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11:50 AM ET, December 26, 2008

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Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Wal-Mart to start selling iPhones on Sunday  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it will start selling certain models of Apple Inc's iPhone on Sunday, but the popular cell phones will not priced as low as some anticipated.  —  Wal-Mart plans to sell …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Googlers Call Friend Connect “FriendSense”  —  It's always fun to hear what Google employees call various projects when they think no one is listening.  In 2007 they called the upstart Hulu joint venture Clown Co. as a private joke about the messy start to that unlikely company …
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.
Rajat Agrawal / Cellpassion:
RIM grabs the most absurd QWERTY keyboard patent  —  USPTO Patent Application 20080318617 should go down in the history of patents as the most absurd QWERTY keyboard.  Okay, this is how it works — In the original position it looks like a normal alphanumeric keypad and then there are two hinges …
Priya Ganapati / Wired News:
Top Technology Breakthroughs of 2008  —  The economy may be tanking, but innovation is alive and well.  —  When it came to products, incremental improvements were the name of the game this year.  Phones got faster (iPhone 3G anyone?), notebooks turned into netbooks and pocket cameras went …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
My 10 favorite iPhone games of 2008  —  Yesterday, I wrote up my 10 favorite iPhone apps of 2008 with a note that I wasn't including any games on the list because there were far too many good ones and they should probably get their own list.  Today, I bring you that list.
Fred / A VC:
Bits Of Destruction  —  The news is full of stories this year end about the impending bankruptcies of retailers, newspapers, auto manufacturers, banks, and a host of other businesses that have been the mainstay of corporate america for the past 100 years or more.
Business Wire:
Amazon.com's 14th Holiday Season Is Best Ever  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the 2008 holiday season finished as its best ever, with over 6.3 million items ordered worldwide on the peak day, Dec. 15, which is a record-breaking 72.9 items per second.
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 …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Grows to 28 Million Monthly Users  —  uTorrent saw its first public release in September 2005.  A year later this popular lightweight client was acquired by BitTorrent Inc. who continued to develop the application, recently introducing a Mac version.
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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 …
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.
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