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10:40 AM ET, December 26, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
Multi-Touch Swipe Gestures for iPhone Keyboard  —  Despite the Christmas holiday, the U.S. Patent Office continues to be churning away and has revealed this interesting new patent application from Apple called Swipe Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboards.  The patent application is authored by Wayne Westerman.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
My 10 favorite iPhone games of 2008  —  Yesterday, I wrote up my 10 favorite iPhone apps of 2008 with a note that I wasn't including any games on the list because there were far too many good ones and they should probably get their own list.  Today, I bring you that list.
Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Wal-Mart to start selling iPhones on Sunday  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it will start selling certain models of Apple Inc's iPhone on Sunday, but the popular cell phones will not priced as low as some anticipated.  —  Wal-Mart plans to sell …
Discussion: CNN
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Googlers Call Friend Connect “FriendSense”  —  It's always fun to hear what Google employees call various projects when they think no one is listening.  In 2007 they called the upstart Hulu joint venture Clown Co. as a private joke about the messy start to that unlikely company …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Fred / A VC:
Bits Of Destruction  —  The news is full of stories this year end about the impending bankruptcies of retailers, newspapers, auto manufacturers, banks, and a host of other businesses that have been the mainstay of corporate america for the past 100 years or more.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and Oatmeal Stout
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
2009: Year of the Hacker  —  In thinking about what an economically bleak 2009 will mean for the Internet, I kept coming back to something Chris Anderson wrote a few months ago, back before the tech world awoke to the full impact of the credit crunch.  —  Anderson (disclosure: he edits Wired …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and Tinfinger
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Predictions for Google's 2009  —  1. 10% market share for Google Chrome.  —  2. Google's search engine will lose a significant amount of market share as Live Search's position will consolidate.  —  3. Google's Q&A service, used to implement Google help forums, will become a part of Google Apps.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Rajat Agrawal / Cellpassion:
RIM grabs the most absurd QWERTY keyboard patent  —  USPTO Patent Application 20080318617 should go down in the history of patents as the most absurd QWERTY keyboard.  Okay, this is how it works — In the original position it looks like a normal alphanumeric keypad and then there are two hinges …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Sign Of The Times: NameMedia and Eyeblaster Withdraw IPOs  —  Two of the rare digital media IPOs planned have done something not that rare these days: withdrawing their IPOs.  NameMedia, the domain name media company formed by Kelly Conlin, previously CEO of Primedia and IDG respectively …
Elias Bizannes / Liako.Biz:
The makings of a media mogul: Michael Arrington of TechCrunch  —  After recognising in my previous post that Michael Arrington has successfully captured the dynamic of the mass media to pioneer new media, my mind asked how did this guy do it.  With some time on my hands …
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
How to write a Mike Arrington blog post
Discussion: CloudAve
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
A less electrifying electronics expo  —  Sony promoted televisions with organic LED screens at 2008's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Fewer people will attend the upcoming event, and some firms are finding alternative venues.  —  Amid the recession, the Consumer Electronics Show …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Sony's Netbook “fits in a pocket”, Might Not Fit Netbook Category  —  Actually, Sony has this “P-series” VAIO on their notebook section in the SonyStyle store, so maybe netbook isn't the right term.  Just ask Psion, if you don't believe me.  Eagle-eye reader Jose was browsing Sony's online storefront …
 
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Freddie Wilkinson / The Huffington Post:
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Robert McMillan / Macworld:
Google, Apple, Microsoft sued over file preview
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
USA Today Will Be Sold On Amazon's Kindle
Discussion: TeleRead
Robert Daniel / MarketWatch:
Maryland files voting-machine claim vs. Diebold unit
Discussion: Washington Post and Baltimore Sun