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11:45 PM ET, January 1, 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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter spam, effective or idiotic?  —  This morning the replies kept crossing my screen.  They look like this: … Aaarrrrrggggghhhhh.  —  To me this marks this company forever that it's a spammer.  I will never try this tool just because of this.  It is why I am increasingly finding …
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
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
How to unlock your 3G iPhone  —  YellowSn0w is out and it's ready to rock.  Here's how to become SIM-independent.  —  NB: Install the latest 2.2 firmware before beginning this process.  —  1. First, download quickpwn and jailbreak your phone.  —  Pick your device.  We want the iP3G, obviously.
Discussion: Tech-Ex, Gizmodo and BlogsDNA
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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 Gizmodo
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Firing 15,000 People On Jan 15?  Unlikely (MSFT)  —  Microsoft (MSFT) is preparing to whack 15,000 people in two weeks, says Fudzilla, 17% of its global work force.  A cut of this magnitude seems highly unlikely, although the targeted areas do make sense.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: digg.com
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Internet share registered strong gains in Dec.  —  Apple's (AAPL) presence on the Web expanded to record levels in December, according to preliminary data released early New Year's day by Net Applications.  —  Mac OS X's percentage of Web hits reached a record 9.63% …
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: GPS Obsessed
Louis Gray:
10 Predictions for 2009 In the World of Tech  —  Following on to last year's 10 Predictions for 2008 In the World of Tech and the recent results: My 2008 Tech Predictions Look Bad As Year Nears a Close.  —  1) The Real-Time Web Will Become Critical for News and Information Discovery
 
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Hollywood's Digital Dawdling
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