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10:25 AM ET, December 25, 2008


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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: 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.
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 …
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
Discussion: TechFlash
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
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 …
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 …
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Seagate to take ‘material’ impairment charge this quarter  —  Seagate Technology said Wednesday that it will have to take an impairment charge to write down the value of its goodwill, “largely as a result of the adverse impact of the current macroeconomic business environment …
Gifts for All in Linux 2.6.28  —  Graphics performance, wireless USB support and power utilization improvements top the Linux stocking stuffers in new release.  —  Linux creator Linus Torvalds is expected to soon release the final Linux kernel of 2008, loaded full of stocking stuffers for users of the open source operating system.
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.
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.
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 …
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Richard Behar / Fox News:
World Bank Admits Top Tech Vendor Debarred for 8 Years
Discussion: The Register and ThreatChaos
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Discussion: VoIP Watch
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Research In Motion Sues Motorola Over Employment Deal
Acer, Best Buy Slash XP Netbook Price to $299
Discussion: TeleRead
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise of Cloud Agents
Discussion: Twitterrati
Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs
Discussion: Computerworld