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9:50 AM ET, December 31, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Large Form iPod Touch To Launch in Fall '09  —  We've got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of '09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen.  Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Local yogurt store tells blogger that Steve Jobs is “in great health”  —  Amid a flurry of (disputed) reports and rumors about Apple chief executive Steve Jobs' “rapidly declining health,” blogger Robert Scoble did some field work to dig for the truth today.
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Wall Street Journal:
Dell Shakes Up Management  —  Dell Inc. is preparing management changes that are expected to shake up an executive team that Chief Executive Michael Dell brought in as part of his turnaround plan for the big computer maker.  —  As part of the moves, which are expected to be announced soon …
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Wall Street Journal:
Dell Shakes Up Management  —  Dell Inc. on Wednesday said president of global operations Mike Cannon will retire and Chief Marketing Officer Mark Jarvis will leave the company, shaking up the executive team Chief Executive Michael Dell brought in as part of his turnaround plan for the big computer maker.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Joey deVilla / Global Nerdy:
The Air Force's Rules of Engagement for Blogging  —  You've probably seen many articles on companies and organizations saying that they take social media seriously.  Here's one such organization that you might not expect: the United States Air Force.  Take a look at the Air Force Blog Assessment chart, reproduced below:
Guardian:
Private firm may track all email and calls  —  The private sector will be asked to manage and run a communications database that will keep track of everyone's calls, emails, texts and internet use under a key option contained in a consultation paper to be published next month by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK, The Register and open
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Consumers Union to Buy Gawker Blog Consumerist  —  Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, planned to announce on Wednesday that it had acquired Consumerist.com, a popular blog formerly owned by Gawker Media.  —  Consumerist is one of several sites Gawker has sold this year …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Gawker Media's Nick Denton Sells Another Blog and Puts Another One on the Block
Damian Koh / CNET News:
The Storm is a Netbook, says RIM's founder  —  WATERLOO, Canada—Even as the weather drop to sub-zero temperatures and snow powders Research In Motion's campus in Waterloo, Mike Lazaridis certainly didn't feel it.  The company's founder and co-CEO carries into a meeting room a little black box …
Ben Robinson / IntoMobile:
Spatial View Introduces New Wazabee 3DeeShell for Vivid Stereoscopic 3D Graphics on the iPhone  —  Spatial View, a leader in manufacturing products for creating 3D effects, introduces its latest product, Wazabee 3DeeShell, a special protective skin with an integrated removable lens …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Top Ten Products (More Or Less)  —  Can you name Google's top ten products?  If you look at how Quantcast ranks Google's subdomains, you can get a sense of which Google products are the most popular, since they each have their own subdomain.  Google's main search engine tops the list …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Pete Barlas / Investor's Business Daily:
Google's Product Search Catching Up Fast With Shopping Rivals
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Time Warner Cable May Take Comedy Central, MTV & Nickelodeon Off The Air  —  What would happen to New York if The Daily Show went off the air?  Where would hipsters get their daily moment of zen?  No Spongebob Squarepants either - which means the Upper East side mommies will actually have to talk to their kids.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Why Facebook Opted for Platform Growth Over Platform Monetization in 2008  —  When the Facebook Platform launched in May 2007, many speculated on Facebook's various opportunities for revenue generation on Platform.  However, while there has been much talk of Facebook's revenues throughout 2008 …
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
A Few Popular Presents Rise Above Recession  —  The presents have been unwrapped, the tree taken down.  And Santa still hasn't brought you that Wii.  —  Don't worry.  You are not alone.  —  Despite the economic gloom and doom that saddled this Christmas shopping season …
Megan McCarthy / Techmeme News:
Top 10 objectively biggest tech stories of 2008  —  Unlike other news sites, our impartial and omniscient news relevance engine enables us to produce a purely objective top story list for the year.  Ok, ok, that's not strictly true, in fact manual editing was even phased in recently.
NokiaPressServices / Nokia Press Bulletin Board:
The new Nokia 6208c  —  In an event held today in Nanjing Nokia unveiled the Nokia 6208c, a new pen input device which caters for a number of different customers, specifically those in China.  The touch screen on the 6208c is optimized to write Chinese characters and messages in the most natural way, with a pen.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Chinese Court Jails 11 in Microsoft Piracy Ring  —  SHANGHAI — A court in southern China convicted 11 people on Wednesday of violating national copyright laws and participating in a sophisticated counterfeiting ring that for years manufactured and distributed pirated Microsoft software throughout the world.
Lee / Liliputing:
RunCore's new low-cost SSDs now shipping  —  RunCore's new line of SSDs is now shipping, and the drives are priced very competitively.  They're available in 16, 32, 64, and 128gb capacities and should retail at $69, $119, $199, and $389.  Price/performance ratio is good, with read/write speeds on the drives at about 75/40 mb/s.
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comScore:
Sales during Online Holiday Shopping Season Decline by 3 Percent  —  Despite Weak Season Apple, Amazon, Wal-Mart and Sears Post Traffic Increases  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported its tracking of holiday season retail e-commerce spending …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Sequoia Layoff Scorecard  —  Back in October, when I broke the news that uber venture fund Sequoia Capital had organized a secret meeting in which it warned its portfolio companies to prepare for the pending financial apocalypse, the revelation was met with some skepticism.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
HTC believes Cupcake will come to the T-Mobile G1  —  We've already seen it go down unofficially, but we've received word from HTC today that Android's coveted “Cupcake” branch of updates and fixes — or at least a majority of it — will likely be making it to the G1 in the future as a legitimate over-the-air push.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia's new plea for donations stirs skepticism  —  Regular visitors of Wikipedia have become so familiar with the standard fundraising banner at the top of the page that they've practically become blind to it, but Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has mixed things up by replacing it recently with a personal plea for donations.
Discussion: digg.com
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
OQO To Debut Model 2+ With 1.86 Intel Atom, Touch At CES, Digital Experience  —  As an attendee of Digital Experience, I just got a list of vendors planning to present at Digital Experience emailed to me; and, what do I find but this little nugget of info listing OQO as a presenter …
 
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Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Texting while driving: everything you need to know about the new law
Discussion: TechFlash and All Points Blog
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's first D.C. store facing repeated opposition
Discussion: Oatmeal Stout
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Why is OpenOffice “profoundly sick”?
Discussion: OStatic blogs and digg.com
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Report: Via readying dual-core Atom rival
Discussion: Electronista and Ubergizmo
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
Discussion: Unwired View and TECH.BLORGE.com
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Digital Campaign Allies Seek to Cash In
Brad Stone / Bits:
Adobe's Flash and Apple's Safari Fail a Privacy Test
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Curse of Silence, a Symbian S60 SMS Exploit
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