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3:25 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 …
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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Jonathan Standing / Reuters:
Microsoft CEO pours cold water on Yahoo interest
Discussion: Profy, BloggingStocks and AppScout
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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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?
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
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft aims Windows 7 for 2009 holiday season
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, Macsimum News and MacUser
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
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
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 …
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Introducing The First Extension For Fennec (aka Firefox Mobile)
Electronista:
MS deems hybrid graphics unstable for Windows 7
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Cash Panic Sweeping The VC Industry
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
LimeWire adds social features
Discussion: Slyck
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Yahoo adds social features to Yahoo Buzz
BBC:
Web helps Obama with transition
Discussion: Technology Live
Brigid Gaffikin / GigaOM:
Google: Money for Nothing and Your Spectrum for Free
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Worldwide broadband prices drop 20% in less than a year
Discussion: DSLreports and broadstuff
 Earlier Items: 
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New MacBook Pros, recent iMacs grappling with flaky wireless
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon Building Large Data Center in Oregon
Discussion: TechFlash and Oregonian
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Meet the Internet's Human Pinata: Jerry Yang
Discussion: The Mac Observer and CNET News
 

 
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German publishers grudgingly allow Google to display news snippets in search results without compensation

 
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