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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Low Will Online Ads Go?  Lower, Says J.P. Morgan.  Very, Very Low, Says Gawker's Nick Denton  —  A year ago, the conventional wisdom said that the online advertising market would still grow in an economic slump because online ads were cheaper and more effective.  —  And they are.
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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
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
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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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.
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
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro  —  Apple, MacBook Pro, Vista, Windows 7  —  Here we are sitting in the PC Magazine Labs, and it occurs to us: We've got a shiny new Macbook Pro and an early build of Windows 7 on disc, so why not attempt to use one to run the other?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Will Park / IntoMobile:
iPhone Dev Team: iPhone 2.2.  OS jailbreak success!  —  Apple hasn't even officially rolled out its iPhone 2.2.  OS yet and we're already seeing the iPhone development community hacking away at the beta-release of the iPhone OS update.  And, by “development community” …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Josh Bancroft's …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
New MacBooks Disable Pwnage Tool, Open Second Front in War on Jailbreaking
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and PMP Today
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.
Sean / Seeking to Understand:
Emailed Steve Jobs, Apple Called Back!  —  I mostly love my new MacBook Pro - but one thing that has been driving me slightly insane is that the trackpad misses clicks sometimes.  You hear and feel the click - it just doesn't register the click.  I've read through the Apple discussion forums …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
FCC delays controversial vote  —  The Federal Communications Commission is postponing a controversial vote on how phone companies pay each other for long-distance calls that traverse their networks.  —  The commission was expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal spearheaded by Chairman Kevin Martin …
Discussion: Bits and DSLreports
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 …
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 …
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple: No new products before the holidays  —  Despite Internet rumors of forthcoming product releases, an Apple representative confirmed that the company has no plans to release any new products before the holidays.  —  “Our holiday line-up is set,” Apple spokesman Bill Evans told Macworld.
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: Crave, eWeek and Electronista
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 …
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 …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Airwaves Battle Pits Dolly Parton Against Google  —  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.
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
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Trials Tiered Broadband in Nevada  —  Following in the footsteps of Time Warner Cable, Frontier Communications and several UK Internet service providers, AT&T unveiled a tiered broadband service in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 1.  According to a Friday filing with the Federal Communication Commission …
Discussion: DSLreports
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.
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Crashing The iPhone  —  Italian systems engineer Piergiorgio Zambrini won fame and money last year when he created “Ziphone,” the first widespread application that unlocked iPhones to run on mobile carriers other than AT&T. Now he's making another bid for the spotlight by revealing a bug …
Discussion: MacNN, TUAW and The iPhone Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Brains behind Hulu leaves NBC  —  George Kliavkoff, the man who helped draw up the blueprint for a string of successful digital media services—from Hulu to Major League Baseball Advance Media—is leaving NBC Universal at the end of the year, CNET News has learned.
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent.org
 
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Daniel Boffey / Daily Mail:
Tax website shut down as memory stick with secret personal data …
Discussion: CNET News and The Register
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Has Blu-ray's copy protection been cracked?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Heather Champ / Flickr Blog:
3 Billion!
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Adknowledge Announces Acquisition of Adonomics
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Cellphone Effect, Continued
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Facebook membership surges to 120 million users
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Which Twitter-clone Should Your Company Consider?
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Class action suit filed over PowerBook G4 memory slots
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