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7:45 AM ET, November 12, 2008

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Justin Uberti / Gmail Blog:
Say hello to Gmail voice and video chat  —  I'm a big user of Gmail chat.  Being able to switch from email to chat as needed, all within the same app, is really great for productivity.  But people can only type so fast, and even with our new emoticons, there are still some things that just can't be expressed in a chat message.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Google launches video chat for Gmail
Nokia:
Nokia E63 joins the successful Nokia E71 to form a compelling QWERTY messaging device range  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the latest addition to its Eseries range, the Nokia E63, designed for people who need to manage their business and personal lives equally well.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's E63 breaks free for mass market consumption  —  The E63 just broke the shackles of the rumor monger to become Nokia's latest messaging device.  With a pre-tax, pre-subsidy price of just €199, Nokia hopes to see the Symbian S60 device generate some mass-market appeal.
Discussion: SlashPhone and IntoMobile
The Official Google Blog:
Tracking flu trends  —  Like many Googlers, we're fascinated by trends in online search queries.  Whether you're interested in U.S. elections, today's hot trends, or each year's Zeitgeist, patterns in Google search queries can be very informative.  Last year, a small team of software engineers began …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
A Camcorder Insurgent Goes HD  —  The fastest growing company in Silicon Valley over the past few years was not Facebook, VMWare, or all-mighty Google.  According to Deloitte, the professional services firm, it was a company whose name you probably won't recognize but whose product you will …
Discussion: BoomTown, Electronista, NewTeeVee and Crave
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Verizon Near Search Deal  —  Microsoft Corp. is moving closer to an agreement with Verizon Wireless to become the default search provider on the wireless carrier's cellphones, a deal rival Google Inc. has been striving for, people familiar with the discussions said.
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Ajay Kamalakaran / Reuters:
Microsoft nears deal on search with Verizon: report
Discussion: LiveSide
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Now Worth About $4 Billion, Revenue Light  —  Facebook's common stock is now changing hands in private sales at about a $4 billion valuation, a source says (unconfirmed).  And Facebook CFO Gideon Yu is indeed trying to raise money in Dubai, the source says (also unconfirmed).
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Revenue search continues, as Facebook (and LinkedIn?) employee stock sale begins
Discussion: ZDNet and BoomTown
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm hitting Verizon on November 24th, pre-launch on 20th?  —  We just got our hands on this document detailing the latest release dates for the Storm on Verizon.  Just be careful, we have all learned that target launch dates come and go quicker than a Sprint subscriber.
Chris Alden / Six Apart News & Events:
Changes at Six Apart  —  Earlier today, I published the following message on our internal company blog.  For those members of our community who wanted to know about the changes at Six Apart today, I've reposted it here publicly for reference.  —  Today we are making some changes at Six Apart.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple may turn to carbon fiber for lighter MacBook Air  —  Apple enthusiastically claimed ownership to the world's thinnest notebook earlier this year with the introduction of the MacBook Air, but is rumored to be unsatisfied with the system's weight, which it now hopes to drop below 3 pounds.
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Microsoft Security Patch Was Seven Years in the Making  —  Some security patches take time.  —  Seven-and-a-half years, in fact, if you count the time it's taken Microsoft to patch a security issue in its SMB (Server Message Block) service, fixed Tuesday.  This software is used by Windows …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Disney will buy Yahoo, Ballmer will keep his job and other tech predictions  —  Bill Gates will be the country's first chief technology officer.  Google's stock will tumble to $275 per share.  And Microsoft will buy Adobe.  —  Those were a few of the crystal ball gazes tonight …
Nicholas C. Zakas / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
The New Yahoo! Front Page and YUI 3.0  —  At the beginning of this year, the Yahoo! Front Page team embarked on an ambitious project to completely remake the face of the company.  The goal was to make the Front Page into the most important starting point on the web while also showcasing Yahoo!'s commitment to openness.
Discussion: Ajaxian and WebProNews
Joe Svetlik / T3 magazine Online:
T3 interview with Apple's Greg Joswiak  —  Never seen too far from his iPhone, Joswiak speaks highly of the App store and Apple's gaming future  —  T3 caught some time today with Greg Joswiak, Vice President of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing for Apple, to discuss mobile gaming and iPods.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon to offer mobile app for Disney vacationers  —  Verizon Wireless and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are teaming up to create a new mobile application to help families plan their trips and get the most out of their Disney vacations.  —  With more than 90 percent of its guests walking through …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Joshuapa / Windows Mobile Team Blog:
Internet Explorer Mobile 6  —  •Ed EMEA we announced the availability of emulators and documentation for Internet Explorer Mobile 6, which is the next generation browser for Windows Mobile.  Available on new Windows Mobile devices soon, this browser will provide a high-quality browsing experience …
Discussion: Gizmodo, wmpoweruser.com and SlashPhone
Google Mobile Blog:
New Google Search results pages for iPhone  —  Starting today in the U.S., when you go to google.com on your iPhone and do a search, you'll see search results that are better optimized for your phone.  You'll still get the full comprehensiveness and quality of regular Google Search results …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechBays
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Loopt Hires Allen & Co. For Financing Or Sale  —  Loopt is in the news today.  In addition to getting a nice surge in iPhone downloads after being featured in an Apple TV commercial, we've heard that they've hired investment bank Allen & Co. to represent them in a sale or financing transaction.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
New Relic Raises $6 Million For Rails Performance Monitoring  —  New Relic, a company that focuses on helping Rails developers optimize and maintain their code, has closed a $6 million Series B funding round led by Trinity Ventures, with existing investor Benchmark Capital also participating.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Current TV's official body count: 30 gone, 30 shuffled  —  This just in: Current TV's director of public relations sent us an email designed to be printed in its entirety.  (Thanks for that.  Since Valleywag fired everyone else, I spend way too much time editing.)
Business Technology:
Handicapping Obama's Tech-Czar Search  —  Now that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said he's not interested, speculation over the nation's chief technology officer job is becoming a nerdy guessing game.  —  President-elect Obama (pretty techie himself, with his Flickr page …
Discussion: Todd Biske and deal architect
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Digital dealmaker and a dozen others out at Wired  —  A quarter of the 50-something employees in Wired.com's San Francisco newsroom are gone, a source tells us — and with them, the bubbly delusion that Wired would not just report on the transformation of media by technology, but be a part of the revolution as well.
Panic:
creating coda plug-ins  —  If you've ever wished Coda could do even more than it does already, you're at the right place.  —  Coda 1.6 now supports Coda Plug-ins, which allow you to further extend its text editing functionality — even if you can't program Cocoa.
Discussion: PC World, Neowin.net and TUAW
 
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Argentine judge: Google, Yahoo must censor searches
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T finally pushes out BlackBerry service books for AIM and ICQ
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
SAP Gets Serious About Online Software
Discussion: deal architect
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Full details on the Verizon Wireless Nationwide Connect Plan
Discussion: IntoMobile
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Would You Manage Your Money Through The Newspaper?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Patents Searching Through Multiple Categories At Once
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Cisco details tech plans for new Yankee Stadium
Saulius / Pixelmator | Weblog:
Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.3 Tempo
Discussion: MacUser, PC World and TUAW
PC World:
Amazon to Sell OLPC's XO Laptop Starting Nov. 17
Discussion: TechFlash
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Obama's Twitter goes silent
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