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6:05 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Twist Image
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Amazon's Christmas bestsellers: Acer, Apple and Asus  —  Look what Santa left under's tree this Christmas morning:  — 7 Acer netbooks  — 7 Apple MacBooks  — 4 Asus netbooks  — 2 Samsung netbooks  — 2 MSI netbooks  — 1 OLPC (One laptop per child) XO laptop
Elias Bizannes / Liako.Biz:
The makings of a media mogul: Michael Arrington of TechCrunch  —  After recognising in my previous post that Michael Arrington has successfully captured the dynamic of the mass media to pioneer new media, my mind asked how did this guy do it.  With some time on my hands …
Discussion: Paying Attention
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
The Grinch pays a visit to eBay  —  The holiday season hasn't brought its usual good tidings to auction-based marketplace eBay this year, reports the Wall Street Journal.  Site traffic for November and December fell off 16 percent from last year; transaction revenue has slipped 28 percent to $1.44 billion …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
All I wanted this year was the best smartphone ever  —  This year, all I really wanted for the holidays was the perfect smartphone.  Not too much to ask for, right?  You'd think, but all I ended up with was constant swapping between 3 (or more) devices, hoping to find some balance of features that worked for me.
Agence France Presse:
Nintendo says to offer videos on Wii  —  TOKYO (AFP) — Nintendo Co. said Thursday it will start offering videos through its blockbuster Wii game console, the latest new feature for the Japanese entertainment giant.  —  Nintendo said it would develop original programming which Wii users …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Reuters
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 Earlier Items: 
A Silicon Valley Christmas Tale
Gifts for All in Linux 2.6.28  —  Graphics performance …
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
Admiring Bill Gates
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