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12:55 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 …
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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: Entrepreneur.com and VentureBeat
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.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR
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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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Report Says Twitter Would Take 36 Years to Catch Facebook …
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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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 …
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Did I harm my blog by FriendFeeding this year?
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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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog and Engadget
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
internetnews.com:
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) …
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
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 …
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
Mike Cook / Project Gutenberg News:
Project Gutenberg release Mobile Edition eBooks  —  PG Mobile is going to be a new addition to gutenberg.org, which will allow mobile/cell phone users to download and read eBooks.  The files will be available on the normal download page of any PG eBook.  Here is the full Press Release.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
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 …
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
 
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Ross Rubin / Engadget:
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Analysis: RIAA Strategy Shift Mired in Murky Legal Waters
Discussion: Slashdot
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Chamber backs broadband deployment—without Net neutrality laws
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D.Telekom, Vodafone combine to expand German VDSL
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