David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Microsoft, Apple, Google sued over icon software patent — Cygnus Systems, Inc., a networking company based in Michigan, got into the holiday spirit by suing Microsoft, Apple, and Google for violating a patent it was recently awarded, which covers the navigation and access of files based on representational thumbnails.
Discussion: CNET News, InformationWeek, Electronista, Search Engine Watch, Boing Boing Gadgets and digg.com
Dave Methvin / InformationWeek: Let's Stop This Patent Trolling
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: Cygnus systems patents desktop icons, sues Microsoft, Apple and Google
Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Wal-Mart to start selling iPhones on Sunday — CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it will start selling Apple Inc's iPhone on Sunday, but the popular cell phones that can surf the web will not be priced as low as some anticipated. — Wal-Mart plans to sell …
Discussion: CNN, Tech Trader Daily, Silicon Alley Insider, blogs.ft.com, Unwired View, VentureBeat, SlashGear, Technologizer, eWeek, Apple 2.0, TechSpot and Between the Lines
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com: The iPhone gets a leg up from Wal-Mart
David Gonzales / Unwired View: Walmart goes official on iPhone before selling it on Sunday
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Wal-Mart confirms iPhone 3G for Sunday, $2 off
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Wal-Mart to Sell the iPhone: Nothing to See Here
Nathan Eddy / eWeek: Apple iPhone Comes to Wal-Mart
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0: Wal-Mart to sell iPhone starting Sunday
Julio Franco / TechSpot: Walmart to start selling discounted iPhones this weekend
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Walmart publicly confirms iPhone sales, $197 price — Rumors had been flying for months that retail juggernaut Walmart would be selling iPhones in its US stores. That rumor had all but been confirmed when leaked memos revealed that sales would begin on December 28.
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Macworld
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Voicetag Brings Voicemail To Facebook — For those of you who don't think voicemail is counterproductive, there is a new app on Facebook called Voicetag that lets you send voicemail messages to individuals or groups. This is not the first such app on Facebook (see Voicemail or TringMe) …
Discussion: Webware.com, RotorBlog.com and VoIP Watch
Don Reisinger / Webware.com: Daily Tidbits: Amazon posts a huge holiday season
Arnold Zafra / RotorBlog.com: Voicetag Lets You Send Voice Message via Facebook
Michael Martin / Google Android News:
G1 Phone Owners May Get a Battery Replacement Christmas Gift from T-Mobile — A replacement extended life battery may be a late Christmas Present to frustrated G1 owners from T-Mobile. — As polled here and elsewhere, the main concern with the G1 is the short battery life as with only moderate use …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Unwired View, TmoNews and MobileCrunch
James Falconer / IntoMobile: New Extended Life Batteries for T-Mobile G1 Users?
David Gonzales / Unwired View: T-Mobile prepping free replacement batteries for G1 owners?
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: T-Mobile to gift G1 owners with extended batteries?
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The $99 iPhone lives! (Through AT&T, not Wal-Mart) — Some of you are likely upset that we now know for certain that Wal-Mart won't be selling the iPhone for $99, and instead will give it a measly $2 discount when it goes on sale on Sunday. So I'm happy to report today …
Discussion: Engadget, MacRumors, Unwired View and Gizmodo
Darren Murph / Engadget: AT&T letting go of 8GB refurb iPhone 3Gs for $99 on contract
David Gonzales / Unwired View: AT&T turns $99 iPhone dreams come true with refurbs
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo: $99 Refurbished iPhones Now Available From AT&T
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Now Features WordPress Blog Thumbnails — Twice this week when I searched for a blogger's name and some other related keywords, I noticed that Google is running a little thumbnail alongside the first links. I have verified that this is not an experiment but rather a new mini feature.
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog and CenterNetworks
Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog: Introducing SMO, Stern Media Optimization
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Yes, My Face is On Your Google Blog Search Results
Amazon.com's 14th Holiday Season Is Best Ever — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the 2008 holiday season finished as its best ever, with over 6.3 million items ordered worldwide on the peak day, Dec. 15, which is a record-breaking 72.9 items per second.
Miguel Helft / Bits: Amazon Claims ‘Best Ever’ Christmas (Whatever That Means)
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Amazon.com touts ‘best ever’ holiday shopping season
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home: Yep, Microsoft and Sony sell game consoles too
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Amazon Says Holiday Season Was Its ‘Best Ever’ - But Doesn't Talk About Revenue
Brian Crecente / Kotaku: Wii Helps Amazon Have Best Holiday Sales on Record
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat: How Amazon stole Christmas?
Andrea James / Andrea on Amazon & the business …: Amazon holiday “best ever” with peak 73 orders per second
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: Amazon Peak-Day Unit Orders Up Encouraging 17% Year-Over-Year (AMZN)
Stephen Schenck / Obsessable: Amazon holiday sales best-ever this year
Jack Schofield / Guardian: Amazon has a record Christmas, while US retailers suffer
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: At Least Amazon Had A Good Christmas
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Amazon: Our Holiday Sales Were Great. Just Don't Ask Us to Tell You About Them
Amazon: Our Holiday Sales Were Great. Just Don't Ask Us to Tell You About Them
Discussion: Business Wire, TUAW and GigaOM
Mel Martin / TUAW: Apple looking pretty good at Amazon
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM: Amazon: The Scrooge of Holiday-Sales Data
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Amazon, Netbooks Are a Smash Hit — Santa was apparently good to Amazon.com this year; the e-tailer says its 14th holiday (shopping) season was its best ever, though it doesn't offer any data to back up that cheery claim. Its biggest sellers (based on number of units ordered) …
Discussion: OStatic blogs, Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, Google Watch, Working Anywhere and Gawker
John Herrman / Gizmodo: Financiapocalypse Kneecaps Christmas Gadget Sales
Andy Abramson / Working Anywhere: Om Doesn't Like NetBooks — Om Malik is a Mac fan through and through.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
iPhone nano knockoffs already on sale in Thailand (photos) — Those eagerly anticipating next month's Macworld and the prospects of a smaller iPhone should beware, as a slew of tiny clones are introducing confusion as they reach store shelves. — While silicone case molds have surfaced …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and Edible Apple
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Rumor: three options for upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 — Back in November, I explored the number of editions of Windows 7 that Microsoft was working on. While the company has not officially given a list yet, it was clear that Windows 7 Enterprise Edition and Windows 7 Ultimate Edition were definitely coming.
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Digging In To MySpace And Facebook's (Projected) Slump In Ad Sales — Earlier this month, eMarketer lowered its social media ad spending outlook for 2008 through 2013, with revised forecasts for News Corp.'s MySpace and Facebook. In an update, the online research firm offers details …
Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
Slim pickins' for IPOs could yield investor bargains — Putting a positive spin on a bleak outlook, Renaissance Capital said it only expects about 100 initial public offerings in 2009, but suggests that the best values surface during hard times. — “Historical precedent suggsts that IPOs …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Widget Entrepeneurs Await Clarity from Facebook on 4th Party Connect Policy — Facebook Connect has enabled powerful new functionality for any site on the web, but still-being-developed Facebook policies may limit what new classes of Connect-enabled applications can be built in the near future.