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10:45 AM 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  —  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.
Discussion: MacBlogz
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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.
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: 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 …
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Don't Share Your Secret Info!  —  If you receive an email notice saying you've received a Direct Message with a link that redirects to what seems like Twitter.com, be careful about entering your Twitter credentials.  Instead, look closely at the URL to see if it's not really Twitter …
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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.
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: digg.com
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Its official Match.com Abandons Paid Dating...  Match.com has launched a free dating service.  They picked a damn good domain name and the site looks really good.  —  http://downtoearth.com  —  Downtoearth is headed up by Jacob Solotaroff, the former Director of Product Management and Member Integrity at Match.com.
Timothy R. Butler / OFB.biz:
Fewer Bars in More Places: AT&T Network Upgrades Degrade Service for 2G Phones  —  In an act affecting owners of 2G cell phones on AT&T Mobility's network, including the highly visible, and originally highly expensive first generation iPhone, Open for Business has learned that AT&T …
mediacentre.o2.co.uk:
O2 breaks new records for text messaging  —  O2 Bluebook comes into its own  —  O2 today announced a record 166 million messages were sent over its network in a 24-hour period ending at 7.30 am on New Year's Day 2009.  An average of 1,900 messages were sent every second.
David Murphy / PC World:
The iPhone 3G Unlock Chart: Will Your Carrier Work?  —  Online forums have been filling up with the cries of iPhone 3G users worldwide.  You can thank The Dev Team for that.  The group's latest iPhone hackery came in the form of an beta unlock tool for 3G devices two days ago.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
 
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Michael Laris / Washington Post:
O Brave New World That Has Such Avatars in It!
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Wikimedia Foundation: Jimmy Wales ‘absolutely’ not out
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Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For the Blind, Technology Does What a Guide Dog Can't
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Sarah Lacy:
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Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
An FAQ about those Android netbooks
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Tech-Ex