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11:35 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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cash Crunch At New York Times (NYT): $400 Million Due In May  —  The New York Times Company's 10Q (NYT) contains more details on the company's cash crunch.  —  Specifically, the company must deliver $400 million to lenders in May of 2009, six months from now.
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Sony rolling out iTunes plus  —  Let's just say we have a hunch on this one.  Sony iTunes Plus high quality AAC files coming to the iTunes store in the next few weeks/months..same deal, 256kbit quality, no DRM.  —  Now when are they going to drop the “BMG”?  We have no idea.
Discussion: MacRumors
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.”
Discussion: TeleRead, PalmAddicts, Engadget and
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Maybe We Don't Need So Much Credit  —  A friend of ours has started a “new economy” business; she makes delicious Vermont brownies and sells them online at  —  Lots of brownies made with good Vermont ingredients are rolling out of South Hero to the brownie-starved world.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
SitOrSquat - Find a Clean Toilet Wherever You Are  —  It seems like bathroom locators are all the rage these days.  We reviewed Diaroogle this past summer and there's the popular MizPee as well.  Today we have learned about a new NY-based startup that is joining the toilet-finder bunch.
Discussion: Startup Meme
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Conversation Consolidation: JS-Kit To Acquire coComment?  —  We're still looking to confirm, but alarm:clock says they've learned that web widget provider JS-Kit has agreed to acquire conversation tracking service coComment.  —  JS-Kit raised a total of $4.8 million in two rounds …
Discussion: Startup Meme
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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Breaking Down The Election Season Minute-By-Minute
Discussion: Startup Meme and
Voting-machine firm sued for GPL violations
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Gesture-Based Interface Ditches Mice, Keyboards
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Windows Live Wire:
Update on the new Hotmail
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Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
StarOffice No Longer Part of Google Pack
Discussion: Startup Meme
Opinion: Neo-Retro - Movement Or Passing Fad?
Discussion: Slashdot
Nick / Rough Type:
Zuckerberg's Second Law
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Cory Doctorow: Why I Copyfight