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12:50 PM ET, December 25, 2008


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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Sony's Netbook “fits in a pocket”, Might Not Fit Netbook Category  —  Actually, Sony has this “P-series” VAIO on their notebook section in the SonyStyle store, so maybe netbook isn't the right term.  Just ask Psion, if you don't believe me.  Eagle-eye reader Jose was browsing Sony's online storefront …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
OMG, We're Not BFFs Anymore?  Getting ‘Unfriended’ Online Stings  —  Users of Social-Networking Sites Delete Friends Who Don't Keep in Touch, Misbehave  —  JoAna Swan recently purged her profile on social-networking site Facebook Inc. of friends she hadn't spoken to for a while.
Discussion: Gawker
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Meaning Of Friendship  —  I can only imagine the angst that Jessica Vascellero at the Wall Street Journal inserted into countless minds this evening with her article about the difficulties people are having defining what is and isn't a “friend” for online social networking purposes.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Facebook Mess Is Coming: You Now Have To Talk To Your Friends not To Be Unfriended
Dan Farber / CNET News:
Print news is fading, but the content lives on  —  It's been about 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web on the back of the Internet.  For more than a billion people on the planet, the Web today is an alternate, digital universe that is gradually overtaking the analog …
Internet Overtakes Newspapers as News Source  —  The internet, which emerged this year as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as a main source for national and international news.  —  Currently, 40% say they get most of their news …
Staci D. Kramer /
USA Today Will Be Sold On Amazon's Kindle  —  Gannett (NYSE: GCI) flagship USA Today is the latest paper to be sold through Amazon's Kindle.  The top-selling U.S. paper has yet to show up in the Kindle Store but Amazon told Kindle subscribers on Christmas morning that they'll be able to download the Dec. 26 edition for free.
Discussion: Gear Diary and TeleRead
A Silicon Valley Christmas Tale  —  Editor's note: The poem and illustrations below were submitted by an engineer in Silicon Valley who works for a big company and wishes to remain anonymous.  The views expressed are not (necessarily) those of TechCrunch.  The awesome illustrations are by Doug Shannon
PC World:
Samsung Shipped Infected Digital Picture Frames  —  For the second year in a row, some of those digital photo frames lying under the Christmas tree may come with a nasty surprise.  —  Samsung says that CDs that shipped with many models of its digital photo frames may have included …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Leaked 2009 Blackberry Roadmap Hints at Touchscreen Bold, Storm Slider  —  A supposed 2009 Blackberry Roadmap posted on TmoNews Forums suggests that we'll not only be seeing the Curve 8900 next year, but also a touchscreen Bold and a Storm with a slide-out keyboard.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
How to write a Mike Arrington blog post  —  As we “work” our way through the holiday (or winter break as the school system calls it) we are once again reminded of Mike Arrington's skill at dominating the trainwreck formerly known as The Conversation.  I've watched Mike at close range …
Robert McMillan / Macworld:
Google, Apple, Microsoft sued over file preview  —  A small Indiana company has sued tech heavyweights Microsoft, Apple, and Google, claiming that it holds the patent on a common file preview feature used by browsers and operating systems to show users small snapshots of the files before they are opened.
Robert Daniel / MarketWatch:
Maryland files voting-machine claim vs. Diebold unit  —  TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) - Maryland is demanding $8.5 million from a producer of touch-screen voting machines that the state said were insufficiently secure and required repairs.  —  In December 2001, a Wednesday statement …
Discussion: Baltimore Sun and Washington Post
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Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Seagate to take ‘material’ impairment charge this quarter
Gifts for All in Linux 2.6.28  —  Graphics performance …
Daniel / Disqus:
Facebook Connect now available on Disqus
Discussion: All Facebook and A VC
Azadeh Ensha / New York Times:
There's Lots of Tech Help, Yes, on the Internet
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
Admiring Bill Gates
Discussion: Charlie Rose and Anil Dash
 Earlier Items: 
Times of London:
Christmas presents? Let me check my e-mails first
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A Yule Log for your LCD
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley Braces for Firings as Technology Outlook Worsens
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Future Bits: Google's Machiavellianism
Discussion: Beyond Search
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Time Warner Having Second Thoughts About Bebo?