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7:35 PM ET, January 6, 2009

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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
Changes Coming to the iTunes Store  —  Apple® today announced several changes to the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com).  Beginning today, all four major music labels—Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and EMI, along with thousands of independent labels …
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Wall Street Journal:
ITunes to Change Pricing Strategy  —  Apple Inc. unveiled significant pricing and copyright changes to its iTunes Store, moves by the dominant online music seller that could spur similar action across the industry.  —  The changes, announced at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco on Tuesday …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Coolfer
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Confirmed: iTunes Going DRM-Free.  Unclear: Does Anyone Care?  —  In 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs predicted that half the music offered at his iTunes store would be sold without digital rights management-the lock-and-key system that the music labels wrap their songs-by the end of that year.
AppleInsider:
Apple unveils 17-inch MacBook Pro with 8-hour battery  —  Presenting at the Macworld Expo on Tuesday, Apple unveiled the new 17-inch MacBook Pro featuring a durable and precision aluminum unibody enclosure, and a revolutionary new built-in battery that delivers up to eight hours of use …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Pro 17-inch first hands-on (update: video added)  —  Yep — it looks just like its little brothers!  Feels like 'em too, except the obvious bit of heft added by that 17-inch display.  Of course, they don't have that sweet, gigantic battery inside, or that matte display option (until we torch Curpertino, of course... in love).
Discussion: Gizmodo and techeblog.com
Bill Evans / Apple:
Apple Introduces 17-inch MacBook Pro With Revolutionary New Built-in Battery That Delivers Eight Hours of Use & 1,000 Recharges  —  Apple® today unveiled the new 17-inch MacBook® Pro featuring a durable and beautiful precision aluminum unibody enclosure, and a revolutionary new built …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
How Newspapers Tried to Invent the Web  —  But failed.  —  A moment of sympathy, please, for newspapers, whose readers and advertisers have been fleeing at a frightening rate.  —  It would be easy to accuse editors and publishers of being clueless about the coming Internet disruption …
Discussion: Scripting News
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Michael Hirschorn / The Atlantic Online:
End Times  —  VIRTUALLY ALL THE predictions about the death of old media have assumed a comfortingly long time frame for the end of print—the moment when, amid a panoply of flashing lights, press conferences, and elegiac reminiscences, the newspaper presses stop rolling and news goes entirely digital.
Discussion: New York Post
Reuters:
Apple disappoints-no Jobs, big news at Macworld  —  (Refiles to delete extraneous words in paragraphs one and three) (Adds analyst comment, product details)  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Tuesday it was dropping copy protection from songs sold on the Internet and debuted its slimmest 17-inch laptop yet …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from the Macworld 2009 keynote
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Say hello to iWork 09: Like iWork 08, but plus one  —  Whoever predicted that Apple would introduce iWork '09 today gets a gold star.  Keynote, Pages and Numbers all received what I would consider minor updates; no need to run around all willy nilly for these, methinks.
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VMware:
VMware Appoints Tod Nielsen as Chief Operating Officer  —  Veteran from Leading Software Companies Including Borland, BEA, Oracle and Microsoft Brings Proven Executive Leadership to VMware  —  VMware Inc., (VMW: NYSE) the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Borland CEO Nielsen Joins VMware; Cutting Staff 15%
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
The Russian Bear Slashes a Social Network  —  The bubble in social networking has burst, decisively.  LiveJournal, the San Francisco-based arm of Sup, a Russian Internet startup, has cut 12 of 28 U.S. employees — and offered them no severance, we're told.  —  The quirky site …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Stevenote?  Here's Your Stevenote.  Or, More Specifically, Your Woznote.  —  Call Steve Wozniak the anti-Steve Jobs.  He's far nerdier than Jobs ever was; he's not a polished presenter; he has a zillion passions beyond Apple (Segway Polo, anyone?); and nobody's ever going to spend any time worrying that he's looking gaunt.
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Roman Loyola / Macworld:
First Look: Axiotron Modbook Pro
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Report: PC makers to provide free Vista-to Win-7 upgrades starting July 1  —  In yet another indicator as to the progress of Windows 7, the Tech ARP site reported that Microsoft plans to allow PC makers to offer customers who buy Windows Vista machines as of July 1 free upgrades to Windows 7 once it ships.
