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7:55 PM ET, January 2, 2009

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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Facebook Is No Friend of Power.com  —  Power.com is a start-up based in Brazil that aims to be the portal through which people access all of their favorite social networking sites.  Facebook would prefer that its members access it directly, thank you very much.
Chuq von Rospach / Guardian:
Enjoying the show, avoiding the flamethrower: life inside Apple  —  What's it like working inside Apple when the MacWorld announcements are made?  The man who set up many of its email systems and worked there 17 years explains the inside story of the preparation, the unveiling - and why it's sometimes best to avoid Steve Jobs
Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
The Coming Venture Capital Boom  —  No, I am not a Pollyanna.  I see the today's carnage as much as everyone else.  This year is going to be tough.  The destructive firestorm of leveraged, momentum investing has destroyed much of the forest.  But the forest will begin its renewal because Life Goes On …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
VentureSource: Worst venture liquidity in five years  —  Now that 2008 is over, we can officially declare it the worst year for U.S. venture liquidity since 2003 (when the industry was still feeling the effects of the bursting tech bubble).  This year, venture-backed companies generated $24 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, VatorNews and TechFlash
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Jobs Isn't Sick, Says Argus Research  —  Pretty much nobody is picking up the phone at equity research firm Argus Research this morning, so take this as unverified: the firm's analyst on Apple (AAPL), Wendy Abramowitz, this morning lowered her price target on Apple to $145 from $155 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Macworld: Hoping for a Steve Jobs surprise
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen Mac mini to get dual display support  —  Bringing its least expensive system up to par with features in the rest of its lineup, Apple is due to revamp the Mac mini with multiple video outputs, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Those familiar with the company's plans …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac Mini to Gain Support for Dual Displays?
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Google's Microsoft-esque landgrab for IE's market share  —  The browser wars are heating up in earnest, with Google urging its customers to dump Internet Explorer 6 for the Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers.  Internet Explorer commands a 68 percent global market share …
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Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Google in push to gain e-mail market share  —  Google, the clear leader in internet search, has been zeroing in on user's inboxes in a push to win market share in e-mail, an area where its rivals Microsoft and Yahoo still dominate.  —  Gmail, its web-based e-mail product …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   You've got mail wars: Google making an inbox push
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Traffic Reaches Peak - Christmas Eve  —  On Christmas Day 2007 Facebook reached a peak in traffic that wasn't surpassed until July 2008.  Traffic reached a new high on Christmas Eve 2008 when Facebook saw its highest ever traffic level - reaching 2.18% of all US Internet visits compared with 1.42% average for November.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
$6.2 Million: Wikipedia Reaches Fundraising Goal for 2008  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the immensely popular Wikipedia online encyclopedia, just announced that it has reached its fundraising goal for 2008, which will allow the foundation to cover …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Gloves for Use with Multi-Touch Devices  —  The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office today released a patent application from Apple describing research into gloves that allow the wearer to operate electronic devices.  The patent application was filed on June 28th, 2007.
The Daily Beast:
The Year (Ahead) in Media  —  My New Mantra for 2009 by Tina Brown  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Journalists will moonlight as bloggers.  Bloggers will moonlight as investigative reporters.  And other predictions you can bank on for 2009 — if we still have banks.
Discussion: broadstuff
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Orange considers BlackBerry Bold future  —  The BlackBerry Bold handset may be removed from Orange line-up.  —  Mobile phone operator Orange is believed to be considering the removal of the BlackBerry Bold smartphone from its range of handsets because of ongoing technical problems.
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Hyperlinking the Real World  —  European researchers working on the MOBVIS project have developed a new system that will allow camera phone users to hyperlink the real world.  After taking a picture of a streetscape in an urban area, the MOBVIS technology identifies objects like buildings …
Sean Portnoy / Home Theater:
Ace Computers to release $999 CableCard-equipped home theater PCs  —  One of the major impediments to the growth of the home theater PC (HTPC) market has been the lack of digital cable TV support.  Yes, Clear QAM tuners can handle unencrypted digital channels, but only now that cable companies …
Discussion: Electronista, Obsessable and Engadget
dailymobile.se:
Pictures: Sony Ericsson C510 ( Kate )  —  Here are some high quality pictures on the Sony Ericsson C510 aka Kate, the successor of the Sony Ericsson K770.  The phone will be shipped in feb 2009.  —  Specifications:  — 3.2 MP AF camera and LED  — Face detection  — Smile shutter
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ballmer's CES Keynote Promises To Be A Snoozer (Non-Announcements Revealed!)  —  The annual Consumer Electronics Show is going to be so boring this year that even Bill Gates is not showing up.  He gave his farewell keynote (and his 13th) last year.  This year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will try to rouse the crowd.
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Will Park / IntoMobile:
What premium apps in the Android Market means for Android users  —  Everyone loves free mobile applications.  Just look at the iPhone App Store's volume of free-app downloads and you'll start to understand.  Interestingly, it's actually the premium applications that drive development of free apps.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Make “Add-ons” for Google Chrome Using Bookmarklets  —  Even though Google took their web browser Google Chrome out of beta last month, we can't help but feel like Chrome is still only half way to being a compete product at this point.  Without RSS support, the ability to use add-ons …
Discussion: Matt Cutts
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Pearl for going for $19.99, get 'em while they're hot!  —  Well if this isn't a nice way to start of 2009, we don't know what is.  Sort of.  Verizon is offering the ever popular BlackBerry Pearl 8130 in both silver and pink at the ridiculously low price of $19.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
BBC:
Guyana leader wants to know who put him on Facebook  —  The president of Guyana has asked police to investigate who is impersonating him on Facebook, the social networking website.  —  A government statement said that Bharrat Jagdeo was not a Facebook member, the Associated Press reported.
 
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