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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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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 …
Arn / MacRumors:   Macworld San Francisco 2009 Rumor Roundup
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: 17-inch MacBook Pro, NVIDIA Mac mini due shortly
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: CloudAve and Tony Bain
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
Kathrin Hille / Financial Times:
China steps up internet censors' scrutiny  —  China's government is stepping up internet scrutiny by equipping its web censors with more advanced software that allows them to spot risks of subversion much earlier and root it out more efficiently, according to the country's internet security market leader.
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 …
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
 
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Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Freescale chip aims at 1GHz, $199 Netbook
Discussion: PC Magazine and UMPCPortal
David Smith / Guardian:
‘Wireless power’ spells end for cables
Discussion: textually.org
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
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, Macworld and CNET News
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Marcus Courtney, the guy who tried to unionize Microsoft
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Timeline Experiment Seen In Main Search Results
Discussion: Googling Google
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Investment fears in venture capital shake-out
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Trojan Blocks The Pirate Bay and Mininova
Discussion: digg.com
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2009  —  In each of the past five years I've written …