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5:35 PM ET, January 5, 2009

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Apple:
Letter from Apple CEO Steve Jobs  —  For the first time in a decade, I'm getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.  —  Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health …
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Apple:
Statement by Apple's Board of Directors  —  It is widely recognized both inside and outside of Apple that Steve Jobs is one of the most talented and effective CEOs in the world.  —  As we have said before, if there ever comes a day when Steve wants to retire or for other reasons cannot continue …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gizmodo Gets Steve Jobs Macworld Story Right, CNBC Gets It Wrong  —  The headline news is that Steve Jobs is sick and that's why he isn't giving a keynote at Macworld.  —  One interesting side note is that an online media outlet most people would call a blog got the story right and a reliable old media brand did not.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News and Fast Company
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Now Apple's credibility really is in the balance
Discussion: Tech Central and GigaOM
internetnews.com:
Apple's Jobs: Hormone Condition Won't Hinder CEO Duties
Discussion: Fast Company and InformationWeek
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Celebrity Twitter Accounts Hacked (Bill O'Reilly, Britney Spears, Obama, More)  —  My guess is this has nothing to do with the phishing attacks that started on Twitter a couple of days ago.  But a few minutes ago the official Fox News Twitter account posted “Breaking: Bill O Riley is gay” …
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Monday Morning Madness  —  This morning we discovered 33 Twitter accounts had been “hacked” including prominent Twitter-ers like Rick Sanchez and Barack Obama (who has not been Twittering since becoming the president elect due to transition issues).  We immediately locked down the accounts and investigated the issue.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Updated: Twitter Security Collapses; Obama, Fox and Britney Accounts Hacked  —  Days after a wave of phishing attacks fooled thousands of Twitter users, it appears that another security hole has been found by...someone.  Obama's account, unused since election day, sent out an affiliate link …
Wall Street Journal:
TV and Web Marry After Long Courtship  —  After more than a decade of disappointment, the goal of marrying television and the Internet seems finally to be picking up steam.  —  A key factor in the push are new TV sets that have networking connections built directly into them, requiring no additional set-top boxes for getting online.
Discussion: PC World and NewTeeVee
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Intel:
Intel and Adobe to Extend Flash Platform to TVs  —  Optimizing Adobe Flash Technology on Intel® Media Processor CE 3100 Will Enable Rich and Seamless Web Content on TV  —  Adobe® Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Intel Corporation today announced plans to collaborate …
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Lots Of Buzz Over Broadband Enabled TVs, But Impact Not Felt For Many Years
Discussion: New York Times and Engadget HD
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.ars: Company may have spilled Mac mini beans  —  A press release from SeeFile software indicates that Apple will in fact release a new Mac mini tomorrow at the Macworld Expo, and may have build-to-order storage options as high a 1TB.  —  “New Apple Mac Mini hardware to be supported …
Discussion: Macworld and Ars Technica
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Macworld Expo 2009 Predictions
Discussion: TUAW
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Roku Netflix Box Gets Amazon Video on Demand  —  Roku's Netflix box is currently a one-trick pony, but it's getting Amazon's Video on Demand later this year, meaning you can soon buy or rent and instantly stream movies and TV shows from Amazon's service.  —  Amazon's Video on Demand library …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Microsoft in Sight, Cisco invests in Xobni  —  Xobni, a San Francisco-based maker of software for email services, has raised $7 million in fresh funding led by Cisco Systems.  Existing investors Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital, Baseline Ventures and Atomico also invested in this round of founding.
Discussion: Xobni and Silicon Alley Insider
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Matt / Xobni Blog:
Xobni Closes $7 Million Series B Financing - Bring on 2009!
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechFlash and TechCrunch
TOP 20 MSI News:
Debut of MSI U-Series New Force First Launch of U115, the Dual HD Model  —  Whole New All-In-One Wind NetOn Models Starting an Era of Dual Core Atom  —  Taipeiã€'In the CES 2009, to be held in Las Vegas from January 8, MSI will once again capture the world's eyes with its prolific R&D and designs.
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Rumor watch: AT&T tethering plans may be announced this week  —  It's been under the rumor banner for some time now, but we've been told by a trusted source that the long-awaited AT&T iPhone-as-modem tethering plans (preliminary details in MacBlogz' post from November: 5 GB data cap …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
For Sale at the New York Times: The Front Page  —  The New York Times (NYT) is already trying to mortgage its headquarters and unload assets like its stake in the Boston Red Sox.  —  So what's left to sell?  The front page.  —  Today's edition of the Times features the first display ad the paper has ever sold on its front page.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times to Sell Display Ads on the Front Page
Discussion: Screenwerk
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Time Spent Watching Video Jumps 40% in One Year  —  One way to think about online video is to consider how big a chunk it takes out of our daily lives.  The amount of time U.S. Internet users spend watching video is up an impressive 40 percent year over year.
Discussion: comScore, MediaFile and WebProNews
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft still pushing ‘Apple tax’ notion  —  With Apple's last Macworld keynote speech just hours away, Microsoft is again talking up the idea of an “Apple tax” that people pay when they opt for a Mac over a Windows PC.  —  It's a concept that Microsoft started touting in the fall.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple's last Macworld beginning of new era
Discussion: Telegraph and Digital Daily
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
After an Agonizing Wait, Picasa For Mac Finally Arrives  —  Mac users, you can stop holding your breath.  Google announced Monday that Picasa for the Mac, a free desktop application for editing, organizing and sharing digital photos, is now available as a public beta through Google Labs.
Discussion: CNET News, Macworld and Technology Live
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Browser add-on makes Flickr's galleries faster  —  Browser add-on Flickr Gallery Plus adds extended functionality to Flickr's set view, allowing users to click through to see full versions of each shot without having to reload the page.  Once installed it will go out and pre-fetch …
Reuters:
Software firm UIQ files for bankruptcy  —  Software company UIQ, jointly owned by Sony Ericsson (6758.T)(ERICb.ST) and Motorola (MOT.N), has filed for bankruptcy in a district court in Sweden, the company's top executive said on Monday.  The software developer, which is based in Sweden …
 
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PC World:
Samsung to Launch Thin Blu-ray Disc Player at CES
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Wireless To Overtake AT&T As Biggest Carrier This Week
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and Crave
InfoWorld:
IBM employees buzzing about layoff rumors
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Discussion: eWeek, PR Newswire and Electronista
Financial Times:
Surfers should pay congestion charges
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The Dangers of Web Access
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
Iomega aims at TVs with home server
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Goldman Sachs: Microsoft lay offs would be “good” for stock
Discussion: TechFlash
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2009: Products I Can't Live Without
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