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7:40 PM ET, January 4, 2009

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: 17-inch MacBook Pro, NVIDIA Mac mini due shortly  —  Apple as early as Tuesday will introduce a 17-inch MacBook Pro with a fixed internal battery and a new version of the Mac mini, both of which will feature chipsets from NVIDIA, AppleInsider has been able to independently confirm.
Discussion: CNET News, MacRumors and MacBlogz
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro to go Unibody, sans removable battery …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2009  —  In each of the past five years I've written a predictions post - usually at year's end or by the first of January.  This one is late, and I'll admit it's because I found it hard to write.  The world is showing itself to be predictable in only one way: bad news begets bad news.
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Trojan Blocks The Pirate Bay and Mininova  —  The trojan in question (Troj/Qhost-AC) identified by anti-virus company Sophos, is a rather unusual one.  It doesn't seem to install spyware or traditional malware, but instead blocks access to the two most popular BitTorrent sites.
Discussion: digg.com
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Gone Phishing  —  If you receive a direct message or a direct message email notification that redirects to what looks like Twitter.com—don't sign in.  Look closely at the URL because it could be a scam.  —  What Is Phishing?  —  Wikipedia defines phishing as “the criminally fraudulent process …
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
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” …
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
RIAA Drops MediaSentry  —  In another sign of the music industry's recently announced retreat from a five-year-old antipiracy strategy, the Recording Industry Association of America has dumped the company it used to help it gather evidence for mass lawsuits it filed against people it claimed were illegally uploading copyrighted music.
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Online Or Bust: Why 2009 May Be The Nail In Newspapers' Coffins  —  Optimistic newspaper proprietors like Sly Bailey and Tim Bowdler blame the business' current malaise (we've covered over 1,000 newspaper job losses since October alone) on an advertising downturn that's merely “cyclical”.
Discussion: broadstuff
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Twitter reveals mundane lifestyles of celebrities  —  Stars using Twitter to post minute-to-minute updates for fans have given an inadvertent insight into their surprisingly mundane lives.  —  The micro-blogging website offers users the chance to post regular short updates from their computers or mobile phones.
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, Jezebel, TechSpot and digg.com
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?
 
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palm needs Nova to shine
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Bright New Phone Displays That Don't Guzzle Power
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
David Smith / Guardian:
Mobiles give Africa's farmers the chance to set out their stall
Michael Alison Chandler / Washington Post:
More and More, Schools Got Game
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Verbatim Unveils Quad-Interface Desktop Hard Drives
Discussion: Engadget and Hardware 2.0
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Web Site Points the Way to Where Drinks Are on the House
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hustler Hires Media Protector to Chase Online Porn Pirates
Discussion: Neowin.net, XBIZ and digg.com
PC World:
Samsung to Unveil 7mm Thick TV at CES (PC World)
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boy Genius Report
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Our 12 (Or So) Favorite Techy Cartoons of 2008
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Power Twitter: Inline Media, Integrated Search And A Lot More
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