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8:40 AM ET, December 16, 2008

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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rumor: New Mac Mini Coming to Macworld 2009  —  Apple will launch an upgrade to its low-end desktop, the Mac Mini, at January's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, according to an Apple corporate employee who contacted Wired.com.  —  The source, who wished to remain anonymous (to keep his job) …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Mac mini makeover considered likely for Macworld
Discussion: CNET News and Neowin.net
Yahoo! Mail Blog:
Take a tour of Yahoo! Mail's new smarter inbox  —  As you may have heard, we've been working on a new smarter inbox to help make your life easier.  We're happy to announce that today, some of you will begin to experience the smarter inbox, and we wanted to give everyone a chance to see what it looks like and what it can do.
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Loses Shine as Mac Sales Slow  —  PC Maker Eschews Discounts Even as Rivals Slash Prices and Consumers Pull Back; Worries for 2009  —  Even Apple Inc. is beginning to suffer in this year's dismal holiday season, and worries are mounting the recession will weigh on its business next year.
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?
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Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
Breaking: 10.5.6 update disables direct iPhone Pwnage jailbreak
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 …
BBC:
Serious security flaw found in IE  —  Users of the world's most common web browser have been advised to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.  —  The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Sends PowerPoint To The Cloud With New Plugin  —  SlideShare, a startup that we've likened to a YouTube equivalent for PowerPoint presentations, has released a new plugin for Microsoft Office 2007 that allows users to edit and publish presentations directly to their SlideShare accounts.
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.)
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter has made Dell $1 million in revenue  —  Everyone loves talking about Twitter's business model — because there isn't one yet, and they'll keep talking about it until there is one.  But it's becoming more clear that while a business model is of course important, Twitter is perhaps …
Discussion: Twitterrati and digg.com
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Intel-Powered Convertible Classmate PC: The Touch Netbook to Emulate  —  CES 2009 is undoubtedly going to be the show for touch-enabled netbooks and leading the pack will be Intel's Convertible Classmate PC.  While MSI and ASUS have hinted at their respective touch-capable Winds and Eee PCs …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Vator.tv gets a centralized, Twitter-like news feed  —  Vator.tv, the “YouTube for start-ups” has a new feature going live on Tuesday morning that lets companies post short updates to their Vator.tv-hosted information pages.  Similar to Twitter, the messages are limited to just a few hundred characters …
Discussion: VentureBeat and VatorNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SEC Gives Social Investing Site kaChing Green Light To Take On Mutual Funds  —  Every social investing site wants to turn the insights of its trading members into financial products that people can actually link to their brokerage accounts.  Finding the few brilliant stock pickers in the crowd …
Discussion: Webware.com and The Drama 2.0 Show
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
The Web is in Motion via Movable Type Pro  —  Today, we're launching a new application for Movable Type Pro, called Motion.  If you're just looking for the headline to put on your blog, you can think of it this way:  — Microblogging like Pownce or Tumblr or Twitter plus
John Cook / TechFlash:
BlueKai gets $10.5 million to help advertisers target shoppers  —  In these tough economic times, not many startups are raising funds, especially at higher valuations than previous venture capital rounds.  But Bellevue-based BlueKai, a 13-person startup led by online advertising executive Omar Tawakol …
Brian Cornell / Google Mobile Blog:
Your Maps in Your Hands for the Holidays  —  Just in time for the holidays I'm proud to present to you My Maps Editor by Google, now available for download in Android Market!  In just four months of my 20% time and with a little help from the 20% time of my coworkers this application has gone …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Unwired View and WebProNews
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
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Virgin Media stands by targeted ad technology  —  The boss of Virgin Media, Neil Berkett, said he still intends to use its position as the UK's largest ISP to introduce controversial targeted advertising technology such as that used by Phorm, despite accusations of cyber-snooping from internet privacy campaigners.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Humiliates MySpace  —  Google Friend Connect launched with Twitter this morning, a big win for Google in the fight for control over user logins on third party sites.  Recent speculation was that Twitter would be partnering with Facebook to integrate Connect first.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
VUDU introduces internet application platform and on-demand TV  —  VUDU swings for the fences and connects!  Big news from California-based set top box provider VUDU this morning, as the company announces a huge new addition to its arsenal — the VUDU RIA (Rich Internet Application) platform.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Gearlog and Crave
Rod McGuirk / Associated Press:
Australia OKs Facebook for serving lien notice  —  You've been “superpoked” — and served.  A court in Australia has approved the use of Facebook, a popular social networking Web site, to notify a couple that they lost their home after defaulting on a loan.
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Mystery T-swivel device is really Compal Tabasco MID  —  Remember that unknown T-swivel device I showed you last week?  The one that all the smartphone sites swooped in on and cautiously identified as the Palm Roteo?  Well, it's not unknown anymore and contrary to its Treo keyboard, it's not the Roteo either.
Discussion: SlashGear and UMPCPortal
 
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gaia Online Cuts 13% Of Staff Despite Claims Of Record Earnings
Discussion: New York Times and Gaia
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Why We Need More Torture in Videogames
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Anyone Buying Up Huge Blocks Of Yahoo? (YHOO)
Dimitris Pagkalos / XSSed syndication:
New highly critical Facebook XSS vulnerabilities pose serious privacy risks
Discussion: All Facebook and Zero Day
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Hyper-Local News Service Outside.In Grows
Discussion: VentureBeat
Cory Bohon / TUAW:
Walmart creates iPhone compatible site
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and Appletell
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Let Your Boss Find Your Facebook Friends
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Associated Press:
Hasbro dropping suit against makers of Facebook game Scrabulous
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Extraordinary Happenings At BitTorrent