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2:05 PM 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 Apple Inc's iPhone on Sunday, but the popular cell phones that can surf the web will not be priced as low as some anticipated.  —  Wal-Mart plans to sell …
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Walmart publicly confirms iPhone sales, $197 price  —  Rumors had been flying for months that retail juggernaut Walmart would be selling iPhones in its US stores.  That rumor had all but been confirmed when leaked memos revealed that sales would begin on December 28.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon: Our Holiday Sales Were Great.  Just Don't Ask Us to Tell You About Them
Discussion: Business Wire
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone to Run Windows and Get Copy and Paste (It's Not What You Think)  —  Windows will run soon on the iPhone using Citrix Receiver, a remote screen software that connects to a PC and gives you the illusion you are running Microsoft's operating systems, including copy and paste functionality.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and PalmAddicts
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Oracle's edge  —  The software giant will no doubt feel some pain as companies scale back staff.  But its stable infrastructure business will help it weather the storm better than most.  —  (Fortune) — Say what you will about Larry Ellison's style, but the in-your-face founder of Oracle knows …
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Grows to 28 Million Monthly Users
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Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: CrunchGear
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
2009: Year of the Hacker
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and Tinfinger
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Predictions for Google's 2009  —  1. 10% market share for Google Chrome.
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