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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3, 10.5.4, and 10.5.5.  It includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  —  Installation recommendations
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9 to 5 Mac:
10.5.6 here...snappieness™ ensues  —  10.5.6 is out, go grab it from Software update (377mb here!) or via the standalone installer.  —  Here are the details or check below.  It looks like there are many performance improvements in this one!  Yes, we are feeling the snappieness™, are you?
Edward Kirk / iPhone Alley:
Warning: Mac Update 10.5.6 Breaks DFU Mode For iPhone, iPod Touch
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Infinite Loop and TUAW
Lessig Blog:
The made-up dramas of the Wall Street Journal  —  I got off the plane from Boston to find my inbox filled with anger about an article in the Wall Street Journal.  To those who were angry, I hope you will direct any anger at the Wall Street Journal after you read what follows.
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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Net neutrality and the benefits of caching  —  One of the first posts I wrote for this blog last summer tried to define what we at Google mean when we talk about the concept of net neutrality.  —  Broadband providers — the on-ramps to the Internet — should not be allowed to prioritize traffic based …
Richard Bennett / The Register:
Google hints at the End of Net Neutrality
Discussion: CNN
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Announces Next Steps in Open Strategy  —  Yahoo has invited the press to an event in San Francisco today where it will announce the next steps in its open strategy (details found here).  —  As GigaOm speculated over the weekend, we should be hearing details about the deployment of applications on Yahoo Mail.
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Yahoo! Mail rolls out a smarter inbox  —  You may have seen today's news announcing the next generation of Yahoo! Mail — rolling out a “smarter inbox"experience to users.  One way to make an inbox smarter: make applications that can work within it, opening up Yahoo! Mail to content and services built outside the Yahoo! network.
Ryan / Yahoo! Mail Blog:
Take a tour of Yahoo! Mail's new smarter inbox
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Mail, other properties get more social, open
Discussion: Bits
Mussie Shore / The Official Google Blog:
@Twitter: Welcome to Google Friend Connect  —  We know many of you enjoy using Twitter to see what people are talking about and to let others know what you've been up to, whether it's sharing a YouTube video or checking in on your friend's tweets.  To help you and your Twitter network stay connected …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Humiliates MySpace
Discussion: The Social Times
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Connect Coming To Twitter
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google off list of 20 most trusted companies  —  (12-14) 16:40 PST SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Verizon and FedEx for the first time have made an annual ranking of the top 20 most trusted companies in the United States.  —  Google, however, dropped off the list …
Janna Anderson Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
The Future of the Internet III  —  A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves.
Associated Press:
Hasbro dropping suit against makers of Facebook game Scrabulous  —  NEW YORK — Hasbro is dropping its lawsuit against the makers of a popular online version of board game Scrabble.  —  According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in New York, Hasbro dropped the lawsuit Friday.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Hasbro Finally Drops Scrabulous Suit
Discussion: Reuters and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook's new value: $1.3 billion?  —  With more than 120 million users, Mark Zuckerberg's social network continues to grow, kudzu-like.  And yet it is worth far less today than the $15 billion it commanded a year ago.  Why is that?  —  One could talk about Facebook's fast-growing headcount …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Extraordinary Happenings At BitTorrent  —  “I have never seen anything like this” said a corporate law partner at a large silicon valley law firm.  He was referring to the undoing of a $17 million venture round at BitTorrent and subsequent recapitalization that we reported yesterday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon's MP3 Store, One Year In: No iTunes Killer; Probably Won't Be  —  Amazon has been selling digital music from all the big music labels for nearly a year now.  It's the first major challenge to Apple's hammer lock on that business.  So how did it do?  —  If you view Amazon's MP3 store …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Palm Pins Its Hopes on Nova  —  The smartphone maker debuts its new operating system, code-named Nova, at January's CES.  Palm says its phones for it will bridge the BlackBerry-iPhone gap  —  Jon Rubinstein got the call in mid-2007 while he was living on the Pacific Coast of Mexico …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone Nano Rumors Revived in Otherwise Quiet Lead-in to Macworld  —  Questionably reliable iDealsChina publishes information and renderings of what it claims to be an “iPhone nano”.  —  It is the same height as the just release Nano but wider and thicker and with the same iPhone 3G contours.
Byte of the Apple:
Steve Jobs Will MAY Be At MacWorld Expo, Event Manager Says  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs will give his usual keynote address at the MacWorld Expo next month, says the show's general manager.  —  Paul Kent, VP at IDG World Expo and the general manager of the MacWorld show, set to start on Jan. 5 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The myth of the 99-cent killer app  —  Stung by criticism from frustrated developers, Apple (AAPL) redesigned its increasingly crowded iPhone App Store last Friday to showcase the most popular paid applications in each category — Books, Business, Games, etc. (See here.)
Discussion: CNET News
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Tina Reinvents the Web  —  NEW YORK — Tina Brown has just been briefed on a series of potential stories when she asks her staff about another element of her new Web site.  —  “What are we doing on video?  I want to put Condi playing the piano up,” she says, referring to the secretary of state performing for Queen Elizabeth.
Times of London:
Revealed: Amazon staff punished for being ill  —  Amazon, Britain's most popular website for Christmas shopping, is making its staff work seven days a week and threatening them with the sack if they take time off sick.  —  The company charges among the lowest prices for products ranging …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
2008 Crunchies Tickets Now On Sale  —  The nominations for The Crunchies 2008 (startup Oscars) are in.  The Award Ceremony will take place at 7:30 PM at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on Friday, January 9.  Get your tickets here.  —  The tickets will likely sell out quickly, even in this crappy environment, so get them now.
Wall Street Journal:
The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World  —  Consumers are flocking to blogs, social-networking sites and virtual worlds.  And they are leaving a lot of marketers behind.  —  For marketers, Web 2.0 offers a remarkable new opportunity to engage consumers.  —  If only they knew how to do it.
Cory Bohon / TUAW:
Walmart creates iPhone compatible site  —  Do you like shopping at Walmart?  From electronics to $4 prescriptions, Walmart seems to have everything.  But one thing it didn't have was an iPhone application, and now they do.  If you visit the Walmart.com website on your iPhone …
Discussion: Appletell
 
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Frank Quaratiello / Boston Herald:
Boston author Ben Mezrich pens tale of Facebook's founders
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
AMD's new dual-core Athlon processors
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Hyper-Local News Service Outside.In Grows
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Portland Gets WiMAX Service
Associated Press:
Blogger pleads guilty to G N' R leak
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Let Your Boss Find Your Facebook Friends
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
French Screenshot Shows DRM-Free Music in iTunes
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Native Client d**k-swinging met with fake Googasm
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
PS Home Hacked, But the Door Was Wide Open
Discussion: Negative Approach and Hack a Day
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Google Blog Search loses its bearings
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
Want good Web? Better get wired
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Ed Sperling / Forbes:
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