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7:10 PM ET, November 13, 2008


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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 …
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.
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?
Discussion: Electronista and LiveSide
Microsoft Introduces Updated Windows Live Services
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: GMSV and
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 …
Discussion: Scripting News and Digital Daily
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.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Trumpets Cashback Successes  —  Microsoft Live Search Cashback launched with great expectation in some quarters that it would grow Microsoft's search share dramatically.  That, so far, has failed to happen.  But Microsoft says it is making progress toward its own more realistic goal …
Tam Vo / VentureBeat:
Live from NewTeeVee Live: CEO Jason Kilar explains why we are so addicted to Hulu  —  Jason Kilar, chief executive of Hulu, the online streaming video site backed by NBC and Fox, delivered a keynote at the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco today.  —  Kilar's talk focused on what drives …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Qualcomm halts UMB project, sees no major job cuts  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O), seeking to cut costs in the face of slowing demand for cell phones, has stopped developing a next-generation wireless technology called Ultra Mobile Broadband and is making small-scale layoffs.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News
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
George Colony / George F. Colony:
What does Intel's slip mean?  —  In my last post, “Why this tech recession will be different,” I observed that this slowdown will not be as severe for technology as was the 2001-2003 period.  —  But now comes Intel's announcement that it expects revenue for the fourth quarter to be down 10% from its original forecast.
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.
Discussion: Inside AdSense and SitePoint
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
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
ScreenToaster Makes Screencasting Easy  —  As you may have realized by now, we are big fans of screencasts here at ReadWriteWeb, and every time a new tool comes along that makes screencasting easier and more accessible, we can't help but give it a try.  The latest screencasting tool …
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac Pro Suitable Nehalem (Core i7) Processors Due in 1st Quarter 2009  —  Digitimes reports that Intel is planning on launching the Xeon 5500 and Xeon 3500 series of server CPUs in the first quarter of 2009.  These new processors are based on the Nehalem architecture which has been officially branded as Core i7.
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.
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.
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
AMD jumps into the netbook fray  —  IDG News Service) Advanced Micro Devices is jumping into the mini-notebook space, delivering processors starting in 2009 for small laptops that can run basic applications like Web surfing and e-mail, the company said Thursday.
Discussion: VentureBeat and eWeek
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: BBC and
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 reaches US  —  Dell today officially launched the Inspiron Mini 12 for the US after its initial run in Japan.  The 12-inch crossover between a netbook and ultraportable now starts at $549 and is partly slower than the smaller Mini 9.  A lesser 1.33GHz Atom is compensated …
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search:
Google Maps + TeleAtlas + TomTom = Powerful map update strategy  —  Google Maps needs accurate underlying maps data to be successful.  It needs the data to not only provide a positive user experience but to correctly deliver ads and a safe mapping environment.
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
OpenSocial Turns One: My, How You've Grown!  —  Today, Google's OpenSocial application platform is marking its first birthday with an event bringing together some of the platform's top developers at MySpace's San Francisco office.  In conjunction with the milestone, the OpenSocial team …
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Basheera Khan / TechCrunch UK:
3 targets mass market with ‘Facebook phone’ launch
Microsoft to spend $1 bln on R&D in China
Discussion: The Register and Guardian
Docs show Apple failed to find ideal successor for iPod chief
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla fixes 11 new flaws in Firefox, six critical
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing for patent on versatile tablet docking station
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
World's Second-Largest Search Engine Starts Selling Ads
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