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3:20 PM ET, November 11, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.2 Release Just 10 Days Away  —  According to the consistently reliable iPhone Hellas, the iPhone OS 2.2 update will appear even sooner than we all expected.  Barring any sudden plan changes, the iPhone Hellas people are saying the upgrade will be available on November 21.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.2 Firmware 10 Days Away?
Discussion: SlashGear
Martin / Security and the Net:
AVG virus scanner removes critical Windows file  —  An update for the AVG virus scanner released yesterday contained an incorrect virus signature, which led it to think user32.dll contained the Trojan Horses PSW.Banker4.APSA or Generic9TBN.  AVG then recommended deleting this file …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Tries to Woo Marketers  —  Firm's ‘Engagement Ads’ Amplify Its Push to Curry Favor With Madison Avenue  —  Despite its surging Internet audience, Facebook Inc. has yet to prove it can wring steady revenue out of advertisers.  Now it's trying a new tactic to woo Madison Avenue.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
DeepDyve: Indexing the Deep Web  —  DeepDyve is a new search engine that is aimed at students, academics, and knowledge workers.  DeepDyve's mission is to index the ‘deep web’ that is hidden behind pay walls and subscription fees.  We first looked at DeepDyve in September …
Discussion: eWeek and VentureBeat
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
DeepDyve Explores The Invisible Web
Discussion: eWeek, Epicenter and Webware.com
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Parallels Desktop 4.0 gets a 50 percent speed boost over 3.0  —  Don't look now, but Parallels is back with the final release of Parallels Desktop 4.0 today.  The release, which we heard a little bit about in September, does indeed now have full support for DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.0, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Conde Nast Web Arm CondeNet's Turn For “Across The Board” Cuts  —  Here's the deal.  If you work at a media company that hasn't had layoffs recently, just go ahead and assume they're coming.  This afternoon's installment: CondeNet, which manages some but not all of Conde Nast's Web operations, is cutting staff “across the board”.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Layoffs At Condé Nast's Wired.com
Discussion: Valleywag
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
BlackBerry 9530 Storm pricing revealed on VZW staging server  —  Ah, now this is a bit more solid pricing information.  Verizon's testman pre-launch site now lists the BlackBerry 9530 Storm for $219.99 under a 2 year contract.  Not quite below the $199 threshold set by the iPhone 3G as predicted by some analysts.
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Free PDF Report.  Ultra Mobile Computing Buyers Guide.  —  To all the websites, companies and visitors that I've learned so much from in the last few years, here's something back.  The 5-part, 11,000 word, 28-page Ultra Mobile Computing Buyers Guide as a single re-flowable PDF file.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Trippin' With Trip: One Man's View Of Carnage To Come  —  Every month, Trip Chowdhry, the one-man band who covers all things tech under the moniker Global Equities Research, writes a piece he calls Silicon Scoop on current trends and gossip from the Valley.  It's always a good read …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: Vivian Schiller Leaves NYT; Joins NPR As New CEO  —  This one is a shocker: Vivian Schiller, the longtime head of NYTimes.com's digital efforts, has left the company, and has joined National Public Radio as its new CEO.  She succeeds Dennis Haarsager, who has served as interim CEO since March …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Google launches video chat for Gmail  —  Google is rolling out video and voice capabilities for the chat function that is embedded in the Gmail interface.  It's a bare-bones voice and video-conferencing service, but it's simple to install and use and is a very good addition to Gmail.
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
Google Ad Planner: new features, available to everyone  —  Since we launched Google Ad Planner a few months ago, you've suggested more ways we could help improve your media planning process.  First, we're excited to announce that Ad Planner is now accessible to anyone with a Google account.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Monster Round For HomeAway: $250 Million, At An Absurd Valuation  —  Austin, Texas based HomeAway, a vacation home rental service, has raised a $250 million round of financing.  This comes on top of $209 million previously raised over two rounds.  —  The new financing was led …
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
iTunes Store finally gets a bargain bin for movies  —  The glory days of grabbing that $5 DVD at the road trip pit-stop or Target checkout counter have finally made their digital transition to the iTunes Store.  —  With a new section unfortunately called “This Week's Great Movies Under $5” …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
Microsoft Issues 2 Windows Patches  —  The critical one is MS08-069: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution.  The bulletin is critical for XML Core Services version 3.0 and Important for versions 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0.  In fact, there are 3 vulnerabilities …
Discussion: Microsoft and CNET News
Aviv / MacBlogz:
AT&T iPhone Tethering Plan Specifics, No Unlimited Plan?  —  AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega has recently announced the arrival of an official iPhone tethering plan.  While we already knew the plan was in development prior to his announcement, little information pertaining to specific tethering offerings has been revealed.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Optoma teams with Apple to launch DLP Pico projector in Japan  —  At long last, an official release date for Texas Instruments' DLP Pico projector.  Mark it down, December 1st is the launch (delivered by December 19th) of the “world's smallest / lightest” (51 × 105 × 17-mm / 120g) projector under the Optoma PK-101 branding.
Venky Harinarayan / Forbes:
The Silicon Lining  —  Think long term.  Long, long term.  —  In the short term, there will be pain in Silicon Valley.  Start-ups will have to survive 2009.  Layoffs will be in fashion: “You didn't do a layoff?  What's wrong with you?”  —  Venture capitalists will be hit just as hard.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Business Technology:
Who Did Nortel Cut?  —  It was no surprise that Nortel, reporting a $3.41 billion loss, said it would keep slashing jobs, this time on the order of 1,300.  More unusual are some of the names on the list: four executives who CEO Mike Zafirovski recently recruited from IBM, Broadcom and EMC in an effort to turn the company around.
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Lossless audio will come to portable players eventually  —  The great draw of portable MP3 players is quantity.  —  I remember when my wife and I took a six-month backpacking trip back in 1999.  We never even considered bringing an MP3 player, which might have had a whopping 64MB of flash memory …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Jellyfish Guys Are At It Again, Raise $4.3 Million For Online Retail Service Alice.com  —  As serial a serial entrepreneur can get: Brian Wiegand and Mark McGuire, who managed to sell three companies in the past +10 years, most recently flipping social shopping service Jellyfish to Microsoft …
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
Review : HTC FUZE from AT&T  —  Back in June when the HTC Touch Pro news was dropping all over web, all the buzz was when and if AT&T would get the phone and call it whatever they were going to call it.  Turns out the name was the HTC Fuze.  There was a rash of incorrect dates for launch hit the web too …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hitchsters 2.0: Half-Priced Airport Limos In San Francisco, NYC  —  No matter how you slice it, getting to the airport is a painful and often costly endeavor.  Public transportation may be the “greenest” and least expensive option, but it often involves lengthy waits, cramped shuttles …
 
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