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5:00 PM ET, November 3, 2008

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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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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
JP Morgan's Online Ad Outlook Worsens; Display's Deterioration Accelerates
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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 …
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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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Confirms That Moore Is Leaving; Picks Up MSN Vet Dossett To Head U.S. Audiences  —  Yahoo's confirmation that Scott Moore is leaving is about to cross the wires, included in the news that Jeff Dossett is joining the company as SVP-U.S. Audience.  Dossett—who, like Moore, comes to Yahoo …
Discussion: BoomTown and Silicon Alley Insider
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
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
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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
IDC:
Worldwide PC Microprocessor Market Hits Record Levels of Unit Shipments Again in 3Q08, But Outlook for Market Has Grown Murky, According to IDC  —  Intel's Atom Processor Drives Mobile PC Processor Segment  —  Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments in the third calendar quarter of 2008 …
Discussion: GigaOM and Docu-Drama
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:   IDC: Intel Atom lifts processor shipments
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 and Datamation
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 …
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Salesforce.com Says Hello World  —  Salesforce.com was founded less than 10 years ago, in March 1999.  This is hard to remember when you walk into the Dreamforce event at the Moscone and see all the companies, both large and small, proclaiming that they are part of their ecosystem.
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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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
Cherise Fong / CNN:
Internetting every thing, everywhere, all the time  —  (CNN) — It's called “The Internet of Things” — at least for now.  It refers to an imminent world where physical objects and beings, as well as virtual data and environments, all live and interact with each other in the same space and time.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless kills Pay as You Go data plans, data plans now mandatory  —  This has been rumored to be coming but VZW E dropped the bomb on us all by leaking a Verizon Wireless document detailing some drastic changes to Verizon's data plans.  Starting November 14th, 2008 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Babelgum Shakeup Continues As COO Leaves  —  Babelgum's chief operating officer Michael O'Callaghan will leave the P2P online video platform, we have learned and confirmed with the company, the latest in a series of high-level departures at Babelgum this year.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent
 
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Xohm WiMax Invades DC
Discussion: BetaNews and jkOnTheRun
Nick Cooper / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Analytics for Google Apps
Discussion: Googling Google
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Air Force Aims to ‘Rewrite Laws of Cyberspace’
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Facebook membership surges to 120 million users
Discussion: Valleywag
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Which Twitter-clone Should Your Company Consider?
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Class action suit filed over PowerBook G4 memory slots
David Adewumi / VentureBeat:
Weebly scores 1 million users, reaches profitability
 Earlier Items: 
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
What Ray Ozzie didn't tell you about Microsoft Azure
Discussion: Beyond Search