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12:10 AM ET, December 24, 2008

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New York Times:
More Readers Picking Up Electronic Books  —  Could book lovers finally be willing to switch from pages to pixels?  —  For a decade, consumers mostly ignored electronic book devices, which were often hard to use and offered few good things to read.  But this year, thanks in part to the popularity …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone App Store Sales for #1 Spot Revealed  —  Apple's broadening of App Store acceptances has opened the door to a number of new novelty applications including InfoMedia's iFart Mobile [App Store].  The $0.99 humor application has rapidly seen success and has rocketed up to the #1 App Sales slot.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone fart app pulls in nearly $10,000 a day
Discussion: Edible Apple
Electronista:
Apple slips 0.5% in PC share over summer  —  Despite a major shift from desktops towards notebooks in the summer, Apple slid slid significantly in its worldwide market share over the period, according to a new iSuppli study.  The MacBook creator lost exactly a half percentage point of influence …
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CyberCrime & Doing Time:
More than 1 Million Ways to Infect Your Computer  —  An unknown hacker has been on a Search Engine Optimization rampage to flood search engines with more than a million ways to infect yourself with his virus.  This is the first major “Scareware” infection we've seen since writing …
David / weblog.rubyonrails.org:
Merb gets merged into Rails 3!  —  It's christmas, baby, and do we have a present for you.  We're ending the bickering between Merb and Rails with a this bombshell: Merb is being merged into Rails 3!  —  We all realized that working together for a common good would be much more productive …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
‘New’ iMacs to begin shipping in January  —  We were pretty sure we'd see upgraded iMacs introduced at Macworld, but according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) via Digitimes:  —  .. sources inside the component supply chain as saying that Apple plans to launch a new iMac …
Discussion: Obsessable, Electronista and SlashGear
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adult FriendFinder Files To Go Public  —  Florida-based FriendFinder Networks (formerly Penthouse Media Group), a group of sites that includes Penthouse and Adult FriendFinder, has filed a registration statement with the SEC to go public.  —  Little known Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital is representing them in the deal.
Discussion: AVN
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Dell's MacBook Air Rival Confirmed by . . . Dell  —  CLARIFICATION 5:55 p.m. - The story below references a Dell ad placed in UptownLife magazine.  The online version of that ad, which has since been removed, appeared to include both an image from Dell and text.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Will Microsoft throw in the towels?  —  Google, Microsoft and other big tech companies spent the past few years ramping up employee perks as they battled each other for top talent.  Now, as the tech industry tries to weather the economic storm, the fate of those extras will be an interesting barometer …
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.
Lawrence Lessig / Newsweek:
Reboot the FCC  —  We'll stifle the Skypes and YouTubes of the future if we don't demolish the regulators that oversee our digital pipelines.  —  Economic growth requires innovation.  Trouble is, Washington is practically designed to resist it.  Built into the DNA of the most important agencies created …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter relaunches name search, still no tweet search on site  —  The micro-messaging service Twitter has taken the slow time during the holiday to bring back a feature that, like so many others, went away when the site was having performance issues during the earlier part of this year: people search.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Bails on Project Playlist, Too  —  Four days after MySpace cut the legs out from under Project Playlist by disabling the music streaming service's app, Facebook is following suit.  Here's the official statement from Facebook PR: … The only surprise here is that it took Facebook …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Venture Capitalist: Big 3 Should Turn To Silicon Valley  —  Ray Lane's got a bone to pick with Detroit and Washington: quit your whining, partner up with innovators here in Silicon Valley, and consumers, investors, auto industry workers, politicians, executives and America will be better off for it.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Matt / Burning Questions:
Our 210th variation on the theme, “Thank you for using FeedBurner.”  —  Interesting Fact: this is the 210th time we've posted to this blog.  Bittersweet Reality: it will be the last.  —  Our team has used Burning Questions to provide FeedBurner product announcements and stories …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and rizzn's socnets
Julia Angwin / Wall Street Journal:
Looking for a Few Good Answers Online  —  Why is the sky blue?  How do you bleach a stained shirt?  Why does cheese smell?  —  The answers to these questions used to be sought in encyclopedias and other reference books.  Now, we increasingly seek the answers to such questions online …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If Washington Wants To Create Jobs, It Should Get Out Of The Way In Silicon Valley  —  from the lead,-follow-or-get-out-of-the- way dept  —  It's already quite clear that Sarbanes-Oxley has done very little to actually prevent fraud of any kind, but it has been a tremendous burden …
Discussion: Slashdot and Voices
Sam Baltrusis / Contentinople:
Quantcast Bulks Up, ComScore Speaks Up  —  The race for video audience metrics appears to be heating up, as upstart Quantcast has added ABC Inc. , Hulu LLC , and BBE (formerly Broadband Enterprises) to its growing list of media groups using the company's video-based measurement services.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Psystar: No conspiracy against Apple  —  Mac clone maker denies ‘concerted effort’ after Apple claims others are in cahoots  —  Computerworld) Mac clone maker Psystar Corp. denied it is at the center of a cabal whose purpose is to steal Apple Inc.'s intellectual property, documents recently filed with a federal court show.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Google still wants something for nothing  —  Tech Daily: The Internet giant responds to criticism that it has reversed course on a key issue facing the Web: Should some users be required to pay more for faster service?  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — The Wall Street Journal unleashed a firestorm …
Discussion: The 463
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tweet A Last-Minute Gift To Charity
Discussion: Beth's Blog
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
US computers still the source of most malware
Discussion: Maximum PC all and TechSpot
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Brutal Business In E-Cards Despite Holiday Volume …
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Pressure mounts for Microsoft to deliver with Windows 7
Discussion: InformationWeek
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
8 Signs That Apple Customers Are No Longer Special
 Earlier Items: 
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
eToys About to Go Under - Again
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Updates MobileMe Online Apps
Ben Galbraith / Ajaxian:
Lengthening Out URLs  —  In our age of information and technology …
Discussion: Technologizer and ThreatChaos
internetnews.com:
HP Latest to Hop on iPhone Bandwagon
Discussion: SlashPhone
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Nano Concept Photo?