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6:45 AM ET, December 25, 2008

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Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Facebook Mess Is Coming: You Now Have To Talk To Your Friends not To Be Unfriended  —  It looks like on the lazy news days during this holiday season many of the mainstream publications have decided that it would be a good idea to discuss the trends in social networking and the peculiarities …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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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: TechCrunch and Gawker
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
Admiring Bill Gates  —  Dare I say this on O'Reilly Radar?  I admire Bill Gates.  If I had a vote for Person of the Year, Gates would get mine.  Let me explain why.  —  This year, Gates made an important and potentially difficult transition at age 52, leaving Microsoft as CEO and devoting …
Discussion: Charlie Rose and Anil Dash
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Silicon Valley Braces for Firings as Technology Outlook Worsens  —  A A A  —  Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) — Silicon Valley, the technology mecca once considered immune to fallout from the global financial meltdown, now faces the biggest cutbacks since the dot-com crash.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
PewResearch.org:
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 …
Azadeh Ensha / New York Times:
There's Lots of Tech Help, Yes, on the Internet  —  THIS week, I bought a shiny new BlackBerry.  This made me very happy.  Then I went home and found that my new BlackBerry was inundating my in-box with copies of my sent e-mail messages.  This made me very frustrated.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A Yule Log for your LCD  —  I confess I had completely forgotten about the Yule Log visualization for Windows Media Player, which originally appeared as part of the Windows Media Bonus Pack for XP back in 2002.  Like most visualizations, it hadn't been updated in years and didn't work with newer Media Player versions.
Daniel / Disqus:
Facebook Connect now available on Disqus  —  We began our Facebook Connect integration with our announcement last week.  Tonight, all websites using Disqus now have the option to enable Facebook Connect.  —  If you've already added your Facebook API Key to Disqus, note that you will also need …
Discussion: All Facebook and A VC
Times of London:
Christmas presents?  Let me check my e-mails first  —  Instead of switching off during the holiday season, owners of the device will check work messages before opening presents  —  Children may have to wait just a little bit longer than usual before ripping open their Christmas presents tomorrow morning …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Time Warner Having Second Thoughts About Bebo?  —  Most would agree that Time Warner overpaid when it bought social network Bebo back in March.  Given the challenges faced by the company's online businesses since then, among them declining ad sales and the difficulty of monetizing social networks …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Future Bits: Google's Machiavellianism  —  Defining Moment of 2008: Google's offer to help Yahoo fend off Microsoft's hostile takeover bid.  —  Google's response to Microsoft's bid for Yahoo may represent one of the most brilliant acts of corporate Machiavellianism in recent history.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Richard Behar / Fox News:
World Bank Admits Top Tech Vendor Debarred for 8 Years  —  For months, the World Bank has been stonewalling and denying a series of FOX News reports on a variety of in-house scandals, ranging from the hacking of its most sensitive financial data to its own sanctions against suppliers found guilty of wrongdoing.
Discussion: The Register and ThreatChaos
 
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BBC:
Vietnam tightens rules on blogs
Discussion: Techdirt
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Online Journalism: Donations Accepted
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Wireless Built the Notebook Boom
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Research In Motion Sues Motorola Over Employment Deal
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
8 Santa Trackers For Christmas Eve 2008, From NORAD Santa To Twitter
Discussion: Telegraph, Virtual Earth … and PSFK
internetnews.com:
Acer, Best Buy Slash XP Netbook Price to $299
Discussion: TeleRead
 Earlier Items: 
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
SlingPlayer For Windows Mobile Comes to Loads More Phones
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Obsessable and Channel 10
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise of Cloud Agents
Discussion: Twitterrati
InfoWorld:
Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs
Discussion: Computerworld