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11:15 AM ET, December 31, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Large Form iPod Touch To Launch in Fall '09  —  We've got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of '09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen.  Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.
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David Rothman / TeleRead:
iPod tablet with seven- or nine-inch screen in the fall?  Here we go again, e-book-lovers!  True rumor?  —  An iPod tablet with a seven- or nine-inch screen may show up in fall 2009, according to a Michael Arrington's report in Tech Crunch.  —  In the past we've had our hearts broken by rumors that didn't pan out.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
30GB Zunes Failing Everywhere, All At Once  —  Right, so this is a weird one: we're getting tons of reports—tons—about failing Zune 30s.  Apparently, the players began freezing at about midnight last night, becoming totally unresponsive and practically useless.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Local yogurt store tells blogger that Steve Jobs is “in great health”  —  Amid a flurry of (disputed) reports and rumors about Apple chief executive Steve Jobs' “rapidly declining health,” blogger Robert Scoble did some field work to dig for the truth today.
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Wall Street Journal:
Dell Shakes Up Management  —  Dell Inc. is preparing management changes that are expected to shake up an executive team that Chief Executive Michael Dell brought in as part of his turnaround plan for the big computer maker.  —  As part of the moves, which are expected to be announced soon …
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Wall Street Journal:
Dell Shakes Up Management
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Top Ten Products (More Or Less)  —  Can you name Google's top ten products?  If you look at how Quantcast ranks Google's subdomains, you can get a sense of which Google products are the most popular, since they each have their own subdomain.  Google's main search engine tops the list …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Pete Barlas / Investor's Business Daily:
Google's Product Search Catching Up Fast With Shopping Rivals
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Marissa Mayer's 2009 Resolution: Leave Google  —  What will Google be like without Marissa Mayer, the glamour nerd whose goofy laugh so neatly captures the search engine's adolescent awkwardness?  We'll know soon.  We hear the company's 19th employee is planning her goodbye.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu: Turns Out We Didn't Miss Sarah Palin So Much, After All  —  File under “interesting and a bit surprising”: Earlier this month I cited Comscore data which showed that traffic to red-hot Hulu had fallen off from October to November.  That made sense, because the site had shown a huge spike due …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Guardian:
Private firm may track all email and calls  —  The private sector will be asked to manage and run a communications database that will keep track of everyone's calls, emails, texts and internet use under a key option contained in a consultation paper to be published next month by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK, The Register and open
Damian Koh / CNET News:
The Storm is a Netbook, says RIM's founder  —  WATERLOO, Canada—Even as the weather drop to sub-zero temperatures and snow powders Research In Motion's campus in Waterloo, Mike Lazaridis certainly didn't feel it.  The company's founder and co-CEO carries into a meeting room a little black box …
Joey deVilla / Global Nerdy:
The Air Force's Rules of Engagement for Blogging  —  You've probably seen many articles on companies and organizations saying that they take social media seriously.  Here's one such organization that you might not expect: the United States Air Force.  Take a look at the Air Force Blog Assessment chart, reproduced below:
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
A Few Popular Presents Rise Above Recession  —  The presents have been unwrapped, the tree taken down.  And Santa still hasn't brought you that Wii.  —  Don't worry.  You are not alone.  —  Despite the economic gloom and doom that saddled this Christmas shopping season …
Discussion: /Message
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Viacom to Take Jon Stewart, MTV & SpongeBob Off The Air on Time Warner Cable Networks  —  What would happen to New York if The Daily Show went off the air?  Where would hipsters get their daily Moment of Zen?  No Spongebob Squarepants either - which means the Upper East side mommies would actually have to talk to their kids.
Ben Robinson / IntoMobile:
Spatial View Introduces New Wazabee 3DeeShell for Vivid Stereoscopic 3D Graphics on the iPhone  —  Spatial View, a leader in manufacturing products for creating 3D effects, introduces its latest product, Wazabee 3DeeShell, a special protective skin with an integrated removable lens …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
OQO To Debut Model 2+ With 1.86 Intel Atom, Touch At CES, Digital Experience  —  As an attendee of Digital Experience, I just got a list of vendors planning to present at Digital Experience emailed to me; and, what do I find but this little nugget of info listing OQO as a presenter …
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Mag:
Lenovo ThinkPad W700ds  —  Is a quad-core processor, built-in digitizer, and color-calibrator not enough innovation for you?  Lenovo also crams in a slide-out second display into this behemoth workstation.  —  Price as Reviewed: $5,100.00  —  Review Contents:
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Why Facebook Opted for Platform Growth Over Platform Monetization in 2008  —  When the Facebook Platform launched in May 2007, many speculated on Facebook's various opportunities for revenue generation on Platform.  However, while there has been much talk of Facebook's revenues throughout 2008 …
Discussion: Technosailor.com
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Consumers Union to Buy Gawker Blog Consumerist  —  Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, planned to announce on Wednesday that it had acquired Consumerist.com, a popular blog formerly owned by Gawker Media.  —  Consumerist is one of several sites Gawker has sold this year …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Gawker Media's Nick Denton Sells Another Blog and Puts Another One on the Block
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Rumor Watch: New Mac mini go for launch  —  When it comes to the Mac mini, there are people out there who know everything there is to know... and now, those savvy sources are telling TUAW that they are confident a new Mac mini is set to be announced at Macworld Expo 2009 next week.
Discussion: MacRumors and SlashGear
Darren Murph / Engadget:
EMTEC bringing 10-inch Gdium netbook to America for $400  —  While EMTEC clearly knows how to have a good time, it's getting back to business with the Gdium.  If you'll recall, we heard about this here netbook eons ago, but since then, we've been too overwhelmed by countless Eee models …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
HTC believes Cupcake will come to the T-Mobile G1  —  We've already seen it go down unofficially, but we've received word from HTC today that Android's coveted “Cupcake” branch of updates and fixes — or at least a majority of it — will likely be making it to the G1 in the future as a legitimate over-the-air push.
 
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Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Texting while driving: everything you need to know about the new law
Discussion: TechFlash and All Points Blog
David Barboza / New York Times:
Chinese Court Jails 11 in Microsoft Piracy Ring
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's first D.C. store facing repeated opposition
Discussion: Oatmeal Stout
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia's new plea for donations stirs skepticism
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Why is OpenOffice “profoundly sick”?
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 Earlier Items: 
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
Discussion: Unwired View and TECH.BLORGE.com
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Digital Campaign Allies Seek to Cash In
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Sequoia Layoff Scorecard
Brad Stone / Bits:
Adobe's Flash and Apple's Safari Fail a Privacy Test