Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
HP MediaSmart Home Server may get some competition from Apple — HP this week updated its MediaSmart home server, which has many services Mac users would love to take advantage of. Centralized iTunes music database for the home, picture sharing, even file sharing over the Internet.
Dave Caolo / TUAW: HP's MediaSmart works with Time Machine, iTunes
David Worthington / Technologizer: HP's Digital Media Server Edges into Apple's Territory
Rafe Needleman / CNET News: HP upgrading Home Server lineup, Apple may follow suit
Jim Dalrymple / PC World: HP Unveils Mac Compatible Home Media Server
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat: HP's MediaSmart Server: Second Time's the Charm
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech: HP Releases New Home Servers for Mac, PC Users
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report: HP MediaSmart EX485 gets official
Shawn Ingram / Gadgetell: HP announces Mac-compatible MediaSmart
Mike Contaxis / Mac Soda: Macworld is Next Tuesday, and I Don't Care
Shane McGlaun / SlipperyBrick.com: HP announces MediaSmart home server for Mac and PC
Nathan Eddy / eWeek: HP Launches MediaSmart Home Server for Mac and PC
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop: New HP MediaSmart servers work with iTunes, Time Machine
Alex Kuretz / MediaSmartServer.net:
Review: HP MediaSmart Server EX487 — When the MediaSmart Server was first released, it didn't take long for limitations and areas of improvement to be discussed amongst the Home Server community. One of the first improvements was to upgrade the memory from the stock 512MB, usually to 2GB.
Discussion: InformationWeek, We Got Served, Engadget and Gadget Lab
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek: HP Launches Next-Generation Home Server
Terry Walsh / We Got Served: Hands On: HP MediaSmart Server EX487 (Part 1)
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab: HP Makes Home Server PC & Mac Friendly
Arn / MacRumors:
Vaja Also Hints at iPhone Nano? — Relatively well-known iPhone case manufacturer Vaja has curiously added an “iPhone Nano” listing to their website. The link simply directs you to a form asking you to sign up for information about “the upcoming release of our iPhone nano cases.”
Discussion: AppleInsider, InformationWeek, MacBlogz, Tech Beat, Engadget and Gadget Lab
Marin Perez / InformationWeek: Fake iPhone Nanos Pop Up
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat: iPhone nano Case Unveiled... Where's the iPhone nano?
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget: What is the deal with the iPhone nano?
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab: IPhone Nano Clones Already on Sale
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: GigaOM, PC World, Gizmodo, Contentinople, Digital Daily, GMSV, Engadget, atmaspheric and VoIP Watch
Om Malik / GigaOM: Cisco's Misguided Foray Into the Living Room
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople: Cisco Preps Consumer Product Push
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: That's Not a Carrier-Level Routing System, It's a Wireless Stereo
John Murrell / GMSV: Cisco's not kidding about consumer market
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: Cisco to Push into Home Electronics - Why?
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch: Cisco Gearing Up for 2009 — You can tell a lot by the way a …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
CES preview: what to expect at the big, not-so-gloomy tech trade show — THE BIGGEST U.S. TECH TRADE SHOW WILL FEATURE EMERGING MARKET TECHNOLOGY, 3-D GLASSES, AND DIGITAL CONTENT, ACCORDING TO SHOW CHIEF GARY SHAPIRO — The International Consumer Electronics Show coming up next week promises to be a sober extravaganza.
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Server makers get Goooogled — Elements of Google's most secretive product—its unique PC server design—is beginning to ripple throughout the rest of the industry. — Like many companies with giant Internet data centers, Google uses big clusters of commodity x86 servers.
Discussion: GigaOM and SmoothSpan Blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM: How Google Is Influencing Server Design
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: VentureBeat, Electronista, AppScout, Engadget, DailyTech and Maximum PC all
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Pay-as-you-go computer sounds like a headache
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout: Microsoft Working on Pay-As-You-Go PC Patent
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Microsoft patent application hints at pay-as-you-go PCs
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Not How Many Followers You Have That Counts, It's How Many Times You Get Retweeted — Over the weekend a lot of tech bloggers got into a tizzy over a suggestion that Twitter search should rank Tweets by authority, with Tweets from people who have the most followers coming up first.
Discussion: Dan Zarrella, The Marketing Technology Blog, lalawag, Twitterrati and BoomTown
Douglas A Karr / The Marketing Technology Blog: What is Authority? — Happy Holidays! Marketing Technology finds …
Sean Percival / lalawag: Twithority: Mega Ego Twitter Searching
Buckpost / Twitterrati: John Mellencamp Would be Proud
Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name-The Sequel
Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News:
Facebook's War Against Lactivists — As a new father, I have to admit, watching my wife breastfeeding our daughter brings on feelings in me, but not sexual ones, rather sweet ones, as I find the interaction between mother and daughter beautiful. Facebook, on the other hand seems …
Discussion: VentureBeat and tera.ca
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Freemium business model case study: AdultFriendFinder ARPU, churn, and conversion rates — A case study for the Freemium business model — There's been a lot written about the Freemium model over the years, particularly from Fred Wilson at AVC. Here'a couple articles I'll recommend on the topic:
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: Contentinople, Maximum PC all and HipMojo.com
Steve Donohue / Contentinople: News Bits: Music Labels Eye YouTube Rival
Andy Salisbury / Maximum PC all: Major Labels Going to Hulu in Search of Greener Pastures?
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Do Record Labels Have the DNA and Track Record To Create Their Own Hulu?
