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7:30 AM ET, January 6, 2009

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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sources: Apple to expand DRM-free music, new pricing  —  Apple has cut deals that will finally enable iTunes to offer songs free of copy protection software from the three largest music labels, according to two sources close to the negotiations.  In exchange, Apple has agreed to become more flexible on pricing, the sources said.
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Following The Twitter Hack Trail To DigitalGangster  —  One thing that didn't make a lot of sense about the 33 celebrity Twitter accounts hacked this morning - the messages left on the various accounts weren't consistent and were clearly written by different people with different agendas.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Twitter blames celebrity hack on ‘individual’
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Skype 2.8 Beta for Mac OS X provides screen sharing, WiFi access, chat features and Twitter-like mood messages  —  Tonight out at the “ShowStoppers” event at MacWorld in San Francisco, Skype announced the new 2.8 Beta for Mac OS X. The new version will apparently be available for download tomorrow, January 6, 2009, from Skype's website.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone announced  —  Six months after announcing its intention to bring SlingPlayer to the iPhone 3G, Sling Media has another announcement to make—just not the one you're wishing for.  —  SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone isn't ready yet, Sling said on Tuesday, but it is on its way.
Motorola Media Center:
Motorola Unveils World's First Mobile Phone Made Using Recycled Water Bottle Plastics and New 3G Touch Tablet with Customizable Home Screen  —  Latest devices to be displayed at 2009 International CES in Las Vegas  —  Las Vegas - CES - Jan. 6, 2009 - Today Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) …
Discussion: PhoneNews.com and SlashGear
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Early returns show strong holiday video game console sales  —  Updated at 5:28 p.m. to include additional data and analyst perspective.  —  Though the retail economy suffered what appears to be one of the bleakest holiday seasons in recent memory, it looks as though the video games industry bucked that disastrous trend.
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Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Microsoft: Xbox 360 widens lead over PlayStation 3
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz and Kotaku
Susanna Leng / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Picasa for Mac (at Macworld!)  —  Sometimes I find it hard to describe Picasa without sounding like a late-night infomercial for a multi-bladed thingamabob: “It's a photo organizer!  A photo editor!  A web-savvy photo sharing and management system in just one tiny package!”
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Dan Whitworth / BBC:
Facebook ‘sets Christmas record’  —  Facebook has set a new record as it had its busiest day ever over the Christmas holidays.  —  The social networking site accounted for one in every 22 online visits on Christmas Day, according to internet research company Hitwise.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
InfoWorld:
Bringing Macs into business: Real-life IT stories  —  As more businesses bring Apple Macintoshes into their regular operations, IT has to figure out how to ensure the Macs play well in the typical Windows-dominated environments.  Several companies share the lessons — good and bad — that they have learned.
Discussion: The Register
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
If a 13 year-old can launch a startup you have no excuse  —  “My name's Scott.  I'm 13 and have launched a web startup.”  So began an email exchange over last weekend which culminated with me chatting to Scott's mum today to verify, that, indeed, he was actually 13 and really had launched a blogging site for people in Scotland.
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.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP unleashes a series of new low-cost computers at CES  —  Hewlett-Packard is launching a bevy of new products today that show it is designing its products to take into account the lighter pocketbooks and energy usage concerns of consumers.  —  These products being unveiled this week …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Truphone Brings Skype To iPhone & iTouch  —  I have been a frequent user of Truphone since it launched its mobile VoIP service over two years ago.  What started as a simple VoIP client for Nokia Symbian S60 devices is fast becoming a unified client that does it all.
Electronista:
HP updates Mini 2x netbooks with Atom, 10in LCD  —  HP in its pre-CES run-up introduced its first major update to its Mini 2100 netbook.  The Mini 2140 replaces the Mini-Note 2133 and abandons VIA's C7-M processor in favor of a 1.6GHz Intel Atom that HP claims should extend its battery life …
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Amazon adds new S3 twist: Make people pay to access your data  —  Requester Pays option lets data owners shift Amazon's bandwidth fees to external users  —  IDG News Service) Amazon.com Inc. has rolled out a new option for its Simple Storage Service (S3) that lets data owners shift the cost …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Darren Murph / Engadget:
LaCie intros 22x d2 external DVD burner, 2TB Hard Disk MAX  —  Two new ones have arrived today from the labs of LaCie, and neither are destined to ever end up inside of your PC.  Up first, we've got the slightly speedier d2 external DVD±RW drive with LightScribe …
Discussion: LaCie, Electronista and Newlaunches.com
Judy Lin / Associated Press:
Ex eBay CEO prepares run for Calif. governor  —  Former eBay Inc. chief executive Meg Whitman has edged closer to a run for California governor, with a spokesman confirming on Monday that she has resigned from three corporate boards.  —  Whitman's spokesman, Henry Gomez …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Was Apple ‘Adequate but Late’ on Jobs?  —  Some corporate governance experts question whether the tech giant could have been more forthcoming about its CEO's hormone imbalance  —  Apple (AAPL) investors got answers to some of their nagging questions about the health of the company's chief executive …
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
I Am Boycotting IE Mobile Until Microsoft Gets Its Act Together  —  I have very high expectations for Microsoft's Windows Mobile announcements at CES this year.  You see, I have been a fan of Windows Mobile for quite some time. but, for whatever reason, Microsoft has completely dropped the ball on their platform for mobile devices.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung debuts H-Series of HD camcorders, first with 64GB SSD  —  You should've known that Canon wouldn't be able to introduce a new family of HD camcorders without Samsung hitting back with a crew of its own, so it's with that in mind that we present Samsung's H-Series.
Discussion: DVICE, Electronista, Gizmodo and Engadget HD
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Chief: IT Investment Will Create Jobs  —  International Business Machines Corp.'s chief executive, Samuel Palmisano, advised the Obama transition team last month that $30 billion in government investments in expanding broadband access, computerizing health-care records and improving …
 
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
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 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Comcast Can Now Slow Bandwidth Hogs Across Its Network
Discussion: DSLreports
Tom Ohanian / MediaPost:
Why Apple and Wal-Mart Are Poised To Rule The World Of Mobile Media
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
How to downsize your social network portfolio
Richard / socialmediocrity:
Lying on Facebook  —  In what looks like another hack …
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch UK
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.ars: Company may have spilled Mac mini beans (Updated)
Discussion: Gizmodo, AppleInsider, TUAW and Macworld