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3:00 PM ET, December 17, 2008


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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 …
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.
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.
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
Discussion: InformationWeek
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.
EA rapped for misleading Tiger Woods Wii ad
Discussion: GamePolitics News
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
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM, Bits and PE Hub Blog
Motorola Announces Cost Reduction Actions  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced additional actions to further reduce costs amid continuing global economic challenges.  These measures include changes to employee compensation and benefit programs as well as changes to executive compensation.
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.
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 …
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Online Video Wins the 9-5 Hour, Weekdays  —  Thanks for taking the time to read this post.  I know you're busy and all, watching online videos between 9-5 during the week.  It's a pleasure that you took the time to stop by when you could be watching vids of cute cats and dancing humans.
Discussion: Ars Technica and NewTeeVee
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Putting Jumpcut In The Deadpool?  —  Online video editing service Jumpcut, which was acquired by Yahoo! in September 2006, appears to be in the process of shutting down.  —  From their website: … We're not sure how long this notice has been on the Jumpcut website, but it seems to be quite recent.
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Business Wire:
Nintendo, Nyko Settle Patent and Trademark Infringement Lawsuit
Discussion: SlashGear and Gizmodo
Ex-AOL CEO Miller Isn't Candidate to Buy or Run Yahoo
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Losing the Paper Trail With Earth Class Mail
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The Recession: My Facebook, My Therapist
Reena Jana / Business Week:
Behind Dell's Green Packaging Push
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Mighty ShareReactor Returns - Now With Added Torrents
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Clearwire's WiMax Rollout Faces Steep Hurdles
Discussion: GigaOM
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Diane Mapes / MSNBC:
Bury me with my cell phone
Discussion: Inquirer, Engadget Mobile and Switched
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Tilt-Shift Comes to the iPhone
Discussion: TUAW
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Textbook site raises $25M from Kleiner Perkins
Discussion: and TechCrunch
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
New Experimental Seesmic Site
Discussion: TechCrunch, and Guardian
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Ten things I don't like about Google Chrome