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.
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: Computerworld Blogs, CNET News, MacRumors, TUAW, Engadget, World of Apple and 9 to 5 Mac
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs: Apple to pioneer use of Silver-Zinc battery technology?
Steven Musil / CNET News: Rumor: Unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro in the works
Dave Caolo / TUAW: Rumor: Unibody 17 inch MacBook Pro
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro to go Unibody, sans removable battery …
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.
Discussion: CNET News, Tech-Ex, p2pnet, Between the Lines and Recording Industry vs …
Steven Musil / CNET News: RIAA dumps evidence-gathering firm
Technology Expert / Tech-Ex: RIAA Drops Investigative Firm Used in File-Sharing Cases
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: RIAA dumps its primary evidence collector
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.
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: Beet.TV and Beyond Search
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: Google's Marissa Mayer on the Future of Google
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Marissa Mayer: The Face of Google 2009
Overnight success takes a long time — For some reason, this weekend has seen a lot of talk about what FriendFeed is/isn't/should be doing (see Louis Gray and others). One person even predicted that we will fail. — I considered writing my own list of complaints about FriendFeed.
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: Skype Journal, TECH.BLORGE.com, Boing Boing Gadgets, open and Slashdot
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal: Would you trust Skype with your vote?
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets: British police may remotely hack into personal computers and e-mail without warrant
Glyn Moody / open: Another Reason to Run GNU/Linux...
Kdawson / Slashdot: UK Police To Step Up Hacking of Home PCs
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.
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 …
Jack Schofield / Guardian: Twitter and Facebook hit by phishing attacks
David Meerman Scott / Web Ink Now: Attention Twitter: You should be communicating better during …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net: Twitter Warns Users About Phishing Scam
Jeff Chandler / Performancing.com: Phishing Technique Hits Twitter
Mark Evans / Twitterrati: Phishing Slamming into Twitter
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally: Twitter Scam Proves Early Adopters Don't Know Everything
Paul Chaney / Conversational Media Marketing: Twitter phishing scheme
Mark Bockenstedt / Microblink: Phishing Scam Strikes in Twitter Direct Messages
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Investment fears in venture capital shake-out — The US venture capital industry, which has become an important source of capital for technology start-ups around the world, is facing a severe shake-out that will lead to a contraction in future investments, according to some of Silicon Valley's leading financiers.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Exclusive First Look: BeeJiveIM 2.0 for iPhone — If you're a regular IM user with an iPhone, chances are you've heard of BeeJiveIM. Long established as a top choice IM app for BlackBerry, the iPhone release rocketed up to the #2 best selling application in the iTunes Social Networking category for 2008 …
John Biggs / CrunchGear: (PRODUCT) Red iPhone is fake
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: paidContent.org and broadstuff
Patrick Smith / paidContent.org: Online Or Bust: Why 2009 May Be The Nail In The Coffin For Many UK Newspapers
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: PRINT MEDIA IN 2009 - SH*T *AND* BUST?
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” …
Discussion: Computerworld, InformationWeek, Technologizer and CrunchGear
Dave Methvin / InformationWeek: What Are The Damages From Vista-Capable PCs?