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2:40 PM ET, December 29, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Dream iPhone Pro  —  Here's the new iPhone Pro, something that we don't expect at MacWorld 2009 at all.  However, we do expect something like this to come at a later date.  Why?  Because it just makes sense.  —  Click on image above for higher resolution version
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
With a Digital Stereo, Cisco Systems Is Starting a Push Into Home Electronics  —  Your plumber would like to take you dancing.  —  Cisco Systems, the dominant provider of the digital pipes that run the Internet, is making a big play in digital entertainment.
Discussion: atmaspheric and VoIP Watch
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Boston Globe:
Cisco aims to be a household name
Discussion: Parks Associates Blog
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Will Work for Praise: The Web's Free-Labor Economy  —  This online business model has Americans happily toiling for attention on for-profit sites that don't pay them money  —  It's dawn at a Los Angeles apartment overlooking the Hollywood Hills.  Laura Sweet, a graphic designer in her early 40s …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DMFail: Another Reason To Just Not Send Private Messages On Twitter  —  If you are the kind of person who can't help but look when you drive by an accident scene, DMFail is for you.  The site, which has been all the rage on Twitter for the last few days, shows direct (private) …
Discussion: AppScout and digg.com
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Hope Fades for PS3 as a Comeback Player  —  In Battle of the Game Consoles, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox Widen Leads Over Sony's PlayStation  —  TOKYO — For most of this year, Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 videogame console seemed finally to be taking off after a slow start.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Next-gen iMac to include new cooling module?  —  A new family of iMacs due early next year may include a more sophisticated cooling system, hints the latest reports from sources close to the company's Taiwanese manufacturing facilities.  —  Backtracking on its report from last week …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Music Labels Might Just Take Their Business To Hulu  —  Fed up with lousy ad revenues from Google's video-sharing service YouTube (GOOG), we've heard the four major music labels — Universal MG, EMI, Warner and Sony BMG — are in preliminary talks to create their own destination Web site.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Contentinople
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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Music industry looks to internet for revival
Discussion: Techdirt, NewTeeVee and p2pnet
Electronista:
LG introduces 3G HSDPA wrist phone  —  Korea-based LG has introduced its latest mobile device, the LG-GD910 wrist-phone featuring support for both 3G and HSDPA technology.  The user interface is presented through a 1.43-inch color LCD touchscreen, while a video camera has been integrated …
David Meyer / CNET News:
Microsoft outlines pay-per-use PC vision  —  Microsoft has applied for a patent on metered, pay-as-you-go computing.  —  U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, details Microsoft's vision of a situation where a “standard model” of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain.
Wired News:
Vaporware 2008: Crushing Disappointments, False Promises and Plain Old BS  —  Welcome to Wired's 11th annual Vaporware Awards, our annual roundup of the tech industry's biggest, brashest and most baffling unfulfilled promises.  —  This year, handset makers were exhaling more vapor than anyone …
Discussion: Kotaku, Blue's News and digg.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
High hopes at Yahoo, Intel for Internet-enabled TV  —  Yahoo's Widget Channel software for TVs and video devices shows a link to Yahoo's Flickr photo-sharing site, stock prices, and an advertisement.  Intel, Yahoo, and several partners will show the technology off at CES 2009.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Contract-free iPhones on sale in France for $1100  —  Following a recent ruling by local regulators, French consumers can now purchase an iPhone 3G without signing a service contract with Apple-sanctioned wireless carrier Orange, assuming they're willing to digest a considerable markup.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, MacBlogz and iLounge
James Niccolai / PC World:
Cable Repairs Set Back by Second Undersea Break  —  Efforts to restore normal communications between Europe and Asia have suffered a setback after an important undersea cable broke for a second time, this time at a much greater depth.  —  Engineers from France Télécom …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
dailymobile.se:
Extra: Samsung S8300 AMOLED Touch Screen Slider With 8 Megapixel Camera To Hit Stores  —  Building on the success of Samsung U900 Soul, the new Samsung S8300 supposedly going on sale sometime in March 2009, keeps the slider form factor 12.8mm thick and adds a 2.8-inch WQVGA 16 million AMODEL touch screen …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Boy Genius Report
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Hippies revolt over wireless network voodoo  —  HIPPIES LIVING in the tiny town of Glastonbury claim that a new wi-fi network is responsible for a spate of health problems.  —  Glastonbury, which used to be a mecca for Christian pilgrims looking for King Arthur, has now been largely taken …
Discussion: Gizmodo and BerryReview.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Tagging Service Zigtag (Finally!)  Launches  —  It was two years ago that we first heard of Zigtag, a service that promised to “transform how people search, save and share knowledge & information.”  Now, after a nine-month private beta, this semantic tagging service has finally launched.
Discussion: Webware.com
internetnews.com:
Report: Information Overload Costs U.S. $900B  —  Basex says information overload and interruptions carry a huge price in lost productivity.  So what can we do?  —  The problem is getting worse.  —  Every year, research firm Basex calculates the cost of information overload and the numbers keep going up by a staggering amount.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
12 Questions (and Attempts at Answers) About Next Week's Macworld Expo Non-Stevenote  —  We're now just over a week before Macworld Expo-a timeframe that would normally be bulging at the seams with speculation about what the Steve Jobs keynote would reveal.  This time, of course …
Discussion: TechFlash
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Florida, the Next Hotbed of Venture Capital?  —  Silicon Valley, Austin, Boston, New York...and Orlando?  —  The state of Florida wants to tap into the billions of venture capital dollars invested in young companies each year.  It is seeking venture capital funds in which to invest money …
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Big Blue urged to open Notes and Domino  —  Free advice for [rich] deaf ears  —  Ian Tree, the chief architect at IT consultancy Hadleigh Marshall Netherlands b.v. of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, has some free advice for IBM's Software Group: Take the Notes/Domino groupware stack open source …
Discussion: OStatic blogs
 
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Alex Kuretz / MediaSmartServer.net:
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Diane Mermigas / MediaPost:
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Internet Access Turns School Buses Into Rolling Classrooms
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
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Discussion: IntoMobile and BerryReview.com
David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Thomas Appeal Denied; Retrial Likely to Set New Copyright Infringement Course
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Clear iPhone 3G Replacement Case Shows Its Fugly Guts
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name-The Sequel
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 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Analysis: the FCC and its impact on the enterprise in 2009
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
2009: Netbook or notebook?
Discussion: digg.com
Guardian:
Less killing, more kissing: new breed of computer games bring people together
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
And so it ends: AT&T users report network outages amidst Wal-Mart's iPhone 3G launch
Discussion: CrunchGear and Phone Arena
Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Screenshots Show Little New
Discussion: Sevenmac.net
Arn / MacRumors:
Massive Christmas iPod Touch Sales Boost App Store Downloads