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8:10 AM ET, January 5, 2009

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Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Macworld: Analysts expect Apple's evolution not revolution  —  Apple is unlikely to unveil any “revolutionary” new products at the Macworld Expo this week, according to analysts, although improvements to existing software and hardware are likely.  —  The absence of Steve Jobs …
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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 …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: 17-inch MacBook Pro, NVIDIA Mac mini due shortly
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
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2009: Products I Can't Live Without  —  At the beginning of each year I traditionally publish a list of my favorite startups and products.  This is the fourth year I've done this - previous lists: 2006, 2007, 2008.  You guys get to pick the winners of the Crunchies - this list is all mine.
Discussion: Tony Bain
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 …
Discussion: The Register and Engadget HD
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
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
Sony on brink of upheaval as analysts back British chief  —  Sony, the embattled Japanese electronics group, is on the brink of a corporate upheaval that could see job cuts and sweeping changes to management and manufacturing processes.  —  Company sources have told The Times that operations across …
Discussion: I4U News
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Venture Capitalists Turn Cautious and Focus on the Short Term  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Venture capitalists make their fortunes, or lose them, on the strength of their predictions.  As they hunt for barely hatched ideas and nurture them with money and advice …
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.
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
RIAA dumps evidence-gathering firm
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: PC Magazine and UMPCPortal
James Ashton / Times of London:
Carter's new phone era  —  MOBILE-PHONE companies and broadband suppliers such as Vodafone and Virgin Media will be asked for the first time to share with BT the cost of providing basic phone services, including public payphones, under plans being considered by Lord Carter, the communications minister.
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: All a-Twitter About Stars Who Tweet  —  THE golfing star Natalie Gulbis recently joined the microblogging site Twitter, where she gives the public frequent updates of her life in short text messages, or tweets.  First, though, there had to be a meeting between her media consultant, Kathleen Hessert, and other advisers.
Discussion: Spark Minute
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Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Twitter reveals mundane lifestyles of celebrities
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Ken Barnes / USA Today:
Music sales boom, but albums fizzle for '08
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David Smith / Guardian:
‘Wireless power’ spells end for cables
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds now really official: starts at $3,663
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Electronista
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Soonr nails the desktop to cloud to iPhone connection for documents
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
D.C.'s Kinetic Tech Czar
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Marcus Courtney, the guy who tried to unionize Microsoft
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Investment fears in venture capital shake-out
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Exclusive First Look: BeeJiveIM 2.0 for iPhone
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Trojan Blocks The Pirate Bay and Mininova
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2009  —  In each of the past five years I've written …
Alexa Davis / ABCNEWS:
Friended by Mom and Dad on Facebook
Discussion: Profy and digg.com