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4:55 PM ET, November 7, 2008

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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Internet As A Force In Politics: “Obama Would Not Have Won Without The Internet”  —  New York Magazine's John Heilemann is leading a panel at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this morning on “The Web and Politics.”  Joining him is San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome, Arianna Huffington and Joe Trippi.
Discussion: Epicenter and Webware.com
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Christina Clark / Download Squad:
Barack Obama - President 2.0?
Discussion: Gawker
BBC:
Web helps Obama with transition
Discussion: Technology Live
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.
Discussion: Mark Evans, Economist and Furrier.org
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John Oates / The Register:   Bloggers getting bigger and messier
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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Gary Burd / FriendFeed Blog:
Instant FriendFeed - Notifications and Posting over IM  —  The great thing about IM is that it's instant.  You know right away when someone wants to reach you.  To give users the option of having that same immediacy when it comes to FriendFeed, we're now offering FriendFeed over IM:
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Cash Panic Sweeping The VC Industry  —  Why have VC firms and PE firms clamped down on investments so fast?  Why are they shouting from the rooftops that portfolio companies had better start cutting costs immediately?  —  Well, for one thing, because they're not boneheads.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gawker
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?
Erick Schonfeld / MobileCrunch:
Study: iPhones Twice As Reliable As BlackBerries  —  The iPhone is twice as reliable as the Blackberry after one year of ownership, a new study by SquareTrade finds.  SquareTrade, which sells extra warranties for cell phones and other devices, looked at the failure rates of 15,000 phones covered under its plans.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple iPhone Chief Claims He Didn't Violate IBM Contract  —  Mark Papermaster says in court papers that the two tech vendors are not direct competitors.  —  Apple's newly appointed chief of iPod and iPhone engineering said his move to Cupertino does not violate a non-compete contract he signed …
Hitwise Intelligence:
Guest Post - Sizing Up the Long Tail of Search  —  At Hitwise our clients are always discovering new trends from the vast amount of data we offer.  From those findings we frequently get asked by clients to let them post their findings to our research blog.  So I am happy to present …
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
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft touts 25 percent eBay Cashback rebate  —  Microsoft is getting more aggressive with Live Search Cashback, a program that offers price cuts for those who buy products found with the company's search engine, touting a 25 percent rebate for items purchased through eBay.
Discussion: Live Search and LiveSide
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Barclays Cuts FY Q1 iPhone Forecast; Sees Ultra-Portable Macbook, Possible Phone Price Cuts In 2009  —  The latest cautionary comment from the Street on the prospects for Apple (AAPL) iPhone sales for the December quarter comes from Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Focus Switches To Search Deal With Microsoft  —  Jerry Yang's list of options for stopping the bleeding at Yahoo (YHOO) has continued to dwindle.  Pressured by the Feds, Google (GOOG) pulled out of the search outsourcing deal.  Despite speculation, Microsoft (MSFT) …
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 …
Electronista:
MS deems hybrid graphics unstable for Windows 7  —  A Thursday report warns Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system will not support hybrid dual-graphics systems currently on the market from NVIDIA and AMD.  The news came after a review of Microsoft's Guidelines for Graphics …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Game Studio Brash Entertainment's Millions Vanish  —  Brash Entertainment, a video game studio that concentrates on game adaptations of movies, is firing 20 workers and temporarily suspending pay for some of its developers, Variety reports.  By now this sounds like a familiar story.
Discussion: The Cut Scene, Kotaku and Startup Meme
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Researchers Hijack Storm Worm to Track Profits  —  A single response from 12 million e-mails is all it takes for spammers to turn annual profits of millions of dollars promoting knockoff pharmaceuticals, according to an unprecedented new study on the economics of spam.
Discussion: The Spam Diaries
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon's Touch Pro caught on video  —  Any festering belief that Verizon's version of the HTC Touch Pro is nothing more than a figment of our collective imagination can probably be put to bed now that we have it strutting its stuff on video, yeah?  It looks pretty much like what you'd expect it to …
Discussion: pocketnow.com
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 Benchmarks
Discussion: Lifehacker and Slashdot
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Sensing An Opening, Microsoft Moves to ‘Steal’ Verizon Search Deal From Google
Brigid Gaffikin / GigaOM:
Google: Money for Nothing and Your Spectrum for Free
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Worldwide broadband prices drop 20% in less than a year
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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
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed puts location in a bit more context by auto-adding maps to the stream
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Ballmer rules out new bid for Yahoo
 

 
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