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3:50 PM ET, December 22, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
More Hints of an ‘iPhone Nano’ from Case Manufacturers  —  iPhone case manufacturer XSKN has labeled a section on their site for the “iPhone Nano”.  This description suggests that long running rumors of a miniaturized iPhone could be true.  —  XSKN gained some notoriety earlier this year …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla CEO: Ties with Google ‘complicated’ since Chrome  —  John Lilly also says Microsoft's disinterest in faster browsing a cause for concern  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp. has a “reasonable” relationship with long-time partner Google Inc., but it's gotten complicated since Google launched …
BBC:
Windows XP allowed to live again  —  Microsoft has given yet another reprieve to its seasoned Windows XP operating system.  —  The cut off date for PC makers to obtain licenses for the software was 31 January 2009.  —  But now Microsoft has put in place a scheme that will allow …
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InfoWorld:   The Vista follies: Windows' tortured 2008
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Another $100 Million for Palm From Bono & Pals  —  It must be Christmas, as the guys at Elevation Partners are feeling generous enough to invest another $100 million into beleaguered smartphone maker Palm, which has been slip-sliding away for a very long time.
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Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Garmin Android Phone Coming in 2009!  —  Everyone knows Garmin, the company leading the GPS navigation industry.  Most Android fans also know that the GPS applications available on the Android Market are currently limited to ONE application - AndNav2 - which is in Alpha stages and isn't yet available for the United States.
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Garmin expects to ship 18 million GPS PNDs in 2008
David Carr / New York Times:
Newspaper Shuns Web, and Thrives  —  With 2008 drawing to a brutal close on the media beat — bankruptcies, daily newspapers that are no longer daily, magazines that are downsizing into brochures — a little ray of light appeared in my e-mail inbox.  It was from a newspaper owner, of all people.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dead Simple Posterous Gets A Round Of Funding And Launches Group Blogs  —  Posterous, which launched in June, is one of those sites that I tested and it stuck - I continue to post pictures to it regularly.  —  What I like about it - you don't have to create an account to use it.
Michael S. Malone / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Is Killing Silicon Valley  —  Entrepreneurship was taken for granted.  Now we're seeing a lot less of it.  —  Even as economic losses and unemployment levels mount, America's most effective engine for wealth and job creation is being dangerously — perhaps fatally — compromised.
Discussion: Forbes
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Woz gets a new job  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak seems to be a lot more visible lately.  —  First, he's been making bad web ads for SCOTTEVEST.  Next, we received pictures of Woz whizzing from the deck of his Segway.  He was fined US$700 for driving his Prius at 104 miles per hour (167 kilometers per hour) on I-5.
Discussion: Jobwire
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The need for iPhone app folders and search is quickly approaching  —  Today I ran into a problem — I downloaded a couple new iPhone applications to test out, but when I looked on my iPhone they were nowhere to be found.  A sync problem right?  Wrong.  Actually, I had hit the limit of apps …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and AppScout
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
One ISP says RIAA must pay for piracy protection  —  Jerry Scroggin, owner-operator of Bayou Internet and Communications, wants the music and film industries to know that he's not a cop and he doesn't work for free.  —  Scroggin, who sells Internet access to between 10,000 and 12,000 customers in Louisiana …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Music Labels In Talks To Create Hulu-For-Music (GOOG)  —  Warner Music Group — now banned from YouTube following failed licensing negotiations — isn't the only major record label tired of doing business with Google's video-sharing site.  —  A source familiar with the negotiations tells us …
Andrew S. Ross / San Francisco Chronicle:
Good times gone till 2010  —  Mike Moritz didn't mean for the celebrated “R.I.P Good Times” slide show to become so public, and so famous.  “We had zero interest in communicating with others than our business partners,” he said, referring to a downbeat presentation he and other partners …
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Fred / A VC:
Investing In Thick and Thin
Discussion: altgate
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Banned in Cupertino  —  Add one more headache for whoever is running Apple's App Store approval process: edgy books.  —  Books aren't a huge part of the App Store, but there are over 600 titles for sale, ranging from classics to Japanese comic books.  CNET's own David Carnoy …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Guardian, TUAW, TeleRead and iLounge
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
THE GLOBAL ELITE — 34: Steve Jobs  —  The ailing creator of the iPod and iPhone is next to irreplaceable.  —  From the magazine issue dated Jan 5, 2009  —  For two years I wrote a satirical blog under the persona of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, and one of the recurring themes …
Discussion: Guardian and MacDailyNews
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
In Google we trust?  —  The more Google grows, the more it becomes a cause for concern for many people—and not simply its competitors.  But should it?  —  On the one hand, Google has become a privacy bogeyman, dropping off the list of the top 20 companies trusted with customer privacy.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Patrick Foster / Times of London:
Long Tail theory contradicted as study reveals 10m digital music tracks unsold  —  Digital sales figures dent niche market theory  —  The internet was supposed to bring vast choice for customers, access to obscure and forgotten products - and a fortune for sellers who focused on niche markets.
Discussion: paidContent.org, MediaMemo and hypebot
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
As Intel ships 160GB SSD, pricing nags buyers  —  Intel is now shipping 160GB solid-state drives as it vies with Samsung and Toshiba to deliver high-capacity SSDs that rival hard-disk drives in capacity.  Price, however, remains a big obstacle for many consumers.
Discussion: Computerworld and Electronista
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ping.fm Gets Backing from Reid Hoffman, Joi Ito  —  Who uses cross-posting social media app Ping.fm?  A lot of people do, but now you can add LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Creative Commons Foundation Chairman Joi Ito to the list.  The two are among the most high profile angel investors …
Discussion: TechCrunch and CenterNetworks
Nokia:
Nokia signs agreement to sell security appliance business to Check Point Software Technologies  —  Combination is natural culmination of successful 12-year collaboration between companies  —  Espoo, Finland and Mountain View, CA, USA - Nokia announced today that it has signed an agreement …
Ting-I Tsai / Wall Street Journal:
Taiwan Tech Firm Forecasts More Gloom  —  TAIPEI — The head of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's biggest contract manufacturer of electronics by revenue, warned that the global technology industry's slump could be more severe than many people think.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, GigaOM and CNN
 
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BBC:
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
iPodhash project moves to Wikileaks following DMCA notice
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Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
In Move to Digital TV, Confusion Is in the Air
Discussion: NewTeeVee and atmaspheric
Ivan Beres / CrunchGear:
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Discussion: OhGizmo!, SlashGear, Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Kirk Ladendorf / Austin American-Statesman:
Little-guy data centers prospering in a tough economy
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Brad / Liliputing:
Asus Eee PC 1000H review
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Everything's coming up Blu-ray! Well, sort of (updated)
Discussion: CNET News