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1:10 PM ET, November 12, 2008

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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.
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 …
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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.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Major Source of Internet Spam Yanked Offline  —  Web Hosting Firm Shuttered After Connection to Spammers is Exposed  —  The gleaming, state-of-the-art, 30-story office tower in downtown San Jose, Calif., hardly looks like the staging ground for a full-scale cyber crime offensive against America.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's E63 breaks free for mass market consumption
Discussion: Electronista, IntoMobile and SlashPhone
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
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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 …
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose and Gawker
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Mashable! and WebProNews
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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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 …
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: Digital Daily and Techdirt
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Rough Type
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7 and netbooks: Separating fact from speculation  —  Is Microsoft going to take a revenue hit when it releases Windows 7 because of the changing mix of PCs in the market?  That's the expectation of many company watchers, though I have to admit I'm not quite so sure.  Here's why.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and jkOnTheRun
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 …
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.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and WMExperts
John Cook / TechFlash:
Disney will buy Yahoo, Ballmer will keep 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.  —  That was some of the crystal-ball gazing that took place tonight at the WTIA's annual predictions dinner.
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
TV Sales Suddenly Decelerate  —  Several weeks ago, I wrote a piece in The Times predicting that TV sales could decline this holiday season.  “The anecdotal evidence is that the stores are pretty quiet.  There is a whisper in the industry that the retailers are ordering fewer units,” …
 
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
iPhone tethering package may resemble BlackBerry plan
Discussion: MacBlogz, The Apple Core and TUAW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I'll Never Let Canada Live This Down: Evil Carpooling Startup Fined
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Check out new mobile apps: Watch the Under the Radar live stream
Discussion: LIVEdigitally
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube film service unlikely to be as profitable as iTunes
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: Red Eagle to make multiple films and games based …
Discussion: Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Vivian Schiller, President & CEO, National Public Radio …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Technorati Founder Dave Sifry Officially Launches OffBeatGuides.com …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Me.dium Changes Name To OneRiot, Launches Social Search Engine
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
First look: Sling's upcoming web video portal with Live TV
Discussion: Download Squad and Crave
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
VMware wants to put a hypervisor in your handset
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Samsung NC10 Battery Life Almost 8 Hours with SSD
 

 
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