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9:05 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”.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LiveBlogging MySpace's Chris DeWolfe And Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Tech Confidential
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Oh, dear, here come the ‘Facebook to buy Twitter’ rumors
Discussion: CostPerNews
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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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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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
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.
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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Canalys:
Global smart phone shipments rise 28%
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com
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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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.
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 Digital Media Wire
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
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 …
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.
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
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Photosynth Exploration in Live Search Maps  —  Finding cool Photosynth's just got a heck of a lot easier.  We've just introduced a new way to explore Photosynth's as a part of our Collection Explorer feature on Live Search Maps.  —  2 things - (1) how do you find Photosynths and (2) how did they get there??
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0 and Webware.com
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 …
 
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Lines Up Partners for Launch of 45-Nm ‘Shanghai’ Processor
Discussion: The Register
PR Newswire:
Limelight Networks Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Obama's Online Ad Spend Approached $8 Million
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Government transition sites launched
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Missing Netbook Growth as Linux Wins Sales
Discussion: Liliputing and Computerworld Blogs
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's favorite penny stock: Nexicon
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Upgrade kits boost MacBook, MacBook Pro memory to 6GB
Discussion: SlashGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace MyAds Product A $50 Million Business A Month After Launch
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Netbooks Come Into Their Own
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