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8:25 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 …
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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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
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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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 …
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
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
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 …
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, Voices and Matt Mullenweg
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Brutal Business In E-Cards Despite Holiday Volume …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Updates MobileMe Online Apps
Ben Galbraith / Ajaxian:
Lengthening Out URLs  —  In our age of information and technology …
Discussion: Technologizer and ThreatChaos