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11:30 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”.
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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Oh, dear, here come the ‘Facebook to buy Twitter’ rumors  —  SAN FRANCISCO—John Battelle, CEO of Federated Media, decided to have a little bit of speculative fun onstage Thursday with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the Web 2.0 Summit.  It's the sort of “speculative fun” …
Discussion: CostPerNews
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Facebook chief: We're hiring, not firing
Discussion: Webware.com and All Facebook
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Craigslist Agrees to Curb Sex 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 …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple in second place as smartphones surge  —  The iPhone was the story in the worldwide smartphone market last quarter.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple's blowout quarter for iPhone 3G sales lifted it into second place among all smartphone vendors worldwide.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Reuters and Neowin.net
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Canalys:
Global smart phone shipments rise 28%
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com
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: CrunchGear and wmpoweruser.com
Robertjmoore / The Metric System:
“Single?”  Lawn Signs Conquer the American Landscape  —  Over the past two years, I have developed a growing fascination with lawn signs.  Not the ones advertising politicians or plumbers, but the ones advertising websites.  Dating websites.  —  These signs are so prevalent in my area …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Twitter's Evan Williams: Making money through corporate accounts?  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In a panel at the Web 2.0 Summit, Twitter co-founder and CEO Evan Williams wouldn't concretely answer one of Silicon Valley's biggest unanswered questions: how the company plans to make money.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft aims Windows 7 for 2009 holiday season  —  LOS ANGELES—In a technical session on Thursday afternoon, Microsoft provided the clearest public indication that it is planning on getting Windows 7 completed in time to run on PCs that ship for next year's holiday buying season.
Discussion: Big Download Blog
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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Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Russian Company to Sue Google for $3 Billion for Contextual Ads Technology  —  It looks like Google is facing yet another patent lawsuit - this time involving a huge amount of money, the technology that is the key to Google's money-making machine and a team of Russian developers.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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 …
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Obama appoints lobbyist to head FCC transition, reports say  —  So much for change.  —  Telecom policy circles are a buzz with the news of Barack Obama's pick to head the Federal Communications Commission transition team.  Obama is reported to have chosen lawyer and DC insider Henry Rivera …
Katina Johnson / The Official Google Blog:
New Google Help Forums  —  For the last few years, the Google Help Forums have been a great gathering place for users, developers, and anyone else who has an opinion about Google or its products.  We've been taking stock of what you have to say, and we've been impressed by the hundreds …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
MetroPCS:
MetroPCS Launches MetroPCS Unlimited NationwideSM  —  Wireless Service Provider Includes Expanded Footprint in Its Flat-Rate, Unlimited Service Offering  —  MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS), the nation's leading provider of unlimited, flat-rate wireless communications service …
Discussion: PhoneNews.com and Crave
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.
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Government transition sites launched  —  Two new Web sites launched Wednesday that map out President-elect Barack Obama's transition to the White House.  —  Change.gov, Obama's official transition site, features a blog, a section with Obama's agenda, and a section that profiles the Obama administration.
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.
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: Digital Media Wire and Slyck
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Layoffs At Zappos, According To Employee Tweets, CEO Blog  —  Online shoe store Zappos laid off 8% of its employees today.  CEO Tony Hsieh blogs:  —  Today has been a tough, emotional day for everyone at Zappos.  We made the hard choice of laying off about 8% of our employees.
Discussion: Zappos Blogs and Valleywag
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Photosynth Exploration in Live Search Maps  —  Finding cool Photosynth's just got a heck of a lot easier.  We've just introduced a new way to explore Photosynth's as a part of our Collection Explorer feature on Live Search Maps.  —  2 things - (1) how do you find Photosynths and (2) how did they get there??
Discussion: Webware.com and Microsoft Pri0
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.
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.
PhotographyBLOG:
Canon PowerShot E1 Review  —  If the digital camera had been invented in the 1950s, it would probably have looked a lot like the Canon PowerShot E1.  The curvy design brings to mind a host of associations ranging from vintage jukeboxes to early refrigerators.
Discussion: 1001 Noisy Cameras and Engadget
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LiveBlogging MySpace's Chris DeWolfe And Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
If AOL Is Amherst and Yahoo Is Yale, Why Aren't They Giving …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple University may serve as internal MBA program
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Missing Netbook Growth as Linux Wins Sales
Discussion: Liliputing and Computerworld Blogs
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft ditches old Hotmail design; users gripe
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's favorite penny stock: Nexicon
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace MyAds Product A $50 Million Business A Month After Launch
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Netbooks Come Into Their Own
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