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8:35 AM ET, December 23, 2008

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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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Nano Concept Photo?  —  It seems the “iPhone Nano” is the rumor that is going take the spotlight ahead of this year's Macworld, and while MacRumors is publishing these photos and rumors, we have some serious doubts about the likelihood of such a device.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Private  —  There has been much discussion lately regarding the use of private iPhone APIs.  First with Google Mobile's publicly acknowledged use of a private API to access the proximity sensor, then again with Landon Fuller's report of having an app rejected from the App Store for appearing …
Discussion: Technovia and Edible Apple
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I'm Sorry Robert, But It's Time For A Friendfeed Intervention  —  I'm a big champion of services like Twitter and the newer Friendfeed (can you believe Friendfeed is less than a year old?).  But there's a difference between liking a service and having an addiction.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Animoto On The iPhone: Trust Me, You Want It  —  Yeah, I gush about Animoto (and so do others).  And I'll keep on gushing because they are an example of a startup that just focuses like a laser on doing one thing well.  In their case, it's creating slideshows for users from their photos.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Entrepreneur.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly To Run For California Attorney General  —  Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly will be announcing his candidacy for the office of Attorney General of California, we've heard from multiple sources.  He'll be running in the 2010 election as a Democrat …
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 …
MediaShift:
Can Technorati Beat Google at Blog Search?  —  “It doesn't matter what Internet business you're in,” Richard Jalichandra, the CEO of blog search engine Technorati told me recently.  “You're either going to have direct or indirect competition with Google and that's just the way it is...
Reuters:
D.Telekom, Vodafone combine to expand German VDSL  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Telecom giants Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone will work together to expand high-speed VDSL internet broadband services in Germany, the companies said on Tuesday.  —  “We are also in talks with other competitors …
Discussion: Reuters and paidContent
Intel:
Intel PR Chip Shots  —  “Chip Shots” is an official Intel bulletin board from Intel's corporate communications group.  You are free to use these entries in any way you wish.  If you are looking for Intel blogs, please visit blogs.intel.com.  If you have a comment about this bulletin board …
Discussion: SlashGear and The Tech Report
PC World:
Intel Counters Apple Stake in Graphics Chip Company (PC World)  — One day after Apple took a 3.6 percent stake in Imagination Technologies, the company that developed the technology used in the 3G iPhone's graphics chips, Intel responded by increasing its own stake in the company …
Discussion: Engadget
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Chiefs See '09 Bright Pockets  —  Online Software, Mobile, Security Expected to Buck Downward Trend in '09  —  The technology industry was dominated this year by the question of whether businesses and consumers would scale back their tech spending.  Now that it's clear they are cutting back …
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
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.
Amanda McElfresh / The Advertiser:
Fiber taking shape  —  Project moving forward, but few details released  —  Anyone stopping in Lafayette for a quick visit might not realize that what city officials are touting as a one-of-a-kind fiber network is scheduled to be offered to hundreds of residents sometime next month.
Discussion: Engadget HD and DSLreports
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: louisgray.com and Webware.com
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
USA Today pretties up the news on the iPhone  —  USA Today, the national newspaper, has a long history of prettying-up the news with the use of color.  Full color images, graphics and even sections have long been a staple of the paper, even when most of its peers were still in black and white.
Discussion: AppScout and IntoMobile
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
Subbu Subramanian / Facebook Developers:
Inviting anyone to your applications  —  Invitations are one of the best ways for users to share applications they love with their friends.  Many developers have told us that this is one of the biggest ways in which their applications reach new users and grow usage.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Microsoft:
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, Zero Day and CNET News
 
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Todd Wallack / Boston Globe:
GateHouse sues NYT Co. over local websites
Discussion: paidContent.org
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Washingtonpost.com Executive Editor to Step Down
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sources: YouTube, not Warner Music, pulled videos
Discussion: Music Ally and Guardian
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile Dash 2 in black floating around?
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com and Engadget
Lisa Fernandez / Mercury News:
Fry's executive arrested in alleged $65M fraud to pay off gambling debts
Discussion: Techdirt
Gerard Fitzgibbon / Limerick Today:
Dell job losses: “A massive blow to the region”
Discussion: Digits
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google, Salesforce.com vs. Microsoft Headlines Cloud Computing Battle for 2009
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
US to ICANN: plan to sell new gTLDs is a real stinker
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Red Hat Shares Rise as Q3 Profit Beats
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
First Look: AT&T USBConnect Quicksilver 3G Adapter
Discussion: atmaspheric
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Android On-Screen Keyboard (VIDEO)
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The Web Masters  —  Five who are changing the face of the Internet.
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