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4:30 AM ET, January 2, 2009

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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TWPLY - From Alleged Spammer to Sold on Sitepoint in Less Than 24 Hours  —  Earlier today, ultra Twitter master Robert Scoble called Twply a spammer.  Twply basically takes any “@” reply messages on Twitter and sends them to your email.  It's hard for me to call Twply a spammer …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Much Cleaner Way To Get Those Twitter Messages To Your Email  —  Forget Twply, the day old and already despised service that forwards Twitter messages directly to your email inbox.  There's a new service which will do the same thing that doesn't require you to give up your Twitter credentials - TwitApps Replies.
Fred Oliveira / Helloform:
On Twply and giving out your Twitter password (updated)  —  It's 2009 and people are still, well, naive.  Just read a post by Robert Scoble about how Twply - apparently a service that sends replies you get at Twitter to your email - is using usernames and passwords for its users …
Discussion: Scobleizer and SarahLacy.com
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Unlocking the iPhone 3G - or maybe not  —  Gadget blogs on New Year's Day were aflutter with word that an application called Yellowsn0w was available for those who want to unlock the iPhone 3G.  —  CrunchGear, for one, posted a graphically enhanced, QuickPwn-focused spin on jailbreaking …
Discussion: TUAW and Boy Genius Report
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
If you love Windows XP, you'll hate Windows 7  —  My colleague Jason Perlow has been playing with Windows 7, and he hates it.  The sad thing is, all the things he hates are improvements, in my opinion, which just goes to show that you really can't please everyone.
Laura Brunow Miner / JPG Magazine:
JPG Magazine Says Goodbye  —  Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.  —  We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line.  We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
8020 Media to Shut Down  —  In a fresh sign of the economic …
Discussion: AppScout
VentureBeat:
Android netbooks on their way, likely by 2010  —  The image above shows a netbook Asus EEEPC 1000H running on Google's mobile operating system Android.  Huh?  You thought Android was for mobile phones, right?  Well, as we've written before, Google is planning to use Android for any device — not just the mobile phones.
Discussion: Linux.com
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
First Silly iPhone App of the Year is Actually Amazingly Cool  —  I have almost no apps in my iPhone, despite John's excellent roundups and Adam's iPhone games recommendations.  I only have the most useful ones for NYC. iSteam looks like one to install and keep.  Updated
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple files for patent on winter-friendly iPhone gloves  —  Addressing the complaints of nearly every iPhone owner in a northern climate, Apple has filed for a patent that would cover a means of using a multi-touch device with gloves.  —  The US Patent Office application notes …
Discussion: Tech-Ex and GPS Obsessed
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Rumor: Apple's iMovie to receive significant (Cloud) update at Macworld  —  I've heard from reliable sources that Apple will offer a significant update to iMovie at next week's Macworld.  It will largely focus on Internet video in the Cloud for the YouTube generation.
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Music sales for 2008 ride digital coattails  —  Digital music, long the bane of the music industry, may finally be something that record label executives can smile about.  —  For 2008, total music sales rose 10 percent to 1.51 billion units sold, up from 1.36 billion units the year before, according to industry tracker Nielsen.
Discussion: Business Wire
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Company Offers Lifetime Anonymous BitTorrent For $50.00  —  During the last year there has been a surge in businesses offering VPN (Virtual Private Network) services to those who prefer to operate with a degree of anonymity on the Internet.  A VPN service assigns your PC with a different IP address …
 
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Chris Castle / The Register:
Is Google's culture grab unstoppable?
Discussion: Beyond Search
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Amazon Replaces Merrill in S&P 100; Flir Added to SPX
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Microsoft Firing 15,000 People On Jan 15? Unlikely (MSFT)
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Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner, Viacom Reach Deal
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Gopal Ratnam / Bloomberg:
Lockheed, Boeing Tap $11 Billion Cybersecurity Market
Discussion: CNET News and Threat Level
Stephen H. Wildstrom / Business Week:
Hollywood's Digital Dawdling
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Beet.TV