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9:10 AM ET, November 7, 2008

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AppleInsider:
Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer  —  Addressing a developer conference in Sydney Australia, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the idea of using WebKit as the rendering engine within its web browser was “interesting” and added “we may look at that.”
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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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, WinExtra and OSNews
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft? IE? WebKit? Don't count on it
Discussion: CNET News and ZDNet.com.au
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed puts location in a bit more context by auto-adding maps to the stream  —  FriendFeed quietly rolled out a pretty cool new feature tonight.  Now, when you update a service that has location information included in it, such as Brightkite, a Google Map image of your location will be placed below the update.
Discussion: Mashable! and All Points Blog
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With his own account, Al Gore can finally claim to have invented Twitter too
Discussion: Mashable! and Chris O'Brien
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?
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Liliputing
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: The Social and CostPerNews
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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 …
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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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.
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.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Downturn-Busting Venture Round For iSkoot: $19 Million
Discussion: PE Hub 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.
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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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: Outside the Lines
Business Wire:
Sprint Nextel Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results  —  The company's third quarter earnings conference call will be held at 8 a.m. EST today.  Participants may dial 866-297-0891 in the US or Canada and provide the following ID 69374133 or may listen via the Internet at www.sprint.com/investor.
Tech-On! : tech news:
‘Mobile Phones Will Shoot Full HD Video in 2012,’ Ericsson Says  —  Ericsson AB of Sweden revealed its efforts in the mobile broadband market at a press conference Nov 6, 2008.  —  In the area of mobile communications, innovative technologies such as “HSPA evolution,” which is the successor to HSPA …
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, bit-tech.net and InfoWorld
Salamander Davoudi / Financial Times:
EMI Music to outline plans for restructure  —  Elio Leoni-Sceti, chief executive of EMI's troubled recorded music division, will today reveal plans to re-structure the business as he unveils an increase in first-half earnings.  —  In a staff presentation today, the 42-year-old Italian …
Discussion: Music Ally, paidContent.org and hypebot
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 …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Samsung takes No. 1 spot in U.S. cellphone market  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd passed Motorola Inc in the third quarter to become the leading cellphone handset vendor in the United States, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Friday.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Thomson IR:
Express Scripts Warns of Potential Large Data Breach Tied to Threat  —  Express Scripts (Nasdaq:ESRX), one of the largest pharmacy benefit management companies in North America, today announced that it has received a letter from an unknown person or persons trying to extort money from the company …
Discussion: PC World and New York Times
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”.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Why hasn't Digg made any progress?  It's worth only $164M now  —  Has the news site Digg really made no progress in two years?  —  That's what you'd have to conclude from the value investors are placing on Digg after their most recent investment: $164 million.
 
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Kablenet / The Register:
Ofcom urges government restraint on new broadband
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Songbird taxis to the runway
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Meebo IM goes native on Google Android—poorly
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Obama appoints lobbyist to head FCC transition, reports say
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Katina Johnson / The Official Google Blog:
New Google Help Forums
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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