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5:50 PM ET, December 23, 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 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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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
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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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
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: Mozilla Links, Epicenter and Mashable!
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 …
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, 9 to 5 Mac and Electronista
Byron Acohido / USA Today:
Pressure mounts for Microsoft to deliver with Windows 7  —  SEATTLE — One thing you don't see very often on corporate PCs and laptops: Windows Vista.  —  Nearly two years after introducing Vista, Microsoft (MSFT) is grappling with an unanticipated phenomenon: The latest version …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Brutal Business In E-Cards Despite Holiday Volume; AG Interactive Takes $161M Charge  —  Judging by the amount of “Season's Greetings” holiday and New Year's e-cards that I have been getting, the activity level and hence possibly the business of online e-cards should be high.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Online Shopping Pops 98% Last Xmas Weekend  —  Online analytics firm comScore (SCOR) today released numbers for holiday online shopping activity in the U.S., and it looks as though cold weather that kept people indoors and online in some places provided one bright little sliver of hope.
 
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
eToys About to Go Under - Again
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Sprint/Clearwire Slapped with WiMax Patent Challenge
Discussion: Ars Technica
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Updates MobileMe Online Apps
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW and Infinite Loop
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Speed round: TeleNav launches on the BlackBerry Storm, your first look
Discussion: AppScout and CrackBerry.com blogs
 Earlier Items: 
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
internetnews.com:
HP Latest to Hop on iPhone Bandwagon
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Intel 160GB X25-M SSD begins shipping
Discussion: The Tech Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Animoto On The iPhone: Trust Me, You Want It
Discussion: VentureBeat and Entrepreneur.com
 

 
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