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8:55 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?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Price Of Going DRM-Free: Apple's Hidden $1.8 Billion Music Tax
Discussion: AppScout and CrunchGear
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: TUAW and techeblog.com
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
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Apple's Brilliant Video Engineer: Anonymous No More
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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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple, Microsoft square off over Mac document collaboration
Discussion: Google Watch, Gizmodo and TechFlash
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
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.
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
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%
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.
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Radio 2.0 Lands On The iPhone Tonight  —  Pandora Radio, the personalized internet radio service that has remained among the most popular iPhone apps on the iTunes App Store since its inception in July (and that I've previously called the iPhone's killer app), will be releasing its most significant update yet later today.
Discussion: Webware.com and Gizmodo Australia
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Pandora Radio version 2.0 launching for iPhone today
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
Discussion: Sophos, CNET News and The Register
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.
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.
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Ziff Davis Gets Out Of The Game: Sells 1UP To Hearst; Shutters …
Discussion: Business Wire, Kotaku and GameSetWatch
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
SanDisk, Samsung tout new Netbook, server SSDs
Discussion: eWeek
Jose Martinez / NY Daily News:
Model Liskula Cohen sues Google over blogger's ‘skank’ comment
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Boss Kevin Conroy Bolts For Univision (TWX)
Discussion: Digits, paidContent.org and Jobwire
Om Malik / GigaOM:
WebEx on Your iPhone, Finally
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge: transcoding doesn't block Veoh “safe harbor” defense
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
On Google Disallowing Crawling of Their LIFE Hosting
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Forbes Layoffs Finally Arrive: 19 Fired From Magazine, Web
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
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
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: SitePoint
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Hackers hit MacRumors keynote coverage
Anne Thomas Manes / Application Platform …:
SOA is Dead; Long Live Services