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5:55 PM ET, January 1, 2009

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Firing 15,000 People On Jan 15?  Unlikely (MSFT)  —  Microsoft (MSFT) is preparing to whack 15,000 people in two weeks, says Fudzilla, 17% of its global work force.  A cut of this magnitude seems highly unlikely, although the targeted areas do make sense.
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Is Microsoft Planning Its First-Ever Layoffs?
Discussion: Technologizer
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
How to unlock your 3G iPhone  —  YellowSn0w is out and it's ready to rock.  Here's how to become SIM-independent.  —  NB: Install the latest 2.2 firmware before beginning this process.  —  1. First, download quickpwn and jailbreak your phone.  —  Pick your device.  We want the iP3G, obviously.
Discussion: Gizmodo, yellowsn0w, TUAW, BlogsDNA and Tech-Ex
Seth Weintraub / PC World:
Apple to Give iMovie Big Update: Rumor  —  According to rumors Apple will announce at Macworld that its video editing software iMovie will receive a big update.  —  Recommends  —  I've heard from reliable sources that Apple will offer a significant update to iMovie at next week's Macworld.
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and Appletell
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Internet share registered strong gains in Dec.  —  Apple's (AAPL) presence on the Web expanded to record levels in December, according to preliminary data released early New Year's day by Net Applications.  —  Mac OS X's percentage of Web hits reached a record 9.63% …
Louis Gray:
10 Predictions for 2009 In the World of Tech  —  Following on to last year's 10 Predictions for 2008 In the World of Tech and the recent results: My 2008 Tech Predictions Look Bad As Year Nears a Close.  —  1) The Real-Time Web Will Become Critical for News and Information Discovery
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter spam, effective or idiotic?  —  This morning the replies kept crossing my screen.  They look like this: … Aaarrrrrggggghhhhh.  —  To me this marks this company forever that it's a spammer.  I will never try this tool just because of this.  It is why I am increasingly finding …
Stephen H. Wildstrom / Business Week:
Hollywood's Digital Dawdling  —  Many great old films are unavailable on DVD or online thanks to movie studios' 20th century thinking  —  On Feb. 3, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SNE) is going to make an honest man of me.  Finally I will be able to buy a legal DVD of one of my favorite movies, Carol Reed's 1959 Our Man in Havana.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Beet.TV
David / TmoNews:
Moto renew shows itself, T-mobile going green  —  One last post of 2008!  —  The leaked list showcasing T-mobile's lineup for the beginning of the year had a Motorola “Renew” device listed and none of us were quite sure what it is.  Fortunately details are leaking out on just what new product Motorola …
Matt Akers / forums.zune.net:
Official response for Zune 30 Freezing Issue (Zune 30gb stuck at reboot screen)  —  Early this morning we were alerted by our customers that there was a widespread issue affecting our 2006 model Zune 30GB devices (a large number of which are still actively being used).
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Will This Bold Shakeup Save Dell?  —  The computer maker is struggling, but CEO Michael Dell's latest cost cuts, layoffs, and reorganizations may be steps in the right direction  —  Nearly two years since retaking the helm of his company, Michael Dell has just taken his toughest steps yet aimed at righting the ship.
Discussion: Technologizer
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner, Viacom Reach Deal  —  NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable Inc. Thursday said it reached an agreement with Viacom Inc. on carriage fees shortly after midnight, averting the prospect of having its subscribers deprived of popular networks such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
VoIP is NOT Dead!  —  Today is December 31, 2008 and I find it real interesting some of my friends have declared 2008 as the year that VoIP died.  —  On the eve of 2009 the promise of VoIP is alive and well and living in the hearts of many people who believe in the future of innovation in communications.
 
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Replaces Merrill in S&P 100; Flir Added to SPX
Gopal Ratnam / Bloomberg:
Lockheed, Boeing Tap $11 Billion Cybersecurity Market
Discussion: Threat Level
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Microsoft: Chinese software pirates get prison sentences
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Top Social Media Sites of 2008 (Facebook Still Rising)
 Earlier Items: 
Digital Transactions:
Bill Me Later Not Likely to Suffer from Its Ouster from Amazon
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Evite fails on the year's biggest party night
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Audiolizer Puts Your iTunes Library In The Cloud, But Lala Does It Better