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2:45 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 / Outside the Lines:
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 …
Vivek / The Technicist:
T-Mobile Dash Black - Hands on  —  So I made it down to the T-Mobile store today to check out the new black Dash (I had other stuff to do in the area as well, so its not like I blew time just to check out the newly painted Dash), and I must say, it does look quite dashing (ok, ok, I'm done) in the new black colour.
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
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 …
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: Washington Post and Baltimore Sun
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Alan Cox leaves Red Hat, suggesting company's future direction  —  After 10 years with Red Hat as one of its highest-profile developers, Alan Cox is moving on to Intel, as he announced to the LXer editors: … I suspect the impetus for the change has much to do with Cox's interest in the …
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.
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
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
All I wanted this year was the best smartphone ever
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
How to write a Mike Arrington blog post
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
 Earlier Items: 
Azadeh Ensha / New York Times:
There's Lots of Tech Help, Yes, on the Internet
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
Admiring Bill Gates
Discussion: Anil Dash and Charlie Rose
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