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. Updated 12:00PM
Discussion: TechCrunch, Silicon Alley Insider, Tech Trader Daily, Engadget, eWeek, Technologizer, Digital Daily, Ed Bott's Windows Expertise, PC World, L.A. Times Tech Blog, CrunchGear, Guardian, Pulse2, jkOnTheRun, All about Microsoft, TheNextWeb.com, Consumerist, Microsoft Pri0, DailyTech, iLounge, Anything But iPod, GamePolitics News, Destructoid, Boy Genius Report, CyberNet, MAKE Magazine, TUAW, WebProNews, Appletell, MacDailyNews, Microsoft News Tracker and p2pnet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: The Zune Screen Of Death
Nathan Eddy / eWeek: Microsoft's Zune in Worldwide Meltdown
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Zunes of Death: Microsoft's Y2K9 Problem
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Zunesday [UPDATED] — Call it the Z2K9 bug.
Dan Moren / PC World: Zunes Spontaneously Dying All Over the Place
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Z2K? Reports pour in of frozen Zune media players*
Matt Burns / CrunchGear: 30GB Zunes all over the world fail en masse
Kevin Anderson / Guardian: Z2K? Reports of Microsoft 30GB Zunes failing
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Microsoft Zune 30 GB Go Haywire
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: 30 GB Zunes failing all over the place
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Users reporting 30 GB Zune failures
Mircea Goia / TheNextWeb.com: Zune users, you are fired as of today!
Chris Walters / Consumerist: Zunes Everywhere Froze At 2am This Morning
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0: Mass outage of 30 gig Zunes; Microsoft working on response
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech: Hundreds of 30GB Zune Players Fail Around the Country
Charles Starrett / iLounge: News: Mix: Silent Hill, Safari+, Zune lockup, Sena Cases
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report: 30GB Zunes dying en masse across the globe
Ashley / CyberNet: 30GB Zunes Freeze on Startup
Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine: The day the ZUNE stood still
Megan Lavey / TUAW: Date/time bugs throughout the years for Apple
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Microsoft's Latest Global Problem
Bill Stiteler / Appletell: Z2K9: Zunepocalypse — Seeing as how “Zune” and “Failure” …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
30GB Zune apocalypse arrives as devices enter digital coma (Updated 2x) — Around midnight Pacific time last night, 30GB Zunes began restarting and locking up at their boot screens. Reports have swamped official forums and fan sites, and Microsoft has yet to officially comment on the reason for this pre-New-Year's Zune apocalypse.
Discussion: The Register, Digital Noise, NEWSFACTOR, TechFlash, Crave, Electronista and Consumerist
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise: I woke up this morning and my Zune was gone
Todd Bishop / TechFlash: Zunes commit ‘mass suicide’
Stephen Shankland / Crave: Users report 30GB Zunes seizing up
Chris Walters / Consumerist: Every 30GB Zune In The World Froze At 2am This Morning
Paul Davidson / Official Zune Insider Blog and Podcast:
30 gb zune issue update — We were made aware of a widespread issue facing owners of Zune 30 devices this morning. We have a technical team working hard to isolate the issue right now and will update everyone as much as possible. Thanks for your patience while we get to the bottom of this.
9 to 5 Mac:
Macworld 2009 Announcemnt: iWork '09 goes Cloud — We just got a truckload of Macworld information dumped on us from our best source. As we piece it together we'll trickle it out. The first big piece of information is that iWork is going into the Cloud. Not just storage, either.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors, Mac Soda and MacBlogz
Slash Lane / AppleInsider: Apple's iWork suite rumored to go web-based
Mike Contaxis / Mac Soda: iWork, iLife '09, and More Are Coming at Macworld
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: AppleInsider, Gadget Lab, Engadget, CrunchGear, MacRumors and SlashGear
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider: More versatile Mac mini expected at Macworld
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab: Rumor: New Mac Minis Dressed in Sexy Aluminum
John Biggs / CrunchGear: Rumor: Mac Mini getting a makeover next week
Daniel Lim / SlashGear: Rumor : New Mac mini to Launch at Macworld 2009 ?
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Michael Dell Cans Execs He Handpicked To Save The Company (DELL) — After Dell founder Michael Dell came back as CEO in 2007, he hired former Solectron chief Michael Cannon as president of global operations and former Oracle exec Mark Jarvis as chief marketing officer.
Discussion: CNET News, Wall Street Journal, Computerworld, Electronista and BloggingStocks
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Dell regroups around four customer segments
Grant Gross / Computerworld: Dell reorganizes business sales units
Melly Alazraki / BloggingStocks: Stocks in the news: DELL, FNM, FRE, VIA, TWC, UBS, AAPL
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell shuffles management deck; Focuses on global units
Dell shuffles management deck; Focuses on global units
Discussion: Business Wire and The Register
Dell Globalizes Business Groups Around Major Customer Segments
Dell Globalizes Business Groups Around Major Customer Segments
Discussion: InformationWeek, EE Times, Wall Street Journal and Digital Daily
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek: Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
Rick Merritt / EE Times: Dell reorgs amid slumping profits
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Dude, You're Getting a Severance Package
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.
Discussion: Google Watch, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Watch, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim and WebProNews
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Rumor: Marissa Mayer, Google's 19th Employee, To Leave
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch: Marissa Mayer To Leave Google?
