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9:40 AM 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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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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple's last Macworld beginning of new era  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs' absence from Macworld 2009 could be a prelude to a new communications strategy.  —  (Credit: Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks)  —  Even though CEO Steve Jobs will not be playing his customary role, the last Macworld Expo …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Admits Health Caused Him To Skip Macworld (AAPL)  —  Apple (AAPL) sources told CNBC's Jim Goldman (over and over) that the reason CEO Steve Jobs would not give his usual keynote at this year's Macworld was for “political” reasons.  —  Now, in an open letter, Steve admits that's not true …
Discussion: Epicenter and TheNextWeb.com
Arn / MacRumors:
Macworld San Francisco 2009 Rumor Roundup
Discussion: aGEEKspot
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Lenovo shows off 16-inch thin laptop; Launches all-in-one PC, dual-screen mobile workstation  —  Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Lenovo unveiled new consumer laptops and a debuted a dual-screen mobile workstation.  —  Lenovo, which began to target consumers a year ago …
Discussion: Business Wire
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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: TechCrunchIT, CloudAve and Tony Bain
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 …
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.
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: 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 …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Love or hate this post?  Sound off for the eavesdroppers  —  It seems that those comments you leave on blogs like this one may, in fact, be reaching the intended parties - the companies behind the products, services and technologies that you love or hate.  Just don't be offended or creeped …
Ken Barnes / USA Today:
Music sales boom, but albums fizzle for '08  —  Americans bought more music in 2008 than ever before, but album sales — the music industry's main source of revenue — dropped for a fourth year.  —  According to the Nielsen Co.'s year-end figures, music purchases — CD, vinyl …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com
Lewis Page / The Register:
Windows for Warships™ reaches Royal Navy frigates  —  Redmond working on seawater-proof product key sticker  —  The Royal Navy's plan to fit most of its fleet with command systems based on Windows boxes continues, with the commencement last week of a programme intended to replace …
James Ashton / Times of London:
ITV set to cut value of Friends Reunited website  —  ITV IS preparing to slash the carrying value of website Friends Reunited in a year-end review of past acquisitions.  —  The review, to be carried out by ITV's chief operating officer John Cresswell, is likely to conclude that Friends …
Discussion: The Register and Guardian
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 …
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
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
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: 17-inch MacBook Pro, NVIDIA Mac mini due shortly
 
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