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12:25 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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Mat Brady / Planet Mat:
The new iPhone ELITE  —  I think my email to Mr Jobs says it all really...  “Hi Steve,  —  As you can see I've made a few design suggestions to your iPhone.  —  I've held off getting an iPhone until it gets a better camera.  (See pic)  —  Let me know when I can get rid of my N95.  —  Cheers,
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista
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?
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!)
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
On Twitter, Followers Aren't Really Friends
Discussion: Joe Duck, Webware.com and Twitterrati
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: DailyTech
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 …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Music industry looks to internet for revival  —  A generation after the launch of MTV, major record labels are hoping to revive the music video business online by creating a single digital destination for their artists' output.  —  Plans under discussion include: a partnership with Hulu …
 
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DMFail: Another Reason To Just Not Send Private Messages On Twitter
Ben / UMPCPortal:
Asus R50A full review
Discussion: Engadget
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Analysis: the FCC and its impact on the enterprise in 2009
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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
Arn / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Screenshots Show Little New
Discussion: Sevenmac.net
Arn / MacRumors:
Massive Christmas iPod Touch Sales Boost App Store Downloads
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Avoid Downloading Fake Torrents and Spam with Vertor
Discussion: Download Squad and digg.com