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9:45 PM ET, January 5, 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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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.
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 …
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!)
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: Bits and Xobni
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Matt / Xobni Blog:
Xobni Closes $7 Million Series B Financing - Bring on 2009!  —  This past year has been very exciting for Xobni and we expect 2009 to be even better.  —  During 2008, we introduced Xobni to the world.  We saw our product downloaded more than 1.5 million times and evolve into an application deployed by Fortune 500 enterprises.
Discussion: TechFlash, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
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: PC World, broadstuff and NewTeeVee
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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.
Discussion: Contentinople and broadstuff
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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
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TUAW and Ubergizmo
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Macworld:
Software company press release hints at new mini (Macworld.com)
Discussion: AppleInsider
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Wall Street Journal:   Meg Whitman Mulls California Run
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.
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Early returns show strong holiday video game console sales  —  Update (5:28 p.m.): This story now reflects additional data, including analyst perspective.  —  Though the retail economy suffered what appears to be one of the bleakest holiday seasons in recent memory, it looks as though …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Truphone Brings Skype To iPhone & iTouch  —  I have been a frequent user of Truphone since it launched its mobile VoIP service over two years ago.  What started as a simple VoIP client for Nokia Symbian S60 devices is fast becoming a unified client that does it all.
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung debuts H-Series of HD camcorders, first with 64GB SSD  —  You should've known that Canon wouldn't be able to introduce a new family of HD camcorders without Samsung hitting back with a crew of its own, so it's with that in mind that we present Samsung's H-Series.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget HD
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Browser add-on makes Flickr's galleries faster  —  Browser add-on Flickr Gallery Plus adds extended functionality to Flickr's set view, allowing users to click through to see full versions of each shot without having to reload the page.  Once installed it will go out and pre-fetch …
Discussion: Lifehacker
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Comcast Can Now Slow Bandwidth Hogs Across Its Network
Discussion: DSLreports
Noah Kravitz / PhoneDog.com:
BlackBerry Curve 8900: Specs Now, T-Mobile Launch on February 11
Macworld:
Expo: Elgato offers new EyeTV Hybrid
Discussion: Electronista and TUAW
internetnews.com:
Cisco Lawsuit: A Test for the GPL?
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
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Veoh Gets Another Nice 512(c) Win—UMG v. Veoh
Discussion: TechCrunch
Richard / socialmediocrity:
Lying on Facebook  —  In what looks like another hack …
Discussion: All Facebook and TechCrunch UK
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Victoria Ho / CNET News:
Lenovo rumored readying layoffs
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Quickoffice brings simple Excel editing to iPhone
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Wireless To Overtake AT&T As Biggest Carrier This Week
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and Crave
InfoWorld:
IBM employees buzzing about layoff rumors