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4:10 AM ET, January 5, 2009

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Exclusive: New Palm phone to have slide-down keyboard, large touchscreen  —  We have information from a trusted source that the latest Palm smartphone running the Nova operating system will be launched Thursday.  The new phone will have a full QWERTY keyboard that will slide down under a portrait-oriented touchscreen.
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palm needs Nova to shine
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2009 Rumor Roundup  —  With Macworld San Francisco 2009 (MWSF) beginning next week, MacRumors provides this Rumor Roundup as a summary of major rumors circulating around the Mac Web before the event.  —  The biggest news about Macworld came early when Apple announced …
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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.
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
Apple has plans for iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro in 2009 … Another win for NVIDIA with Apple  —  Previous Success  —  2008 was quite a year for Apple, to say the least.  They released a completely new line of iPods, the iPhone 3G launched to just as much fanfare as the original and a refreshed line …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Gizmodo and MacBlogz
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Timeline Experiment Seen In Main Search Results  —  Google's “timeline view,” which was previously only available as an opt-in experiment in Google Labs, is now being seen on some queries in the main Google.com search results.  —  Todd Mintz tipped us to the query ["book of revelation" …
Discussion: Googling Google
Steven Musil / CNET News:
RIAA dumps evidence-gathering firm  —  The Recording Industry Association of America has dumped the company charged with gathering evidence for use against people accused of illegally sharing copyrighted music, according to a report Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Soonr nails the desktop to cloud to iPhone connection for documents  —  In today's world, rarely do we get the opportunity to be sequestered somewhere for a long period of time to work on a project.  The rise of laptops and now mobile phones means that business can be done from various places at various times.
Discussion: Macworld and CNET News
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Lenovo debuts three new Y Series midrange laptops  —  Lenovo has just dropped the dime on its new IdeaPad Y Series notebooks, including the 14-inch Y450, the 15.6-inch Y550 and the 16-inch Y650.  All of these guys feature 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen displays, up to 500GB storage …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Google Hopes to Open a Trove of Little-Seen Books  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Ben Zimmer, executive producer of a Web site and software package called the Visual Thesaurus, was seeking the earliest use of the phrase “you're not the boss of me.”  Using a newspaper database, he had found a reference from 1953.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Streaming To Be Built Into TVs (NFLX)  —  More options on the way for watching Netflix (NFLX) streaming movies in your living room: Beginning this spring, Korean electronics giant LG will build Netflix streaming directly into some of its plasma and LCD HDTVs, the companies will announce today.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Lenovo IdeaCentre 600: Thinnest (Hottest?)  All-in-One PC on the Block  —  Lenovo's IdeaCentre 600 is a pretty splashy debut: Its first ever all-in-one is a simple curved slab that's supposedly the thinnest all-in-one in the industry.  —  Beyond the form factor—which borrows liberally …
Discussion: PC World, jkOnTheRun and DisplayBlog
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.
Discussion: digg.com
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: All a-Twitter About Stars Who Tweet
Discussion: Spark Minute
New York Times:
Blu-ray's Fuzzy Future  —  The biggest news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January was not the birth of a new product but the death of one.  —  A decision by Warner Brothers to withdraw support for the HD DVD video disc format sent shock waves through the electronics industry …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Freescale chip aims at 1GHz, $199 Netbook  —  Freescale Semiconductor is expected to launch new silicon for Netbooks—devices that it believes will come in below $200—at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.  —  The ARM chip architecture-based i.MX51 processor is designed to enable …
Discussion: UMPCPortal
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds now really official: starts at $3,663  —  It's sort of tough to say that Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds is not yet official, but if you've been scouring the intarwebz for a legitimate press release from the outfit, here's your sign.  The dual screen beast is at long …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Electronista
Paul Buchheit:
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.
 
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David Smith / Guardian:
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D.C.'s Kinetic Tech Czar
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Marcus Courtney, the guy who tried to unionize Microsoft
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Investment fears in venture capital shake-out
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Exclusive First Look: BeeJiveIM 2.0 for iPhone
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Trojan Blocks The Pirate Bay and Mininova
Discussion: digg.com
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2009  —  In each of the past five years I've written …
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Bright New Phone Displays That Don't Guzzle Power
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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David Smith / Guardian:
Mobiles give Africa's farmers the chance to set out their stall
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Verbatim Unveils Quad-Interface Desktop Hard Drives
Discussion: Engadget and Hardware 2.0
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Online Or Bust: Why 2009 May Be The Nail In Newspapers' Coffins
Discussion: paidContent.org and broadstuff
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Web Site Points the Way to Where Drinks Are on the House
Discussion: Lifehacker
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
14% of SSL certificates on the Internet potentially unsafe
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg.com
Alexa Davis / ABCNEWS:
Friended by Mom and Dad on Facebook
Discussion: Profy and digg.com
TechRadar.com:
Marissa Mayer on the future of Google
Discussion: Beet.TV and Beyond Search