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
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: iPhone Savior, Silicon Alley Insider, Engadget, Unwired View and MacRumors
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior: AT&T $99 Refurbished iPhone 3G Is Too Risky
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
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?
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: PC World, Tech Trader Daily and Agence France Presse
Jessica Wohl / Reuters: Wal-Mart to start selling iPhones on Sunday
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Should Twitter Add Authority-based Search? — Loic Le Meur is asking Twitter to add an authority filter to their search (he also goes on a rant about Sprint, but ignore that). He wants to sort through Twitter messages based on how many followers the person writing has, so he'll know the relative importance of what's being said.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog: Twitter: We Need Search By Authority
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: RotorBlog.com, Webware.com and VoIP Watch
Arnold Zafra / RotorBlog.com: Voicetag Lets You Send Voice Message via Facebook
Don Reisinger / Webware.com: Daily Tidbits: Amazon posts a huge holiday season
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Podango Warns That The End Is Near — Podcasting startup Podango announced today that its future is uncertain and warned its users to make sure they've got their data backed up before the end of this month. — Here's the announcement from Podango President Douglas Smith:
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: Kotaku, ReadWriteWeb, Bits, OStatic blogs, VentureBeat, Google Watch and Working Anywhere
Brian Crecente / Kotaku: Wii Helps Amazon Have Best Holiday Sales on Record
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Amazon Says Holiday Season Was Its ‘Best Ever’ - But Doesn't Talk About Revenue
Miguel Helft / Bits: Amazon Claims ‘Best Ever’ Christmas (Whatever That Means)
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat: How Amazon stole Christmas?
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: All Facebook
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook: Facebook to Miss Internal Revenue Projections?
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
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.