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4:50 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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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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: RBC Says Holiday Mac Sales Were “Ginormous;” …
CNN:
UPDATE: Apple Facing High Expectations For Macworld
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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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google betting big on mobile market—and Apple  —  The story has been updated to reflect Google's announcement on Monday.  —  On Christmas Day thousands of people opened up boxes with something cool and functional inside and wasted no time logging onto Google.com through their brand new iPhones.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Sees Surge in iPhone Traffic
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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eWeek:
Microsoft Again in European Cross-Hairs
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission initiates formal investigations against …
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
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.
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
More Google Queries Get Google Maps
Discussion: WebProNews
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace agrees to social-networking safety plan  —  NEW YORK—A coalition of law enforcement authorities and representatives from social-networking site MySpace.com gathered Monday morning to unveil an extensive new plan for ensuring the safety of minors on the Internet.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
MySpace to Let Parents Block Their Kids From Joining
Discussion: Profy.Com
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
China Mobile shoots down Apple over revenue sharing  —  In November, news spread quickly that Apple was in talks with carriers in China to partner up over the iPhone.  China Mobile in particular was at the top of the list, with CEO Wang Jiangzhou confirming to the press that it had been negotiating with Apple.
Discussion: Computerworld
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Associated Press:
China Mobile, Apple End Talks on IPhone
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook: The Entire ‘60 Minutes’ Segment  —  For those who missed it, here is the entire video of the piece CBS' “60 Minutes” aired on Facebook last night, helmed by veteran correspondent Lesley Stahl.  —  It is not exactly the big wet kiss I was expecting the hot social-networking company would get …
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 …
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: Zero Day and SC Magazine US
 
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
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Andy Chiles / The Argus:
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