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Wall Street Journal:
Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits  —  After years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy.  —  The decision represents …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Abandoning Mass Lawsuits In Favor Of Backroom 3 Strikes Policy  —  from the it's-a-step,-but-a-very-small- one dept  —  It really was just three days ago that we suggested that if the record labels actually wanted anyone to take them seriously concerning their desire to come …
Discussion: CNET News
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell Studio XPS 13 leather-wrapped laptop revealed, Adamo info leaked!  —  Thanks to a totally amazing Engadget source, we've gotten our hands on photos of the absolutely sick Dell Studio XPS 13, and some new info about the company's forthcoming Adamo.  First off, the photos in the gallery …
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Dell's Mystery ‘Adamo’ Could Be Thinner Than Air  —  When Apple released the MacBook Air, someone viewed the sleek notebook as an opportunity to make fun of clunky, old Dell on YouTube with a parody ad.  But what if Dell is about to have the last laugh in the ultra-light laptop race?
english.etnews.co.kr:
Samsung Electronics will launch Google Phone in Q2  —  Samsung Electronics will release its first Google phone in the second quarter of the next year in North America.  —  The launch of Google phone by Samsung is regarded as a signal of its plan for increasing the shares in the smart phone market …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Universal Music seeing ‘tens of millions’ from YouTube  —  YouTube's traffic machine may finally be turning into a cash machine.  —  For the first time, there are signs that YouTube is driving significant revenue for itself and some of the video site's partners.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scribd Raises $9 Million So You Can Continue To View PDFs Online  —  Y Combinator startup Scribd has raised its second big round of financing - $9 million from Charles River Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and Kinsey Hills Group.  That comes on top of a $3.7 million Series A round in the middle of 2007 …
Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
Did Burger King Really Just Issue A C&D Through Twitter?  —  Now that it's legal to serve papers to someone through Facebook, Burger King has apparently sent a cease and desist via Twitter to the user “whoppervirgins” for an unauthorized use of trademark.  “Whopper Virgins” …
Discussion: Baltimore Sun
Neil McAllister / Fatal Exception:
Native Client: Google's craziest idea yet  —  Is Google's plan to run native x86 code inside browser windows just a disaster waiting to happen?  —  The browser's role is ever increasing.  It already has become far more than a mere tool for accessing information.
Discussion: Beyond Search
YouTube Blog:
Hi-Definition Rollout and New Landing Pages on YouTube  —  We have two developments that we would like to share with you: the expansion of our HD player and a test of three new landing pages designed to help you find the news, music and movies on YouTube that matter most to you.  —  HD on YouTube
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
European Business Social Network XING Acquires socialmedian (Update: For $7.5 Million)  —  Hamburg, Germany based XING, a global professional social network that's strong in Europe, has acquired New York based socialmedian for approximately $7.5 million in total, a mix of $4 million in cash …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
OS4.7.0.83 Leaked for the BlackBerry Storm 9530!  —  w00t!  Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Festivus or anything and everything else this Holiday Season, for you BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners the sweetest gift just arrived... a new update to the 9530 Storm's OS!
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and mobilesyrup.com
Google Mobile Blog:
Optimized search results pages for Android and iPhone  —  Whether you're using Google search through the search widget on the Android home screen, the built-in search box of the iPhone's Safari browser, or google.com on either device, you'll now end up with search results optimized for your phone.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple TV at the center of Apple's latest lawsuit  —  A wireless set-top-box maker is suing Apple, claiming the company hired away a trio of employees privy to patented technology that would later turn up as part of Apple TV.  —  The 6-page complaint was filed in an Illinois court on Tuesday …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Edible Apple
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sued Over Apple TV
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft job listings reveal Zune expansion plan, and Musiwave's role  —  At this point, it's clear that Microsoft plans to expand its Zune initiative beyond the current music device, software and service.  The question is how.  With the Zune Phone rumors fading into the background …
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com
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Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Job posting reveals Zune-Xbox integration
Discussion: Kotaku and TechFlash
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose Growls About Guitar Hero  —  Shame on Activision for poaching Guns N' Roses songs in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.  That's band frontman Axl Rose's testy take in a sprawling missive delivered at band fan site Mygnr.com.  According to Rose …
Discussion: CNET News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
NPR Now Lets You Roll Your Own Podcast Feed  —  National Public Radio (NPR) here in the US has some great audio content and the offering got even better today with the release of a new “mix your own” podcast option.  Users enter a list of categories and keywords and the NPR site dynamically generates …
CNN:
Polaroid files for Chapter 11  —  (CNN) — Polaroid Corp. announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  —  The Minnesota-based company said it is taking itself and its subsidiaries into bankruptcy in order to restructure its finances.  —  “Our operations are strong …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Scientific Journal to Authors: Publish in Wikipedia or Perish  —  Every day, hundreds of articles appear in academic journals and very little of this information is available to the public.  Now, RNA Biology has decided to ask every author who submits an article to a newly created section …
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
A Wrench in Silicon Valley's Wealth Machine  —  A year ago, cash rained on tech startups like Digg.  Now their valuations are slipping, and venture capital is drying up  —  A year ago there were reports that Digg had hired investment bank Allen & Co. to put the popular news aggregation Web site …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
ComScore: YouTube Now 25 Percent Of All Google Searches  —  Video search on YouTube accounts for a quarter of all Google search queries in the U.S., according to the latest search engine numbers from comScore.  Its monthly qSearch report, which was released on Thursday night, breaks out the number of searches conducted on YouTube.
Apple:
About the Multi-Touch Trackpad Update for Windows XP and Vista 1.0  —  This update improves Multi-Touch trackpad responsiveness and performance when running Windows XP and Vista using Boot Camp on MacBook Air (Late 2008), MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008), and MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008) computers.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ad network Glam sees record 4th quarter, puts entire workforce on “variable” pay  —  Glam Media, one of the newfangled content and advertising networks assumed by many industry observers to be vulnerable to financial meltdown, says it still hasn't seen any marked decline in online display advertising.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
GeoData Explorations: Open Street Map's Growth  —  Open Street Map (OSM), the open data mapping project, has grown a lot over the past year.  It now has almost 80,000 users and 800 million data points.  —  OSM's data is still freely available, but commercial services around it have sprung up.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
BlackBerry Storm Selling Well, As Expected (RIMM)  —  We got some validation this afternoon for our Nov. 20 BlackBerry Storm review thesis, which was “RIM's BlackBerry Storm is no iPhone, but should sell well.”  —  Indeed, RIM's (RIMM) new Storm is no iPhone — a recent RBC/ChangeWave survey suggests …
 
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Times of India:
Yahoo Inc announces strategic investment in INMAC
Discussion: TechCrunch and StartupDunia
Ashley M. Heher / Associated Press:
Web deals create procrastinators' paradise
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Synthasite Buys ClickPass. I See Few Synergies.
Discussion: Clickpass
Sony Electronics Blog:
The March is on to CES
Discussion: Gizmodo, Sony Insider and techeblog.com
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:
Pilot Grant Program To Improve Internet Connections in Public Libraries
Discussion: paidContent.org
Paul Buchheit / FriendFeed Blog:
Simple Update Protocol: Update
Discussion: VentureBeat and CostPerNews
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Loopt Snags AT&T, Now Available On Every U.S. Carrier
Discussion: VentureBeat
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Ustream: There Is Life After Puppy Cam
Windows Live team blog:
Hotmail: Classic scrolling is back, and more updates
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and LiveSide
Matt Hickey / CNET News:
How do you like them Apple-branded apples?
Discussion: PC World