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3:50 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.
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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
Discussion: The Constant Observer
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
How the GateHouse suit looks from both sides
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  —  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: Electronista
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.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox Mobile browser hits Alpha 2, still doesn't work on your phone
Discussion: Epicenter, jkOnTheRun and Mashable!
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Notebook PC Sales Outpace Desktops: Good News For Apple (AAPL)
Discussion: Macsimum News
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 …
Discussion: Obsessable
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
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
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 …
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: IntoMobile, Electronista and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
8 Signs That Apple Customers Are No Longer Special  —  Remember when Apple customers felt hip?  —  There was a time when a glowing Apple logo symbolized radical nonconformity.  Being part of a miniature customer base was, to Mac users, like being a member of a holier-than-thou, secret society — a “Cult of Mac,” if you will.
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.
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, TUAW and Infinite Loop
Marisa Taylor / 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.
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Sprint/Clearwire Slapped with WiMax Patent Challenge
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Speed round: TeleNav launches on the BlackBerry Storm, your first look
Discussion: AppScout and CrackBerry.com blogs
Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: Alpha 400 pays a high price for low cost
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and MobileDevicesToday
Mike Cook / Project Gutenberg News:
Project Gutenberg release Mobile Edition eBooks
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
ISP tells RIAA piracy protection doesn't come free
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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
Tamsin Osborne / BBC:
The virtual battle of the sexes
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Intel 160GB X25-M SSD begins shipping
Discussion: The Tech Report
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Ubuntu Distributor Wants to Overhaul Linux Desktop Notifications
Discussion: Ars Technica and Mark Shuttleworth
Amanda McElfresh / The Advertiser:
Fiber taking shape
Discussion: Engadget HD and DSLreports
PC World:
Intel Counters Apple Stake in Graphics Chip Company (PC World)
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
 

 
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