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9:35 AM ET, December 29, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: Profy and The Noisy Channel
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
TheGuru / Symbian-Guru.com:
Samsung i8510 Brings Surprise NAM 3G Support  —  I really can't begin to explain how exciting this is: a new version of the Samsung i8510 has been found on the FCC's website, this time sporting dual-band UMTS (850/1900MHz) with HSDPA.  Yes, that means Samsung is finally bringing …
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Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Samsung i8510M INNOV8 spotted at the FCC; Heading to AT&T?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
On Twitter, Followers Aren't Really Friends  —  This past weekend, we had yet another tempest in a teapot here in the blogosphere, this time over what, exactly, determines the authority of a tweet on Twitter.  Some argued that the number of followers is the best yardstick with which to measure …
Discussion: Regular Geek
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitority Made It.  —  Folks first, excuse my french …
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.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and GigaOM
Arn / MacRumors:
Massive Christmas iPod Touch Sales Boost App Store Downloads  —  Apple's new iPod Touch appears to have been a huge hit this holiday season with evidence that the high end iPod has seen massive gains in marketshare.  —  The first impact was seen in early sales numbers for App Store applications on Christmas day.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
2009: Netbook or notebook?  —  2009 may be the year of the Netbook.  But there's a big if.  —  Here's the dilemma: Will consumers buy a thin, light, relatively fast $1,800 MacBook Air or a thin, light, ultrasmall, not-as-fast $700 Hewlett-Packard Mini 1000 Netbook?
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
2008 Intel converts: Bigger flock than Apple
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Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Screenshots Show Little New  —  Over the holiday weekend, some screenshots and video of the developer release of Snow Leopard were posted to a german site.  —  Overall, the images show little new from the WWDC build originally released back in July, but may be of interest to some readers.
Discussion: Sevenmac.net
Guardian:
Less killing, more kissing: new breed of computer games bring people together  —  A new generation of designers and developers is putting the social element back into video games, using online networks such as Facebook as platforms to turn people from across the world into poker aces …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
And so it ends: AT&T users report network outages amidst Wal-Mart's iPhone 3G launch  —  Oops.  Murphy's Law may be in full swing today for the country's largest GSM carrier at the worst-possible time - iPhone 3G / Wal-Mart launch day.  We've yet to have any issues in the New York area …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows 7 beta 1 review  —  I've now had my hands on Windows 7 beta 1 build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 (the build that is widely expected to be made available to beta testers by Microsoft early in January) and have had some time to compose my thoughts and feelings about this latest release.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Analysis: the FCC and its impact on the enterprise in 2009  —  Money and broadband  —  What do you think of when you see the phrase “enterprise computing”?  A typical free association request will probably produce glossary terms like database, processor, network, and scalability before anything like …
 
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