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7:15 PM ET, December 29, 2008


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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
HP MediaSmart Home Server may get some competition from Apple  —  HP this week updated its MediaSmart home server, which has many services Mac users would love to take advantage of.  Centralized iTunes music database for the home, picture sharing, even file sharing over the Internet.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
With a Digital Stereo, Cisco Systems Is Starting a Push Into Home Electronics  —  Your plumber would like to take you dancing.  —  Cisco Systems, the dominant provider of the digital pipes that run the Internet, is making a big play in digital entertainment.
Boston Globe:
Cisco aims to be a household name
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Dream iPhone Pro  —  Here's the new iPhone Pro, something that we don't expect at MacWorld 2009 at all.  However, we do expect something like this to come at a later date.  Why?  Because it just makes sense.  —  Click on image above for higher resolution version
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Next-gen iMac to include new cooling module?  —  A new family of iMacs due early next year may include a more sophisticated cooling system, hints the latest reports from sources close to the company's Taiwanese manufacturing facilities.  —  Backtracking on its report from last week …
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Deja vu: Internet ‘widgets’ coming to the TV in 2009  —  I'm getting a case of deja vu.  Apparently, 2009 will be the year that Internet ‘widgets’ come to the TV.  —  At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held in Las Vegas next month, Samsung, Toshiba and other manufacturers …
Discussion: Electronista
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Music Labels Might Just Take Their Business To Hulu  —  Fed up with lousy ad revenues from Google's video-sharing service YouTube (GOOG), we've heard the four major music labels — Universal MG, EMI, Warner and Sony BMG — are in preliminary talks to create their own destination Web site.
David Meyer / CNET News:
Microsoft outlines pay-per-use PC vision  —  Microsoft has applied for a patent on metered, pay-as-you-go computing.  —  U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, details Microsoft's vision of a situation where a “standard model” of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain.
Arn / MacRumors:
Massive Christmas iPod Touch Sales Boost App Store Downloads  —  Apple's new iPod Touch appears to have been a huge hit this holiday season with evidence that the high end iPod has seen massive gains in marketshare.  —  The first impact was seen in early sales numbers for App Store applications on Christmas day.
Jeff Scott / 148AppsNews Archives:
App Developers See 2-4x Sales Boost on Christmas
LG introduces 3G HSDPA wrist phone  —  Korea-based LG has introduced its latest mobile device, the LG-GD910 wrist-phone featuring support for both 3G and HSDPA technology.  The user interface is presented through a 1.43-inch color LCD touchscreen, while a video camera has been integrated …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Hope Fades for PS3 as a Comeback Player  —  In Battle of the Game Consoles, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox Widen Leads Over Sony's PlayStation  —  TOKYO — For most of this year, Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 videogame console seemed finally to be taking off after a slow start.
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Will Work for Praise: The Web's Free-Labor Economy  —  This online business model has Americans happily toiling for attention on for-profit sites that don't pay them money  —  It's dawn at a Los Angeles apartment overlooking the Hollywood Hills.  Laura Sweet, a graphic designer in her early 40s …
Lyndon W. Wong / The Official Netflix Blog:
New DVD shipping process  —  Netflix recently changed the DVD shipping process when your first choice movie is not available at the shipping center nearest you.  —  We have 55 shipping centers throughout the U.S., including Anchorage, Alaska and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Discussion: VentureBeat and AppScout
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Not How Many Followers You Have That Counts, It's How Many Times You Get Retweeted  —  Over the weekend a lot of tech bloggers got into a tizzy over a suggestion that Twitter search should rank Tweets by authority, with Tweets from people who have the most followers coming up first.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Tagging Service Zigtag (Finally!)  Launches  —  It was two years ago that we first heard of Zigtag, a service that promised to “transform how people search, save and share knowledge & information.”  Now, after a nine-month private beta, this semantic tagging service has finally launched.
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Work Ethic 2.0: Attention Control  —  Commentary: A person who works with total focus has an enormous advantage over a workaholic who's “multi-tasking” all day, answering every phone call, constantly checking Facebook and Twitter, and indulging every interruption.
Extra: Samsung S8300 AMOLED Touch Screen Slider With 8 Megapixel Camera To Hit Stores  —  Building on the success of Samsung U900 Soul, the new Samsung S8300 supposedly going on sale sometime in March 2009, keeps the slider form factor 12.8mm thick and adds a 2.8-inch WQVGA 16 million AMODEL touch screen …
Diane Mermigas / MediaPost:
Hulu CEO: More Global Moves Planned For '09  —  In just a year, Hulu has morphed into what is arguably the most successful television network—online.  —  The co-venture of NBC Universal and News Corp.'s Fox already is the sixth-most-viewed online video hub, providing insights …
Wired News:
Vaporware 2008: Crushing Disappointments, False Promises and Plain Old BS  —  Welcome to Wired's 11th annual Vaporware Awards, our annual roundup of the tech industry's biggest, brashest and most baffling unfulfilled promises.  —  This year, handset makers were exhaling more vapor than anyone …
Discussion: Kotaku, CrunchGear, Blue's News and
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
RIAA loses mistrial appeal  —  A federal judge has denied the Recording Industry Association of America's request for an appeal of the judge's earlier decision to grant a retrial in its case copyright infringement case against Jammie Thomas.  —  Earlier this year a jury found that the Minnesota woman …
Discussion: DSLreports
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Arn / MacRumors:
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
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