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10:05 PM ET, January 1, 2009

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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TWPLY - From Alleged Spammer to Sold on Sitepoint in Less Than 24 Hours  —  Earlier today, ultra Twitter master Robert Scoble called Twply a spammer.  Twply basically takes any “@” reply messages on Twitter and sends them to your email.  It's hard for me to call Twply a spammer …
Discussion: Black Web 2.0 and Scobleizer
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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 …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
If you love Windows XP, you'll hate Windows 7  —  My colleague Jason Perlow has been playing with Windows 7, and he hates it.  The sad thing is, all the things he hates are improvements, in my opinion, which just goes to show that you really can't please everyone.
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, TUAW, BlogsDNA and Tech-Ex
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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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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% …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Rumor: Apple's iMovie to receive significant (Cloud) update at Macworld  —  I've heard from reliable sources that Apple will offer a significant update to iMovie at next week's Macworld.  It will largely focus on Internet video in the Cloud for the YouTube generation.
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
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Company Offers Lifetime Anonymous BitTorrent For $50.00  —  During the last year there has been a surge in businesses offering VPN (Virtual Private Network) services to those who prefer to operate with a degree of anonymity on the Internet.  A VPN service assigns your PC with a different IP address …
Discussion: digg.com
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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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Will This Bold Shakeup Save Dell?
Discussion: Technologizer
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Replaces Merrill in S&P 100; Flir Added to SPX
Nat Worden / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner, Viacom Reach Deal
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Gopal Ratnam / Bloomberg:
Lockheed, Boeing Tap $11 Billion Cybersecurity Market
Discussion: Threat Level
Stephen H. Wildstrom / Business Week:
Hollywood's Digital Dawdling
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Beet.TV
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Microsoft: Chinese software pirates get prison sentences
Digital Transactions:
Bill Me Later Not Likely to Suffer from Its Ouster from Amazon
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Matt Akers / forums.zune.net:
Official response for Zune 30 Freezing Issue (Zune 30gb stuck at reboot screen)