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4:05 AM ET, January 4, 2009


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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple 17 inch MacBook Pro to go unibody, lose removable battery  —  Our folks in Asia are at it again with some pretty startling news.  The 17 inch MacBook Pro is going Unibody like the 13 inch and 15 inch models.  That, in itself isn't really that big a deal, it was expected really.
Discussion: MacBlogz and MacRumors
Twitter Status:
Don't Share Your Secret Info!  —  If you receive an email notice saying you've received a Direct Message with a link that redirects to what seems like, be careful about entering your Twitter credentials.  Instead, look closely at the URL to see if it's not really Twitter …
Chris Pirillo:
Phishing Scam Spreading on Twitter
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Its official Abandons Paid Dating... has launched a free dating service.  They picked a damn good domain name and the site looks really good.  —  —  Downtoearth is headed up by Jacob Solotaroff, the former Director of Product Management and Member Integrity at
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 …
Eric Benderoff / Chicago Tribune:
WiMax edges closer to city  —  Network to deliver fast, wireless Internet may arrive later in year  —  The future of the Internet was supposed to arrive in Chicago by the end of 2008.  Instead, WiMax landed in Baltimore and is heading to Portland.  —  So when will the powerful, high-speed wireless network arrive here?
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: MacBlogz,, TUAW and Obsessable
Jim Goldman / MSNBC:
Microsoft Readies Cost-Cuts; Though Massive Layoff Unlikely  —  Microsoft will embark on a significant cost-cutting initiative in 2009, which might begin as early as this month, to offset a global slowdown in sales.  However, sources tell Jim Goldman of CNBC, the cuts will largely …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and Asa Dotzler
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Wikimedia Foundation: Jimmy Wales ‘absolutely’ not out  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is “absolutely” not out of a job at the Wikimedia Foundation, according to the foundation's director of communications.  —  On Saturday, Valleywag editor Owen Thomas reported that Wales was “out of a job …
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose, Gawker and
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Out of a Job
Discussion: Ars Technica
David Murphy / PC World:
The iPhone 3G Unlock Chart: Will Your Carrier Work?  —  Online forums have been filling up with the cries of iPhone 3G users worldwide.  You can thank The Dev Team for that.  The group's latest iPhone hackery came in the form of an beta unlock tool for 3G devices two days ago.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For the Blind, Technology Does What a Guide Dog Can't  —  T. V. RAMAN was a bookish child who developed a love of math and puzzles at an early age.  —  That passion didn't change after glaucoma took his eyesight at the age of 14.  What changed is the role that technology …
Discussion: Oatmeal Stout
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
O Brave New World That Has Such Avatars in It!  —  Arlington Among Entities Making a Virtual Presence  —  The virtual world Second Life, a landscape of primping avatars, ballroom dancing bears, space stations and vampire castles, has a new — and maybe even more surreal — inhabitant: the Arlington County government.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Recession muffles buzz at tech show  —  But Boston-area companies consider the 4-day electronics extravaganza the place to make contact  —  At last year's Consumer Electronics Show, personal media viewers were tried out and Yahoo had a corporate tent (it will not this year).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How To Try Spotify Immediately, No Matter Where You Live
Discussion: CNET News, TorrentFreak and
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CatholicGoogle: Your Search Engine For All Things Catholic
Fred / A VC:
Putting The Band Back Together
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The death of Lively and some lessons about complexity
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Now for My Next Trick, I'll Turn Brand into Cash
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Fun rumor du jour: BlackBerry Bold coming to Sprint this quarter
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
An FAQ about those Android netbooks
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Tech-Ex

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