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5:25 PM ET, January 3, 2009

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Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
An FAQ about those Android netbooks  —  Since our post yesterday about Google's Android platform running on netbooks, we've been asked a lot of questions.  Here are the most frequent questions, along with our answers.  —  Do you think Android could run on laptops or PCs?
Discussion: Tech-Ex and Open Gardens
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Android on netbooks is BIG money for Google
Discussion: iMAndroid and PC World
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Spotify, An Alternative to Music Piracy  —  Spotify is a music service that gives users access to a huge library of music, through a lightweight application that looks like a mashup of the best parts of iTunes and Last.fm.  Music is streamed, partly supported by P2P technology, but it plays instantly, like we've never seen before.
Discussion: digg.com
Timothy R. Butler / OFB.biz:
Fewer Bars in More Places: AT&T Network Upgrades Degrade Service for 2G Phones  —  In an act affecting owners of 2G cell phones on AT&T Mobility's network, including the highly visible, and originally highly expensive first generation iPhone, Open for Business has learned that AT&T …
Discussion: Gizmodo, iPhone Savior and Slashdot
Sarah Lacy:
Now for My Next Trick, I'll Turn Brand into Cash  —  Back in May 2008, I was on top of the world.  Viewers were soaring for my newly launched Yahoo show, TechTicker, my book was about to come out and was boasting a beautifully low three-digit Amazon rank, several of my BusinessWeek columns …
Discussion: /Message
Louis Gray:
What FriendFeed Needs to Do To Grow and Keep New Users  —  That I like FriendFeed and so does Robert Scoble and so do a few thousand other Web-addicted Silicon Valley-centric people doesn't matter very much.  That thousands more have signed up to the service and imported their data doesn't matter very much either.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Twitter and the Password Anti-Pattern  —  I've written about the password anti-pattern before, and have, with regards to Twitter, advocated for the adoption of some form of delegated authentication solution for some while.  —  It's not as if Twitter or lead developer Alex Payne aren't aware …
Tateru Nino / Massively:
The death of Lively and some lessons about complexity  —  Google's Lively presents us with an interesting scenario.  It was literally a checklist of what critics have been saying that virtual environments such as Linden Lab's Second Life absolutely must have in order to make it.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Alternative to the iPhone Pro  —  Knowing that it is very hard that Apple would ever release an iPhone Pro with physical keyboard, Mat Brady from planetmat has sent me another image of a potential accessory.  It looks great.  —  Mat says that he created the accessory answering readers' feedback on sliding keyboards.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Top 10 Macworld rumors for 2009  —  Apple's (AAPL) last Macworld Conference and Expo opens Monday at San Francisco's Moscone Center, but the real action starts Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT (12 noon ET) with senior vice president Phil Schiller's opening remarks — the first Macworld keynote not delivered by Steve Jobs since 1997.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TUAW
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Craigsphone brings Craigslist to the iPhone  —  Craigslist is one of my absolute favorite sites on the 'net — it's been around for years, but kept the same simple look and feel, perfectly fulfilling the service of classifieds without ever once going off that course.
Discussion: digg.com
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Google's “Product Ideas” Campaign Isn't Crowdsourcing.  It's A PR Stunt  —  Google [GOOG] has just launched a “Product Ideas” site where users can submit suggestions for innovation.  The Web is abuzz: is almighty Google resorting to crowdsourcing?  No, they're not.  They're just looking for a little good press.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Search Engine Watch
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Will economy dent Amazon's hiring spree?  —  Will Amazon.com prove immune to the layoffs gripping the rest of the tech industry?  A lot of the speculation at the moment is focused on the Seattle area's other tech giant, Microsoft, which is rumored to be planning layoffs this month …
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Fun rumor du jour: BlackBerry Bold coming to Sprint this quarter
Discussion: IntoMobile and Boy Genius Report
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Back to the future: Vinyl record sales double in '08, CDs down
Chris Walters / Consumerist:
Fisher-Price Kiddie Camera Comes With Fun And A Computer Virus
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Tech Pundits Put Their 2009 Predictions On the Line
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
The year in IPv4 addresses: almost 200 million served
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Secret Origins of Clippy: Microsoft's Bizarre Animated Character Patents
Discussion: p2pnet and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
comScore:
Despite Weak Season, Online Spending Trends Outperform Brick …
Discussion: Tech-Ex and Voices
Jon / p2pnet:
Has the RIAA terminated MediaSentry?
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Reinventing conservatism, one tweet at a time
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Facebook Breastfeeding Debate Continues
Discussion: Bits and broadstuff