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7:05 PM ET, January 3, 2009


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Timothy R. Butler /
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 …
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
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Android on netbooks is BIG money for Google  —  The guys at VentureBeat succeeded (after only a couple hours) in getting Google's Android operating system to work on an Asus EEEPC 1000H.  During their experiment, they stumbled across some interesting tidbits in the code that pretty much spills …
Discussion: iMAndroid
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
Chris Pirillo:
Phishing Scam Spreading on Twitter  —  A few minutes ago, I received a direct message from one of my twitter followers: … DO NOT VISIT the URL in question.  It will redirect you immediately to a suspicious domain: twitter . access-logins . com - notice the subdomain?  Worse yet, here's what you'd see there right now:
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
Fred / A VC:
Putting The Band Back Together  —  One of the great things about being in business with serial entrepreneurs is that they have a wealth of talented people they've worked with in past startups to tap into as the company grows.  —  Some founding teams stick together from startup to startup …
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Out of a Job  —  Imagine an online encylopedia anyone can edit — and no one can run.  Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's sleaze-drenched cofounder, is no longer a board member of the site's nonprofit foundation.  Who's in charge here?  —  Not Wales.
Discussion: Ars Technica
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.
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  Music is streamed, partly supported by P2P technology, but it plays instantly, like we've never seen before.
Discussion: TechCrunch and
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CatholicGoogle: Your Search Engine For All Things Catholic  —  CatholicGoogle, a new site based on Google's custom search, is “striving to provide an easy to use resource to anyone wanting to learn more about Catholicism and provide a safer way for good Catholics to surf the web.”
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 …
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Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Softbank Releases Their 1-Seg TV Tuner & Battery For The iPhone
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The death of Lively and some lessons about complexity
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Craigsphone brings Craigslist to the iPhone
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Google's “Product Ideas” Campaign Isn't Crowdsourcing.  It's A PR Stunt
Discussion: IntoMobile and Search Engine Watch
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Fun rumor du jour: BlackBerry Bold coming to Sprint this quarter
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
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Will economy dent Amazon's hiring spree?
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
The year in IPv4 addresses: almost 200 million served
Discussion: Slashdot and
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Secret Origins of Clippy: Microsoft's Bizarre Animated Character Patents
Discussion: p2pnet and Slashdot
Despite Weak Season, Online Spending Trends Outperform Brick …
Discussion: Tech-Ex and Voices
Jon / p2pnet:
Has the RIAA terminated MediaSentry?

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