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7:10 PM ET, December 22, 2008


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Arn / MacRumors:
More Hints of an ‘iPhone Nano’ from Case Manufacturers  —  iPhone case manufacturer XSKN has labeled a section on their site for the “iPhone Nano”.  This description suggests that long running rumors of a miniaturized iPhone could be true.  —  XSKN gained some notoriety earlier this year …
Windows XP allowed to live again  —  Microsoft has given yet another reprieve to its seasoned Windows XP operating system.  —  The cut off date for PC makers to obtain licenses for the software was 31 January 2009.  —  But now Microsoft has put in place a scheme that will allow …
InfoWorld:   The Vista follies: Windows' tortured 2008
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla CEO: Ties with Google ‘complicated’ since Chrome  —  John Lilly also says Microsoft's disinterest in faster browsing a cause for concern  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp. has a “reasonable” relationship with long-time partner Google Inc., but it's gotten complicated since Google launched …
Michael S. Malone / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Is Killing Silicon Valley  —  Entrepreneurship was taken for granted.  Now we're seeing a lot less of it.  —  Even as economic losses and unemployment levels mount, America's most effective engine for wealth and job creation is being dangerously — perhaps fatally — compromised.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog and Forbes
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Music Labels In Talks To Create Hulu-For-Music (GOOG)  —  Warner Music Group — now banned from YouTube following failed licensing negotiations — isn't the only major record label tired of doing business with Google's video-sharing site.  —  A source familiar with the negotiations tells us …
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Garmin Android Phone Coming in 2009!  —  Everyone knows Garmin, the company leading the GPS navigation industry.  Most Android fans also know that the GPS applications available on the Android Market are currently limited to ONE application - AndNav2 - which is in Alpha stages and isn't yet available for the United States.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Garmin Sees Weak December; Seems to Confirm Working on Google Phone Project
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dead Simple Posterous Gets A Round Of Funding And Launches Group Blogs  —  Posterous, which launched in June, is one of those sites that I tested and it stuck - I continue to post pictures to it regularly.  —  What I like about it - you don't have to create an account to use it.
The Web Masters  —  Five who are changing the face of the Internet.  —  Think of 2008 as the year the Internet got greedy.  As the recession goes digital, it's no longer enough to have an easy-to-use social-networking site, or blog software that corners the market on 13-year-olds.
Discussion: /Message
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Australian 'Net filter testing set, will include P2P  —  Australia's Minister of Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy (BCDE), Stephen Conroy, appears to have recognized that his country's plan to install mandatory content filters at the ISP level is causing a public backlash.
Discussion: TechSpot
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Failed To Copyright Mac OS X, Psystar Claims  —  The charge is the latest in a series of allegations in the ongoing legal spat between the clone maker and Apple.  —  Mac clone manufacturer Psystar said that Apple's copyright suit against it should be dismissed because Apple has never filed …
Discussion: Macsimum News
David Carr / New York Times:
Newspaper Shuns Web, and Thrives  —  With 2008 drawing to a brutal close on the media beat — bankruptcies, daily newspapers that are no longer daily, magazines that are downsizing into brochures — a little ray of light appeared in my e-mail inbox.  It was from a newspaper owner, of all people.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
As Intel ships 160GB SSD, pricing nags buyers  —  Intel is now shipping 160GB solid-state drives as it vies with Samsung and Toshiba to deliver high-capacity SSDs that rival hard-disk drives in capacity.  Price, however, remains a big obstacle for many consumers.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
In Google we trust?  —  The more Google grows, the more it becomes a cause for concern for many people—and not simply its competitors.  But should it?  —  On the one hand, Google has become a privacy bogeyman, dropping off the list of the top 20 companies trusted with customer privacy.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Banned in Cupertino  —  Add one more headache for whoever is running Apple's App Store approval process: edgy books.  —  Books aren't a huge part of the App Store, but there are over 600 titles for sale, ranging from classics to Japanese comic books.  CNET's own David Carnoy …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google, Vs. Microsoft Headlines Cloud Computing Battle For 2009  —  Resource Library: Table of Contents:  —  SAAS integrator and consulting services firm Appirio has some strong opinions about the way the cloud computing will evolve in 2009.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb: Gets Backing from Reid Hoffman, Joi Ito  —  Who uses cross-posting social media app  A lot of people do, but now you can add LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Creative Commons Foundation Chairman Joi Ito to the list.  The two are among the most high profile angel investors …
Discussion: TechCrunch and CenterNetworks
Between the Lines:
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo as Ford, GM and Chrysler  —  Could Google, Microsoft and Yahoo be the equivalent of Ford, GM and Chrysler more than 60 years ago?  —  That thought provoking question was raised by Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay, who cooks up weekend missives designed to make you go hmmm.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Red Hat Shares Rise as Q3 Profit Beats  —  Linux software vendor Red Hat (RHT) is jumping after hours following better-than-expected profits.  This afternoon the company reported sales for its fiscal third quarter ending November 30 rose 22% from a year earlier and 1% sequentially, to $165.3 million.
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Android On-Screen Keyboard (VIDEO)  —  One of the top complaints of Android's first phone - the T-Mobile G1 - is the fact that it doesn't have an onscreen keyboard.  The full physical QWERTY is a godsend, but having to slide open the keyboard for simple keystrokes, searches and passwords can be a real drag.
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Woz gets a new job  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak seems to be a lot more visible lately.  —  First, he's been making bad web ads for SCOTTEVEST.  Next, we received pictures of Woz whizzing from the deck of his Segway.  He was fined US$700 for driving his Prius at 104 miles per hour (167 kilometers per hour) on I-5.
Discussion: Jobwire
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
One ISP says RIAA must pay for piracy protection  —  Jerry Scroggin, owner-operator of Bayou Internet and Communications, wants the music and film industries to know that he's not a cop and he doesn't work for free.  —  Scroggin, who sells Internet access to between 10,000 and 12,000 customers in Louisiana …
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