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5:05 PM ET, November 8, 2008

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Reuters:
U.S. judge orders Apple executive to stop work  —  A U.S. District Court judge in New York ordered a newly hired Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) executive to stop work immediately because he might be violating an agreement with his former employer, IBM (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
If You Think Apple and IBM Were Never Rivals, Steve Jobs Has a Funny Story for You
Discussion: Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's Historical Hit: The Obamas On Election Night  —  Barack Obama's longtime campaign photographer David Katz took 82 pictures of the soon-to-be first family election night.  Later, Katz uploaded them to Yahoo's (YHOO) photo-sharing site, Flickr.  Gawker's Ryan Tate puts it in perspective:
Nick / Rough Type:
Zuckerberg's Second Law  —  There's something about the crisp autumn air that brings out the philosopher in Mark Zuckerberg.  At this week's Web 2. Summit, the Facebook founder mused, according to Saul Hansell of the New York Times, “I would expect that next year, people will share twice …
Mark Evans:
Help, We're Being Digitally Bombarded  —  I love the Web and the fascinating number of useful and useless tools but it can also a huge time-suck and productivity killer.  —  Like many digital animals, the Web constantly seduces you.  Just when you've got e-mail and IM within your communications arsenal …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
China Hijacks Popular BitTorrent Sites  —  China is not new to censoring the Internet, but up until now, BitTorrent sites have never been blocked.  Recently however, several reports came in from China, indicating that popular BitTorrent sites such as Mininova, isoHunt and The Pirate Bay had been hijacked.
Discussion: p2pnet, Startup Meme and digg.com
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
StarOffice No Longer Part of Google Pack  —  While Google Docs has been ramping up recently, it seems the Google Pack has been cutting back.  Sun's $70 productivity suite StarOffice, which was added to the free Google Pack just over a year ago, is no longer available as part of the Google Pack download.
locusmag.com:
Cory Doctorow: Why I Copyfight  —  Why does all this copyright reform stuff matter, anyway?  What's at stake?  —  Everything.  —  Until a very short time ago, copyright was an industrial regulation.  If you fell under copyright's domain, it meant that you were using a piece …
FreeHTC.com:
AT&T Quickfire is Being Sold Early...Like Today  —  AT&T Quickfire On Sale Today  —  One of our ninjas informed us that the AT&T Quickfire is being sold in an AT&T wireless store right now.  The super slick sidekick rival was spotted in a small town in... In order to protect her/his identity …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Engadget
Radhika / Newlaunches.com:
Microsoft makes you work from the moment you step on the bus!  —  If you thought BlackBerry was a curse because of accessibility then wait till you get a load of this.  Executives of Microsoft just lost out on the most famous excuse for being late... “Stuck in the Traffic Jam” …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Halliburton Tries To Patent Form Of Patent Trolling  —  We see all sorts of ridiculous patent applications and patents, but my favorites tend to be the patents that have to do with patents themselves (such as the patent app on a method for filing a patent).  However, the folks over at Patently-O …
Windows Live Wire:
Update on the new Hotmail  —  By the end of this week, all Windows Live Hotmail users will be upgraded to the new Hotmail.  The rollout has been slow because we've been reading and listening to your comments.  We've read all the comments, followed up with some of you, and changed the service as we went.
Discussion: LiveSide and Linux-Watch.com
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Ballmer: Microsoft working on App Store-like software distribution  —  But he rejects the idea of using WebKit to power IE  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. is working on a software distribution scheme along the lines of Apple's iPhone App Store, CEO Steve Ballmer said yesterday at a developer's conference in Sydney, Australia.
Discussion: The Register and Startup Meme
DealBook:
AT&T to Buy Centennial for $944 Million in Cash  —  In its second wireless deal in two days, AT&T announced Friday evening that it would buy Centennial Communications, a regional wireless phone company, for $944 million in cash, a price that is more than double Centennial's stock market value.
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Tiffany Wu / Reuters:
AT&T to buy rural phone co Centennial for $944 mln
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Gamasutra:
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Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Analyst: Blu-ray prices will nosedive for the holidays
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H-1B Visa Reform Takes Shape to Address Fraud, Procedural Nightmares
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Google at 10: Searching Its Own Soul
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Security expert talks Russian gangs, botnets
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Brigid Gaffikin / GigaOM:
Amazon Web Services Not Just for Early Adopters
Discussion: Xconomy, TechCrunch and TechFlash
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Worst. Bug. Ever.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Lab tests: New 1.86GHz MacBook Air
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