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2:45 PM ET, November 7, 2008

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Nick / Rough Type:
Who killed the blogosphere?  —  Blogging seems to have entered its midlife crisis, with much existential gnashing-of-teeth about the state and fate of a literary form that once seemed new and fresh and now seems familiar and tired.  And there's good reason for the teeth-gnashing.
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John Oates / The Register:   Bloggers getting bigger and messier
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 …
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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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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Associated Press:
Microsoft CEO: No interest in buying Yahoo
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and PC World
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: Gizmodo and Engadget
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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?
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
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
iPhone tops business rankings, steals Nokia market share  —  Often labeled the outsider in the corporate world, Apple's iPhone has already reached the top of J.D. Power's satisfaction ranks for business smartphones — and is simultaneously the second-largest smartphone maker in the world.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Analyst confirms Apple slid past RIM to become number two smartphone vendor
Discussion: Reuters, The iPhone Blog and Gearlog
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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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:
Discussion: YugaTech and Startup Meme
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.
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
Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 Benchmarks  —  Home Articles & Reviews Search RSS IRC Contact Forums  —  Last week we published Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 benchmarks from a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 and had found Ubuntu's performance degraded peculiarly over the past year and a half.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Slashdot
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: The Mac Observer and CNET News
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Former Time Inc. Exec Domeniconi to Lead Microsoft U.S. Ad Sales  —  Will Be Responsible for Digital Media Assets From Xbox Live to Facebook Display Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — To try to pull together all of its myriad digital media assets for clients, Microsoft has lured an executive from the magazine world.
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Yahoo adds social features to Yahoo Buzz  —  Updates expand on Yahoo Open Strategy with new comments section, activity hub  —  Computerworld) Yahoo Inc. this week added new social elements to the beta version of its Yahoo Buzz social news site, which identifies the top news stories …
 
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple iPhone Chief Claims He Didn't Violate IBM Contract
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
LimeWire adds social features
Discussion: Slyck
BBC:
Web helps Obama with transition
Discussion: Technology Live
Brigid Gaffikin / GigaOM:
Google: Money for Nothing and Your Spectrum for Free
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
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Guest Post - Sizing Up the Long Tail of Search
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Worldwide broadband prices drop 20% in less than a year
Discussion: DSLreports and broadstuff
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New MacBook Pros, recent iMacs grappling with flaky wireless
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and digg.com
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon Building Large Data Center in Oregon
Discussion: TechFlash and Oregonian
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iSkoot gets $19M warchest to launch Web services platform for AT&T
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft aims Windows 7 for 2009 holiday season
 

 
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