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10:10 AM ET, December 22, 2008


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Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
Good times gone till 2010  —  Mike Moritz didn't mean for the celebrated “R.I.P Good Times” slide show to become so public, and so famous.  “We had zero interest in communicating with others than our business partners,” he said, referring to a downbeat presentation he and other partners …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Fred / A VC:
Investing In Thick and Thin  —  A few weeks ago at Le Web, I participated on a panel made up of VC investors.  There was a really good discussion about what next year holds for venture investing.  —  The moderator Ouriel asked if we would be cutting back our investing in 2009 and I replied that we did not plan on doing that
Discussion: altgate
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The need for iPhone app folders and search is quickly approaching  —  Today I ran into a problem — I downloaded a couple new iPhone applications to test out, but when I looked on my iPhone they were nowhere to be found.  A sync problem right?  Wrong.  Actually, I had hit the limit of apps …
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.
Discussion: Electronista, CrunchGear and SlashGear
Rory Cellan-Jones / blog:
Copyright - the empire strikes back  —  For years it has seemed that the music - and increasingly the film and television - industries have been on the back foot in their attempts to protect their intellectual property as the digital revolution has gathered pace.  But now the empire is striking back.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kirk Ladendorf / Austin American-Statesman:
Little-guy data centers prospering in a tough economy  —  Success in the technology business doesn't always mean having a genius chip design or a killer software application.  —  Sometimes the homely virtues - reliability, responsiveness, nimbleness and attention to detail - make all the difference.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
ChinaStakes: Snaps Up Focus Media  —  Portal website, Beijing, is set to acquire Focus Media, a domestic commercial building and outdoor advertising company based in Shanghai.  The joining of China's biggest .com and biggest commercial building advertising company will form a giant advertising combination.
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 …
Discussion: TeleRead and Gizmodo
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Everything's coming up Blu-ray!  Well, sort of (updated)  —  Excited news from the Blu-ray Disc Association: “British consumers bought 462,500 Blu-ray discs in November, an increase of 165% from October, according to GFK.”  (Assuming the BRDA is any good at maths, that means people bought 175,000 of them in October.)
Discussion: CNET News
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Advice for troubled times: Build war chest  —  (12-21) 14:34 PST — If there's any advice for an entrepreneur to follow, it's this, says Max Levchin, a startup whiz who's made a habit of thriving in bleak times: When you sense an economic slump is on the horizon, raise lots of money - even if you don't need it.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
One ISP says RIAA must pay for piracy protection
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Christmas shut-down in Silicon Valley
Discussion: CNN, Communications … and GigaOM
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Rumors of Upcoming Microsoft Cut-Backs
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Scobleizer
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Decency group goes after YouTube users' comments