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9:25 AM ET, November 11, 2008

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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 …
Chrix Finne / Google Reader:
Is Your Web Truly World-Wide?  —  The Reader team is happy to announce that another 20% project has come to fruition: automatic translation in Reader!  Post by 20% volunteer and glottology expert, Brett Bavar.  —  Believe it or not, the web truly is world-wide.
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.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Vacation Rental Site Raises $250 Million  —  HomeAway, the largest online vacation rental marketplace, announced Tuesday that it has raised $250 million in venture capital, an extraordinarily large amount of money for an Internet company.  The new round, which is the biggest a tech company …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Van Natta Takes Playlist CEO Job, With New Investment By Pittman  —  Former Facebook exec Owen Van Natta will take the CEO job at a music discovery site called Playlist, a move that had been speculated last week, after he did not end up taking another position as head of MySpace Music.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Owen Van Natta Finds A Home At Project Playlist; Bob Pittman Invests
Discussion: Bits
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.
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and Macsimum News
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.
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.
Jasmine France / Crave: The gadget blog:
SanDisk jams 8GB into the itty bitty Sansa Clip  —  I remember when an MP3 player with 128MB of internal storage cost easily $100 and was the size of a fist.  Sometimes, new product announcements make me feel old.  Such is the case with today's release of an 8GB SanDisk Sansa Clip for $99.
Discussion: Gearlog and Engadget
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
RefSeek is Google for Students and Scientists  —  Google used to be a great tool for researchers, but then it got swarmed by billions of links from companies trying to sell you something.  Clearing your way through all this information can be (and often is) counterproductive.
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 …
Wayne Chang / Facebook Blog:
A Rush for Mobile  —  When we recently added the ability to comment on your friends' status updates to the Facebook mobile site, we didn't expect that we would receive nearly a million status comments in the first 24 hours.  —  This may not seem like much, but it was actually part of a really important change.
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Planet Metrics tracks down carbon hotspots, at home or abroad  —  Environmentalists like to point out that a person's carbon footprint is about more than just the CO2 they emit through daily activities like driving or surfing the Internet, extending to the goods they own, even the food they eat.
Discussion: PE Hub News
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
IntelePeer raises $18M for telephony-Web platform  —  IntelePeer a Silicon Valley company that offers technology to make calls from within Web applications to phones or other devices, has raised $18 million in a third round of venture capital funding led by VantagePoint Venture Partners.
Discussion: PE Hub News
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Opera Mini 4.2 beta is a mini update  —  With so much energy and progress in the mobile browser space these past two months (see here and here), you would expect the makers of the venerable Opera Mini browser to release an update that makes real progress on its free browser for Java phones.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Exclusive: First Look at Blue Spruce, IBM's Next Generation Browser Platform  —  IBM is about to commit itself heavily to browser-based applications.  The giant IT company is quietly working on a project called Blue Spruce, which aims to create a fully browser-based application development platform.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Goldman Trims Ests, Target On Macro Troubles  —  No, Google (GOOG) is not immune from the downturn.  —  The latest analyst to reach that conclusion: Goldman Sachs' James Mitchell.  Late Monday, he trimmed his profit estimates for the company, citing several factors all of which stem …
Randall C. Kennedy / InfoWorld:
Test Center benchmarks: Windows 7 unmasked  —  Measured by runtime specs and performance benchmarks, Windows 7 M3 looks like Vista, and it runs like Vista.  Welcome to Windows Vista R2!  —  It's here!  After months of speculation, Windows 7 was finally unveiled last month at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC).
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Darien Graham-Smith / PC Pro:
Windows 7: faster or just smarter?
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Guns N' Roses Uploader to Plead Guilty  —  The Los Angeles man arrested on accusations that he uploaded nine pre-released Guns N' Roses songs from the upcoming Chinese Democracy album has agreed to plead guilty to one federal count of copyright infringement as part of a deal, authorities said Monday.
Discussion: The Register, CNET News and Techdirt
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
HTC Fuze aka Touch Pro now available on AT&T!  —  We told you it's coming today!  The HTC Fuze which is also known as HTC Touch Pro is now available on AT&T. The full slide-out QWERTY keyboard-equipped smartphone costs $299.99 after $50 mail-in rebate and with a two-year contract.
Bobby White / Wall Street Journal:
Cisco Plans Major Leap in Hardware  —  Cisco Systems Inc., reacting to a spike in video and data traffic on the Internet, is introducing a new generation of hardware to help communications carriers cope with the flood.  —  The networking-equipment giant says its new hardware took four years …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-on with the Samsung X460: Road Warrior's Dream Machine  —  Road warriors have a new object of desire to drool over.  The Samsung X460 arrived in our office today, and it has virtually everything business travelers and corridor warriors could ask for.  Weighing in at only 4.2 pounds …
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
A History Lesson For Those Advocating Network Neutrality Laws  —  Over at News.com, Declan McCullagh writes that Barack Obama's election as the next president of the United States has bolstered the hopes of those hoping to impose network neutrality regulations on the Internet.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For FCC Chair, Obama Should Look Outside the Beltway  —  BusinessWeek today has a short list of the people being considered to head up the Federal Communications Commission.  The decision as to who will be appointed FCC Chair is a critical one, for in coming years the country faces …
Discussion: Sidecut Reports and Business Week
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Max Out Apple TV's Potential With Boxee  —  This is a guide that, if followed, will unchain your Apple TV from its cruel iTunes tether, turning it into the useful living room conduit of music, video and web-based content it should have been all along via the media center software Boxee.
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and digg.com
Hallyu Tech:
IRIVER CELL PHONE AVAILABLE MARCH 9TH  —  Reigncom's President, Myoung Woo Lee has announced that iriver will be releasing a cell phone early next year.  The new iriver phone will be available from Korean carrier KT.  The iriver phone concept had been spotted at CES 2008 …
 
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
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