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11:20 AM ET, December 21, 2008


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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Need a Ride?  Check Your iPhone  —  SOON you may no longer need to stick out your thumb to catch a ride.  Instead, you may get one by tapping your fingers on your iPhone.  —  Avego, based in Kinsale, Ireland (, is demonstrating an iPhone application intended to let drivers …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Actual T-Mobile G2 information... maybe  —  We just got a tip about the next Google Android-powered handset for T-Mobile, yes, the G2.  We're running this as a rumor as it's definitely not confirmed, but we'd bet on this turning out to be true as opposed to, well, you know... Here's what our tipster had to say:
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
The Year of the Simpler Gadget  —  THE National Bureau of Economic Research hardly stunned the nation this month when it announced that the United States had been in recession since December 2007.  —  And, as it turns out, the buyers of consumer electronics could very well have been a leading economic indicator.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Brad J. Ward / SquaredPeg:
There's something going down on Facebook.  Pay attention.  —  I really need you to listen up for this post.  Please.  —  Something is going down on Facebook, and it has implications for your school.  —  Several weeks ago I was contacted by my friend and colleague Michelle at Winthrop …
Microsoft Extends XP Availability For Distributors  —  Microsoft system builder partners who've been feeling queasy about the impending Jan. 31, 2009, deadline for selling PCs with Windows XP pre-installed can now breathe a bit easier, as Microsoft is giving them a way to obtain XP licenses through distribution after the deadline.
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Twitter Venn, text snowflakes and other entertainments  —  One of the interesting things about Twitter is the fast-growing “tweecosystem” of add-ons and applications that expand or exploit the basic service.  I've just been playing with a new one called Twitter Venn, which lets you display searches as Venn diagrams.
Discussion: Data Mining
Is this the new Mac mini?  —  An anonymous tip (the best kind).  Thoughts?  —  Click to embiggen.
Hans Sandberg / The Nordic Link:
Yes Dear, There Will Be a Gizmondo, Just Not This Year... And It Will Be Different  —  As you may have suspected by now, there will be no launch of the new Gizmondo in December, but it's not because of any evil shenanigans on Carl Freer's part.  It was the financial crisis that killed …
Jeremy Liew / Wall Street Journal:
Will the Recession Kill Web 2.0?  —  The last fast few years have seen resurgence in Internet companies not seen since the bubble years of the late 90s.  The growth of these advertising-supported “Web 2.0” companies has propelled online advertising sales to $21 billion from $6 billion between 2002 and 2007.
Discussion: broadstuff and
Tessa Lewin / Guardian:
The key(board) to equality  —  Communication technology can change the lives of women around the world  —  Geeks and feminists have much in common.  If feminism is about embracing and striving for some kind of utopian dream of human equality, then democratising knowledge is an important part of this process.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Hard Work and Practice in Programming  —  At the Program For the Future event commemorating the 40th anniversary of Doug Englebart's “mother of all demos” in 1968, I was privileged to hear an inspired rant by Alan Kay about the unwillingness of people to work hard to learn new skills.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
After Steve Jobs, who runs Apple?  —  “We are in the early stages of changing roles in Apple's management structure,” Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster wrote last week in the wake of Steve Jobs' decision to hand the Macworld keynote over to senior vice president Phil Schiller — a move Munster characterized as …
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Touchscreens add nothing to laptop usefulness
Discussion: LAPTOP Mag and Gizmodo
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Judge protects Wackypedia hackers
John Foley / InformationWeek:
Chief Of The Year: Amazon CTO Werner Vogels
Discussion: Scripting News
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
2008 was a good year, now #13 in the US.
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
China blocks Internet access to New York Times
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Flash For iPhone Comes Via Jailbroken iMobileCinema App
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Nokia E63 Available for Pre-Order for $500
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and IntoMobile
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Future iPhones to wield OpenCL acceleration