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5:05 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
Discussion: WebProNews
Markcuban / blog maverick:
PE Obama's 1st Big Mistake  —  Its great to see President Elect Obama aggressively taking on the economy prior to his taking office.  Unfortunately, the economic advisory team that he has put together looks more like a semester's worth of great guest speakers for an MBA class than an economic advisory team that can truly help him.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android Bug Reboots Phone Every Time You Type “Reboot”  —  The latest big bug discovered in Android has to be one of the craziest that's shipped with a phone.  Basically, Android invisibly interprets every word as a command and executes it with “superuser privileges.”
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.
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).
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 …
DeWitt Clinton:
Clearing up inaccuracies about the Google OpenID IDP launch  —  Not exactly the post I want to write after a long week, but there have been several posts following the developer launch of the Google OpenID IDP.  Unfortunately, those posts are inaccurate, and it is worth clarifying …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: and Startup Meme
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 …
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 …
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.
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Scott Steinke / MapQuest Blog:
Drag your Way to Customized Directions!
Discussion: webmonkey and Screenwerk
Voting-machine firm sued for GPL violations
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Gesture-Based Interface Ditches Mice, Keyboards
Discussion: and Slashdot
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
StarOffice No Longer Part of Google Pack
 Earlier Items: 
Opinion: Neo-Retro - Movement Or Passing Fad?
Discussion: Slashdot
Nick / Rough Type:
Zuckerberg's Second Law
Discussion: All Facebook, i-boy and Startup Chatter
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
China Hijacks Popular BitTorrent Sites
Discussion: p2pnet, Startup Meme and
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Analyst: Blu-ray prices will nosedive for the holidays