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6:35 AM ET, January 5, 2009

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Exclusive: New Palm phone to have slide-down keyboard, large touchscreen  —  We have information from a trusted source that the latest Palm smartphone running the Nova operating system will be launched Thursday.  The new phone will have a full QWERTY keyboard that will slide down under a portrait-oriented touchscreen.
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palm needs Nova to shine
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2009 Rumor Roundup  —  With Macworld San Francisco 2009 (MWSF) beginning next week, MacRumors provides this Rumor Roundup as a summary of major rumors circulating around the Mac Web before the event.  —  The biggest news about Macworld came early when Apple announced …
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: 17-inch MacBook Pro, NVIDIA Mac mini due shortly
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2009: Products I Can't Live Without  —  At the beginning of each year I traditionally publish a list of my favorite startups and products.  This is the fourth year I've done this - previous lists: 2006, 2007, 2008.  You guys get to pick the winners of the Crunchies - this list is all mine.
Discussion: Tony Bain
New York Times:
Blu-ray's Fuzzy Future  —  The biggest news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January was not the birth of a new product but the death of one.  —  A decision by Warner Brothers to withdraw support for the HD DVD video disc format sent shock waves through the electronics industry …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Lenovo debuts three new Y Series midrange laptops  —  Lenovo has just dropped the dime on its new IdeaPad Y Series notebooks, including the 14-inch Y450, the 15.6-inch Y550 and the 16-inch Y650.  All of these guys feature 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen displays, up to 500GB storage …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Soonr nails the desktop to cloud to iPhone connection for documents  —  In today's world, rarely do we get the opportunity to be sequestered somewhere for a long period of time to work on a project.  The rise of laptops and now mobile phones means that business can be done from various places at various times.
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
RIAA Drops MediaSentry  —  In another sign of the music industry's recently announced retreat from a five-year-old antipiracy strategy, the Recording Industry Association of America has dumped the company it used to help it gather evidence for mass lawsuits it filed against people it claimed were illegally uploading copyrighted music.
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
RIAA dumps evidence-gathering firm
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Timeline Experiment Seen In Main Search Results  —  Google's “timeline view,” which was previously only available as an opt-in experiment in Google Labs, is now being seen on some queries in the main Google.com search results.  —  Todd Mintz tipped us to the query ["book of revelation" …
Discussion: Googling Google
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Google Hopes to Open a Trove of Little-Seen Books  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Ben Zimmer, executive producer of a Web site and software package called the Visual Thesaurus, was seeking the earliest use of the phrase “you're not the boss of me.”  Using a newspaper database, he had found a reference from 1953.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Freescale chip aims at 1GHz, $199 Netbook  —  Freescale Semiconductor is expected to launch new silicon for Netbooks—devices that it believes will come in below $200—at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.  —  The ARM chip architecture-based i.MX51 processor is designed to enable …
Discussion: UMPCPortal
Ken Barnes / USA Today:
Music sales boom, but albums fizzle for '08  —  Americans bought more music in 2008 than ever before, but album sales — the music industry's main source of revenue — dropped for a fourth year.  —  According to the Nielsen Co.'s year-end figures, music purchases — CD, vinyl …
Discussion: digg.com
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Venture Capitalists Turn Cautious and Focus on the Short Term  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Venture capitalists make their fortunes, or lose them, on the strength of their predictions.  As they hunt for barely hatched ideas and nurture them with money and advice …
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Twitter reveals mundane lifestyles of celebrities  —  Stars using Twitter to post minute-to-minute updates for fans have given an inadvertent insight into their surprisingly mundane lives.  —  The micro-blogging website offers users the chance to post regular short updates from their computers or mobile phones.
Discussion: digg.com
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: All a-Twitter About Stars Who Tweet
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David Smith / Guardian:
‘Wireless power’ spells end for cables
Discussion: textually.org
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds now really official: starts at $3,663
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Electronista
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Lenovo IdeaCentre 600: Thinnest (Hottest?) All-in-One PC on the Block
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and DisplayBlog
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
D.C.'s Kinetic Tech Czar
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Marcus Courtney, the guy who tried to unionize Microsoft
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Investment fears in venture capital shake-out
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Exclusive First Look: BeeJiveIM 2.0 for iPhone
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Trojan Blocks The Pirate Bay and Mininova
Discussion: digg.com
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2009  —  In each of the past five years I've written …
David Smith / Guardian:
Mobiles give Africa's farmers the chance to set out their stall
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Online Or Bust: Why 2009 May Be The Nail In Newspapers' Coffins
Discussion: paidContent.org and broadstuff
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Web Site Points the Way to Where Drinks Are on the House
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Alexa Davis / ABCNEWS:
Friended by Mom and Dad on Facebook
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