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9:40 PM ET, January 14, 2008

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Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Macworld2008: Steve Jobs keynote speech leaked?  —  Apple CEO's stage notes appear on Wikipedia  —  We're used to seeing the online tech world go crazy with rumours and speculation in the days before Macworld, but this year a new element has been introduced to the mix.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fake Apple Keynote “Leaked” on Wikipedia  —  What is Macworld without rampant speculation?  This year, though, someone is going the extra mile and is using Wikipedia to spread what looks to be a fake outline for the Stevenote tomorrow.  Many blogs and media are biting (see here and here) …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Purported Steve Jobs Keynote Leaked on Wikipedia  —  I have been an Apple watcher for years.  I freelanced for Mac pubs in the mid 1990s.  Now that doesn't make me more of an expert than anyone else.  However, I am inclined to believe this alleged Steve Jobs keynote leak.  It sounds real.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Giz Banned For Life and Loving It: On Pranks and Civil Disobedience at CES  —  A Gizmodo writer has been banned from CES for a prank.  But when I see some fellow press damning us for the joke, I feel sorry for them: When did journalists become the protectors of corporations?
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Gizmodo on integrity...  Brian Lam of Gizmodo does a great turnaround and questions his critics and their integrity.  —  Oh, excuse me, I've now gotta turn off all of the Apple monitors at MacWorld to prove I'm “independent” and “not part of Apple's PR machine.”
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Webware.com
Google:
Google announces faster, more customizable Google experience for iPhone Users  —  Today, the first day of Macworld, Google announced new improvements to the integrated Google experience on iPhone.  The previous version, launched just over a month ago, brought together our suite of web applications …
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
iPhone briefly becomes No. 1 Google user
Discussion: PC World and Susan Crawford blog
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google betting big on mobile market—and Apple
Brad Stone / Bits:
MySpace to Let Parents Block Their Kids From Joining  —  Representatives from MySpace and the attorneys general of 49 states are announcing a new partnership to fight sexual predators and clean up social networks.  —  Among the dozens of measures MySpace has agreed to take …
Discussion: Profy.Com
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Associated Press:
MySpace agrees to step up measures against child predators
Discussion: WebProNews
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace agrees to social-networking safety plan
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: RBC Says Holiday Mac Sales Were “Ginormous;” Laptops With WiMax and 3G Coming?  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are up smartly heading into tomorrow morning keynote by CEO Steve Jobs at the Macworld trade show in San Francisco's Moscone Center.  One week later, the company will report earnings for the fiscal first quarter ended December.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo Predictions
Discussion: Macworld and Apple 2.0
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
20 Awesome Images Found In Google Maps  —  The introduction of satellite images into map search interfaces has excited both virtual sightseers and local app developers.  Further innovations like Google's Street View have caused consternation from privacy advocates while further pumping up the buzz about online mapping.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
HD DVD fires back, slashes hardware & software prices  —  HD DVD's response to being unceremoniously jilted by Warner going into CES was ... nothing.  A canceled press conference, downtrodden Toshiba press conference and rumors of further losses left great doubt that red had anything left in 2008, but now HD DVD is firing back.
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Porn industry turns its sexy back on HD DVD format
Discussion: Gizmodo and TECH.BLORGE.com
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Music Industry, Souring on Apple, Embraces Amazon Service  —  LOS ANGELES — At the Super Bowl next month, the music industry will be switching teams — from Apple to Amazon.com.  —  The major record labels lined up with Pepsi-Cola and Apple four years ago to give away 100 million songs …
eMarketer:
3 Hidden Trends in 2008  —  Business statistics can often reveal a great deal of information about a market or trend.  A single number, like a picture, can be worth a thousand words.  Take 9.3%.  That figure represents eMarketer's prediction for the share of total US media spending …
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Near-final Vista SP1 goes public  —  Microsoft has made Vista's Service Pack 1 near-final “release candidate” available for download to the general public, after initially choosing to restrict it to 15,000 beta testers when it debuted last week.  —  According to a blog by ZDNet.com's Mary Jo Foley …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
The ocean as watercooler: floating data centers stay cool  —  A new Silicon Valley startup called International Data Security (IDS) has sent some big waves through the data storage industry by announcing (PDF) its intent to set up a fleet of data-serving cargo ships.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook buying Plaxo?  —  I've just heard from a source that Facebook is “one hundred percent” buying Plaxo.  This follows up on at least one previous rumor saying the same thing.  While there are reasons to be skeptical, here's why it could make sense.  —  The biggest reasons for Facebook …
Tim Agne / Video Games:
Hummer denies Halo influence on HX concept  —  Sorry, Digg effect is causing some problems with our video player.  I'll have the video back up as soon as I can.  Thanks for all the diggs, though!  — Tim  —  A lot of Halo fans think Hummer's new HX concept SUV looks quite a bit …
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku and Earth2Tech
Symantec Corp.:
Banking in Silence  —  Targeting over 400 banks (including my own :( ! ) and having the ability to circumvent two-factor authentication are just two of the features that push Trojan.Silentbanker into the limelight.  The scale and sophistication of this emerging banking Trojan is worrying …
Discussion: PC World, Zero Day and SC Magazine US
 
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