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1:00 PM ET, January 4, 2009

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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro to go Unibody, sans removable battery (Silver-Zinc replacement?)  —  Our folks in Asia are at it again with some pretty startling news.  The 17-inch MacBook Pro is going Unibody, like the 13-inch and 15-inch models.  That, in itself isn't really that big of a deal; it was widely expected.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Top 10 Macworld rumors for 2009  —  Apple's (AAPL) last Macworld Conference and Expo opens Monday at San Francisco's Moscone Center, but the real action starts Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT (12 noon ET) with senior vice president Phil Schiller's opening remarks — the first Macworld keynote not delivered by Steve Jobs since 1997.
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Gone Phishing  —  Wikipedia defines phishing as “the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”  Tonight, we identified …
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TechRadar.com:
Marissa Mayer on the future of Google  —  Interview: “It's really important to move beyond just keywords”  —  Pretty much every product that Google works on has to go through gatekeeper Marissa Mayer, who decides whether it's ready to be released or needs more work.
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Our 12 (Or So) Favorite Techy Cartoons of 2008  —  If it seems like technology and cartoon humor don't fit as well together as crusty old millionaires and big-boob gold-diggers, it's probably true.  —  The principles that drive tech innovation are based on a certain amount of hopeful enthusiasm that is hard to make fun of sometimes.
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg.com
David Leppard / Times of London:
Police set to step up hacking of home PCs  —  THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people's personal computers without a warrant.  —  The move, which follows a decision by the European Union's council of ministers in Brussels …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
Eric Benderoff / Chicago Tribune:
WiMax edges closer to city  —  Network to deliver fast, wireless Internet may arrive later in year  —  The future of the Internet was supposed to arrive in Chicago by the end of 2008.  Instead, WiMax landed in Baltimore and is heading to Portland.  —  So when will the powerful, high-speed wireless network arrive here?
Discussion: DSLreports and digg.com
PC World:
Samsung to Unveil 7mm Thick TV at CES (PC World)  — Samsung Electronics plans to unveil a flat-panel TV that's as thin as just 6.5-millimeters at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it said Sunday.  —  The TV set, few details of which were immediately available …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
New York Times:
The End of the Financial World as We Know It  —  AMERICANS enter the New Year in a strange new role: financial lunatics.  We've been viewed by the wider world with mistrust and suspicion on other matters, but on the subject of money even our harshest critics have been inclined to believe that we knew what we were doing.
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Claim: Microsoft earned $1.5B from “Vista Capable” PCs  —  An expert estimates Microsoft earned more than $1.5 billion through the sale of PCs labeled as “Vista Capable,” according to a court document.  —  Microsoft allowed PC makers to label some XP-running PCs as “Vista Capable” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Power Twitter: Inline Media, Integrated Search And A Lot More  —  Version 1.0 of Power Twitter, an add-on for Firefox created by Narendra Rocherolle at 83 Degrees, was just released.  If you use Twitter and were excited about services like Tweetree, this is something you'll want to add immediately.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hustler Hires Media Protector to Chase Online Porn Pirates  —  Hustler Europe is getting on the “turn piracy into profit” bandwagon.  It has recently hired anti-piracy tracking company Media Protector to start tracking down those who share Hustler videos online.
Discussion: digg.com
 
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Michael Laris / Washington Post:
O Brave New World That Has Such Avatars in It!
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
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Discussion: Tech Daily Dose, Gawker and Neowin.net
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For the Blind, Technology Does What a Guide Dog Can't
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How To Try Spotify Immediately, No Matter Where You Live
Discussion: DSLreports, CNET News and TorrentFreak
Fred / A VC:
Putting The Band Back Together