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1:40 AM ET, November 7, 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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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Oh, dear, here come the ‘Facebook to buy Twitter’ rumors  —  SAN FRANCISCO—John Battelle, CEO of Federated Media, decided to have a little bit of speculative fun onstage Thursday with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the Web 2.0 Summit.  It's the sort of “speculative fun” …
Discussion: CostPerNews
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Facebook chief: We're hiring, not firing
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Bits
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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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 …
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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Canalys:
Global smart phone shipments rise 28%
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com
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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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.
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 …
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 and wmpoweruser.com
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
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.
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) …
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Obama appoints lobbyist to head FCC transition, reports say  —  So much for change.  —  Telecom policy circles are a buzz with the news of Barack Obama's pick to head the Federal Communications Commission transition team.  Obama is reported to have chosen lawyer and DC insider Henry Rivera …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Government transition sites launched  —  Two new Web sites launched Wednesday that map out President-elect Barack Obama's transition to the White House.  —  Change.gov, Obama's official transition site, features a blog, a section with Obama's agenda, and a section that profiles the Obama administration.
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Meebo IM goes native on Google Android—poorly  —  Meebo for Google Android is not a terrible instant-messaging application.  But it isn't a very good representation of what IM clients for the Android platform can do, or even a good representation of what Meebo itself can do.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and MobileCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LiveBlogging MySpace's Chris DeWolfe And Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman At Web2.0: Music, Music, Music (And Money)  —  MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe and Warner Music Group's Edgar Bronfman take the stage with John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Summit this evening.  The topic: The Future Of Music.
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
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, Digital Media Wire and Valleywag
MetroPCS:
MetroPCS Launches MetroPCS Unlimited NationwideSM  —  Wireless Service Provider Includes Expanded Footprint in Its Flat-Rate, Unlimited Service Offering  —  MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS), the nation's leading provider of unlimited, flat-rate wireless communications service …
Discussion: Crave
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.
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 and PC World
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: Zappos Blogs and Valleywag
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.
Discussion: 1001 Noisy Cameras and Engadget
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
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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Katina Johnson / The Official Google Blog:
New Google Help Forums
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
AT&T:
AT&T Customers Connect Faster with New 18 Mbps U-verse High Speed …
Discussion: Gizmodo and DSLreports
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Snapily Spices Up Business Cards And More With Awesome 3D Effects
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple University may serve as internal MBA program
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Missing Netbook Growth as Linux Wins Sales
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft ditches old Hotmail design; users gripe
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's favorite penny stock: Nexicon
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Netbooks Come Into Their Own
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Feature films coming to YouTube