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8:20 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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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Sit down with AT&T's Ralph De La Vega
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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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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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
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.
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.
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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Global smart phone shipments rise 28%
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com
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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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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
If AOL Is Amherst and Yahoo Is Yale, Why Aren't They Giving the Merger the Old College Try?  —  If there is a corporate merger brewing, there inevitably is always a code name for each company involved.  —  In the case of Yahoo's merger talks with AOL, which are ongoing …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
PR Newswire:
Limelight Networks Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results  — Grew revenue to $33.1 million, a 9% sequential increase from the second quarter and 18% increase from third-quarter 2007 non-GAAP revenue of $28.0 million  — Grew AARPC (average annualized revenue per customer) by 8% through continued focus on high-quality customers
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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
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: Valleywag and Zappos Blogs
 
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