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4:55 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  —  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.
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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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Uses Searches to Track Flu's Spread
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Who's Got The Flu? Google Flu Trends Reveal State-By-State Activity
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: NewTeeVee, Crave and Electronista
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Loopt Jumps Ahead Of Facebook And MySpace On iPhone. Told You.
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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 and Clickety Clack
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Revenue search continues, as Facebook (and LinkedIn?) employee stock sale begins
Discussion: ZDNet and BoomTown
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 …
Ajay Kamalakaran / Reuters:
Microsoft nears deal on search with Verizon: report  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is moving closer to an agreement with Verizon Wireless to become the default search provider on the wireless carrier's cellphones, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the discussions.
Discussion: LiveSide
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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.
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
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.
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.)
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
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
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:
Obama's Twitter goes silent  —  @barackobama: Please update your Twitter.  Since last Tuesday's historic election, Barack Obama's Twitter account hasn't sent any messages.  Some Internet President-Elect!  He didn't even use Twitter to announce his transition website, change.gov …
Discussion: Guardian, TECH.BLORGE.com and DygiScape
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Cisco details tech plans for new Yankee Stadium  —  A picture of the new Yankee stadium in the Bronx set to open in April 2009.  —  NEW YORK - Cisco is teaming up with the New York Yankees to offer baseball fans an interactive experience at the ballpark and eventually bring that experience to their living rooms.
Discussion: Engadget
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.
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Argentine judge: Google, Yahoo must censor searches  —  Caption: Results for a search of soccer star Diego Maradona on Yahoo Argentina only bring up news results and a notification that the search has been filtered.  —  If an Argentine sports fan tried searching Yahoo Argentina …
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.
 
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Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T finally pushes out BlackBerry service books for AIM and ICQ
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Full details on the Verizon Wireless Nationwide Connect Plan
Discussion: IntoMobile
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Energy industry at risk of cyberattack, survey says
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Patents Searching Through Multiple Categories At Once
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Consumers Aren't Shopping Online, Either
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Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.3 Tempo
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PC World:
Is Our Internet Future in Danger?
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / PC World:
The Next Windows: 7Up or New Vista?
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iPhone Exploit Undermines App Store Security, Lets Devs Update …
 

 
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