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12:20 PM ET, December 23, 2008


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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.
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 …
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
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 …
Mark Shuttleworth:
Notifications, indicators and alerts  —  Let's talk about notifications!  As Ryan Lortie mentioned, there was a lot of discussion across the Ubuntu, Kubuntu, GNOME, KDE and Mozilla communities represented at UDS about the proposals Canonical's user experience design and desktop experience engineering teams have made for Ubuntu 9.04.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Slashdot
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Report Says Twitter Would Take 36 Years to Catch Facebook …
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Did I harm my blog by FriendFeeding this year?
Discussion: rizzn's personal blog
HP Latest to Hop on iPhone Bandwagon  —  A week after Microsoft signed on, HP becomes the next Apple competitor to support the iPhone.  —  HP may have plans to compete with Apple in the smartphone market, but that doesn't mean it can ignore the iPhone.  —  Today, HP (NYSE: HPQ) …
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 …
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
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., can be fun!  Who knows where you'll wind up.  —  Some folks aren't as happy with uncertainty in hyperlinking; one of them …
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
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.
Discussion: Electronista and InformationWeek
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 …
Tamsin Osborne / BBC:
The virtual battle of the sexes  —  Online games' emphasis on combat has led many to paint them as male pursuits  —  Picture a typical player of a massively multiplayer game such as World of Warcraft and most people will imagine an overweight, solitary male.
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
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 …
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 …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Intel 160GB X25-M SSD begins shipping  —  Intel have begun shipping the 160GB version of their X25-M solid-state drive.  The new SSD doubles the capacity of the previous model, the 80GB, and is initially only available in the 2.5-inch form-factor; a 1.8-inch 160GB X18-M SSD will begin shipping in January 2009.
Discussion: The Tech Report and Engadget
Brad / Liliputing:
LG announces laptop display designed for outdoor use  —  Laptops are notoriously hard to use outdoors.  Backlit displays are difficult to read in bright sunlight under the best conditions.  And if you have a notebook with a glossy screen, you might as well be carrying around a mirror.
Discussion: and I4U News
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Analysis: RIAA Strategy Shift Mired in Murky Legal Waters  —  The Recording Industry Association of America's new enforcement strategy is based on a questionable interpretation of what constitutes copyright infringement.  And its copyright-detection services remain under a cloud at the center of a class action legal challenge.
Discussion: Slashdot
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...
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
ISP tells RIAA piracy protection doesn't come free  —  The RIAA's announcement last week of an end to its P2P lawsuitsin favor of working with ISPs to warn or cut off offenders was almostunanimously praised as a move in the right direction.  Thereare a lot of “ifs” in the equation, however …
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Inviting anyone to your applications
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