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1:45 AM ET, January 5, 2009

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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
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: 17-inch MacBook Pro, NVIDIA Mac mini due shortly  —  Apple as early as Tuesday will introduce a 17-inch MacBook Pro with a fixed internal battery and a new version of the Mac mini, both of which will feature chipsets from NVIDIA, AppleInsider has been able to independently confirm.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Timeline Experiment Seen In Main Search Results  —  Google's “timeline view,” which was previously only available as an opt-in experiment in Google Labs, is now being seen on some queries in the main Google.com search results.  —  Todd Mintz tipped us to the query ["book of revelation" …
Discussion: Googling Google
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Streaming To Be Built Into TVs (NFLX)  —  More options on the way for watching Netflix (NFLX) streaming movies in your living room: Beginning this spring, Korean electronics giant LG will build Netflix streaming directly into some of its plasma and LCD HDTVs, the companies will announce today.
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, jkOnTheRun, Computerworld and Gizmodo
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
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Twitter reveals mundane lifestyles of celebrities  —  Stars using Twitter to post minute-to-minute updates for fans have given an inadvertent insight into their surprisingly mundane lives.  —  The micro-blogging website offers users the chance to post regular short updates from their computers or mobile phones.
Discussion: digg.com
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: All a-Twitter About Stars Who Tweet
Discussion: Spark Minute
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
D.C.'s Kinetic Tech Czar  —  Mixing a Start-Up Mentality With a Whirlwind Approach  —  In his first meeting of a recent day, Vivek Kundra stood in front of a large monitor, grilling employees about the status of projects to revamp technology in Washington's schools, police cars, jails and health clinics.
Discussion: ZDNet Government
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Soonr nails the desktop to cloud to iPhone connection for documents  —  In today's world, rarely do we get the opportunity to be sequestered somewhere for a long period of time to work on a project.  The rise of laptops and now mobile phones means that business can be done from various places at various times.
Discussion: Macworld
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Lenovo IdeaCentre 600: Thinnest (Hottest?)  All-in-One PC on the Block  —  Lenovo's IdeaCentre 600 is a pretty splashy debut: Its first ever all-in-one is a simple curved slab that's supposedly the thinnest all-in-one in the industry.  —  Beyond the form factor—which borrows liberally …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, DisplayBlog and Engadget
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Predictions 2009  —  In each of the past five years I've written a predictions post - usually at year's end or by the first of January.  This one is late, and I'll admit it's because I found it hard to write.  The world is showing itself to be predictable in only one way: bad news begets bad news.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds now really official: starts at $3,663  —  It's sort of tough to say that Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds is not yet official, but if you've been scouring the intarwebz for a legitimate press release from the outfit, here's your sign.  The dual screen beast is at long …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Electronista
Paul Buchheit:
Overnight success takes a long time  —  For some reason, this weekend has seen a lot of talk about what FriendFeed is/isn't/should be doing (see Louis Gray and others).  One person even predicted that we will fail.  —  I considered writing my own list of complaints about FriendFeed.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Investment fears in venture capital shake-out  —  The US venture capital industry, which has become an important source of capital for technology start-ups around the world, is facing a severe shake-out that will lead to a contraction in future investments, according to some of Silicon Valley's leading financiers.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Trojan Blocks The Pirate Bay and Mininova  —  The trojan in question (Troj/Qhost-AC) identified by anti-virus company Sophos, is a rather unusual one.  It doesn't seem to install spyware or traditional malware, but instead blocks access to the two most popular BitTorrent sites.
Discussion: digg.com
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Bright New Phone Displays That Don't Guzzle Power
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David Smith / Guardian:
Mobiles give Africa's farmers the chance to set out their stall
Michael Alison Chandler / Washington Post:
More and More, Schools Got Game
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Verbatim Unveils Quad-Interface Desktop Hard Drives
Discussion: Engadget and Hardware 2.0
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Online Or Bust: Why 2009 May Be The Nail In Newspapers' Coffins
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Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Web Site Points the Way to Where Drinks Are on the House
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Alexa Davis / ABCNEWS:
Friended by Mom and Dad on Facebook
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hustler Hires Media Protector to Chase Online Porn Pirates
Discussion: Neowin.net, XBIZ and digg.com
TechRadar.com:
Marissa Mayer on the future of Google
Discussion: Beet.TV and Beyond Search