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Around the Web 12.31.08: Dell management shake-ups, yogurt clerk weighs in on Jobs’ health

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-- Hundreds of Zune 30s up and died at once. It’s the sign of the apocalypse! Gizmodo

-- Dell will shake up its management, with some top execs stepping down. WSJ

-- Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, is buying the blog Consumerist from Gawker Media. NYT

-- Viacom may pull its properties off of Time Warner Cable tonight if a contract dispute isn’t resolved. Bye bye, Sponge Bob Square Pants. Bye bye, Jon Stewart. LAT

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-- Wikipedia is once again begging for funds, this time with a personal plea from Jimmy Wales. Ars Technica

-- A Chinese court jails 11 for manufacturing and distributing pirated software from Microsoft. NYT

-- China finally approves the licenses for two 3G standards, plus its own homegrown version. WSJ

-- A frozen-yogurt clerk assures everyone that Steve Jobs is doing just fine. Silicon Alley Insider

-- A really big iPod touch could be available in the fall of ’09, with a screen as large as 9 inches. TechCrunch

-- Facebook removes pictures of people breastfeeding. Revolt ensues. USA Today

-- New Year’s Eve revelers in Times Square can text pictures of themselves to be displayed on giant screens in the square for all the world to see. Wired

-- And finally, Wired gives us 11 gadgets to improve your New Year’s Eve. That is, if your New Year’s Eve can be improved by a giant iPod closet or a dancing egg. Wired

-- Alana Semuels


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