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7:45 AM ET, November 7, 2008

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AppleInsider:
Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer  —  Addressing a developer conference in Sydney Australia, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the idea of using WebKit as the rendering engine within its web browser was “interesting” and added “we may look at that.”
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Rodney Gedda / Techworld:
Microsoft ‘interested’ in open source browser: Ballmer  —  Browser extensions likely to attract proprietary development  —  Microsoft has given its most ringing endorsement of open source Web browsers to date with chief executive officer Steve Ballmer not ruling out adopting such technology …
Discussion: TechCrunch, WinExtra, OSNews and Slashdot
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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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Oh, dear, here come the ‘Facebook to buy Twitter’ rumors
Discussion: The Social and CostPerNews
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Facebook chief: We're hiring, not firing
Discussion: Bits and L.A. Times Tech Blog
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”.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
AT&T: Tethering Coming to the iPhone Soon
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Tries to Steal Verizon Deal From Google  —  Microsoft Corp., capitalizing on Google Inc.'s regulatory snarl, is working to steal a deal with Verizon Wireless away from its rival.  —  Microsoft has gotten the mobile carrier's attention by offering a sweeter deal to put its search service …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iSkoot gets $19M warchest to launch Web services platform for AT&T  —  ISkoot, the company that lets you make Skype Internet calls from your mobile phone, has raised $19 million in a third round of venture capital to build an ambitious mobile platform for AT&T.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Downturn-Busting Venture Round For iSkoot: $19 Million
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With his own account, Al Gore can finally claim to have invented Twitter too  —  Back in September during Current TV's Hack the Debate event, former vice president Al Gore (a co-founder of Current) admitted he did not have an account on the micro-messaging service Twitter (which was helped with the event) …
Discussion: Mashable! and Chris O'Brien
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed puts location in a bit more context by auto-adding maps to the stream
Discussion: All Points Blog
Alex Serpo / CNET News:
Ballmer rules out new bid for Yahoo  —  SYDNEY—Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Friday that Microsoft is “not interested” in making a new offer for internet company Yahoo, despite Yahoo's share price currently sitting at less than half what Microsoft initially offered.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Meet the Internet's Human Pinata: Jerry Yang  —  Well, this was certainly predictable-the mindless piling on of Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang now taking place in the blogosphere, in the wake of yet another setback for the troubled Internet company.  —  This time, it comes after the collapse of the search advertising deal with Google yesterday.
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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.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft aims Windows 7 for 2009 holiday season  —  LOS ANGELES—In a technical session on Thursday afternoon, Microsoft provided the clearest public indication that it is planning on getting Windows 7 completed in time to run on PCs that ship for next year's holiday buying season.
Salamander Davoudi / Financial Times:
EMI Music to outline plans for restructure  —  Elio Leoni-Sceti, chief executive of EMI's troubled recorded music division, will today reveal plans to re-structure the business as he unveils an increase in first-half earnings.  —  In a staff presentation today, the 42-year-old Italian …
Discussion: Music Ally, hypebot and paidContent.org
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 …
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
Songbird taxis to the runway  —  Music jukebox and Web browser mash-up Songbird has begun to pull away from the beta gate.  In its first release candidate for Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Gecko-powered browser aimed at audio junkies locks down a final list of features.
Discussion: Slashdot
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Battered, but not broken: understanding the WPA crack  —  Finding a slim vector  —  Academic researchers have found an exploitable hole in a popular form of wireless networking encryption.  The hole is in a part of 802.11i that forms the basis of WiFi Protected Access (WPA), so it could affect routers worldwide.
Discussion: DSLreports, bit-tech.net and InfoWorld
Tech-On! : tech news:
‘Mobile Phones Will Shoot Full HD Video in 2012,’ Ericsson Says  —  Ericsson AB of Sweden revealed its efforts in the mobile broadband market at a press conference Nov 6, 2008.  —  In the area of mobile communications, innovative technologies such as “HSPA evolution,” which is the successor to HSPA …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Why hasn't Digg made any progress?  It's worth only $164M now  —  Has the news site Digg really made no progress in two years?  —  That's what you'd have to conclude from the value investors are placing on Digg after their most recent investment: $164 million.
Kablenet / The Register:
Ofcom urges government restraint on new broadband  —  ‘Hands off!’  —  The public sector should take a minor role investing in high bandwidth broadband capacity, according to a senior Ofcom official.  —  Peter Phillips, partner for strategy and market developments at the communications regulator …
Discussion: Inquirer
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Samsung takes No. 1 spot in U.S. cellphone market  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd passed Motorola Inc in the third quarter to become the leading cellphone handset vendor in the United States, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Friday.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Robertjmoore / The Metric System:
“Single?”  Lawn Signs Conquer the American Landscape  —  Over the past two years, I have developed a growing fascination with lawn signs.  Not the ones advertising politicians or plumbers, but the ones advertising websites.  Dating websites.  —  These signs are so prevalent in my area …
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.
Social Advertising / Cubics Publisher Blog:
Adknowledge Acquires Lookery Ads  —  Lookery and Adknowledge are pleased to announce that Lookery's ad serving business has been acquired by Adknowledge / Cubics.com.  Lookery has been seeking a company to acquire its ad serving business that is able to both provide you with the same …
 
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Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Meebo IM goes native on Google Android—poorly
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MetroPCS Launches MetroPCS Unlimited NationwideSM
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Obama appoints lobbyist to head FCC transition, reports say
Discussion: Computerworld and www.redstate.com
Katina Johnson / The Official Google Blog:
New Google Help Forums
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Photosynth Exploration in Live Search Maps
Discussion: Webware.com and Microsoft Pri0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LiveBlogging MySpace's Chris DeWolfe And Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman …
PR Newswire:
Limelight Networks Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Layoffs At Zappos, According To Employee Tweets, CEO Blog
Discussion: Zappos Blogs and Valleywag
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
If AOL Is Amherst and Yahoo Is Yale, Why Aren't They Giving …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Snapily Spices Up Business Cards And More With Awesome 3D Effects
Discussion: Changing Way
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
BitTorrent President Quits, Forms New Venture With YouTube's Chen, Others
Discussion: Digital Media Wire, Slyck and Valleywag
 

 
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