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3:55 AM ET, November 14, 2008

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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
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: Gawker and bub.blicio.us
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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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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 …
Kyle / MySpace Developer Team:
OpenSocial and 0.8!  —  Today we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of OpenSocial at the MySpace San Francisco offices.  As part of that celebration, I'm pleased to announce that MySpace Platform now supports the 0.8 OpenSocial spec!  This marks an important milestone for MDP …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Epeus' epigone
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
OpenSocial Turns One: My, How You've Grown!
Discussion: Webware.com and VentureBeat
Trevin Chow:
Introducing the Microsoft Store US  —  We previously launched Microso ft Store internationally in the UK, Germany and Korea.  I'm now happy to announce that we have officially launched Microsoft Store for the U.S!  —  With this launch, our customers in the U.S. are able to buy …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Adds Searching by Voice to iPhone Software  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Pushing ahead in the decades-long effort to get computers to understand human speech, Google researchers have added sophisticated voice recognition technology to the company's search software for the Apple iPhone.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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: Guardian and PE Hub Blog
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: Unwired View, Gearlog and Engadget
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Is There a Privacy Risk in Google Flu Trends?  —  When Google released its Flu Trends service earlier this week, the Drudge Report flashed a headline that read: “SICK SURVEILLANCE: GOOGLE REPORTS FLU SEARCHES, LOCATIONS TO FEDS.”  —  Google sought to avoid this kind of reaction by talking …
Discussion: All Points Blog
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?
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.
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, techeblog.com and digg.com
Joey Sanders / BlackBerryNews.com:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 Simulator Available For Download  —  RIM has released for download the 4.6.1 software simulator for the 8900 Curve2.  While you're waiting for the device, this might be fun to play with and get used to the OS.  —  Click here do access and download the 8900 simulator.
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.
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: Download Squad and TechCrunch
 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple job listing hints at iPhone nearing China launch
Matt Kapko / mocoNews.net:
MediaFLO Expects To Nearly Double The Number Of Markets It Serves By Year-End 2009
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Google: more Macs mean higher IPv6 usage in US
Discussion: CircleID
Robert Vamosi / Webware.com:
Apple updates Safari with 11 security fixes
Discussion: Zero Day and VentureBeat
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
AMD jumps into the netbook fray
Discussion: eWeek and VentureBeat
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Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local Search:
Google Maps + TeleAtlas + TomTom = Powerful map update strategy
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
A Closer Look at McColo
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and BBC
Stacey Higginbotham / NewTeeVee:
Canoe Ventures Wants Your Data
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Best Buy Black Friday ad spotted: Transformers on Blu-ray for $10
George Colony / George F. Colony:
What does Intel's slip mean?
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
ScreenToaster Makes Screencasting Easy
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