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2:20 PM ET, November 11, 2008

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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.
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 …
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.
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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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.
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  —  As web search engines have improved over the years, there's been less attention paid to an “inconvenient truth” about the indexes of our favorite information finding tools—namely, that search engines still miss the lion's share of information available on the web.
Discussion: eWeek, Epicenter and Webware.com
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
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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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Vacation Rental Site Raises $250 Million
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows XO laptop heads to Colombia  —  Students at the Santa Maria Del Rio primary school in Colombia, one of two schools in the country that will serve as a pilot for the Windows version of One Laptop Per Child's XO laptop.  —  (Credit: Microsoft)  —  Microsoft announced a second country …
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Layoffs At Condé Nast's Wired.com  —  More layoffs at Cond Nast.  Wired.com staffers had a 1:00PM EST conference call to discuss staff layoffs today, a company source tells us.  Another source says:  —  People are being called into a meeting at SF office and told they are being let go.
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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
Digital Music News:
Live Nation, Musictoday Delivering Major Label MP3s  —  Smart artists are selling their music everywhere, starting with the iTunes Store.  But the most dedicated fans are often found on artist homepages and fan clubs, and that creates a super-targeted sales opportunity.
Discussion: Portfolio and Music Ally
Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
2008 Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report  —  Growing financial pressures, unforeseen threats, and a volatile and rapidly changing business landscape — apt descriptions for both the world economy and this years Worldwide Infrastructure Security Survey.  —  Arbor Networks once again …
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
iSuppli:
Mobile G1 Carries $143.89 BOM Cost, According to iSuppli Estimate  —  The T-Mobile G1 smart phone, the first wireless handset to be based on Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating system, carries a Bill-of-Materials (BOM) cost of $143.89, according to a virtual teardown conducted by iSuppli Corp.
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 …
The Age:
Net censorship plan backlash  —  As opposition grows against the Government's controversial plan to censor the internet, the head of one of Australia's largest ISPs has labelled the Communications Minister the worst we've had in the past 15 years.  —  Separately, in Senate question time today …
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 easily cost $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.
 
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Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Online Retailers Tightening Belts, Too
Discussion: Screenwerk and Epicenter
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
If and how will Obama get citizen feedback?
Discussion: Techdirt, Weblogsky and CNET News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Reader Now Translating Your Subscriptions
Discussion: CNET News, Download Squad and Profy
Adam Ewing / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Siemens Unveils Further Job Cuts
Discussion: GigaOM and FierceWireless
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
The Jellyfish Guys Are At It Again, Raise $4.3 Million For Online …
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Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
HTC Fuze aka Touch Pro now available on AT&T!
Discussion: Crave and Electronista
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-on with the Samsung X460: Road Warrior's Dream Machine
Discussion: CrunchGear, jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo and Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For FCC Chair, Obama Should Look Outside the Beltway
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
RefSeek is Google for Students and Scientists
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Goldman Trims Ests, Target On Macro Troubles
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