Karen Jacobs / Reuters:
Best Buy offers used iPhones at lower price  —  ATLANTA (Reuters) - Retailer Best Buy Co, seeking new ways to appeal to cost-conscious shoppers, said on Tuesday it is selling refurbished versions of Apple Inc's iPhone 3G at its stores that are priced about $50 less than new iPhones.
Micha Pekrul / McAfee Avert Labs:
Rogue LinkedIn Profiles Lead To Malware  —  LinkedIn is a popular social networking site where you can manage business contacts online.  Since you can set up a profile with links to your own website, it seems to attract criminals' attention as well.  A Google search reveals …
Discussion: eWeek Security Watch
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Macky Cruz / TrendLabs:
Bogus LinkedIn Profiles Harbor Malicious Content
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's VAIO P ultraportable revealed  —  Chicklet keyboard, check.  Tiny pointing nub, check.  Looks like this is Sony's Vaio P series ultraportable on display at CES.  By on display we mean, on display as these shots were taken off the display monitors here at CES.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Apple Revamps iLife for '09 with iPhoto Facial Recognition and More  —  Today at Macworld 2009, Apple showed off a new iPhoto with true facial recognition, a better iMovie and other iLife updates—$79 solo, $99 for family, requires Leopard, available late January.  —  It's a good solid upgrade full of very nice features.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Boss Kevin Conroy Bolts For Univision (TWX)  —  Here's CEO Randy Falco's memo.  A big loss or don't-let-door-hit-you-in-ass?  AOLers, please weigh in below.  —  Dear AOL colleague,  —  I'm writing to tell you that Kevin Conroy has accepted a position as President of Interactive Media at Univision.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Digits and Jobwire
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Forbes Layoffs Finally Arrive: 19 Fired From Magazine, Web  —  Like their colleagues at Time Warner's Time Inc. (TWX), the editorial staff at Forbes has known that layoffs were coming to the company's magazine and Web site for quite some time.  But at least they're getting it over with in one fell swoop …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gawker
Mark Ward / BBC:
The dark side of the flash drive  —  To most people the USB stick is a humble, innocuous device that does nothing more than help them tote around their most important files.  —  But to the US Department of Defense (DoD), the USB stick has a dark side - one that criminally-minded hackers are only too eager to exploit.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
WebEx on Your iPhone, Finally  —  If I had to name one collaboration application that I to use on an almost daily basis, with the exception of Google Docs, my answer would be Cisco's WebEx.  A lot of companies make pitches to me using WebEx.  Despite its patchy performance on the Mac …
Discussion: eWeek
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Pandora Radio version 2.0 launching for iPhone today  —  Pandora Radio, Pandora's iPhone application, was the top downloaded app in Apple's App Store for all of 2008.  By the end of 2008 it had been downloaded over 2 million times.  But the streaming music discovery service apparently …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
On Google Disallowing Crawling of Their LIFE Hosting  —  Isn't it great how Google makes millions of photos available to the world in their LIFE photo archive?  Well - with one exception: they disallow other search engines to access these photos.  The same access rights that make Google Image search crawl …
Jose Martinez / NY Daily News:
Model Liskula Cohen sues Google over blogger's ‘skank’ comment  —  A Vogue cover girl is suing Google in an attempt to unmask the blogger who trashed her as a “skank” and an “old hag.”  —  Liskula Cohen, a blond beauty who has modeled for Giorgio Armani and Versace, made headlines last year …
Discussion: The Social
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Gannett Lifts The Curtain On Local/National Hybrid Site ContentOne
Discussion: Local Onliner, Gannett Blog and sfnblog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge: transcoding doesn't block Veoh “safe harbor” defense
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Curl taps Adobe RIA infrastructure
Discussion: InfoWorld
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Data Breaches Up Almost 50 Percent, Affecting Records of 35.7 Million People
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Android in a cloud  —  Since the start of the year we've talked …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Five fatal flaws in local Internet ad sales
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's MacBU touts the ‘software + services’ mantra
Discussion: Macworld
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clearwire Launches WiMAX in Portland
Discussion: Unstrung and eWeek
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Anonymous BitTorrent Service VPN4Life is a Scam
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft promotes Bob Muglia to president
Discussion: Microsoft, BetaNews, Jobwire and TechFlash
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Hackers hit MacRumors keynote coverage
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Clearspring Lays Off 20%, President And COO Jay Rappaport Leaving
Discussion: Webware.com
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Checkout Icon Makes Ads 10% More Clickable, Google Says
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Anne Thomas Manes / Application Platform …:
SOA is Dead; Long Live Services