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12:00 AM ET, January 6, 2009

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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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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Twitter-Savvy Hackers Tweak the Twitterati  —  Life's not so tweet over at Twitter these days.  The microblogging company, which allows users to broadcast short messages to groups of followers, recently found itself the target of a wave of hacking and phishing attacks.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Celebrity Twitter Accounts Hacked (Bill O'Reilly, Britney Spears, Obama, More)  —  My guess is this has nothing to do with the phishing attacks that started on Twitter a couple of days ago.  But a few minutes ago the official Fox News Twitter account posted “Breaking: Bill O Riley is gay” …
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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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Now Apple's credibility really is in the balance
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.
Michael Calore / Epicenter:
After an Agonizing Wait, Picasa for Mac Finally Arrives  —  Mac users, you can stop holding your breath.  Google announced Monday that Picasa for the Mac, a free desktop application for editing, organizing and sharing digital photos, is now available as a public beta through Google Labs.
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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!”
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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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  —  Microsoft said today that it had sold more than 28 million Xbox 360s since introducing the game console in November 2005.  That compares with more than 20 million PlayStation 3 consoles sold by Sony since it debuted the device in November 2006, according to Microsoft executives.
Discussion: Kotaku
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Microsoft in Sight, Cisco invests in Xobni  —  Xobni, a San Francisco-based maker of software for email services, has raised $7 million in fresh funding led by Cisco Systems.  Existing investors Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital, Baseline Ventures and Atomico also invested in this round of founding.
Discussion: Xobni and Bits
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Matt / Xobni Blog:
Xobni Closes $7 Million Series B Financing - Bring on 2009!
Discussion: TechFlash, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft elevates server unit, promotes Muglia  —  Microsoft started off its new-year executive shuffling by promoting longtime Server and Tools unit head Bob Muglia to president, a title he shares with entertainment boss Robbie Bach and business software chief Stephen Elop.
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Wall Street Journal:   Microsoft Promotes Server Chief
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Meg Whitman Mulls California Run
Discussion: paidContent.org
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Rumor watch: AT&T tethering plans may be announced this week  —  It's been under the rumor banner for some time now, but we've been told by a trusted source that the long-awaited AT&T iPhone-as-modem tethering plans (preliminary details in MacBlogz' post from November: 5 GB data cap …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft still pushing ‘Apple tax’ notion  —  With Apple's last Macworld keynote speech just hours away, Microsoft is again talking up the idea of an “Apple tax” that people pay when they opt for a Mac over a Windows PC.  —  It's a concept that Microsoft started touting in the fall.
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
VixML: A Revolutionary New iPhone Development Platform For The Masses  —  The iPhone is the hottest platform around, leading some small-time developers to overnight riches and spawning over ten thousand apps in only a few months.  But without knowledge of Objective-C or the intricacies of the iPhone SDK …
Discussion: SitePoint
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.ars: Company may have spilled Mac mini beans (Updated)  —  A press release from SeeFile software indicates that Apple will in fact release a new Mac mini tomorrow at the Macworld Expo, and may have build-to-order storage options as high a 1TB.  —  “New Apple Mac Mini hardware …
TOP 20 MSI News:
Debut of MSI U-Series New Force First Launch of U115, the Dual HD Model  —  Whole New All-In-One Wind NetOn Models Starting an Era of Dual Core Atom  —  Taipeiã€'In the CES 2009, to be held in Las Vegas from January 8, MSI will once again capture the world's eyes with its prolific R&D and designs.
Tom Ohanian / MediaPost:
Why Apple and Wal-Mart Are Poised To Rule The World Of Mobile Media  —  As a business traveler, I've witnessed a very interesting shift over the past two years.  Business fliers, first to watch DVDs or videos on their laptops, are now watching movies and TV shows on their iPhones or iPod touch …
internetnews.com:
Cisco Lawsuit: A Test for the GPL?  —  Legal experts chime in about what's really behind the Free Software Foundation's legal action against Cisco, and what it means for the industry.  —  The lawsuit between the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Cisco may be critical in shaping the future …
 
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Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Gearing Up for Mobile Video on Inauguration Day
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Comcast Can Now Slow Bandwidth Hogs Across Its Network
Discussion: DSLreports
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung debuts H-Series of HD camcorders, first with 64GB SSD
Discussion: Engadget HD and Gizmodo
Noah Kravitz / PhoneDog.com:
BlackBerry Curve 8900: Specs Now, T-Mobile Launch on February 11
Discussion: Crave, Engadget Mobile and TmoNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Truphone Brings Skype To iPhone & iTouch
Macworld:
Expo: Elgato offers new EyeTV Hybrid
Discussion: Electronista and TUAW
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Fujitsu tells WD the deal's off
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
How to downsize your social network portfolio
 Earlier Items: 
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Notebook vendors looking for delay of Intel's Calpella platform
Discussion: Gizmodo
Richard / socialmediocrity:
Lying on Facebook  —  In what looks like another hack …
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch UK
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Hype Machine Zeitgeist: Listen in Full to the 50 Most Blogged Albums …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Wireless To Overtake AT&T As Biggest Carrier This Week
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and Obsessable
InfoWorld:
IBM employees buzzing about layoff rumors
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Browser add-on makes Flickr's galleries faster
Discussion: Lifehacker