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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Media's Scott Moore and Al Warms to Depart This Week  —  Aside from upcoming layoffs, it seemed as if Yahoo had stanched the flow of major execs from the company.  —  Not so, it seems, as several sources with knowledge of the situation confirm that the two top execs …
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Business Wire:
Jeff Dossett Joins Yahoo! to Lead US Audience Businesses  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) today announced that Jeff Dossett has joined Yahoo! as senior vice president, U.S. Audience.  Dossett will oversee Yahoo!'s consumer experiences in the U.S. …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Confirms That Moore Is Leaving; Picks Up MSN Vet Dossett …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and BoomTown
Business Wire:
Amazon Announces Beginning of Multi-Year Frustration-Free Packaging Initiative  —  Amazon.com has launched “Frustration-Free Packaging,” a new initiative designed to make it easier for customers to liberate products from their packages.  Amazon is focusing first on two kinds of items …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon takes on “wrap rage” with packaging initiative  —  Down with obnoxious packaging that takes longer to free from the ten thousand twistie ties than it took to arrive at your house in the first place!  Everyone has experienced this kind of frustration with items ranging from kids' toys …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Slashes iPhone Production, Says Chip Analyst (AAPL)  —  Is demand slowing for Apple's (AAPL) red-hot iPhone 3G?  —  Apple has cut its calendar Q4 iPhone production plans significantly more than originally estimated, according to a report by Friedman Billings Ramsey analyst Craig Berger.
Keith Thornhill / Y! Live Blog:
Stopping our broadcast...  Our mission here on the Brickhouse team is to quickly develop product ideas that can add value to Yahoo! as a whole.  To do this effectively we constantly evaluate our early-stage products and sometimes have to make the hard decision to move on …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Live gestates for 9 months, won't survive delivery
Discussion: next.yahoo
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
In Landslide, John McCain Is The President Of AOL.com  —  The Wall Street Journal may have essentially called the Presidential election for Democrat Barack Obama this morning, but wait a tick.  AOL.com's homepage political poll results are in, and the site's calling a landslide for Republican John McCain.
Discussion: CNET News
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
New MacBooks Disable Pwnage Tool, Open Second Front in War on Jailbreaking  —  It's a given that each firmware update for the iPhone and iPod Touch will seal up exploits used by the Dev Team to ‘Pwn’ the devices, but nobody expected the new MacBooks to present a problem for would-be Jailbreakers.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and PMP Today
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Will Park / IntoMobile:
iPhone Dev Team: iPhone 2.2. OS jailbreak success!
Discussion: Gizmodo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Dash Charts a New Course, Cuts 50 Jobs  —  The credit crunch and the subsequent economic slowdown has everyone — from large corporations to individuals — reassessing their fiscal future, and many are taking drastic actions.  The latest moves from the world of Silicon Valley startups comes …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Kindle Offers Glimpse of ROI on Oprah  —  Nod From Talk Queen Causes a Surge in Web Traffic  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Since Amazon launched the Kindle, its electronic reader, a year ago, it has created a swarm of dedicated customer advocates.  But on Oct. 24 it snagged the most important evangelist …
The Official Google Blog:
Visualizing data in the cloud  —  More and more companies are storing data in the cloud, and as this data grows, so does the need for reporting tools to make sense of this information.  To address these growing needs, earlier this year we introduced the Google Visualization API …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Broadway and Dolly Parton Join Skirmish Over Airwaves  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Tuesday marks the end of a battle that has lasted for more than two years, with each side predicting apocalyptic consequences should it lose.  —  Not the fight for the presidency.  The one pitting Google against Dolly Parton.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Air Force Aims to ‘Rewrite Laws of Cyberspace’  —  The Air Force is fed up with a seemingly endless barrage of attacks on its computer networks from stealthy adversaries whose motives and even locations are unclear.  So now the service is looking to restore its advantage on the virtual battlefield …
Discussion: CircleID
John Morris / The Core Truth:
Intel's Core i7 gets put to the test  —  Intel won't announce its new Core i7 chips until later this month, but the first real reviews are popping up all over the place today.  Based on the early previews, I expected to see good numbers and Core i7, formerly known as Nehalem, delivers.
Discussion: eWeek, Crave and Electronista
James Sherwood / The Register:
Motorola legal tie to pull pricey Aura phone off eBay  —  Exclusive Once you've grown tired of your mobile phone then it's your prerogative to flog it on eBay, right?  Not if you buy Motorola's upcoming Aura phone, because the firm's penned a contract to prevent secondhand sales.
Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
When the chips are down, no wonder investment suffers  —  The Gartner market research firm now expects worldwide semiconductor industry revenues to expand just one percent in 2009, dramatically below its prior growth estimate of 8 percent.  —  Gartner research vice president Bryan Lewis issued …
Discussion: The Register
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
115 People Lose Their Jobs At Spot Runner, Weblistic Acquisition Is Washed Out  —  The layoffs at Spot Runner are a lot worse than we expected.  Instead of 50 to 75 people, Spot Runner is cutting much deeper—eliminating 115 jobs.  Co-founder and CEO Nick Grouf characterizes this as …
Nick Cooper / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Analytics for Google Apps  —  You may already use Google Analytics to see how people interact with your public website.  Now we're letting Google Apps administrators harness the power of Google Analytics to shed light on how their users are interacting with Google Docs and Google Sites.
Discussion: Google Watch and Googling Google
Marie-France Han / Reuters:
Microsoft, LG sign mobile collaboration deal  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. and South Korea's LG Electronics Inc on Monday said they had signed a preliminary agreement on strategic collaboration in mobile technology.  —  “The agreement ensures continued strategic collaboration in R&D …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Xohm WiMax Invades DC  —  After attending the Baltimore Xohm launch event last month, I decided to roll the dice... And although Sprint's Xohm WiMax 4G service hasn't officially launched in the DC metro area, I can confirm that not only are the antennas up, but that they're open for business.
Viacom:
Viacom Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results  — Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations were $0.62; Adjusted Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations were $0.55  —  Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2008.  —  Third Quarter 2008 Results
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
1,000 Web APIs  —  Last week ProgrammableWeb crossed one of its biggest milestones thus far when we added the 1,000th web service API to our API directory.  This is a long way from the 32 APIs we started with back in the summer of 2005.  Back then even the phrase “web mashup” was only a few months old.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Ryan Stewart
Lessig Blog:
Enormously important news from the Free Software Foundation  —  The Free Software Foundation has released the GNU Free Document License version 1.3.  Section 11 of that license now (essentially) permits certain wikis to be relicensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (v3.0) …
Discussion: Joi Ito's Web
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo-Google Neuter Search Deal, Resubmit to Justice Department  —  Yahoo and Google have amended their search partnership proposal and resubmitted it to the Justice Department, the WSJ says.  The duration of the deal has been shortened to two years from ten, and revenue contribution capped at 25% of Yahoo's overall search revenue.
Heather Champ / Flickr Blog:
3 Billion!  —  Also available in: Deutsch, Español  —  Take the pinky of either your left or right hand, hold it next to the corner of your mouth and say “3 beelleeeeon photos...” That's it above — our three billionth photo.  —  Photo from garrett_ryan_smith.
 
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Crashing The iPhone  —  Italian systems engineer Piergiorgio …
Discussion: TUAW and The iPhone Blog
Sean / Seeking to Understand:
Emailed Steve Jobs, Apple Called Back!
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Adknowledge Announces Acquisition of Adonomics
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Facebook membership surges to 120 million users
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Class action suit filed over PowerBook G4 memory slots
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