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4:20 AM ET, January 1, 2009

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Matt Akers / forums.zune.net:
Official response for Zune 30 Freezing Issue (Zune 30gb stuck at reboot screen)  —  Early this morning we were alerted by our customers that there was a widespread issue affecting our 2006 model Zune 30GB devices (a large number of which are still actively being used).
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Matt Akers / forums.zune.net:
Zune 30 freezing issue - [Update and Resolution]  —  I wanted to start a sticky thread to give you a place to discuss the issue with the Zune 30's freezing.  Rather than hijacking other threads or creating tons of repeat threads, please post here if you want to discuss.
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Microsoft to Zune 30 owners: It's a leap-year problem.  Wait until tomorrow  —  Microsoft this afternoon sent out a message to frustrated owners of its Zune 30 digital media player: Wait until tomorrow.  —  An estimated 1 million owners of the 30-gigabyte Zune woke up this morning to find their devices inoperable.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
30GB Zunes Failing Everywhere, All At Once
Lars-Göran Nilsson / Fudzilla:
Microsoft getting ready to lay off 17% of staff  —  Worldwide cutbacks  —  The rumor that Microsoft was set to lay off people on January 15th, 2009 is no longer a rumor but a fact.  Staff at Microsoft have been informed that the company is readying major layoffs to its worldwide operations and it's not a small cut, either.
9 to 5 Mac:
Macworld 2009 Announcemnt: iWork '09 goes Cloud  —  We just got a truckload of Macworld information dumped on us from our best source.  As we piece it together we'll trickle it out.  The first big piece of information is that iWork is going into the Cloud.  Not just storage, either.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Top Social Media Sites of 2008 (Facebook Still Rising)  —  What were the top social media sites of 2008?  ComScore came out with its worldwide traffic stats for November a few days ago (so these don't include December).  They are a mix of social networks and blogging platforms.
Discussion: Social Media and Webmetricsguru
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Scribd Had A Blowout Year, And So Did the Web Document
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Evite fails on the year's biggest party night  —  Update: It's past 9pm Pacific time, meaning that it's now New Year's Day on the East Coast ... and Evite is still down.  I think it's safe to say that this isn't planned maintenance, or if it is, it went horribly awry.  —  No one cool uses Evite anymore.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Viacom Threatens To Pull Content Offline - While Time Warner tells us customers will see refunds...  This morning we noted how a feud between Time Warner Cable and Viacom could result in Time Warner Cable and BrightHouse customers losing Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 16 other channels.
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Joe Wikert / TeleRead:
Memo to Jeff Bezos  —  As 2008 comes to a close I find I'm less of a Kindle advocate than I was earlier in the year.  My new iPhone is partially to blame.  After all, it's one of the reasons I wrote this critical post on my other blog yesterday.  It's not just about the iPhone though.
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
A $3 billion buried treasure found via Google Maps?  —  Between my computer and my iPhone, I use Google Maps to find just about everything these days.  Still, I never thought about using it to find buried treasure — but Nathan Smith did.  —  The 39-year-old musician supposedly used Google Maps …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Houston Chronicle
Digital Transactions:
Bill Me Later Not Likely to Suffer from Its Ouster from Amazon  —  Not surprisingly, Amazon.com Inc. disclosed this week that it would no longer accept Bill Me Later Inc., the fast-growing online credit system now owned by Amazon archrival eBay Inc. But at least one analyst expects the damage …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Microsoft: Chinese software pirates get prison sentences  —  The alleged ringleaders of a Chinese counterfeiting gang that sold at least $2 billion worth of bogus Microsoft software were sentenced today to prison terms of up to 6½ years, in what is believed to be the harshest …
AppleInsider:
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to appear at Macworld  —  While the verdict is out on whether Apple chief executive Steve Jobs will make some form of appearance at next week's Macworld Expo, the ‘other Steve’ that helped co-found the company more than 30 years ago will be on hand to throw his weight behind a third-party product launch.
Discussion: Tech-Ex
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Audiolizer Puts Your iTunes Library In The Cloud, But Lala Does It Better  —  Audiolizer is a new music streaming service that lets you put your iTunes library in the cloud.  After uploading your iTunes Library database file, the site will automatically compile a list of links to every song …
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
Ubiquity Add-on for Firefox Gets an Update, New Interface  —  Mozilla's Ubiquity add-on for Firefox, the so-called “command line interface for the web” has been updated.  The new release features substantial interface and speed improvements, and it's an essential update for anyone who considers themselves a web power user.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
DIY external iPhone keyboards get a tad more practical  —  That 360 Chatpad hack we saw back in November was certainly an impressive enough proof of concept, but if you want to get a bit more typing done with a bit less cluttter, you'll no doubt be quite a bit more impressed with this latest mod by the very same Ralf Ackermann.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Friedman, Billings Sees iPhone Nano in Q2  —  While rumors of forthcoming Apple (AAPL) products for at Macworld next week have been relatively muted this month, Friedman, Billings, Ramsey analyst Craig Berger put out a note this morning stating that his “incremental checks into the Apple supply chain” …
Jonathan V. Last / Wall Street Journal:
Playing the Fool  —  How Sony inadvertently helped a competitor and lost position in the videogame market.  —  Like dynasties rising and falling, videogame systems enjoy periods of ascendancy and popular support, only to be thrust aside by a new and conquering power.
Discussion: Kotaku, Gizmodo, Joystiq and PS3 Fanboy
Will Park / IntoMobile:
iPhone 3G unlock imminent! iPhone Dev Team says “vtaber”  —  What is this “vtaber” we speak of?  Well, it has to do with the binary code that was posted to the iPhone Dev Team's blog.  We've been checking the iPhone Dev Team blog religiously over the past 12 hours in hopes of catching …
Susan Straccia / The Official Google Blog:
Google blogging in 2008  —  Every year right about now we round up our blogging activity across Google.  Ready?  Here goes.  —  This is our 368th post of the year on the main Google blog, which is 23% more than in 2007.  In addition to more posts, we are thrilled to know that we have many more readers now — 78% more, to be exact.
Discussion: WebProNews
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
A Record Label That Embraces BitTorrent  —  While the major record labels still insist that BitTorrent and any sort of file sharing is evil and needs to be wiped out, it's great to see some indie record labels fully embracing how BitTorrent is actually a much cheaper and much more efficient distribution and marketing tool.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
 
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