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1:05 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.
Tricia Duryee /
Details Leak Out About Palm's New Nova Phone Launching At CES
Discussion: Engadget and
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:   Palm needs Nova to shine
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: 17-inch MacBook Pro, NVIDIA Mac mini due shortly  —  Apple as early as Tuesday will introduce a 17-inch MacBook Pro with a fixed internal battery and a new version of the Mac mini, both of which will feature chipsets from NVIDIA, AppleInsider has been able to independently confirm.
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
Apple has plans for iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro in 2009 … Another win for NVIDIA with Apple  —  Previous Success  —  2008 was quite a year for Apple, to say the least.  They released a completely new line of iPods, the iPhone 3G launched to just as much fanfare as the original and a refreshed line …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Gizmodo and MacBlogz
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 search results.  —  Todd Mintz tipped us to the query ["book of revelation" …
Discussion: Googling Google
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.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:   Link By Link: All a-Twitter About Stars Who Tweet
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2009  —  In each of the past five years I've written a predictions post - usually at year's end or by the first of January.  This one is late, and I'll admit it's because I found it hard to write.  The world is showing itself to be predictable in only one way: bad news begets bad news.
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Streaming To Be Built Into TVs (NFLX)  —  More options on the way for watching Netflix (NFLX) streaming movies in your living room: Beginning this spring, Korean electronics giant LG will build Netflix streaming directly into some of its plasma and LCD HDTVs, the companies will announce today.
Discussion: New York Times and Engadget
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
Paul Buchheit:
Overnight success takes a long time  —  For some reason, this weekend has seen a lot of talk about what FriendFeed is/isn't/should be doing (see Louis Gray and others).  One person even predicted that we will fail.  —  I considered writing my own list of complaints about FriendFeed.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Trojan Blocks The Pirate Bay and Mininova  —  The trojan in question (Troj/Qhost-AC) identified by anti-virus company Sophos, is a rather unusual one.  It doesn't seem to install spyware or traditional malware, but instead blocks access to the two most popular BitTorrent sites.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Investment fears in venture capital shake-out  —  The US venture capital industry, which has become an important source of capital for technology start-ups around the world, is facing a severe shake-out that will lead to a contraction in future investments, according to some of Silicon Valley's leading financiers.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Marcus Courtney, the guy who tried to unionize Microsoft  —  Marcus Courtney, a one-time Microsoft contract worker, left his job as president of the Seattle-based WashTech technology labor union last year for a new position at the UNI Global Union in Switzerland.
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Online Or Bust: Why 2009 May Be The Nail In Newspapers' Coffins
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Cara Buckley / New York Times:
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