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2:50 PM ET, November 6, 2008

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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), (Thu, Nov 6th)
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.
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Who will be the nation's CTO?  —  John Doerr (left) and John Heilemann at Web 2.0
Discussion: Digital Daily
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.  His painted a picture of a Yahoo that was spinning in circles with no clear future.  —  Fast forward six months and nothing has changed.
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Reuters:
Yahoo's Yang Says Microsoft Deal Still Best Option
Discussion: Ars Technica, Reuters and Gadgetell
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Jerry Yang: I'm a fighter
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 …
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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 …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Four Google Officials Likely to Stand Trial in Italy  —  Google is awaiting confirmation that four employees will face charges in Italy for failing to stop the publishing of a video of a disabled teenager being bullied.  —  The employees will face charges of defamation and failure …
Discussion: Digital Daily
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Italian Googlers Face Charges Over Video They Didn't Make
Discussion: NewTeeVee, WebProNews and Startup Meme
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Online News Has No Choice But To Be Free  —  There's a great opinion piece by Shane Richmond on the website for the UK's Telegraph newspaper, pointing out that various newspaper execs complaining about the fact that news is free online seem to be missing the point.
Discussion: Profy and WebProNews
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.
YouTube Blog:
New Features for the YouTube Embeddable Video  —  You don't have to be on the YouTube site to watch videos.  The YouTube player can be added to virtually any website, giving website creators and web surfers infinite access to the YouTube library.  With close to 44 percent …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp.: Business Worse Than We Thought, Ad Weakness Catching Up to MySpace  —  Rupert Murdoch, who has been dour about the economy since last spring, now says things are worse than he thought.  Three months ago, the News Corp. (NWS) CEO was predicting operating profits to increase four percent …
Matthew Futterman / Wall Street Journal:
NFL Games Go Wireless  —  Sprint Will Kick Off a Series of Eight Football Phone-Casts  —  In the era of the 52-inch plasma television set, marketers at Sprint Nextel Corp. are banking on football fans to seek out a decidedly smaller viewing experience.  —  For the first time Thursday …
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 …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Fake WordPress site distributing backdoored release  —  Can you find five differences between these two sites?  Wordpresz.org may indeed look like WordPress.org, but the 2.6.4 release it's distributing is on purposely backdoored in order to steal the content of cookies from those who have installed it …
Discussion: The Register and TechCrunch
Adobe:
Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB08-20  —  CVE number: CVE-2008-4818, CVE-2008-4819, CVE-2008-4820, CVE-2008-4821, CVE-2008-4822, CVE-2008-4823  —  Potential vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player 9..124 …
Discussion: Computerworld
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Netbooks Come Into Their Own  —  Somewhere between the laptop and the smart phone, the computer industry has long believed there could be a small, low-cost device that would please consumers and sell well.  —  The device would be more versatile than, say, an iPhone, but much cheaper and more portable than, say, a ThinkPad.
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
OMG, That Was A Big Day  —  Congratulations @barackobama, it looks like you'll be the first President of the United States to have an official Twitter account.  Also, thanks for taking part in an event that had a dramatic effect on Twitter activity and exposure worldwide.  Here are some quick stats from yesterday.
 
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Upgrade kits boost MacBook, MacBook Pro memory to 6GB
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel's Otellini At The Web 2.0 Summit
Discussion: Open Sources, Forbes and Webware.com
TheGoogleCache:
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Business Wire:
Machinima.com Raises Millions to Drive Expansion
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace MyAds Product A $50 Million Business A Month After Launch
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Victory Newspapers Going For More Than $100 On eBay
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
PayPal Founder Peter Thiel's Hedge Fund Blows Up
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Bloomberg
Electronista:
T-Mobile to skip HSPA+, move right to 4G LTE
Discussion: Gadgetell and Electricpig.co.uk
Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
Canon's 5D Mark II: The World's First Forbidden HD Video, Finally Official!!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
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