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2:50 PM ET, November 8, 2008


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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 …
Discussion: Startup Chatter and Valleywag
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:
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).
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Edible Apple and PBS
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
If You Think Apple and IBM Were Never Rivals, Steve Jobs Has a Funny Story for You  —  This is pretty funny.  —  Mark Papermaster, the 26-year IBM (IBM) veteran being sued by his employer for taking a job at Apple (AAPL), is convinced Big Blue's suit is entirely without merit.  Why?
Discussion: Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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
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 …
Radhika /
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” …
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Analyst: Blu-ray prices will nosedive for the holidays  —  Blu-ray vendors will be forced to drop their prices so as to compete with standard DVD, unless they adopt differentiators such as Netflix movie downloads, new research suggests.  —  Holiday prices for Blu-ray drives could fall further …
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 …
Opinion: Neo-Retro - Movement Or Passing Fad?  —  [In this opinion piece, Japan-based journalist Nayan Ramachandran considers the appeal of Mega Man 9 and other “neo-retro” titles that hinge on gamer nostalgia, and ruminates on the potential shelf life of the burgeoning subgenre.]
Discussion: Slashdot
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google at 10: Searching Its Own Soul  —  AS Google recently turned 10 years old, some analysts and investors began to say the company was suffering from early signs of maturity.  Google's growth rate, while still brisk, has slowed significantly and is expected to slow more because of the economic slowdown.
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Tiffany Wu / Reuters:
AT&T to buy rural phone co Centennial for $944 mln
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Kevin Fogarty / eWeek:
H-1B Visa Reform Takes Shape to Address Fraud, Procedural Nightmares
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Security expert talks Russian gangs, botnets
Discussion: Slashdot
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 Earlier Items: 
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: Slashdot
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Lab tests: New 1.86GHz MacBook Air