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5:10 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
Discussion: CNET News, iPhone Savior and MacBlogz
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.
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Boston Globe:
Cisco aims to be a household name
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: TECH.BLORGE.com, AppScout and digg.com
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 …
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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.
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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
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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.
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 and RotorBlog.com
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: CrunchGear, Kotaku, Blue's News and digg.com
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 …
internetnews.com:
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.
Diane Mermigas / MediaPost:
Hulu CEO: More Global Moves Planned For '09  —  In just a year, Hulu has morphed into what is arguably the most successful television network—online.  —  The co-venture of NBC Universal and News Corp.'s Fox already is the sixth-most-viewed online video hub, providing insights …
Martha C. White / New York Times:
As Internet Use Grows at Meetings, So Do Challenges  —  Until recently, travelers attending conferences or trade shows had simple Internet needs.  They would check e-mail messages and maybe look up information on the Web or connect to the home office.  —  Now, meetings are likely to include streaming video and online interaction.
Shira Ovide / Digits:
How Long Can Wikipedia Sustain its Ambitions?  —  Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales' latest fundraising plea for the user-edited online encyclopedia raises questions about how long one of most popular Web destinations can sustain itself on donations alone.  —  Some critics have compared …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Q&A With FCC Chairman Kevin Martin  —  Outgoing FCC chairman discusses the challenges heading into the Feb. 2009 DTV transition and the prospects for his proposals on program-access complaint rules and free broadband  —  FCC Chairman Kevin Martin does not see much chance …
Discussion: DSLreports and dailywireless.org
 
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Lyndon W. Wong / The Official Netflix Blog:
New DVD shipping process
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Farah Stockman / Boston Globe:
HP uses third party to sell printers in Iran
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Facebook Inbox Has Reliability Issues
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
12 Questions (and Attempts at Answers) About Next Week's Macworld Expo Non-Stevenote
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Contract-free iPhones on sale in France for $1100
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Florida, the Next Hotbed of Venture Capital?
internetnews.com:
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Hippies revolt over wireless network voodoo
Discussion: Gizmodo and BerryReview.com
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
OS 4.6.0.217 Leaked for the BlackBerry Bold!
Discussion: IntoMobile and BerryReview.com
David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Thomas Appeal Denied; Retrial Likely to Set New Copyright Infringement Course
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Clear iPhone 3G Replacement Case Shows Its Fugly Guts
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Cable Repairs Set Back by Second Undersea Break
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name-The Sequel
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM