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4:00 PM ET, November 12, 2008

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Nick Denton:
A 2009 Internet Media Plan  —  To judge from a hysterical press, one might think the apocalypse was already upon the media industry: rolling cuts this month at Time Inc., the hallowed magazine group; a new catchphrase among advertising pundits, flat is the new up; and revisions …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Nick Denton's Payroll Shrinks by One: Right-Hand Man Noah Robischon to Fast Company  —  On the same day Gawker Media's Nick Denton makes a splash with dire pronouncements about the future of media, he is also doing some internal reshuffling: Right-hand man Noah Robischon is moving on to Mansueto Ventures …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Online Ad Slowdown, by the Numbers
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Host of Internet Spam Groups is Cut Off  —  Spam Drops After Internet Providers Disconnect a California Hosting Firm  —  The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide dropped drastically today after a Web hosting firm, identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged …
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Bruce Polderman / Google LatLong:
Roman history comes to life in Google Earth  —  Were you someone who struggled to stay awake in ancient history class?  If so, perhaps this was due to those uninspiring “artist renditions” in your textbook.  Reading countless pages that described how a monument, building or city may have appeared …
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.
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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft starts rolling out IE 6 for Windows Mobile
Discussion: eWeek
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Classmates.com User Sues; Schoolmates Weren't Really Looking for Him  —  When Classmates.com told user Anthony Michaels last Christmas Eve that his former school chums were trying to contact him, he pulled out his wallet and upgraded to the premium membership that would let him contact long …
Discussion: Techdirt and Digital Daily
Daily Mail:
Pictured: The robot that can pull faces just like a human being … Scientists have created the first ‘humanoid’ robot that can mimic the facial expressions and lip movements of a human being.  —  ‘Jules’ - a disembodied androgynous robotic head - is controlled only by his own software …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpace launches searchable video widget  —  Now you can put a TV on your MySpace profile—sort of.  —  The News Corp.-owned social network has built a new widget for its developer platform called “Primetime,” a video player that syndicates much of the professionally created content available on its MySpaceTV media hub.
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Business Wire:
MySpace Launches Primetime Application Enabling Users to Watch …
Discussion: Contentinople and Beet.TV
Wall Street Journal:
iPhone Faces Off With Game Champs  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone has shaken up the cellphone business.  Its next target: Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp.  —  The iPhone and its sister device the iPod touch, which feature big screens and powerful graphics, are emerging as serious competitors …
Major Nelson / Xbox Lives Major Nelson:
Xbox 360 Console banning  —  I've gotten a few messages and seen some forum threads pop up on console bannings so I thought I'd post and let folks know what's up.  In our our continued effort to keep gameplay safe and secure for our community of more than 14 million members …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Best Buy cuts outlook; Sees ‘most difficult climate ever seen’  —  Best Buy said Wednesday that it is facing “rapid, seismic changes in consumer behavior have created the most difficult climate we've ever seen” and cut its earnings and revenue projections.  Indeed, Best Buy's same store sales fell a whopping 7.6 percent for October.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Qualcomm floats ‘PC alternative’ 3G device  —  Qualcomm on Wednesday entered the Internet device market with a “PC alternative” designed to give netbooks some competition in emerging markets.  —  The device, dubbed Kayak, is designed to use 3G wireless connectivity and be completely free …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube lets advertisers buy search terms  —  SAN BRUNO, Calif.—YouTube said Wednesday that it's rolling out a new ad platform called Sponsored Videos.  —  According to YouTube, which held a press conference at its headquarters, here's how it works: First, YouTube users …
wmpoweruser.com:
First Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots!  —  Smartphonefrance.info has scored a major scoop by having the first purported pictures of Windows Mobile 6.5, and they look pretty good indeed.  —  It seems Microsoft has taken the call for eye candy on board, and everything looks large, bold and anti-aliased.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Silverlite  —  Google's release of its Gmail Video service is noteworthy for several reasons.  It is integrated into the Gmail console, adding voice and video services to the realtime console that is being built out around XMPP.  It is remarkably easy to use; Dan Farber just called to test …
Discussion: techno.blog and TheNextWeb.com
InfoWorld:
Microsoft offers push e-mail with new SMB servers  —  Microsoft is offering smaller businesses the same kind of Windows Mobile push services that enterprises get with new versions of its server software, expected to be launched on Wednesday.  —  In addition, as part of a promotion …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I'll Never Let Canada Live This Down: Evil Carpooling Startup Fined  —  A ridiculous update on a ridiculous lawsuit: In August I wrote about a carpooling startup called PickupPal.  The idea is that people can gather on the site to find others traveling to the same places, and carpool there to save gas.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
LG, Sharp, Chunghwa admit to LCD price fixing  —  Updated at 11:51 a.m. with more information on the case.  —  LG Display, Sharp, and Chunghwa Picture Tubes agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges for participating in a liquid crystal display price-fixing conspiracy and pay $585 million in fines …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Katherine Boehret / The Mossberg Solution:
Flip Camcorder Goes High-Def  —  Over the past couple of years, Pure Digital Technologies has changed the way people think about video cameras by turning these heavy, expensive, intimidating devices into affordable, user-friendly gadgets that fit into a shirt pocket.
AppleInsider:
Apple releases big bug fix patch for 4th gen iPod nano  —  Apple on Tuesday evening released a significant bug fix update for its recently released fourth-generation iPod nano digital media players, which adds support for a couple of the company's new headphone offerings …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Twitter: One Billion Tweets.  Wow.  —  Popacular, a site that measures popularity of websites according to the number of related tweets, has a huge counter that counts the overall number of tweets.  I don't know how accurate this thing can be, given that it's third party, but if it is …
Discussion: TechCrunch and mocoNews.net
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC MAX 4G officially announced, world's first GSM / WiMAX phone  —  Hey Sprint, you listening?  Granted, GSM doesn't do Sprint a whole lot of good in the States, but swapping a CDMA radio into HTC's first WiMAX effort here would make for a downright mighty response to the Touch HD.
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and Gizmodo
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Focusing on MobileMe Improvements in Latest 10.5.6 Builds
Discussion: AppleInsider and HMBT - Blog
Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Houston's plan for WiFi bubbles has burst
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Video game ratings board adds ‘summaries’
Discussion: Ars Technica and Destructoid
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TelcoTV: Consumers Say Price Matters
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Boldly Going Where No Stadium Has Gone Before
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
iPhone tethering package may resemble BlackBerry plan
Discussion: MacBlogz, Boy Genius Report and TUAW
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Check out new mobile apps: Watch the Under the Radar live stream
Discussion: CNET News and LIVEdigitally
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
TV Sales Suddenly Decelerate
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Technorati Founder Dave Sifry Officially Launches OffBeatGuides.com …
 

 
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