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10:50 PM ET, December 22, 2008


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Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Bono and Steve Jobs No Longer BFFs  —  What did Steve Jobs do to his old buddy Bono?  The Irish rock star, once the Apple CEO's adoring buddy, is funding the most credible threat to the iPhone yet.  —  Bono is a founder of Elevation Partners, the Silicon Valley private-equity firm named after the U2 song.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Google Hands Out ‘Dogfood’ as Christmas Bonus  —  Groans are issuing from the Googleplex over this year's holiday bonus.  In the past, the search engine paid cash — as much as $20,000 or $30,000 per Googler, we hear.  This year?  A cell phone.  —  Oh, but not just any cell phone …
Lisa Fernandez / Mercury News:
Fry's executive arrested in alleged $65M fraud to pay off gambling debts  —  A one-time computer salesman who rose through the ranks to help build Fry's Electronics into a robust national retailer is facing allegations that he defrauded the San Jose-based company out of $65 million …
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
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 …
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
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
App Developer Strikes E-Book Deals With Major Publishers  —  ScrollMotion, a New York mobile app developer, has concluded deals with a number of major publishing houses, and is in talks with several others, to produce newly released and best-selling e-books as applications for the iPhone and iPod touch.
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 …
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scrapplet: Powerful Social Web Canvases That Are As Easy As Drag-And-Drop  —  There are a few sites out there that let you aggregate your entire online presence into a single place, but for the most part they offer little control over the way your information is actually presented.
Discussion: and
Geoff Boucher / Los Angeles Times:
VHS era is winding down  —  Ryan Kugler, left, president of Distribution Video Audio in Burbank, and his brother Brad, the CEO, have shipped their last truckload of VHS tapes.  “Anything left in warehouse, we'll just give away or throw away,” Ryan Kugler said.
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 …
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
BlackBerry vs. iPhone - The Smart Phone Battle Rages On  —  Research In Motion (RIMM) and Apple (AAPL) continue their smart phone battle for the hearts and minds of consumers, according to the latest ChangeWave survey.  The survey shows Apple enjoying another good quarter in the aftermath of its 3G iPhone release.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, MacDailyNews and iLounge
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: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Report Says Twitter Would Take 36 Years to Catch Facebook - If Facebook Stopped Growing Today  —  Marketing firm HubSpot will publish a report tomorrow on the state of Twitter at the end of 2008, based on user data the company harvested from its controversial app TwitterGrader.
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.
Alexander Haislip / Reuters:
Will Ferrell site, Funny Or Die, raises $3 million  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Internet comedy site Funny Or Die, supported by actor Will Ferrell and seeded by Sequoia Capital, has raised $3 million in cash from a single, undisclosed investor.  —  The financing also includes …
Gerard Fitzgibbon / Limerick Today:
Dell job losses: “A massive blow to the region”  —  MINISTER Willie O'Dea today described Dell's decision to cut up to two-thirds of its Limerick workforce a “massive blow for the region”, and said it is now the Government's job to “minimise the fallout as best we can.”
Discussion: Digits
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.
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
First Look: AT&T USBConnect Quicksilver 3G Adapter  —  Regular readers know that in these parts, we thrive on 3G wireless broadband service.  An always-on, high-speed wireless connection is the most empowering mobile technology I've used in the past several years.
Discussion: atmaspheric
Microsoft Security Advisory (961040)  —  Vulnerability in SQL Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability that could allow remote code execution on systems with supported editions of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 …
Discussion: Computerworld and Zero Day
Patrick Foster / Times of London:
Long Tail theory contradicted as study reveals 10m digital music tracks unsold  —  Digital sales figures dent niche market theory  —  The internet was supposed to bring vast choice for customers, access to obscure and forgotten products - and a fortune for sellers who focused on niche markets.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile Dash 2 in black floating around?  —  Thanks to one of our ninjas, we've just got a hold of a brand-new-looking T-Mobile Dash photo.  Except, it's in black, and sports subtle design changes like a different color combination on the keyboard, and.... stuff.
Discussion: and Engadget
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.
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.
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Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
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Discussion: Engadget Mobile and MobileCrunch
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Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Google disguises capitalism as civil rights
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Woz gets a new job
Discussion: Jobwire