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Rumor: Mayer Leaving Google?
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
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Friedman, Billings Sees iPhone Nano in Q2 — While rumors of forthcoming Apple (AAPL) products for at Macworld next week have been relatively muted this month, Friedman, Billings, Ramsey analyst Craig Berger put out a note this morning stating that his “incremental checks into the Apple supply chain” …
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and TechCrunch
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider: New shuffle, cheaper iPhone and MacBooks seen in 2009
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Large Form iPod Touch To Launch in Fall '09
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:
Discussion: MediaMemo and Web Strategy
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: How to Comment on a Blog: The Air Force's Flowchart
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy: Diagram: How the Air Force Response to Blogs
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Turns Out You Can't Sue SexSearch.com If The Girl You Met Via It Is Underage — Another day, another case where someone tried to blame a website for the actions of its users. In this case, a guy used the website SexSearch (seriously) to find someone to have sex with (ah, the internet...).
Discussion: Technology & … and Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog: Doe v. SexSearch Affirmed by 6th Circuit, But Not on 230 Grounds
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: SexSearch Age Fraud Hoses Consenting Adult
Announcing Ghostery — Ghostery is a FireFox Add-on that analyzes the page you're on and shows you if it contains any web bugs. — Ghostery originally started out as GreaseMonkey script I created last year called Invisible Web. Turning it into a Firefox extension made it a bit …
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
John Leyden / The Register: Private firm may run UK spy über-database
Glyn Moody / open: The Super-Stupid Super-Snooping Database Idea
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 that 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
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Hulu Hangs On To Most Of Its Election Viewers (NWS)
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to All Crepe-Hangers: It Still Ain't Nobody's Business If Jobs Is or Isn't — Now, it's getting flat-out macabre. — That would be the continuing swirl of attention the health of Apple icon Steve Jobs has been getting. — Rumors of his impending demise have been popping …
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Silicon Alley Insider, 1938 Media, VentureBeat and Tech Check with Jim Goldman
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0: Picturing a 9-inch iPod tablet
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.
Discussion: The Register, New York Times, MediaMemo, DSLreports, Entertainment News & Buzz, Electronista, Techmamas and MediaFile
Bill Carter / New York Times: Fee Dispute Threatens Some Cable Shows
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Why the Web Matters in the Viacom/Time Warner Fight
John Lippman / Entertainment News & Buzz: Viacom threatens to yank programming off Time Warner Cable systems
Beth Blecherman / Techmamas: What - No Stewart or Colbert? Viacom Threatens To Yank Programming
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile: Viacom, Time Warner Cable help get people out of the house
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sony Vaio Pocket Netbook's Keyboard Looks Full Size, Has a Track Stick — This keyboard teaser shot for the Vaio Pocket, Sony's upcoming mystery netbook, shows two things. It has a full size keyboard (like the Vaio TZ) and a track stick for mousing. — As a reminder, the P has a 1600x768 resolution on an 8-inch screen.
Discussion: Maximum PC all, I4U News, Liliputing and CrunchGear
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC all: More Information on Sony's Netbook Trickles Out, One Cryptic Photo at a Time
Shane McGlaun / I4U News: Sony Teases P Series New Mobile a Bit
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear: Sony lets us look at the Vaio Pocket's keyboard
Richard Owen / Times of London:
Fury as Mafia godfathers idolised on Facebook — To the fury and dismay of relatives of Mafia victims, pages posted on the social networking site Facebook idolising notorious Cosa Nostra Godfathers have generated thousands of supporters in Italy. — The fan sites offer tributes not only to Salvatore …
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Bad news for workers is good news for LinkedIn — MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Where everyone else sees economic gloom and doom, Reid Hoffman sees opportunity. — As the freshly minted CEO of LinkedIn (and its founder), he is shepherding a moneymaking tech company in battered Silicon Valley.
Priced Android Applications Coming Within Weeks — I received an email from the Android Market earlier today containing some very pleasant and eagerly-awaited information. First, the Android Market will be expanding to many more countries in the coming weeks, with Germany, Austria …
Discussion: PC World and VentureBeat
Ian Paul / PC World: Android App Market Gets Down to Business
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Android Market paid apps are weeks away
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Texting while driving: everything you need to know about the new law — On New Year's Day, it will become illegal to text message while driving in California. You probably have a lot of questions about what precisely that means: Can you still use your BlackBerry to get directions while driving?
Discussion: TechFlash, AppScout and All Points Blog
Jamie Lendino / AppScout: California Texting-While-Driving Ban Effective Jan. 1
Adena Schutzberg / All Points Blog: Questions of the Week
Quanta to manufacture Apple netbooks in 2009 - report — Apple is in talks with one of its Taiwanese system manufacturers to begin manufacturing netbooks sometime next year, according to a recent report out of the Far East. — An article published by the Taiwanese Government Information Office …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop: Apple Netbooks: The rumor that will not die
UK housewives rule in online time — A survey of more than 27,000 web users in 16 countries has shown that the Chinese spend the largest fraction of their leisure time online. — However, UK housewives spend even more than China's average - 47%. — Germans are the most likely to meet someone …
Matthew Hopson / Neowin.net: UK housewives and China top internet use survey