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1:30 PM ET, November 13, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sweeping Changes At It's A Social Network!  —  Microsoft's portal will change significantly this evening.  No longer will it be a simple search engine with a few other services bolted on.  It's now a social network, too, pulling in activity information and content from around the web.
Microsoft Introduces Updated Windows Live Services  —  Leading Web companies work with Microsoft to simplify life online with e-mail, messaging, photo and file sharing, and more.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the next generation of Windows Live, an integrated set of online services …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Live Wave 3: Microsoft's kinder and simpler consumer services strategy?
Discussion: Teching It Easy
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft's New Photo Sharing Service: Live Photos
Discussion: metarand and Channel 10
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 …
Fred / A VC:
A Slightly Different Perspective  —  I've been reading a bunch of posts recently suggesting that the VC model is broken.  But guess what?  It's always been broken.  As Jeff Nolan points out in a short and sweet post: … Jeff's truth has been the story with the venture capital asset class …
Discussion: metarand
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:   The VC Model is Broken (Again)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Analyst: “Worst Economic Environment In Our Collective Lifetimes”  —  Google's stock price closed yesterday at $291, the first time it has dropped below $300 since 2005.  It's 44% off of its 52-week high of $725.  Most analysts think its cheap and getting cheaper - the average price target is still over $500.
Mark Evans:
Getting Sloppy With Data/Passwords
Discussion: and Profy
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon announces BlackBerry Storm release date, November 21st, $199  —  At least y'all will have to wait less, not longer, right?  We're finally allowed to publish what the BlackBerry world has been waiting for — the official release date for the BlackBerry Storm.  November 21st is the date that shall live in infamy.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zynga's Live Poker brings live social gaming to the iPhone  —  At first, the social gaming startup Zynga's new iPhone game “Live Poker” seems pretty run-of-the-mill.  The interface is intuitive, the visuals make good use of the iPhone's widescreen, but there are dozens of other poker applications available.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Your school chum's not asking about you: sued  —  “Your former classmates are trying to contact you!  Upgrade now to see their messages!”  That's the pitch many of us have seen from as a lure to pony up for a subscription.  At least one former customer …
Discussion: Inquirer
Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
Google's Chrome: The Danish Magic Inside  —  Danish JavaScript expert Lars Bak is the wizard behind Google's new Web browser, Chrome, which aims to change the way we use computers  —  A Danish farm nestled just a bike ride away from Aarhus—a small city founded 1,000 years ago by Vikings …
PC Magazine:
EA Debuts Fitness Videogame for Wii  — NEW YORK - Electronic Arts Inc unveiled its first personal training product on Thursday, tapping into the growing appeal of video games as fitness systems as seen with Nintendo Co Ltd's hit title “Wii Fit” earlier this year.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Digitalsmiths raises $12 million for video search and analytics  —  Digitalsmiths is announcing today it has raised $12 million in a second round of funding for its video search and analytics business.  It's not a huge amount of money, but given the current economic climate, it's significant.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
3 Flat-Screen Makers Plead Guilty to Trying to Keep Prices High  —  Prices for the flat screens in televisions, personal computers and cellphones have plummeted in recent years — but the decline would have been even faster if it hadn't been for an international price-fixing cartel, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
Sony Corporation:
Sony Commercializes World's First(*1), Industry Leading Resolution(*1) 12.25 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor “Exmor(TM)” for Mobile Phones  —  Also announces 8.11/5.15 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor and lens modules realizing image quality equivalent to compact-type digital still cameras
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla fixes 11 new flaws in Firefox, six critical  —  It also patches Firefox 2.0; just one more update coming for older browser  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp. on Wednesday patched 11 vulnerabilities in Firefox 3.0 — and 12 bugs in the older Firefox 2.0 — that could be used to compromise computers and steal information.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
World's Second-Largest Search Engine Starts Selling Ads  —  Google makes its billions selling ads against its text search results, charging marketers per click.  Now its trying the same thing with YouTube, reports the Times:  —  An advertiser - or a video maker who wants to promote a work …
Discussion: Valleywag and New York Times
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RED's Digital Still and Motion Camera System now official  —  After a morning of drip-fed images, RED just went official with DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) System.  The system starts with your choice of the professional Scarlet or “master professional” EPIC brains which can then be configured …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Obsessable and Slashdot
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Nehalem by the numbers: The Ars review  —  Introduction  —  Nehalem hit the ground running last week, as benchmarks (both our own and others') showed that Intel's new Core i7 chews through most workloads in record time for a one-socket part, often besting dual-socket/octal-core Xeon configurations.
Discussion: Electronista
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing for patent on versatile tablet docking station
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Get your ticket for TechCrunch/LeWeb Party
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Dell CTO Kevin Kettler to step down
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Universal Remote removes the PC setup with the URC Digital R50 remote
Discussion: Engadget
Business Week:
DoCoMo's $2.7 Billion Investment in India
Discussion: GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Group Hints at Disclosure “On Demand”
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Look Out, Intel. ARM to Enter Netbook, MID Categories
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Napster Judge Calls for Major Copyright Reform
Discussion: Techdirt, p2pnet and IPcentral Weblog