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4:10 AM ET, January 3, 2009

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Chippy / UMPCPortal:
New Sony UMPC info includes specs and a sub $1000 price.  —  Our podcast partner, Sascha, from EeePCNews.de (which has just relaunched as netbooknews.de) reports that he's secured some new info on the Sony UMPC. … The Sony Vaio P will run on an Atom Z250 (1.33 as we've tested on the WiBrain i1 …
AppleInsider:
Macworld site rife with concealed banners (photos)  —  Despite lessened expectations for next week's Macworld Expo, the Moscone Center venue for the trade show already sports roughly a dozen sprawling, cloth-concealed banners that hint at several product announcements.
Discussion: MacBlogz, MacRumors and Chuqui 3.0
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Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld: ‘Even the Small Talk Will be Big’, Update: White Covered Banners  —  SetteB.IT has posted two sets (one and two) of photos from the preparations for Macworld Expo 2009.  —  While the banners are not particularly revealing, Apple's booth area is shrouded in black cloth as is typical prior to the event.
Discussion: TUAW and Macworld Bound
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Facebook Is No Friend of Power.com  —  Power.com is a start-up based in Brazil that aims to be the portal through which people access all of their favorite social networking sites.  Facebook would prefer that its members access it directly, thank you very much.
dailymobile.se:
Pictures: Sony Ericsson C510 ( Kate )  —  Here are some high quality pictures on the Sony Ericsson C510 aka Kate, the successor of the Sony Ericsson K770.  The phone will be shipped in feb 2009.  —  Specifications:  — 3.2 MP AF camera and LED  — Face detection  — Smile shutter
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ballmer's CES Keynote Promises To Be A Snoozer (Non-Announcements Revealed!)  —  The annual Consumer Electronics Show is going to be so boring this year that even Bill Gates is not showing up.  He gave his farewell keynote (and his 13th) last year.  This year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will try to rouse the crowd.
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Reinventing conservatism, one tweet at a time  —  Since the humbling results of the November election came in, the conservative movement has been scrambling to assess what happened—and to figure out how to prevent it from happening again.  Much of this effort, in light of the Obama campaign's …
The Daily Beast:
The Year (Ahead) in Media  —  My New Mantra for 2009 by Tina Brown  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Journalists will moonlight as bloggers.  Bloggers will moonlight as investigative reporters.  And other predictions you can bank on for 2009 — if we still have banks.
Discussion: broadstuff
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Facebook Breastfeeding Debate Continues  —  Earlier this week we posted about Facebook's ban on breast feeding.  The debate has gained a lot of coverage in the media.  So much that the CBS early morning show recorded the following segment on the topic.
Discussion: Bits and broadstuff
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone, MySpace, Facebook Race To Micropayments In 2009  —  Application platforms, broadly defined, are here to stay.  Facebook's platform, first launched in 2007, now has tens of thousands of applications.  MySpace, which mostly relies on Google's OpenSocial platform, has 4,500 apps available to users …
John Cook / TechFlash:
EMC buys SourceLabs, operator of open source site Swik.net  —  SourceLabs, an open source software support startup based in Seattle, has been sold to storage giant EMC for an undisclosed price, according to a source familiar with the deal.  —  The evidence suggests it is true …
Discussion: The Open Road
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Traffic Reaches Peak - Christmas Eve  —  On Christmas Day 2007 Facebook reached a peak in traffic that wasn't surpassed until July 2008.  Traffic reached a new high on Christmas Eve 2008 when Facebook saw its highest ever traffic level - reaching 2.18% of all US Internet visits compared with 1.42% average for November.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Jobs Isn't Sick, Says Argus Research  —  Pretty much nobody is picking up the phone at equity research firm Argus Research this morning, so take this as unverified: the firm's analyst on Apple (AAPL), Wendy Abramowitz, this morning lowered her price target on Apple to $145 from $155 …
Discussion: Macsimum News and Voices
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Macworld: Hoping for a Steve Jobs surprise
Jon / p2pnet:
Has the RIAA terminated MediaSentry?  —  p2pnet news view |  RIAA News:- MediaSentry and Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG's RIAA may soon be going their separate ways, p2pnet understands from confidential sources.  —  We're told another online scalp-hunter, BayTSP …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
$6.2 Million: Wikipedia Reaches Fundraising Goal for 2008  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the immensely popular Wikipedia online encyclopedia, just announced that it has reached its fundraising goal for 2008, which will allow the foundation to cover …
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Orange considers BlackBerry Bold future  —  The BlackBerry Bold handset may be removed from Orange line-up.  —  Mobile phone operator Orange is believed to be considering the removal of the BlackBerry Bold smartphone from its range of handsets because of ongoing technical problems.
Marshall Krantz / CFO.com:
An Open Secret  —  Open-source software is quietly gaining ground well beyond the data center.  —  Last November, Openbravo, an open-source software (OSS) company in business for less than three years, celebrated the one-millionth combined download of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) and point-of-sale applications.
Discussion: The Open Road
Will Park / IntoMobile:
What premium apps in the Android Market means for Android users  —  Everyone loves free mobile applications.  Just look at the iPhone App Store's volume of free-app downloads and you'll start to understand.  Interestingly, it's actually the premium applications that drive development of free apps.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Make “Add-ons” for Google Chrome Using Bookmarklets  —  Even though Google took their web browser Google Chrome out of beta last month, we can't help but feel like Chrome is still only half way to being a compete product at this point.  Without RSS support, the ability to use add-ons …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Matt Cutts
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
VentureSource: Worst venture liquidity in five years  —  Now that 2008 is over, we can officially declare it the worst year for U.S. venture liquidity since 2003 (when the industry was still feeling the effects of the bursting tech bubble).  This year, venture-backed companies generated $24 …
Discussion: VatorNews, HipMojo.com and EarlyStageVC
 
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
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