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6:25 PM ET, November 6, 2008

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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
AT&T: Tethering Coming to the iPhone Soon  —  Here's a bit of cheery news from the Web 2.0 Summit: AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph De La Vega just told interviewer Michael Arrington that the company is working with Apple to let the iPhone serve as a tethered wireless modem for laptops soon.
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
AT&T-sanctioned 3G tethering on the way for iPhone  —  In an interview with Michael Arrington at the Web 2.0 Summit, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega let it be known that an official, AT&T sanctioned method of using the iPhone as a 3G modem for a laptop is on the way “soon”.
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Sit down with AT&T's Ralph De La Vega
Discussion: Android Community
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Yahoo's Jerry Yang runs into a wall  —  The reviews of Jerry Yang's performance at the Web 2.0 Summit have not been glowing.  The Yahoo CEO's interview with Web 2.0 Summit co-host John Battelle this week has been described as a train wreck, self-delusional, and as making a mockery of the vaunted company he helped create.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo: Poor, Alone and Sad  —  Six months ago Jerry Yang took the stage at the D Conference to talk about the state of his business.  He painted a picture of a Yahoo that was spinning in circles with no clear future.  —  Fast forward six months and nothing has changed.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Feature films coming to YouTube  —  YouTube will begin offering feature films produced by at least one of the biggest Hollywood movie studios possibly as early as next month, according to an executive with a major entertainment company.  —  For months, Google, YouTube's parent company …
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News:
Ballmer dismisses Google Android  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer on Thursday dismissed the Android mobile operating system, saying he believed that building it was financially unsound for Google.  —  Speaking at Telstra's annual investment day, Ballmer said designing Android wasn't easy for Google.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Craigslist Agrees to Curb Prostitution Ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The online classifieds company Craigslist said Thursday that it had reached an agreement with 40 state attorneys general and agreed to tame its notoriously unruly “erotic services” listings.  —  Prostitutes and sex-oriented businesses …
Discussion: GMSV
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Craigslist puts a dimmer on its red-light district  —  Craigslist has entered into an agreement with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Attorneys General of 40 states to enact measures that it claims is targeted towards fighting child exploitation …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
John Doerr's Advice for Barack Obama: Hire Bill Joy  —  At the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco Wednesday, billionaire venture capitalist John Doerr was interviewed by John Heilemann, a contributing editor at New York magazine who came in from Chicago, fresh off the Obama campaign trail.
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Fuze hitting shelves November 11th for $299  —  Looks like the Fuze may be hitting sooner than initially anticipated.  An anonymous tipster just dropped some official AT&T documents on us that show the Fuze dropping on November 11th.  Start saving your dough now as the Fuze …
Discussion: Crave and CrunchGear
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Once Thought Safe, WPA Wi-Fi Encryption Is Cracked  —  Security researchers say they've developed a way to partially crack the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption standard used to protect data on many wireless networks.  —  The attack, described as the first practical attack on WPA …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
AT&T to acquire Wi-Fi network provider Wayport  —  AT&T announced plans on Thursday to acquire Wi-Fi network provider Wayport in a $275 million cash deal.  —  The acquisition will expand AT&T's network of free U.S. hot spots by an additional 20,000 locations, adding such select hotels as Wyndham …
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Canalys:
Global smart phone shipments rise 28%  —  For immediate release  — Total worldwide smart phone shipments hit new peak of 39.9 million in Q3 2008  — US market more than doubles, but decline in Japan contributes to 18% year-on-year fall in Asia Pacific
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple in second place as smartphones surge
Discussion: Reuters
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LiveBlogging Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg At Web 2.0: Revenue, Fundraising, Growth and Products  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes the stage with John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this afternoon, at about 2 pm.  —  Like Jerry Yang yesterday, Zuckerberg has a lot to talk …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Activates Podcast Downloads in 2.2 Firmware  —  German blog Schimanke.com publishes new screenshots from the iPhone 2.2 firmware that reveal that Apple has activated iTunes and App Store features that will make their debut in the next iPhone update.  Prior to this past week, these new features had not been fully enabled.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
BitTorrent President Quits, Forms New Venture With YouTube's Chen, Others  —  BitTorrent Inc. co-founder Ashwin Navin is leaving his post as president of the company to form an incubator-like endeavor with a group of other tech executives that includes YouTube co-founder Steve Chen.
Discussion: Slyck
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows 7 Server gets its day  —  Microsoft Vice President Bill Laing talks about the server version of Windows 7, dwarfed by servers from Hewlett-Packard and IBM.  —  (Credit: Ina Fried/CNET Networks)  —  LOS ANGELES—After two weeks of focus on the desktop version of Windows 7, it's server counterpart finally got a day in the sun.
Discussion: Computerworld
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Has Tech Answer for Woes of Economy  —  I.B.M.'s chief executive, Samuel J. Palmisano, is proposing a technology-fueled economic recovery plan that calls for public and private investment in more efficient systems for utility grids, traffic management, food distribution, water conservation and health care.
Discussion: Valleywag and Todd Watson
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft ditches old Hotmail design; users gripe  —  Yahoo and Google aren't the only ones whose Web site changes incur the wrath of users who'd rather things stay the way they were.  —  Microsoft is discontinuing an option to use Hotmail's older “classic” interface, merging it with a newer …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Missing Netbook Growth as Linux Wins Sales  —  Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) — Small laptops are becoming a big problem for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows business.  —  A new breed of lightweight computers called netbooks are beginning to crack the company's dominance of operating systems.
Discussion: Liliputing and Computerworld Blogs
Verizon:
BlackBerry Storm Connects Customers Around The Globe  —  New BlackBerry Storm - Available Exclusively in the U.S. to Verizon Wireless Customers - Makes Globetrotting a Breeze  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Ex-Intel worker indicted on $1B trade secrets theft  —  Network World) An ex-Intel employee accused of stealing US$1 billion worth of trade secrets and using them to help rival AMD was indicted in Massachusetts Wednesday, according to news reports.  —  Biswamohan Pani, 33, of Worcester …
The Official Google Blog:
The art of the field study  —  I'm Dan Russell, a member of the Search Quality team doing user experience research.  This post is part of our ongoing series to talk about the Search Quality team at Google, showing a bit of what we do in the day-to-day course of improving the quality of the user experience.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Q3 Sales and Profit Beat, Shares Up 6%  —  Graphics chip maker Nvidia (NVDA) this evening reported sales and profit for the third quarter ended October 26 ahead of analysts' estimates.  Sales fell 20% to $897.7 million, but still beat analysts' $890 million estimate for the quarter …
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace MyAds Product A $50 Million Business A Month After Launch  —  MySpace's self service display ad product, called MyAds, officially launched on October 12, less than a month ago.  Advertisers can bypass the normal sales routine, use a Flash tool to create their own display ads, and run them on a cost-per-click basis.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's favorite penny stock: Nexicon  —  Google is hoping to perfect YouTube's video identification system with the help of a company that hasn't filed financials with the Securities and Exchange Commission, has a convoluted history and is run by a self-proclaimed “natural born content pirate.”
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Snapily Spices Up Business Cards And More With Awesome 3D Effects  —  For all the startups making customizable stationary and business cards available on the web, we really haven't seen much in terms of innovation: most sites have almost the same options and features, and there isn't much you can do beyond …
Discussion: Changing Way
AT&T:
AT&T Customers Connect Faster with New 18 Mbps U-verse High Speed Internet Service AT&T Offers More Speed, More Choices with Its Fastest Broadband Service Ever  —  For millions of consumers with a need for more speed, the broadband choices just got better.  AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) …
 
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