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3:50 AM ET, December 26, 2008


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Arn / MacRumors:
Multi-Touch Swipe Gestures for iPhone Keyboard  —  Despite the Christmas holiday, the U.S. Patent Office continues to be churning away and has revealed this interesting new patent application from Apple called Swipe Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboards.  The patent application is authored by Wayne Westerman.
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 …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Sony Vaio Pocket: The Fancy Mystery Netbook Leaked  —  Sony Style has leaked some specs of the netbook—what I have heard is its flagship announce at the show—ahead of its CES 2009 coming out of the closet party.  Its name is Pocket.  —  The soon to be officially smallest notebook …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Predictions for Google's 2009  —  1. 10% market share for Google Chrome.  —  2. Google's search engine will lose a significant amount of market share as Live Search's position will consolidate.  —  3. Google's Q&A service, used to implement Google help forums, will become a part of Google Apps.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
2009: Year of the Hacker  —  In thinking about what an economically bleak 2009 will mean for the Internet, I kept coming back to something Chris Anderson wrote a few months ago, back before the tech world awoke to the full impact of the credit crunch.  —  Anderson (disclosure: he edits Wired …
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
A less electrifying electronics expo  —  Sony promoted televisions with organic LED screens at 2008's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Fewer people will attend the upcoming event, and some firms are finding alternative venues.  —  Amid the recession, the Consumer Electronics Show …
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
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: Gizmodo and Silicon Alley Insider
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
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: TechCrunch, Twist Image and CNET News
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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
First Look at Blue Spruce, IBM's Next Generation Browser Platform  —  IBM is about to commit itself heavily to browser-based applications.  The giant IT company is quietly working on a project called Blue Spruce, which aims to create a fully browser-based application development platform.
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