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1:55 PM ET, December 29, 2008


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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
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.
Discussion: atmaspheric and VoIP Watch
Boston Globe:
Cisco aims to be a household name
Discussion: Parks Associates Blog
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: and Contentinople
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Music industry looks to internet for revival
Discussion: Techdirt and NewTeeVee
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DMFail: Another Reason To Just Not Send Private Messages On Twitter  —  If you are the kind of person who can't help but look when you drive by an accident scene, DMFail is for you.  The site, which has been all the rage on Twitter for the last few days, shows direct (private) …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name-The Sequel  —  BoomTown's been just one week gone and yet another goofy, traffic-generating debate “erupts” in the blogosphere, involving the usual suspects.  —  (Hey, it's Loïc Le Meur and Michael Arrington again, fresh from their equally meaningful Are-French-folks-lazy-or-what? debate!)
Om Malik / GigaOM:
On Twitter, Followers Aren't Really Friends
Discussion: OpsanBlog, Joe Duck and
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
High hopes at Yahoo, Intel for Internet-enabled TV  —  Yahoo's Widget Channel software for TVs and video devices shows a link to Yahoo's Flickr photo-sharing site, stock prices, and an advertisement.  Intel, Yahoo, and several partners will show the technology off at CES 2009.
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.
Discussion: Electronista and DailyTech
James Niccolai / PC World:
Cable Repairs Set Back by Second Undersea Break  —  Efforts to restore normal communications between Europe and Asia have suffered a setback after an important undersea cable broke for a second time, this time at a much greater depth.  —  Engineers from France Télécom …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
TheGuru /
Samsung i8510 Brings Surprise NAM 3G Support  —  I really can't begin to explain how exciting this is: a new version of the Samsung i8510 has been found on the FCC's website, this time sporting dual-band UMTS (850/1900MHz) with HSDPA.  Yes, that means Samsung is finally bringing …
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, Blue's News and
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Internet Access Turns School Buses Into Rolling Classrooms  —  As part of his economic-stimulus plan, President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to wire more schools to provide high-speed Internet access.  —  Ethan Clement, a student in rural Arkansas, has some advice: Don't forget to wire the buses.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Switched
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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
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Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
OS Leaked for the BlackBerry Bold!
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Thomas Appeal Denied; Retrial Likely to Set New Copyright Infringement Course
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Clear iPhone 3G Replacement Case Shows Its Fugly Guts
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Analysis: the FCC and its impact on the enterprise in 2009
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
2009: Netbook or notebook?
Less killing, more kissing: new breed of computer games bring people together
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
And so it ends: AT&T users report network outages amidst Wal-Mart's iPhone 3G launch
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Arn / MacRumors:
Massive Christmas iPod Touch Sales Boost App Store Downloads
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Social Search (Or Why Google Should Buy Facebook)
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily