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12:40 PM ET, December 19, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits  —  After years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy.  —  The decision represents …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Abandoning Mass Lawsuits In Favor Of Backroom 3 Strikes Policy  —  from the it's-a-step,-but-a-very-small- one dept  —  It really was just three days ago that we suggested that if the record labels actually wanted anyone to take them seriously concerning their desire to come …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:   Sources: RIAA budget will shrink soon
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
RIAA Will Stop Mass Lawsuits …
Discussion: MediaMemo
english.etnews.co.kr:
Samsung Electronics will launch Google Phone in Q2  —  Samsung Electronics will release its first Google phone in the second quarter of the next year in North America.  —  The launch of Google phone by Samsung is regarded as a signal of its plan for increasing the shares in the smart phone market …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
A Wrench in Silicon Valley's Wealth Machine  —  A year ago, cash rained on tech startups like Digg.  Now their valuations are slipping, and venture capital is drying up  —  A year ago there were reports that Digg had hired investment bank Allen & Co. to put the popular news aggregation Web site …
Steve Poland:
Evan - Twitter needs a better policy on Usernames  —  I have a bunch of Twitter usernames — I gobbled them up in March 2007.  I'd consider them some of the “quality” ones.  Almost like the domain game of 1995, I grabbed some of the best Twitter usernames, because I could see value in their use in the future.
Discussion: ThreatChaos and CenterNetworks
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell Studio XPS 13 leather-wrapped laptop revealed, Adamo info leaked!  —  Thanks to a totally amazing Engadget source, we've gotten our hands on photos of the absolutely sick Dell Studio XPS 13, and some new info about the company's forthcoming Adamo.  First off, the photos in the gallery …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Scribd Raises $9 Million.  Still Working on Business?  —  Over the past few years we've seen the rise of cute ideas, ones we love using on a daily basis, but are hard to turn into real, long-term businesses.  Most were hoping that a sugar daddy would buy their cuteness for bags full of money.
Discussion: Xconomy
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scribd Raises $9 Million So You Can Continue To View PDFs Online
Arn / MacRumors:
Evidence that Next iMacs and Mac Minis to use NVIDIA Chipsets  —  Configuration files buried within some versions of Mac OS X show evidence that the next iMac and Mac Mini will indeed be based on the NVIDIA MCP79 chipset.  Apple recently switched their MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models to the NVIDIA chipsets in October.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore: YouTube Now 25 Percent Of All Google Searches  —  Video search on YouTube accounts for a quarter of all Google search queries in the U.S., according to the latest search engine numbers from comScore.  Its monthly qSearch report, which was released on Thursday night, breaks out the number of searches conducted on YouTube.
Times Online / Tech Central:
Is the internet going down?  Undersea sub-cables have just broken...  Breaking news: something's happening to the internet, right now.  We're just not quite sure what.  —  Interoute, the internet networks company, reports that three of the four internet sub-cables that run from Asia to North America have been damaged.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Associated Press
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
EA boosts layoffs to 10 percent of workforce  —  Updated 8:02 a.m. PST with more information about EA's decision to increase the size of its layoffs and with Friday's share price performance.  —  Game publishing giant Electronic Arts announced Friday that it is expanding the scope …
Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
Did Burger King Really Just Issue A C&D Through Twitter?  —  Now that it's legal to serve papers to someone through Facebook, Burger King has apparently sent a cease and desist via Twitter to the user “whoppervirgins” for an unauthorized use of trademark.  “Whopper Virgins” …
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
Native Client: Google's craziest idea yet  —  Is Google's plan to run native x86 code inside browser windows just a disaster waiting to happen?  —  The browser's role is ever increasing.  It already has become far more than a mere tool for accessing information.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Alan Stafford / PC World:
New eBook Reader Undercuts Kindle, Sony Reader Prices  —  Amazon's Kindle electronic book reader costs $359—but you can't get one until at least February.  Sony's PRS-700BC costs $399—also pretty darn costly.  But Foxit Software will soon begin shipping an eBook reader that costs only slightly more than half what Sony's reader does.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
OS4.7.0.83 Leaked for the BlackBerry Storm 9530!  —  w00t!  Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Festivus or anything and everything else this Holiday Season, for you BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners the sweetest gift just arrived... a new update to the 9530 Storm's OS!
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
European Business Social Network XING Acquires socialmedian (Update: For $7.5 Million)  —  Hamburg, Germany based XING, a global professional social network that's strong in Europe, has acquired New York based socialmedian for approximately $7.5 million in total, a mix of $4 million in cash …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android's New Version To Support Upload to YouTube?  —  Google's mobile phone OS “Android,” will soon be updated with several new features as a part of a major roadmap update.  One of those features will include support for a video recording mode that will also let users share the content.
Discussion: TmoNews, Electronista and AndroidGuys
Between the Lines:
Palm CEO: It's not too late for us; Is it a dead company walking?  —  Is Palm a dead company walking or just one in a rough transition to a set of next generation products that will return the company to past glory?  —  Palm CEO Ed Colligan clearly believes Palm is that latter.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and PalmAddicts
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Online Jihadists Plan for ‘Invading Facebook’  —  Online jihadists have already used YouTube, blogs and other social media to spread their propaganda.  Now, a group of internet Islamic extremists is putting together a plan for “invading Facebook.”  —  “We can use Facebook to fight the media …
Discussion: All Facebook
YouTube Blog:
Hi-Definition Rollout and New Landing Pages on YouTube  —  We have two developments that we would like to share with you: the expansion of our HD player and a test of three new landing pages designed to help you find the news, music and movies on YouTube that matter most to you.  —  HD on YouTube
Ian Ransom / Reuters:
Man wins case vs “human flesh search engine”  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - A man who lost his job and was harassed by strangers after his infidelity to his late wife was detailed online has won China's first case against Internet vigilantism, the China Daily said on Friday.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Apple:
About the Multi-Touch Trackpad Update for Windows XP and Vista 1.0  —  This update improves Multi-Touch trackpad responsiveness and performance when running Windows XP and Vista using Boot Camp on MacBook Air (Late 2008), MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008), and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008) computers.
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring portable multi-touch skins for 3D surfaces
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
 
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Jennifer / Linux Foundation Press Releases:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
RIM calls the Storm “Verizon's best-selling device” — whatever that means
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Times of India:
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