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4:00 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”.
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Sit down with AT&T's Ralph De La Vega
Discussion: Android Community
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)
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.
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.
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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.
Discussion: Reuters, Webware.com and Forbes
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.
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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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.
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, CrunchGear and wmpoweruser.com
Will Park / IntoMobile:
JD Power: iPhone is tops among business users  —  When the iPhone launched, the world scoffed at the first-ever Apple mobile phone's lack of physical keyboard or any real enterprise support.  Business users around the world brushed aside the iPhone as a casual fad that would never amount to any real significance in the mobile space.
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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 …
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
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 …
Phone Arena:
Gallery: Upcoming Samsung phones for the US  —  Published on: 06 November, 2008 by PhoneArena Team  —  We've got some updates on Samsung's upcoming carrier phones, plus a number of new images, which, we hope, you may find interesting.  —  First, we are introducing you the clamshell for Alltel …
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:
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: TechCrunch and The Register
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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