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9:15 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 …
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.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Facebook Breastfeeding Debate Continues
Discussion: Bits
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Defends Its Turf, Sues Power.com
Discussion: broadstuff
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
Discussion: TUAW and Macworld Bound
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Alternative to the iPhone Pro  —  Knowing that it is very hard that Apple would ever release an iPhone Pro with physical keyboard, Mat Brady from planetmat has sent me another image of a potential accessory.  It looks great.  —  Mat says that he created the accessory answering readers' feedback on sliding keyboards.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and techeblog.com
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 …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
The year in IPv4 addresses: almost 200 million served  —  One of the first things I do every year on the first of January is have a look at what happened with the IP address stockpile during the previous year.  We started 2008 with 1,122.85 million unused addresses left and we ended it with 925.58 million.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Spotify, An Alternative to Music Piracy  —  Spotify is a music service that gives users access to a huge library of music, through a lightweight application that looks like a mashup of the best parts of iTunes and Last.fm.  Music is streamed, partly supported by P2P technology, but it plays instantly, like we've never seen before.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Secret Origins of Clippy: Microsoft's Bizarre Animated Character Patents  —  Of all the peculiar ideas that Microsoft has pursued over its almost 34 years in business, I can't think of many that are more inexplicable than its long-standing interest in using animated characters to provide help …
Discussion: Slashdot
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
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Will economy dent Amazon's hiring spree?  —  Will Amazon.com prove immune to the layoffs gripping the rest of the tech industry?  A lot of the speculation at the moment is focused on the Seattle area's other tech giant, Microsoft, which is rumored to be planning layoffs this month …
Andy Merrett / The Blog Herald:
JournalSpace blogging platform dies: why you must keep your own backups  —  It may not have been the largest free blogging platform available, but for anyone who used JournalSpace for their blog the events of the last week were catastrophically significant.  —  Three days ago, JournalSpace lost all of its data.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Associated Content
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.
 
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comScore:
Despite Weak Season, Online Spending Trends Outperform Brick …
Discussion: Tech-Ex and Voices
Jon / p2pnet:
Has the RIAA terminated MediaSentry?
Marshall Krantz / CFO.com:
An Open Secret  —  Open-source software is quietly gaining ground …
Discussion: The Open Road
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iPhone, MySpace, Facebook Race To Micropayments In 2009
John Cook / TechFlash:
EMC buys SourceLabs, operator of open source site Swik.net
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Open Road
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
UK tech start-ups call for more support
Discussion: broadstuff
The Daily Beast:
The Year (Ahead) in Media
Discussion: broadstuff
BBC:
Guyana leader wants to know who put him on Facebook
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Eric Ries / Mashable!:
HOW TO: Raise Money in a Down Economy
Discussion: Lessons Learned
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Make “Add-ons” for Google Chrome Using Bookmarklets
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Matt Cutts
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Orange considers BlackBerry Bold future
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
VentureSource: Worst venture liquidity in five years
Discussion: VatorNews, HipMojo.com and EarlyStageVC
 

 
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: WBD is no longer pursuing a merger with Paramount, Skydance is doing due diligence, and Comcast is exploring commercial partnerships with Paramount

Sara Fischer / Axios:
The FT launches a venture arm to invest in media and tech startups, starting with $1M for Charter, a media and insights company focused on the workplace

Etan Vlessing / The Hollywood Reporter:
Imax reports Q4 revenue of $86M, vs. $89.59M est., down 12% from Q4 2022, when Imax experienced a rapid reopening of cinemas in China, and net income of $2.5M

 
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