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11:05 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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
How to write a Mike Arrington blog post  —  As we “work” our way through the holiday (or winter break as the school system calls it) we are once again reminded of Mike Arrington's skill at dominating the trainwreck formerly known as The Conversation.  I've watched Mike at close range …
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.
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 …
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.
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Daniel / Disqus:
Facebook Connect now available on Disqus
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Azadeh Ensha / New York Times:
There's Lots of Tech Help, Yes, on the Internet
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
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Future Bits: Google's Machiavellianism
Discussion: Beyond Search
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Time Warner Having Second Thoughts About Bebo?
 Earlier Items: 
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Online Journalism: Donations Accepted
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Richard Behar / Fox News:
World Bank Admits Top Tech Vendor Debarred for 8 Years
Discussion: The Register and ThreatChaos
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Research In Motion Sues Motorola Over Employment Deal
Acer, Best Buy Slash XP Netbook Price to $299
Discussion: TeleRead
Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs
Discussion: Computerworld