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12:10 PM ET, January 3, 2009

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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.
Discussion: digg.com
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 …
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
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
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 …
Chris Walters / Consumerist:
Fisher-Price Kiddie Camera Comes With Fun And A Computer Virus  —  Jeff says his kid's new toy, a working camera from Fisher-Price, tried to give his computer a virus when he plugged it in! … Well you wouldn't take the leaded paint or the melamine, Jeff.  China has to export something...
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Tech Pundits Put Their 2009 Predictions On the Line  —  The beginning of any year seems to be the best time to make any predictions.  —  At first glance, it seems like there's no harm in putting out a little list among the glut of year-ends and year-to-come lists.
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.
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
An FAQ about those Android netbooks  —  Since our post yesterday about Google's Android platform running on netbooks, we've been asked a lot of questions.  Here are the most frequent questions, along with our answers.  —  Do you think Android could run on laptops or PCs?
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
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
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
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: I4U News, MacRumors, MacBlogz and Chuqui 3.0
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Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld: ‘Even the Small Talk Will be Big’, Update: White Covered Banners
Discussion: TUAW, Macworld Bound and Gizmodo
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Defends Its Turf, Sues Power.com
 
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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
 Earlier Items: 
John Cook / TechFlash:
EMC buys SourceLabs, operator of open source site Swik.net
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ballmer's CES Keynote Promises To Be A Snoozer (Non-Announcements Revealed!)
The Daily Beast:
The Year (Ahead) in Media
Discussion: broadstuff
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

 
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