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5:25 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”.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LiveBlogging Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg At Web 2.0  —  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 about regarding the state of Facebook, and its future.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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Joel Esler / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:   WPA Wi-fi Cracked (but it's not as bad as you think... yet)
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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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.
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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
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
J.D. Power: Apple's iPhone top dog in customer satisfaction  —  Apple's iPhone snagged J.D. Power's top customer satisfaction rating in a study of business smartphone users.  —  In its 2008 Business Wireless Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study J.D. Power said the iPhone …
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Will Park / IntoMobile:   JD Power: iPhone is tops among business users
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 and Valleywag
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 …
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
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.”
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
Margaret Kane / CNET News:
Obama names tech execs to transition team  —  President-elect Barack Obama has named tech executives from Google.org and InterActiveCorp to his transition team, according to reports.  —  Google.org's Sonal Shah and Julius Genchowski, a former IAC executive who also served as chief counsel …
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel's Otellini At The Web 2.0 Summit  —  Intel (INTC) CEO Paul Otellini is being interviewed on stage this morning by John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Summit at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.  He's apparently going to start with some demos.  —  Here are some tidbits from his presentation:
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for November 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: November 6, 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: November 11, 2008  —  This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on November 11, 2008.
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.
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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