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8:00 AM ET, January 2, 2009

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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google's iPhone app has a hidden menu  —  In November, Google launched voice search capabilities for its native iPhone application.  It took a fairly pointless app and made it cool, interesting and useful.  But alongside that update Google added a hidden menu, which it revealed today on the Google Mobile Blog.
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Nicholas Jitkoff / Google Mobile Blog:
Ring in the New Year with Bells and Whistles  —  Happy New Year!  —  One evening in Zurich, after a late night cake run, we decided that our iPhone app, Google Mobile App with Voice Search, could do with a little bling.  The result of this is a few extra options hidden below the preferences on the Settings tab.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Much Cleaner Way To Get Those Twitter Messages To Your Email  —  Forget Twply, the day old and already despised service that forwards Twitter messages directly to your email inbox.  There's a new service which will do the same thing that doesn't require you to give up your Twitter credentials - TwitApps Replies.
Fred Oliveira / Helloform:
On Twply and giving out your Twitter password (updated)
Discussion: Scobleizer and SarahLacy.com
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Do you remember 2008?  Techmeme (still) does, with a chronological top 50 list  —  If you're like me, you're not happy at all about 2009.  As of this evening, no signs of economic recovery have yet emerged, and it feels like people haven't even gone back to work.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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.
VentureBeat:
Android netbooks on their way, likely by 2010  —  The image above shows a netbook Asus EEEPC 1000H running on Google's mobile operating system Android.  Huh?  You thought Android was for mobile phones, right?  Well, as we've written before, Google is planning to use Android for any device — not just the mobile phones.
Discussion: SlashGear
Laura Brunow Miner / JPG Magazine:
JPG Magazine Says Goodbye  —  Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.  —  We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line.  We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents …
Discussion: Technologizer
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Brad Stone / Bits:
8020 Media to Shut Down  —  In a fresh sign of the economic …
Discussion: AppScout
Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
Mysterious pink iPhone 3G hits eBay, cue onslaught of rumors  —  Say wha'?!  An iPhone in a hue other than black, white, or silver?  While a red model has been rumored since before the 3G even launched, we've never thought about a pink one — let alone one hitting eBay.
The Internet Economy:
Steve Jobs' greatest Macworld video hits, 1998-2008  —  The news that Steve Jobs will no longer give the keynote speech at Macworld disappointed everyone from casual consumers of Apple gadgets to die-hard Mac fanatics.  His annual appearances weren't merely corporate product demonstrations …
Discussion: Guardian and Slashdot
Todd Haselton / LAPTOP Mag:
Exclusive Hands-On with Voodoo's Firefly Concept Gaming Laptop  —  Lots of neat and ground-breaking laptops will be on display this coming week at CES, and Voodoo may just lead the pack.  —  The world has never seen the HP branded Voodoo Firefly prototype, dubbed the “HP Firefly with Voodoo DNA …
Discussion: Engadget and Rahul Sood's Weblog
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
How Text Messages May Save Languages  —  Can a language stay relevant if it isn't used to send text messages on a cellphone?  —  Language advocates worry that the answer is no, and they are pushing to make more written languages available on cellphones.  —  Texting is the cheapest …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Unlocking the iPhone 3G - or maybe not  —  Gadget blogs on New Year's Day were aflutter with word that an application called Yellowsn0w was available for those who want to unlock the iPhone 3G.  —  CrunchGear, for one, posted a graphically enhanced, QuickPwn-focused spin on jailbreaking …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and TUAW
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
How to unlock your 3G iPhone
Discussion: Tech-Ex, iPhone Buzz and yellowsn0w
 
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Music sales for 2008 ride digital coattails
Discussion: Business Wire
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
First Silly iPhone App of the Year is Actually Amazingly Cool
Discussion: Edible Apple and techeblog.com
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple files for patent on winter-friendly iPhone gloves
Discussion: Tech-Ex and GPS Obsessed
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Company Offers Lifetime Anonymous BitTorrent For $50.00
Seth Weintraub / PC World:
Apple to Give iMovie Big Update: Rumor
Discussion: MacBlogz, MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac