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8:15 PM ET, November 12, 2008

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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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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Spam Volumes Drop by Two-Thirds After Firm Goes Offline  —  The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide plummeted on Tuesday after a Web hosting firm identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged in spam activity was taken offline.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Washington Post Story Convinces Service Providers To Pull The Plug …
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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Valleywag To Become Section of Gawker.com
Discussion: Bits, Valleywag and MediaMemo
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple may launch most aggressive Black Friday sale yet  —  With Black Friday sale information from rival PC vendors beginning to leak online, experts at Barclays Capital say they expect Apple to counter the promotions with a more aggressive than usual one-day sale, offering deep discounts on a number of Mac models.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia's half QWERTY device, Wahoo, headed for AT&T gets pictured; Sorry Charlie!  —  Well, what do we have here?  It seems as if it's a never before seen Nokia handset!  We don't have a name to call it other than the internal codename, “Wahoo”, but what we can do is recap some of the specs of the device for you...
Discussion: InformationWeek and Unwired View
Belkin News:
New Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable Makes the Move from a PC to a Mac Computer Easy … (Compton, CA) - November 12, 2008 - The new Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable provides a simple way to transfer files, settings, preferences, and more from your PC to a new Mac computer.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Belkin makes PC-to-Mac switch even easier
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
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 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple iPhone Gets The Business From Citrix  —  Just last week, JD Power made headlines when it released a study showing that Apple's iPhone was the top mobile device among business users.  It was a surprise since Apple[AAPL Loading...  () ] was clearly trying to create …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Citrix coming to iPhone shortly
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
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 …
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 …
Brandon Falls / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Google's SEO Starter Guide  —  Webmasters often ask us at conferences or in the Webmaster Help Group, “What are some simple ways that I can improve my website's performance in Google?”  There are lots of possible answers to this question, and a wealth of search engine optimization information on the web …
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
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Gullible Twitter users hand over their usernames and passwords - did you get your Twitterank yet?!  —  Mana from the heavens for cloud sceptics - on a day a lot of professional photographers lost all their images due to the failure of photo hosting site Digital Railroad went under …
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Almost To $10.  Referee, Please Call This Fight.  —  Yahoo dipped again today (as did the market in general), down nearly 9% to $10.34.  That means they've officially destroyed $31 billion in shareholder value since turning down Microsoft's acquisition offer earlier this year.
Discussion: BoomTown and Associated Press
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Sky Is Falling: Google Shares Below $300  —  So much for the Obama bump.  The markets have resumed their downward spiral, making clear that our economic conditions aren't going to improve anytime soon.  The impact of this sustained selling is even being felt by companies that were …
Discussion: MarketWatch and paidContent.org
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.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
A taste of web 3.0: Kevin Rose gets a cold, creates Twitter account for it, hundreds follow in minutes  —  It's one thing when former vice president, Academy Award winner and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore signs up for Twitter and gets over 17,000 followers within a few days …
Discussion: Technologizer and Valleywag
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 …
Discussion: TechFlash, Neowin.net, TechSpot and Kotaku
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Visual Voicemail Coming to the T-Mobile G1 via PhoneFusion's Fusion Voicemail Plus App  —  PhoneFusion announced today an upcoming Fusion Voicemail Plus app that will bring visual voicemail to the T-Mobile G1 handset.  The app will let G1 users centralize their voicemail boxes in one place …
Lisa Gade / MobileTechReview.com:
Sony Reader PRS-700  —  As an avid book reader, I've been a fan of the Sony Reader line of devices since the PRS-500 came out 2 years ago.  With the PRS-505, released last year, things got even better— the 505 was faster, had a whiter virtual page and even better contrast.
Discussion: TeleRead and Engadget
 
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
There, there, Ron  —  I am the honoree of an attempted hatchet job …
Discussion: Slate and Gawker
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Announcing AppData - The Easiest Way to Track Facebook Application Traffic
Discussion: VentureBeat
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Gartner Sees $1.5B for Web Studio Video by 2012
Discussion: Contentinople, MediaMemo and Gartner
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
ISPs To Speed Up P2P Transfers
Discussion: PRWeb
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Announces New Advertising Metrics
Business Wire:
Low Prices on the Go...Amazon.com Announces Daily Deal Text Alerts
Discussion: mocoNews.net and TechFlash
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Focusing on MobileMe Improvements in Latest 10.5.6 Builds
Discussion: AppleInsider and HMBT - Blog
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC MAX 4G officially announced, world's first GSM / WiMAX phone
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Gearlog
AppleInsider:
Apple releases big bug fix patch for 4th gen iPod nano
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Silverlite  —  Google's release of its Gmail Video service …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I'll Never Let Canada Live This Down: Evil Carpooling Startup Fined
 

 
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
The (Atlantic) Wire Is Shutting Down

 
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