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1:30 PM ET, November 7, 2008

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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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft? IE? WebKit? Don't count on it
Discussion: Epicenter, ZDNet.com.au and CNET News
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.
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Arrives: Sleek but Slow  —  This morning the stork dropped off one of the most highly-anticipated netbooks of the year.  Everyone wanted to see and touch the Inspiron Mini 12 because it's the first netbook with a 12-inch display.  How good was the keyboard?  How bright was the display?
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Chinese hack into White House network  —  Chinese hackers have penetrated the White House computer network on multiple occasions, and obtained e-mails between government officials, a senior US official told the Financial Times.  —  On each occasion, the cyber attackers accessed …
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 …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Sensing An Opening, Microsoft Moves to ‘Steal’ Verizon Search Deal From Google
Discussion: InfoWorld
Reuters:
Sprint Nextel Lost 1.3 Million Customers in Quarter  —  Sprint Nextel, the third-largest mobile service, on Friday posted a quarterly loss and weaker revenue as customers fled to rival services.  —  Sprint reported a net loss of $326 million, or 11 cents a share, compared with a profit of $64 million …
Discussion: Engadget
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Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Overtakes Motorola In the U.S.  —  Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Motorola Inc. as the leading vendor of handsets in the U.S. for the first time in the third quarter, according to data from Strategy Analytics Inc.  —  The South Korean company reached the milestone …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Apple, RIM win smartphone market share from Nokia  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Surging demand for the latest iPhone and Blackberry models helped Apple Inc and Research In Motion to win larger shares of the smartphone market in the third quarter at the expense of top vendor Nokia, market research firm Canalys said on Thursday.
Discussion: Ars Technica, I4U News and Electronista
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Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Steve Ballmer Confirms Existence of Windows Mobile 6.5  —  The possibility of there being a Windows Mobile 6.5 fell in the “rumor” column after Motorola CEO casually mentioned it in a conference call.  Now have official word from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that this rumor is reality.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Online Money Transfer Service iKobo Calls It Quits  —  Atlanta, GA-based iKobo, a company that provides a worldwide online money transfer service, is discontuining its operations, effective immediately.  In an e-mail to its users, the company writes:
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows 7 knows where you are  —  Microsoft program manager Alec Berntson shows how Windows 7 allows programs to take advantage of location-based information, in this case the operating system's weather gadget.  —  (Credit: Ina Fried/CNET News)  —  LOS ANGELES—Windows 7 …
Discussion: DailyTech, webmonkey and CNET News
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.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
John Oates / The Register:
Bloggers getting bigger and messier  —  But not in the way you think...  Blog front pages are now large pages of images and scripts rather than the pared-down text pages of old.  —  The average-sized front page is 934KB and 35 per cent are over 1MB, according to researchers who looked at Technorati's top 100 blogs.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Adknowledge On Acquisition Spree, Buys Lookery's Advertising Business  —  After announcing the acquisition of Adonomics earlier this week, online advertising company Adknowledge lets us know that they've bought Lookery's ad serving business to be integrated into its other daughter company, Cubics (which it acquired in December 2007).
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils ‘walking assist device’  —  A bit off topic, but pretty neat nonetheless: Honda has rolled out its second experimental walking device.  The contraption is for folks that can walk, but have trouble supporting their weight.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Electronista and Crave
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.
 
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BBC:
Web helps Obama with transition
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Brigid Gaffikin / GigaOM:
Google: Money for Nothing and Your Spectrum for Free
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James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Sony Ericsson Whips out the Crystal Ball: 20MP Cameras and HD …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Worldwide broadband prices drop 20% in less than a year
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Jonathan Ratner / FP Trading Desk:
Nortel may cut jobs to help improve liquidity
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New MacBook Pros, recent iMacs grappling with flaky wireless
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon Building Large Data Center in Oregon
Discussion: TechFlash and Oregonian
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Revamping Forums, Changes Look Good
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed puts location in a bit more context by auto-adding maps to the stream
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