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11:20 AM 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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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
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?  —  Since I've been blogging eight years this month I've been doing a lot of thinking about my blog and how I want to do things differently in 2009.  —  I told Mike Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, that I wonder if I've made smart time investments …
Discussion: rizzn's personal blog
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.
Mike Volpe / HubSpot's Inbound Internet Marketing Blog:
State of the Twittersphere - Q4 2008 Report
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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: Joystiq
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...
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) …
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Chamber backs broadband deployment—without Net neutrality laws
Robert McMillan / PC World:
With Lawsuit Settled, Hackers Now Working With MBTA
D.Telekom, Vodafone combine to expand German VDSL
Discussion: paidContent and Reuters
Amanda McElfresh / The Advertiser:
Fiber taking shape
Discussion: Engadget HD and DSLreports
Subbu Subramanian / Facebook Developers:
Inviting anyone to your applications
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
USA Today pretties up the news on the iPhone
Discussion: AppScout and IntoMobile
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Chiefs See '09 Bright Pockets
Discussion: GigaOM
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Alexander Haislip / Reuters:
Will Ferrell site, Funny Or Die, raises $3 million
Lisa Fernandez / Mercury News:
Fry's executive arrested in alleged $65M fraud to pay off gambling debts
Discussion: Techdirt
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scrapplet: Powerful Social Web Canvases That Are As Easy As Drag-And-Drop
Discussion: and
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google, vs. Microsoft Headlines Cloud Computing Battle for 2009
Discussion: InfoWorld