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9:45 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.
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Alex Kuretz / MediaSmartServer.net:
Review: HP MediaSmart Server EX487
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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
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Server makers get Goooogled  —  Elements of Google's most secretive product—its unique PC server design—is beginning to ripple throughout the rest of the industry.  —  Like many companies with giant Internet data centers, Google uses big clusters of commodity x86 servers.
Discussion: GigaOM and SmoothSpan Blog
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.
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:   Microsoft wants to patent “pay-as-you-use” computer leasing
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 …
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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.
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Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News:
Facebook's War Against Lactivists  —  As a new father, I have to admit, watching my wife breastfeeding our daughter brings on feelings in me, but not sexual ones, rather sweet ones, as I find the interaction between mother and daughter beautiful.  Facebook, on the other hand seems …
Discussion: tera.ca and NEWSFACTOR
Electronista:
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Vaja Also Hints at iPhone Nano?  —  Relatively well-known iPhone case manufacturer Vaja has curiously added an “iPhone Nano” listing to their website.  The link simply directs you to a form asking you to sign up for information about “the upcoming release of our iPhone nano cases.”
Discussion: Tech Beat, Engadget, MacBlogz and Gadget Lab
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: Webware.com and Electronista
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.
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 …
internetnews.com:
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.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Webware.com and RotorBlog.com
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Florida, the Next Hotbed of Venture Capital?  —  Silicon Valley, Austin, Boston, New York...and Orlando?  —  The state of Florida wants to tap into the billions of venture capital dollars invested in young companies each year.  It is seeking venture capital funds in which to invest money …
MSRC:
Questions about Vulnerability Claim in Windows Media Player  —  Happy holidays to everyone.  While it's been a snowy holiday season for us in the Pacific Northwest (some of us are still snowed in), the MSRC never closes and we are always working to help keep customers safe.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DMFail Fails, Twitter To Fix Private Messages Snafu  —  Say goodbye to the fun of reading private Twitter messages sent improperly and gathered on DMFail.  Sometime today, Twitter says in an email, they'll change the way private messages are sent so that you can use either [D + username + message] OR [DM + username + message].
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
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Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
‘Gears Of War’ Creator On Gaming's Future
Martha C. White / New York Times:
As Internet Use Grows at Meetings, So Do Challenges
Shira Ovide / Digits:
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Q&A With FCC Chairman Kevin Martin
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Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
HP uses third party to sell printers in Iran
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Report: Information Overload Costs U.S. $900B
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Big Blue urged to open Notes and Domino
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Hippies revolt over wireless network voodoo
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