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1:50 PM ET, January 4, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Top 10 Macworld rumors for 2009
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.
Discussion: Beyond Search
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 …
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and ThreatChaos
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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
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
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
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” …
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.
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.
Alexa Davis / ABCNEWS:
Friended by Mom and Dad on Facebook  —  Students Worry About Parental Snooping, Devise Ways to Protect Privacy  —  The Facebook group entitled “For the love of god — don't let parents join Facebook” has 5,819 high school and college-aged members who want to stop the growing number of parents …
Discussion: Profy, TechSpot and digg.com
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
14% of SSL certificates on the Internet potentially unsafe  —  Chicago (IL) - Netcraft provided more details on a critical digital certificate vulnerability revealed last week.  Although Microsoft downplayed the problem by stating that the successful exploit was not published …
Discussion: digg.com
 
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