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12:50 AM ET, November 14, 2008

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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
“Fred” is the star of the NewTeeVee Live conference  —  The star of the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco: Fred.  —  Lucas Cruikshank, the hyper, screeching 15-year-old Internet sensation from Omaha who created the “Fred” series on YouTube, won over the adult audience at a conference …
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Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
What just happened at Valleywag?  The FAQ  —  I love Owen, but he has trouble writing in English during a crisis.  So here's the basics on what's happening at Valleywag:  — Some guy named Denton can't figure out how to sell ads on Valleywag.  — So he's going to sneak Valleywag …
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Cell phone boarding passes coming to an airline near you  —  The next time you head over to the security line at the airport, you may not have to fish around for your boarding pass in order to get past the TSA agents.  Instead, you'll be able to flash your phone or PDA …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Gizmodo
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Collapses, Analysts Get Bearish  —  It's inevitable: When you're banging the drum on a stock and all it does is hit you on the head with a two-by-four day after day you eventually get discouraged.  (Don't we know it.)  No Google bull has truly capitulated yet, as far as we know …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Apple Building A Search Engine?  —  We've received multiple (if thin) reports that Apple is working on a search engine of some sort.  —  At first glance, the rumors make sense.  Apple's Safari browser has 6-7% market share, and currently uses Google as the search engine for both the standard …
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
October video game hardware sales continue to grow, Nintendo leads  —  Despite a worsening economy, all three current-generation video game consoles had better U.S. sales in October than they did a year ago, according to the latest figures from The NPD Group.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
In an economic storm, U.S. video game sales grew 18 percent in October
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
New Mac OS X 10.5.6 test build has over 90 fixes  —  Apple seems to be making a fair bit of progress on the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.6 update.  This week, the company released a new test build of the package to its update testers.  This time around, Italian site HMBT is defying Apple's customary NDA …
kottke.org:
High quality YouTube video hack  —  You may have noticed that the video of Burn-E I embedded looked a bit better than a normal YouTube video.  YouTube has been quietly offering high-quality versions of some of their videos for quite some time via a “watch in high quality” link just underneath the player.
Live Search:
The next step in search  —  Today at PubCon we launched a new release of the Live Search API for publishers and web developers.  Now, in one place, we're making available what is essentially a content management system for your site or blog, plus the ability to monetize by selling ads.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Where in the World Is Yahoo's Board?  —  With a $10 stock price, the turning down of Microsoft's $31 a share offer, a collapsed search advertising deal with Google (GOOG), fleeing execs and bad news aplenty, it's easy to blame Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and call for his ouster.  —  After all, the buck does stop with him.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Online Video: Where's The Money?  —  Here is the stark reality of online video: nobody is making much money and the enthusiastic projections for online video advertising going from $500 million in 2008 to more than $5 billion in five years will undoubtedly be pared back in the coming weeks as analysts revisit their numbers.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft: Office Web will be available from Mac, Linux, iPhone  —  First stab at online Office will work in IE, Firefox and Safari on multiple platforms  —  Computerworld) Microsoft clarified this week that the upcoming Office Web — a lightweight version of its Office suite that runs …
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Google: more Macs mean higher IPv6 usage in US  —  At the RIPE meeting in Dubai two weeks ago, Google presented results from a study about how IPv6-capable “ordinary users” are.  And the results are surprising.  While an earlier study by Arbor Networks showed only .0026 percent of all traffic …
Discussion: CircleID
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft Windows Live is open to Facebook, MySpace, other social networks  —  One of the big questions to emerge from the news that Microsoft is partnering with dozens of Web services to position Windows Live as a central point for managing people's online lives: Where's Facebook and MySpace, the two dominant social networks?
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Dust in Your iPhone?  It's Time for a New One  —  The problem with gadgets that “don't have any parts” is that you can't fix even very minor problems.  In his biweekly trends column, PM Senior Technology Editor Glenn Derene buys a new iPhone and destroys his old one—all in the name of a little pocket lint.
Discussion: Gizmodo and techeblog.com
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Best Buy Black Friday ad spotted: Transformers on Blu-ray for $10  —  Break out your credit cards, if you still have them!  Black Friday is right around the corner so we'll be seeing leaked ads all over the place for the next few days.  —  Today's is a big one, Best Buy.
IntenseDebate:
IntenseDebate is Back!  —  The wait is over!  We're pleased to announce that IntenseDebate has emerged from temporary invite mode and is now available for the taking.  —  Since joining Automattic, we have been hard at work scaling our infrastructure and preparing IntenseDebate to deliver super-charged comments across the web.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Download Squad
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
IM Coming to Popular Mechanics, Seventeen - Can Chat Save Old Media?  —  Hearst Magazines Digital Media Web sites, including Seventeen.com and PopularMechanics.com, are rolling out Instant Messaging functionality for their readers to communicate with.  Can group chat keep fickle web readers on this publisher's web pages?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Tech-On! : tech news:
Non-contact Charging System Simultaneously Charges Multiple Mobile Devices  —  Mojo Mobility Inc, a Silicon Valley-based venture firm, developed a technology to simultaneously charge multiple mobile devices using a piece of sheet and started seeking collaboration with device manufacturers.
Discussion: Gearlog and Engadget
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
A Closer Look at McColo  —  Yesterday, we published a story about Web hosting firm McColo being knocked offline after being accused by the computer security community of serving as a gateway to organizations engaged in spam activity.  —  In trying to get a sense of the activity attributed to McColo …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and BBC
Stacey Higginbotham / NewTeeVee:
Canoe Ventures Wants Your Data  —  Within the year, cable companies are going to invade your privacy Google style.  Canoe Ventures outlined its strategy today at the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco, where David Verklin, the CEO, outlined the cable industry's answer to the competition from online video.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
John Cook / TechFlash:
Jobster slashes staff by 38 percent  —  Jobster, the one-time high-flying online recruiting startup, laid off more than a third of its staff today as it grapples with a slowing economy.  About 15 people are losing their jobs.  —  “This is an unbelievable market condition,” said Jobster Chief Executive Jeff Seely.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Unsealed docs from Vista Capable class-action suit detail exchanges between Microsoft, Intel  —  U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman unsealed several documents containing internal Microsoft and Intel e-mails, in the ongoing class action lawsuit against Microsoft over marketing of Windows Vista.
Dan Fost / New York Times:
Keeping It All in the Google Family  —  AS befits a company whose name is a play on words, Google (named for the mathematical term “googol") has come up with playful names for its workers.  Employees are known as Googlers, new employees are Nooglers and gay employees are Gayglers.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Finally Starts Firing Slackers?  —  Times are changing at Google: You can't slack off and expect to keep your job anymore, reports a reader who says he's an employee:  —  Recent change in behavior here at Google... it used to be nearly impossible to get fired for general underperformance …
 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple job listing hints at iPhone nearing China launch
Robert Vamosi / Webware.com:
Apple updates Safari with 11 security fixes
Discussion: Zero Day and VentureBeat
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
I-Card Movement Gets Boost From Equifax
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla Asks Add-On Developers to Prepare For Firefox 3.1
Discussion: Global and webmonkey
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
AMD jumps into the netbook fray
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Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search:
Google Maps + TeleAtlas + TomTom = Powerful map update strategy
Basheera Khan / TechCrunch UK:
3 targets mass market with ‘Facebook phone’ launch
George Colony / George F. Colony:
What does Intel's slip mean?
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
ScreenToaster Makes Screencasting Easy
Discussion: TechCrunch
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla fixes 11 new flaws in Firefox, six critical
 

 
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