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1:00 AM ET, November 9, 2008


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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Google CEO on Obama tech czar job: No thanks  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Friday he would not serve as technology czar in Barack Obama's administration if he was asked.  —  “I love working at Google and I'm very happy to stay at Google …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google at 10: Searching Its Own Soul
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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).
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 …
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 on election night.  Later, Katz uploaded them to Yahoo's (YHOO) photo-sharing site, Flickr.  Gawker's Ryan Tate puts it in perspective:
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 …
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.
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 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
TeleNav Shotgun Web-Connected GPS Delivers Real-Time Traffic, Finds Cheap Gas for $300  —  Just as Dash—makers of the internet-connected, traffic-terminating GPS—is bailing out of the hardware game to sell its awesome software to other companies, TeleNav is officially doing the exact opposite …
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.
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 …
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Breaking Down The Election Season Minute-By-Minute  —  Now that the election is over there is going to be no shortage of punditry looking to pinpoint exactly what moments in the last 18 months contributed to Barack Obama's victory over John McCain.  No one is better equipped for this analysis than Auditude …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Halliburton Tries To Patent Form Of Patent Trolling
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Analyst: Blu-ray prices will nosedive for the holidays