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3:05 PM 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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Apple:
Statement by Apple's Board of Directors  —  It is widely recognized both inside and outside of Apple that Steve Jobs is one of the most talented and effective CEOs in the world.  —  As we have said before, if there ever comes a day when Steve wants to retire or for other reasons cannot continue …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gizmodo Gets Steve Jobs Macworld Story Right, CNBC Gets It Wrong  —  The headline news is that Steve Jobs is sick and that's why he isn't giving a keynote at Macworld.  —  One interesting side note is that an online media outlet most people would call a blog got the story right and a reliable old media brand did not.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Fast Company
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Now Apple's credibility really is in the balance  —  If you're an Apple shareholder or employee, the good news is that Steve Jobs' health is not in any immediate danger.  —  Or so we're supposed to surmise from the cryptic note issued by Jobs early Monday on the state of his health …
Discussion: GigaOM
internetnews.com:
Apple's Jobs: Hormone Condition Won't Hinder CEO Duties  —  Steve Jobs seeks to quash a new spate of rumors, revealing that he's been suffering a hormonal imbalance but remains fit to continue at Apple.  —  In a public letter released today, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs sought to dispel …
Discussion: InformationWeek and Fast Company
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” …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Updated: Twitter Security Collapses; Obama, Fox and Britney Accounts Hacked  —  Days after a wave of phishing attacks fooled thousands of Twitter users, it appears that another security hole has been found by...someone.  Obama's account, unused since election day, sent out an affiliate link …
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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Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Consumers to Pare High-Tech Purchases
Discussion: NewTeeVee and EE Times
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
For Sale at the New York Times: The Front Page  —  The New York Times (NYT) is already trying to mortgage its headquarters and unload assets like its stake in the Boston Red Sox.  —  So what's left to sell?  The front page.  —  Today's edition of the Times features the first display ad the paper has ever sold on its front page.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times to Sell Display Ads on the Front Page
Discussion: Screenwerk
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Roku Netflix Box Gets Amazon Video on Demand  —  Roku's Netflix box is currently a one-trick pony, but it's getting Amazon's Video on Demand later this year, meaning you can soon buy or rent and instantly stream movies and TV shows from Amazon's service.  —  Amazon's Video on Demand library …
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Amazon.com:   Amazon Video on Demand Brings Customers New-Release Movies …
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 …
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 …
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 and CloudAve
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
China targets Google and Baidu in crackdown on ‘vulgar’ websites  —  Chinese officials today launched a crackdown on “vulgar” websites including Google and the country's leading search engine, Baidu.  —  Officials named 19 sites they said had failed to censor inappropriate content despite warnings …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
Iomega aims at TVs with home server  —  Backs up PCs and plays digital media files  —  Iomega has announced a home storage and media server that backs up files on connected PCs and plays digital media content to connected output devices.  —  The Home Media Network Hard Drive (HMNHD) …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Twitter Phishing Scam Takes New Turn with Promises of iPhone  —  Resource Library:  —  A phishing campaign targeting Twitter has morphed, according to researchers at Sophos.  Phishers are now using accounts compromised in the initial campaign launched over the weekend to snare Twitter users lured by the promise of an iPhone.
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 …
internetnews.com:
The Dangers of Web Access  —  As companies rely more heavily on the Web in their move toward Enterprise 2.0, they face an increasing number of security and network problems.  —  A Web survey of companies with an average of 1,000 employees conducted by Osterman Research on behalf of PureWire …
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Digg This, HuffPo: What's $200 Million Divided by 2009 Reality?  —  It's Time to Apply Some Brutal Logic to Web 2.0 Valuations (Sorry, Venture Capitalists!)  —  What if the privately held Huffington Post is worth not $200 million — a cracked-out number floated last year — or even $100 million, but, say, $2 mil?
Robert Palmer / TUAW:
NRK offers free podcast containing every Beatles song  —  The Beatles could have all their songs on iTunes, but not the way you might think: via a podcast describing the story behind each song, released by a Norwegian broadcasting company.  —  NRK is podcasting its segment called …
Discussion: NRKbeta
 
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Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Paid Android applications to arrive this month
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Michael Rose / TUAW:
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How to Solve the Big Music/YouTube Spat: Copy MySpace
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
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Discussion: TechFlash
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
As Lively Goes Down, NewLively Springs Up
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
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CES 2009 - LG LH9500 LED TV unveiled
Discussion: DVICE, Gizmodo and Fast Company
Lewis Page / The Register:
Windows for Warships™ reaches Royal Navy frigates
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Venture Capitalists Turn Cautious and Focus on the Short Term
Discussion: The Open Road
Ken Barnes / USA Today:
Music sales boom, but albums fizzle for '08