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6:10 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 …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Might Apple Be Ditching Macworld For CES?
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Macworld and MacRumors
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.
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: PC World, Zero Day and Bink.nu
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!:
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
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Yahoo to Anonymize User Data After 90 Days
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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konami-digital-entertainment.co.jp:
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, Kotaku and Offworld
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GamesIndustry.biz:   EA rapped for misleading Tiger Woods Wii ad
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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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Another One Bites The Dust: Yahoo Shutters Kickstart
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Clearwire's WiMax Rollout Faces Steep Hurdles  —  Though Clearwire Corp.'s recent merger with Sprint Nextel Corp.'s wireless broadband unit put it on more solid financial and strategic footing, the company still faces a steep climb as it tries to best rivals in the rollout of a new generation of mobile Internet access.
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Nvidia working with PC makers to force Intel to open the Atom platform  —  Drew Henry, general manager of MCP business at Nvidia, recently visited Taiwan to negotiate with Taiwan PC makers for their support in forcing Intel to allow Nvidia's MCP7A and MCP79 chipsets into the Atom platform ecosystem.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and Maximum PC all
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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 …
Discussion: Kotaku and MarketingShift
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Sony PSP2 Rumors Bogus, No New Handheld Gaming Gadget Coming (SNE)
Discussion: Engadget
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
InPlay Technologies Announces New WriteSense Digital Pen Technology
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Mac OS X Internals:
More User-Space File System Goodies
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
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Lenovo IdeaPad S9 Now Available in U.S.
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Ex-AOL CEO Miller Isn't Candidate to Buy or Run Yahoo
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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