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9:50 AM ET, December 23, 2008

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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
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
GateHouseGate  —  I got a call a few weeks ago from a usually smart print editor who was outraged about aggregation sites linking to his paper's content.  In his view, the aggregators were “stealing” his content and selling ads against it-even though all the aggregator was doing …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Neal Simpson / Newton TAB News RSS:
Newton TAB publisher sues New York Times Co. over Web site
Todd Wallack / Boston Globe:
GateHouse sues NYT Co. over local websites
Discussion: Local Onliner and Romenesko
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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: Electronista and Engadget
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:
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 …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
BBC Rolls Out AIR iPlayer, Ditches Kontiki P2P, Proposes Tiered Broadband Services  —  The BBC has just rolled out a new desktop version of its popular iPlayer service based on Adobe's AIR platform.  The new client is available for UK residents as part of the BBC iPlayer Labs beta test …
Discussion: The Register and BBC Internet blog
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: The Tech Report, SlashGear and 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
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...
Robert McMillan / PC World:
With Lawsuit Settled, Hackers Now Working With MBTA  —  Three Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who were sued earlier this year by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) said Monday that they are now working to make the Boston transit system more secure.
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
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.
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 …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Chamber backs broadband deployment—without Net neutrality laws  —  Broadband development should not be stifled by federal regulation that intends to make networks more “neutral,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is arguing through two papers released Monday.  —  The papers, the first in a series …
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
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
 
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Reuters:
D.Telekom, Vodafone combine to expand German VDSL
Discussion: paidContent and Reuters
Subbu Subramanian / Facebook Developers:
Inviting anyone to your applications
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Washingtonpost.com Executive Editor to Step Down
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Bono and Steve Jobs No Longer BFFs
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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The Web Masters  —  Five who are changing the face of the Internet.
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