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4:50 PM ET, December 18, 2008

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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Now Growing by Over 600,000 Users a Day - And New Engagement Stats  —  It was just at the beginning of December when Facebook crossed the 130 million monthly active user mark.  Today, that number is up to 140 million.  —  While Facebook has been growing at around 300,000 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple finally outed as mysterious PowerVR licensee  —  New evidence that Apple is the mysterious licensee of Imagination Technologies Group's PowerVR mobile graphics technology broke today, when the company publicly announced that Apple has subscribed to 8 million new shares of IMG, giving the iPhone maker a 3% stake in the firm.
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple buys stake in mobile graphics chip designer  —  Future versions of Imagination Technologies' graphics cores could mean iPhone games far more sophisticated than ‘Super Monkey Ball.’  —  Apple has taken a small stake in a British chip designer, revealing how the company plans to power …
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:   Further details surface on plan for next-gen iPhone graphics
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Is Steve Jobs Worth to Apple?  About $20 Billion  —  Jeff Segal of BreakingViews tries to calculate the value of Steve Jobs to Apple.  — Apple Mac Line at twice the industry average multiple (1.3 times revenue) is worth about $19 billion.  — iPod business at five times EBITDA is worth about $14 billion.
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David Bunnell / San Francisco Chronicle:
Steve Jobs didn't make the first Macworld, either
Discussion: PC World
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
BlackBerry Storm Buyers Returning Phones En Masse?  (RIMM)  —  RIM's new BlackBerry Storm — the phone Verizon Wireless is hoping will keep people away from rival AT&T (T) and the iPhone this Christmas — is still back ordered.  But is it a real hit?  Or are people rushing to return the phone?
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon: BlackBerry Storm Return Rates ‘Lowest’ Of Any Smartphone (RIMM)
Discussion: Electronista
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon BlackBerry Storm Return Rate
Discussion: IntoMobile
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Toshiba Offers “Industry's First” 512GB SSD Flash Drive  —  Each year I that attend CES, I can't help but swing by the huge HDTVs and see the new “world's biggest” set.  It's a status symbol of course, but this year might be the first time I focus more on the “world's biggest” Solid State Disk capacity.
Discussion: Technologizer
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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 …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Dell's Mystery ‘Adamo’ Could Be Thinner Than Air  —  When Apple released the MacBook Air, someone viewed the sleek notebook as an opportunity to make fun of clunky, old Dell on YouTube with a parody ad.  But what if Dell is about to have the last laugh in the ultra-light laptop race?
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Mac OS X Netbook Compatibility Chart (updated)  —  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.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Number of landline-free households up 10% in US  —  It's that time of year again, when the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) publishes its biannual study of US consumers' new penchant for cutting landlines in favor of cell phone service.  The latest news echoes the trend we've seen …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Sirius Shareholders Approve Reverse Stock Split To Ease Debt  —  Sirius (NSDQ: SIRI) Satellite Radio shareholders have approved the issuance of up to 3.5 billion more shares for a reverse stock split, as the company tries to gain flexibility to pay down its crushing debt, according to a report that aired on CNBC (see the clip here).
Brett Terpstra / TUAW:
iPhone thief thwarted by MobileMe sync  —  To say that MobileMe hasn't made everyone happy may be a bit of an understatement.  We don't generally hear from the satisfied customers, but we have received a fair amount of email from dissatisfied users of Apple's “cloud computing” solution.
Discussion: PC World and The iPhone Blog
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Daily Tidbits: TomTom takes aim at Google Maps  —  GPS vendor TomTom announced Thursday that it has launched an online mapping solution to compete with MapQuest and Google Maps.  Dubbed TomTom Route Planner, the free service provides door-to-door route planning options to any address in the U.S. or Canada.
VIA Technologies Inc / VIA Technologies, Inc. News:
VIA Trinity Platform Brings Hi-Def to Small Spaces  —  Triple-punch combination of a VIA processor, VIA media system processor and S3 Graphics discrete GPU delivers DirectX 10.1, Hi-Def video, Blu-ray and Windows Vista to the SFF desktop, notebook and embedded markets
Jesse Johnson / The Bivings Report:
The Use of the Internet by America's Largest Newspapers (2008 Edition)  —  Every year, The Bivings Group conducts a study of the web features of America's largest newspapers as a way to gauge how papers are dealing with the threat and opportunity presented by the rise of the Internet as a news source.
Discussion: Romenesko
Apple:
Mac OS X 10.5: Software Update stops responding during “Configuring installation”  —  Symptoms  —  When attempting to update software using Software Update in Mac OS X 10.5, the update process may stop responding while “Configuring installation” is visible in the update window.
Discussion: TUAW and TidBITS
MediaShift:
Your Guide to Alternative Business Models for Newspapers  —  From time to time, I'll give an overview of one broad MediaShift topic, annotated with online resources and plenty of tips.  The idea is to help you understand the topic, learn the jargon, and take action.
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Free iPhone Audio Recorder  —  Rockifone's Easy Recorder (App Store link) is a free iPhone app that turns your iPhone into a dictaphone-style audio recorder.  —  Easy Recorder doesn't have a lot of features, but it lets you record audio at three quality levels and the price is hard to beat.
Cyrus Mistry / Google Enterprise Blog:
Cross-Language Enterprise Search launches on Google Enterprise Labs  —  We are excited that our 10th Enterprise Labs experiment in just over a year is also the 5th experiment (see others like our Google Apps Integration) that lets Google Search Appliance users reach securely into the cloud …
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and WebProNews
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Can a Deflated Adobe Remain Independent?  —  Shares of Adobe performed so well over the past ten years that the company's value soared to the point of putting off many potential suitors.  But a recession, troubled financial markets and slowing economic growth have helped erase more than half …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Three Flavors of Net Neutrality  —  When the Wall Street Journal claimed on Monday that Google was secretly backtracking on its net neutrality position, commentators were properly skeptical.  Tim Lee (among others) argued that the Journal misunderstood what net neutrality means …
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry Coming December 30th  —  Sling Media has been working on bringing TV viewing to BlackBerry via their Slingbox home console for at least a year or so, and now their public beta will be available real soon!  —  SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry has been announced …
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
A different Windows, Mac debate: Which has the stronger community?
Discussion: The Open Road
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Exec Brian O'Shaughnessy Leaves To Run Skype PR
Discussion: Jobwire
Freddie Laker / AdAge:
Eek! How to React When You've Been Slammed on Twitter
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
TV Studio in a Box Enables Long-Tail Television
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
IBM, Sun Face ‘Reckoning’ in 2009 as Budgets Shrink
BBC:
BBC iPlayer now available on Mac
Discussion: Guardian and MacDailyNews
 Earlier Items: 
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Cable to temporarily pause digital switch
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The iPhone is Apple's Netbook: Almost Half of All Traffic from WiFi Networks
 

 
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