leadership shakeup at LinkedIn: Nye leaves, Hoffman back at the helm  —  After a two-year stint in which he helped propel dramatic growth, LinkedIn Corp. Chief Executive Dan Nye is handing back the reins to company founder Reid Hoffman in a major leadership shakeup at one of Silicon Valley's hottest companies.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   LinkedIn's Hoffman Takes Back CEO Title, as Nye Departs and Weiner Enters
Microsoft:
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 …
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Official Security Update for Internet Explorer Now Available
Discussion: Zero Day
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.
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.
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
iPhone gaming is maturing as more major games join the fray  —  With Apple pushing iPhone game development, industry veterans quitting their jobs to focus on game programming, and some developers making record profits with their iPhone apps, it's getting harder and harder to argue that the iPhone isn't a good gaming platform.
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Yahoo!:
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.
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BBC:   Yahoo throws down data gauntlet
asa.org.uk:
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.
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GamesIndustry.biz:   EA rapped for misleading Tiger Woods Wii ad
AppleInsider:
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.
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Matt Gil / Reuters:
French watchdog suspends Orange iPhone deal
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 …
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NY Daily News:
Gov. David Paterson unveils dire New York State budget that includes …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Sprint modem straddles 3G, WiMAX  —  The slow and the Clear  —  Sprint has unveiled a wireless modem capable of jumping between its old-school CDMA cell network and the fledgling 4G WiMAX network it recently launched in Baltimore, Maryland.  —  “Sprint intends to be the leader in 4G …
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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Clearwire's WiMax Rollout Faces Steep Hurdles
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Jobwire:
Dave McClure Joins Founders Fund  —  Startup aficionado Dave McClure has formally joined VC firm the Founders Fund as an angel investor, according to an update he made to his LinkedIn profile this week.  The Founders Fund was created by former PayPal CEO Peter Thiel in 2005 and is described …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Why Track will be back - Fred Wilson says so  —  For those of you new to the Web since the end of May, you can be forgiven for having no clue about why Track is the s**t.  Despite months of denial, an open source clone war, a VC-backed API counter offensive, and unknown secret plans …
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
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 …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Windows Live drops the ball on support  —  Microsoft has rolled out an impressive array of apps and services under the Windows Live banner, including the new Windows Live Essentials package (see Mary Jo Foley's write-up for more details on what's in this new release).
 
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Adobe's Other Battle: The Economy
Discussion: The Stalwart
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
Beijing widens search engine ads crackdown
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Sony PSP2 Rumors Bogus, No New Handheld Gaming Gadget Coming (SNE)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
InPlay Technologies Announces New WriteSense Digital Pen Technology
Mac OS X Internals:
More User-Space File System Goodies
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Another One Bites The Dust: Yahoo Shutters Kickstart
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Your Privacy Is Protected Only if You Are Really Sick
Makinde Adeagbo / Facebook Blog:
Seamless Browsing  —  Information that gets posted on Facebook …
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Novell cancels its 2009 BrainShare conference
Discussion: OStatic blogs and Computerworld
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Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gadgetell
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Recession: My Facebook, My Therapist
Matthew Flamm / AdAge:
Report: News-oriented Websites Have a Future
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Online Video Wins the 9-5 Hour, Weekdays
Discussion: Ars Technica and NewTeeVee
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Putting Jumpcut In The Deadpool?