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11:25 AM ET, December 18, 2008

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
That He Not Busy Being Born Is Busy Dying … A big part of what makes Apple so fascinating is that they're so utterly unlike other companies of similar size and stature.  It's hard to imagine any other company abandoning something like Apple's traditional role at Macworld Expo.
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Toshiba Launches Industry's First 512GB Solid State Drive and Next-Generation SSD Family Using 43nm MLC NAND  —  New SSD Family Achieves High Levels of Performance, Endurance, Capacity and Reliability to Meet Market Requirements for Notebook Computers, Gaming and Home Entertainment Systems
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Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Mac OS X Netbook Compatibility Chart  —  Who needs Psystar?  —  Apple says it's had “pretty interesting ideas” for a Mac netbook, but it's everyday users who've already taken action.  Due to their similar technical underpinnings, most of the popular netbooks can run OS X …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
2009 is the year of the Moto for Verizon; more upcoming handsets revealed  —  When our ninjas get going they don't stop until the job is done.  Yesterday your pals here at BGR gave you an exclusive preview of four tasty upcoming Motorola handsets - codenamed FLASH, RUSH 2, CALGARY and INFERNO.
Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
Apple takes an iPhone slice of Imagination  —  Despite public clamour over the rift between Apple and Macworld, the company's secretive plans to develop its own mobile processors for future iPods, iPhones and other devices remain critical to its future, or so it seems.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and SlashGear
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joost Just Gives Up On P2P Altogether  —  Joost's two year old online video service was a pretty darned smart idea when it first launched.  —  Instead of streaming video through the Joost website, users would download a Mozilla-based client and watch it there instead.  The user experience could be more tightly controlled.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are bloggers & social networks killing the big shows?  —  I've noticed a trend lately (actually I noticed it back when I worked at Microsoft and my bosses kept refusing to buy booths at conferences, saying they didn't return the ROI, but that trend has grown and grown big time).
Guardian:
100 top sites for the year ahead  —  Two years after we last picked the web's cream of the crop, our latest selection finds that location-based services, work-anywhere collaboration and video are prominent  —  The online world has changed dramatically even since we last drew up a list of 100 useful sites in December 2006.
Google Earth Blog:
New York City in Photo-Realistic 3D Now in Google Earth  —  Google has updated the 3D buildings in Google Earth for New York City!  This is a HUGE update with at least hundreds (if not thousands) of new 3D buildings with photo textures applied.  Basically, Google has completed nearly every building …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Sky moves towards 3D broadcasts  —  Sky has filmed several sporting events using the new technology  —  Sky TV says it has made a significant step towards bringing 3D television to British viewers.  —  The satellite broadcaster says it has successfully tested the delivery of 3D programming …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Growth Explodes, Site Reaches 140 Million Active Users  —  If there's any doubt that Facebook is rapidly becoming the next big thing in social networks, you only need look at their recent statistics.  According to new reports, in recent weeks Facebook is growing at a rate of 600,000 users each day …
Chris Williams / The Register:
More execs quit Phorm  —  CFO and UK CEO out  —  When half of Phorm's board quit earlier this month, it was spun as a strategy disagreement between the US and UK operations.  But now, the firm's London-based UK chief executive has quit too, along with its chief beancounter.
Discussion: DSLreports and GigaOM
wmpoweruser.com:
Asus Glaxy 7 gets a first look  —  We have written about this mysterious device before, but Mobile-review.com has ripped away the veils and have given us our first good look at the device.  —  The report the device, has about the same dimensions as the HTC Max 4G and iPhone …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Entrepreneurs: We Will Happily Respect Your Embargoes  —  Michael Arrington at TechCrunch said today that his site will no longer respect press embargoes, the informal system where press outfits agree to hold back publishing until an agreed upon time so that multiple sources can cover a story well.
Take 2 Games:
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2008 Financial Results  —  Company achieves record revenue and net income for fiscal year 2008  —  Signs new long-term agreements with Rockstar Games' senior creative talent  —  Provides initial guidance for first quarter and fiscal 2009
Discussion: BetaNews and Joystiq
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Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
GTA maker is hit-and-run victim
InfoWorld:
Will Capgemini convince enterprises to trust the cloud?  —  Large tech vendors such as Sun Microsystems and Red Hat, small ones like Elastra and RightScale, and even consultancy Capgemini are all clamoring to help big businesses get on Amazon.com's Elastic Compute Cloud offering, or EC2.
Walter Dawkins / Newsweek:
Broadcast News  —  Remember when you had to be home at 8 p.m. to watch a favorite TV show?  Devices like TiVo and your cable company's digital video recorder changed all that.  Then along came the Slingbox, a device that lets you watch your home DVR or cable box from anywhere in the world using your laptop and an Internet connection.
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday
Kerrie Lenhart / AdWords Agency Blog:
AdWords Editor v7.0  —  It's update time again!  We've released version 7.0 of AdWords Editor for Windows and Mac, and have included some sought-after metrics.  This release of AdWords Editor includes data for first page bid estimates and keyword Quality Score.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Plays The Google AdWords Arbitrage Game  —  Ah, Ask.com.  Since I wrote their obituary in March, not much has got me thinking they'll make a comeback.  Sure, there was the gimmick of kind of bringing back Jeeves himself.  But the spate of “hotels.ask.com” ads I see them running …
 
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Panasonic Wins Bid to Buy Sanyo
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Google censors political-donation transparency ads
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Deloitte survey shows we're living in a “media democracy”
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and NewTeeVee
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SnapTell: One Of The Coolest iPhone Apps Gets Even Better
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's platform: Rebuilding the plane in midflight
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