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1:05 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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Homotron.net and Open Sources
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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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: SlashGear
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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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.
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile ditches handset upgrade fees  —  Your phone is beaten down and the battery doesn't last more than a few minutes - or there is a pretty new gadget and it has everything you could possibly want, even though your current phone is perfectly fine.  In either of these situations …
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and Gizmodo
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David / TmoNews:
No more upgrade fees...no more no, no more upgrade fees
Discussion: IntoMobile
PR Newswire:
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
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
The iPhone is Apple's Netbook: Almost Half of All Traffic from WiFi Networks  —  According to the latest report from AdMob, 42% of all requests from iPhones to Admob's partners worldwide are coming in over WiFi instead of through the networks of mobile operators.
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 …
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 …
AppleInsider:
Wal-Mart stores already advertising iPhone 3G availability  —  Adding a bit more confirmation to what is widely presumed, a few Wal-Malt stores have jumped the gun and are starting to advertise availability of Apple's iPhone 3G ahead of an official roll-out planned for later this month.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and VentureBeat
Michael Alison Chandler / Washington Post:
In Their Search for Help, Fairfax Schools Find Google  —  Google marked its arrival in Reston with an open house at its colorful office on Library Street this month and the announcement of a partnership with Fairfax County public schools.  —  The Internet giant, with a new presence to bolster …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Cable to temporarily pause digital switch  —  The cable TV industry is pausing its transition to digital TV to reduce consumer confusion over the broadcasters own transition to digital happening early in 2009, according to letters sent to members of Congress Wednesday by the industry's trade association.
Discussion: DSLreports
JKK / jkkmobile:
Dell Mini 9's shipping with smaller batteries than they should  —  Quality control problem or margin seeking?  Click here to see more Peter has been testing his Dell Minis and noted that one of his Mini 9's had smaller 24Wh battery than on the other one.  Marking on the both states it should be 32Wh.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
SimCity for the iPhone is here — but there are some bugs  —  The wait is over — SimCity, EA's hit city-building franchise, has been released for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Since for many of you, that's all you need to hear, I'll just say that it's $9.99 and you can download it here.
 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple seen with new iMacs, Chinese iPhone soon into 2009
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Walter Dawkins / Newsweek:
Broadcast News  —  Remember when you had to be home at 8 p.m. to watch a favorite TV show?
Discussion: MobileDevicesToday
InfoWorld:
Will Capgemini convince enterprises to trust the cloud?
Discussion: eWeek
Chris Williams / The Register:
More execs quit Phorm
Discussion: GigaOM and DSLreports
Cameron Stewart / The Australian:
Chinese spy fears on broadband frontrunner
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Sky moves towards 3D broadcasts
Atsuko Fukase / Wall Street Journal:
Panasonic Wins Bid to Buy Sanyo
Discussion: Electronista and Sony Insider
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SnapTell: One Of The Coolest iPhone Apps Gets Even Better
Discussion: digg.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Entrepreneurs: We Will Happily Respect Your Embargoes