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11:00 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
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: I4U News, BloggingStocks and GigaOM
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?
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.
Chicago Sun Times:
Power failure prompts outages for AT&T mobile phone users in Midwest  —  FROM SUN-TIMES NEWS GROUP WIRE REPORTS  —  Sunday was a confusing day for many AT&T mobile phone users throughout the Midwest after a power failure in Michigan caused many people to lose service for most of the day.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Tubes Are Clogged  —  If you've been having trouble accessing some of the web's most popular sites this morning, you aren't alone - reports have been pouring in that major sites like Amazon, CNN, and ESPN have been having sporadic outages in some areas across the United States.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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: VoIP Watch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name-The Sequel  —  BoomTown's been just one week gone and yet another goofy, traffic-generating debate “erupts” in the blogosphere, involving the usual suspects.  —  (Hey, it's Loïc Le Meur and Michael Arrington again, fresh from their equally meaningful Are-French-folks-lazy-or-what? debate!)
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 choice: Will consumers buy a thin, light, relatively fast $1,800 MacBook Air or a thin, light, ultrasmall, not-as-fast $450 Hewlett-Packard Mini 1000 Netbook?
Discussion: digg.com
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: Joe Duck, Webware.com and Twitterrati
 
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Ben / UMPCPortal:
Asus R50A full review
Discussion: Engadget
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Analysis: the FCC and its impact on the enterprise in 2009
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
Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Screenshots Show Little New
Discussion: Sevenmac.net
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Social Search (Or Why Google Should Buy Facebook)
Joe Leahy / Financial Times:
Satyam is seen as possible deal target
Fred / A VC:
Correspondence Is Making A Comeback
Discussion: broadstuff