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2:40 PM ET, December 23, 2008

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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 …
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Danny Sanchez / Journalistopia:
GateHouse Lawsuit vs. New York Times Co. has Dire Implications  —  GateHouse Media filed a lawsuit Monday against the New York Times Co. alleging copyright infringement after the NYT-owned Boston Globe frequently posted links containing headlines and the first sentences from articles on GateHouse's community news sites.
Discussion: The Constant Observer
DigiTimes:
Quanta to supply monthly shipments of 800,000 all-in-one PCs to Apple in 1Q09, says paper  —  The Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) has cited sources inside the component supply chain as saying that Apple plans to launch a new iMac all-in-one PC in the first quarter of next year …
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
‘New’ iMacs to begin shipping in January
Discussion: Electronista
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.
pavlov.net:
Fennec Alpha 2  —  We're happy to announce that our second alpha release of Fennec has come together.  While we focused much of the previous alpha on getting the user experience how we wanted, we've spent much of the time since focused on improving performance.
Discussion: Mozilla Links, AppScout and Asa Dotzler
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox Mobile browser hits Alpha 2, still doesn't work on your phone  —  Mozilla has released Alpha 2 of its mobile web browser called Fennec.  When Fennec grows up, it will probably be called something like Firefox Mobile and it will run on your cellphone.  For now it runs on Nokia Internet Tablets.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Lifehacker and Mashable!
Ben Galbraith / Ajaxian:
Lengthening Out URLs  —  In our age of information and technology, there isn't as much mystery as there used to be.  In that sense, short URLs (e.g., tinyurl.com/123) can be fun!  Who knows where you'll wind up.  —  Some folks aren't as happy with uncertainty in hyperlinking; one of them …
Discussion: Technologizer and ThreatChaos
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Notebook PC Sales Outpace Desktops: Good News For Apple (AAPL)  —  Notebook computer sales outpaced desktop PC sales for the first time last quarter, according to research firm iSuppli.  —  Worldwide, PC companies shipped 38.6 million notebook computers in Q3, up almost 40% year-over-year.
Discussion: Macsimum News
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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
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Vudu Knocks $200 Off Its Device (Will You Buy?)  —  Vudu has dropped the price of its movie delivery set-top box by $200 as the company continues to try something, anything, to get you to buy one (hat tip to Gizmodo).  The “Vudu Christmas Special” knocks the price of the box down to $99 from $299 …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Analyst says Steve Jobs' spirit has been institutionalized  —  Investment bank Kaufman Bros. on Tuesday downplayed renewed concerns over the health of Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, arguing that although the co-founder has been critical to the company's resurgence, his spirit and drive …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Macsimum News
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac:
Changewave produces latest iPhone vs. Blackberry data  —  Changewave continues the glut of iPhone data with this month's installment from their user surveys.  Check the pretty tables below: … From Changewave:  —  Bottom Line  —  The smart phone market is now dominated by two companies - Apple and Research In Motion.
Mike Volpe / HubSpot's Inbound Internet Marketing Blog:
State of the Twittersphere - Q4 2008 Report  —  Taking a page from Technorati and their state of the blogosphere report that reviews survey data from a few hundred bloggers, we're publishing the “State of the Twittersphere” report.  This is our first report, for Q4 2008.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Updates MobileMe Online Apps  —  Apple has detailed some recent changes they have made to their MobileMe web apps.  A partial list of changes and improvements are listed here:  — Searching for contacts in a large address book (more than 1000 contacts) is faster and no longer results in a “slow script” browser alert message
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Infinite Loop and TUAW
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Ubuntu Distributor Wants to Overhaul Linux Desktop Notifications  —  Canonical, the parent company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux system, wants to implement a new (and vaguely Mac-ish) method of user notification in Ubuntu's next release.  —  You can check out a demonstration …
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Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
iPhone claims high-ranking spot on Flickr … The iPhone is the mobile device of choice these days for doing most things that need a network.  So it shouldn't be a surprise that the phone has carved out a prominent place on Yahoo's photo-sharing site, Flickr.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Sprint/Clearwire Slapped with WiMax Patent Challenge  —  Resource Library:  —  Texas-based converged wireless platform developer Adaptix claims in infringement lawsuit Sprint and Clearwire are violating six WiMax-related patents owned by Adaptix.  The lawsuit is seeking an injunction …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HP Firebird 803 tower with VoodooDNA leaked!  —  We always loved us that Voodoo-designed HP Blackbird 002, but it was certainly a behemoth.  Now it looks like the duo are going for a more realistic size — and hopefully pricepoint — with the all-new HP Firebird PC 803 that just fell in our lap …
Julia Angwin / Digits:
eToys About to Go Under - Again  —  How many bankruptcies can eToys survive?  —  The Parent Company, an online hub for finding baby-related products and advice, is considering closing up shop, and sadly for eToys, one of the company's brands, this won't be first time it's found itself standing on death's doorstep.
DigiTimes:
Sony Ericsson to swtich smartphone production partner from HTC to Mobinnova, says paper  —  Sony Ericsson plans to outsource its second Windows Mobile-based smartphone to Taiwan-based Mobinnova, a handset maker under Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), instead of cooperating …
Music Ally:
Ditch the CD by Christmas 2009, Gartner tells music industry  —  Could this Christmas really be the swansong of the CD?  Analyst Gartner certainly hopes so, having issued a challenge to the music industry to move to a ‘digital first’ strategy by the end of next year, in order to stop being held back by its reliance on CD revenues.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint Treo Pro 850 and Pink Samsung Instinct make their way to Best Buy... soon  —  One of our faithful ninjas just wrote in to let us know that Sprint's not-so-kept-secret Treo Pro 850 will be making its way to Best Buy along with a pink version of the Samsung Instinct.  You know, the phone that beats the iPhone.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Speed round: TeleNav launches on the BlackBerry Storm, your first look  —  It's no secret we're pretty big fans of TeleNav around here (heck, we'd even venture and say that the carrier-branded versions like AT&T Navigator and Sprint Navigation are top-notch), so it should come as no surprise …
Discussion: CrackBerry.com blogs and AppScout
 
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Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: Alpha 400 pays a high price for low cost
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Mike Cook / Project Gutenberg News:
Project Gutenberg release Mobile Edition eBooks
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Xbox Live Death Threat Costs Me $12.50
Discussion: Gizmodo, Destructoid and Kotaku
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HP Latest to Hop on iPhone Bandwagon
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Analysis: RIAA Strategy Shift Mired in Murky Legal Waters
Discussion: Slashdot
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The virtual battle of the sexes
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Intel 160GB X25-M SSD begins shipping
Discussion: The Tech Report and Engadget
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
BBC Rolls Out AIR iPlayer, Ditches Kontiki P2P, Proposes Tiered Broadband Services
Discussion: The Register and BBC Internet blog
Amanda McElfresh / The Advertiser:
Fiber taking shape
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Intel Counters Apple Stake in Graphics Chip Company (PC World)
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