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2:00 PM ET, November 6, 2008

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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.  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  —  Microsoft had offered to buy Yahoo's search business after withdrawing an offer for the whole company in May.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After nearly a year spent seeking alternatives to Microsoft Corp's buyout offer …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Reuters and Gadgetell
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Jerry Yang: I'm a fighter
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 …
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 …
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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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Best Buy to start pre-selling the Blackberry Storm  —  Well, the rumors were true!  Want to reserve a Blackberry Storm and guarantee yourself one of hottest phones to hit Verizon?  Don't call a Verizon Wireless store and put yourself on some waiting list that the manager may or may not even bother …
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.
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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AT&T:
AT&T to Acquire Wayport; Combined Wi-Fi Networks to Provide Connectivity in More Places Millions of AT&T Customers to Get Free Wi-Fi Access at Nearly 20,000 U.S. Hotspots  —  AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced today that it has agreed, through one of its subsidiaries, to acquire privately-held Wayport …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson takes mobile music into 2009 with the W705 Walkman™ phone and Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900  —  Building on an array of innovative launches in 2008, Sony Ericsson announces two new products into its mobile music range looking beyond music into 2009 to offer the most state-of-the art mobile music experience.
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:
Discussion: Webware.com, Reuters and ReadWriteWeb
InfoWorld:
Dell to offer ‘white space’ connectivity in laptops  —  Dell will add a new wireless option to future laptops by installing radio chips that provide connectivity over the unused television spectrum known as white spaces.  —  On Tuesday, regulators at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted …
TheGoogleCache:
glync: Introducing Google Webmaster Tools External Link Tracker  —  Google Webmaster Tools was one of the greatest gifts Google ever offered the webmaster community.  However, of the many things they did right, there were certainly shortcomings.  The most noticeable shortcoming in my area of expertise was link tracking over time.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
PayPal Founder Peter Thiel's Hedge Fund Blows Up  —  PayPal founder Peter Thiel's Clarium was doing great though the summer, up 58% for the year.  But since then?  Whoops.  —  Clarium Capital Management LLC, the hedge-fund firm run by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, slumped 18 percent in October …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Bloomberg
Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
Photosynth Comes To Live Maps  —  There's a new feature now available on Live Maps: Photosynth!  The Microsoft Live Labs technology, Photosynth, which launched publicly back in August, allows you take your photos and turn them into rich, 3-D experiences.  Now, with the new Live Maps integration …
 
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Fake WordPress site distributing backdoored release
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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
Discussion: Startup Meme
Electronista:
T-Mobile to skip HSPA+, move right to 4G LTE
Discussion: Gadgetell and Electricpig.co.uk
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Online News Has No Choice But To Be Free
Discussion: WebProNews
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon: Citi Downgrades On Valuation, Macro Concerns
Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
Canon's 5D Mark II: The World's First Forbidden HD Video, Finally Official!!
Discussion: GeekBrief.TV, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
US Army to Push X-Files Tech Development, Invade World of Warcraft
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