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Music industry looks to internet for revival
Music industry looks to internet for revival
Discussion: Techdirt, ReadWriteWeb, Epicenter, Electronista, Coop's Corner, NewTeeVee and p2pnet
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: Warner Music Musicians Pissed Off About YouTube Dispute
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Will Music Labels Make a Deal with Hulu and Shun YouTube?
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter: Labels Think They Can Build a Better Mousetrap
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner: Music moguls' latest strategy: Zig then zag
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee: Labels Looking to Hook Up With Hulu?
Work Ethic 2.0: Attention Control — Commentary: A person who works with total focus has an enormous advantage over a workaholic who's “multi-tasking” all day, answering every phone call, constantly checking Facebook and Twitter, and indulging every interruption.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Daniel Tunkelang / The Noisy Channel: Control of attention is the ultimate individual power
Lyndon W. Wong / The Official Netflix Blog:
New DVD shipping process — Netflix recently changed the DVD shipping process when your first choice movie is not available at the shipping center nearest you. — We have 55 shipping centers throughout the U.S., including Anchorage, Alaska and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Discussion: VentureBeat and AppScout
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout: New Netflix Shipping Policy Offers Freebies for Late DVDs
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Deja vu: Internet ‘widgets’ coming to the TV in 2009 — I'm getting a case of deja vu. Apparently, 2009 will be the year that Internet ‘widgets’ come to the TV. — At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held in Las Vegas next month, Samsung, Toshiba and other manufacturers …
Discussion: Electronista and Webware.com
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com: High hopes at Yahoo, Intel for Internet-enabled TV
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: Homotron.net, CrunchGear, Kotaku, Blue's News, Joystiq and digg.com
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: The 2008 Misties: this year's top vaporware
Brian Crecente / Kotaku: Wired's Annual Vaporware List In Need Of Retiring Or An Overhaul
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq: Wired hails Duke Nukem Forever as 2008's vaporware king, baby
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: RotorBlog.com and Webware.com
Arnold Zafra / RotorBlog.com: Zigtag Puts a Brain into Social Tagging
Don Reisinger / Webware.com: Daily Tidbits: Delicious gets some ‘intelligent’ competition
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
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com, MediaFile, Webomatica, CNET News, SlipperyBrick.com, VentureBeat, iPhone Savior, Gear Diary, CrunchGear, Boing Boing Gadgets, Planet Mat and MacBlogz
Yinka Adegoke / MediaFile: Apple, give us some new toys!
Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica: Forget The iPhone Pro. Give Me A MacBook Mini
Conner Flynn / SlipperyBrick.com: The iPhone ELITE
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior: Dear Steve, Your iPhone Blows! Here's My Concept.
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary: iPhone Pro? How about those damn push notifications first?
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear: What if the iPhone had a keyboard?!!!
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: Screw the Nano. Where's my iPhone Pro?
Mat Brady / Planet Mat: The new iPhone ELITE
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 …
Discussion: Gearlog, Mobility Site, eWeek, Unwired View, Akihabaranews.com, Technologizer, Screenwerk, Engadget Mobile, Boing Boing Gadgets, Boing Boing and dailywireless.org
Jamie Lendino / Gearlog: LG Announces 3G-Capable LG-GD910 Watch
Jack Cook / Mobility Site: Tired of carrying your phone?
Nathan Eddy / eWeek: LG Puts a 3G Wi-Fi Phone on your Wrist
David Gonzales / Unwired View: LG-GD910 wristwatch phone to debut at CES 2009
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: LG to Debut 3G Wrist Phone at CES
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Prediction: Much More Mobile in '09
Paul Miller / Engadget Mobile: LG's magical GD910 wrist phone packs touchscreen, camera and rainbows
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: LG's wrist-phone coming to CES
David Pescovitz / Boing Boing: Wrist phone on its way... finally... again...
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: LG Wrist Phone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DMFail Fails, Twitter To Fix Private Messages Snafu — Say goodbye to the fun of reading private Twitter messages sent improperly and gathered on DMFail. Sometime today, Twitter says in an email, they'll change the way private messages are sent so that you can use either [D + username + message] OR [DM + username + message].
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, bub.blicio.us, AppScout and Sean Percival's Blog
Sean Percival / Sean Percival's Blog: Twitter Saves You From DM Fail
Ian King / Bloomberg:
AMD to Trim About 600 Jobs, 100 More Than Planned — A A A — Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the second-largest producer of personal-computer processors, will cut about 600 jobs, 100 more than previously planned, as it struggles to return to profitability.
Wall Street Journal:
Internet Providers Join Broadband Push — President-elect Barack Obama's call to improve the nation's broadband infrastructure has cable and phone company lobbyists maneuvering to get a leg up. — Lawmakers in Congress want a plan that will create jobs over the next two to three years …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
RIAA loses mistrial appeal — A federal judge has denied the Recording Industry Association of America's request for an appeal of the judge's earlier decision to grant a retrial in its case copyright infringement case against Jammie Thomas. — Earlier this year a jury found that the Minnesota woman …
Karl Bode / DSLreports: RIAA's Legal Assult On P2P Still Flailing …
What future is in store for Microsoft? — It's been six months since Bill Gates retired from Microsoft, though he remains an adviser, and the Redmond giant is chugging away as if business were usual. Work continues on Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Mobile 6.5, the Azure cloud development platform, and so on.
Discussion: Beyond Search, PalmAddicts and Slashdot
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Microsoft in the Crystal Ball
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
‘Gears Of War’ Creator On Gaming's Future — Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski chats about his inspirations and innovations. — A chainsaw revs. The heavily armored Marcus Fenix lumbers forward, ripping through a Locust soldier as if he were shredding turkey with an electric carving knife.