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11:05 PM ET, November 14, 2008

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Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
The YouTube Presidency  —  The White House has gone YouTube.  —  Today, President-elect Obama will record the weekly Democratic address not just on radio but also on video — a first.  The address, typically four minutes long, will be turned into a YouTube video and posted on Obama's transition site …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Obama to Address the Nation Each Week on YouTube
Discussion: HeyJude
Business Wire:
Study Finds Google Docs Struggles to Gain Foothold in Productivity Suite Market Dominated by Microsoft  —  BERKELEY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—From May to November 2008, ClickStream Technologies' standing panel of adult U.S. internet users showed that use of free productivity applications …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Compete: Google Docs & Spreadsheets Keeps Growing, But User Engagment is Flat  —  It's been a little bit more than two years now since Google merged Google Spreadsheets with Writely, and while there has been a lot of talk about online office suites, the latest data from Compete indicates …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
IBM must put up $3 million in Papermaster case  —  IBM only had to pay a $350 filing fee to sue Mark Papermaster, the 25-year IBM (IBM) veteran hired by Steve Jobs last month to run Apple's (AAPL) iPod and iPhone division.  —  It's going to cost them a lot more to pursue the case.
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Revenge Of The Papermaster: Apple Exec Countersues IBM
Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Aligns Business with Global Economic Climate and Amplifies Growth Opportunities Across Open Source Platforms  —  Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced a series of changes designed to align its cost model with the global economic climate and accelerate …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
How Long Does Google Baby the iPhone?  —  The blogosphere is abuzz over John Markoff's piece for the New York Times on a new version of Google's iPhone app that lets you use your voice to search.  (It even uses the phone's accelerometer to let it notice that you've lifted the phone to your ear, and therefore switch to voice mode.)
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Webware.com and PC World
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Is Taking Questions (Spoken, via iPhone)
Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
Nick Denton: Pay-for-page-views was too successful  —  When asked what he would have done differently with Valleywag after it was announced that the site was closing, Gawker Media head-honcho Denton said he “probably wouldn't have paid out those big bonuses to [writers] at the start of the year!”
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Tech Job Losses in 2008 Could Be Highest Since 2003: Report  —  Last quarter saw the highest number of tech layoffs in nearly five years, according to a report from Challenger Gray & Christmas, an executive outplacement firm that tracks job losses in electronics, telecom and computer industries.
Parija B. Kavilanz / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart's Black Friday deals: High tech  —  Ad showing retailer's planned discounts focuses on consumer electronics like a Samsung 50-inch plasma HDTV, Magnavox Blu-ray player and Xbox 360.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Wal-Mart is highlighting flat screen TVs, Blu-ray players …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Weather Channel's iPhone app hails videocasts  —  Weather apps have been a fixture on the iPhone and iPod touch since Day 1, but it wasn't until this week that it gained a full-featured contribution from The Weather Channel.  —  San Francisco's forecast today.  —  (Credit: CNET)
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
How Google Can Fix Company And Stock  —  The bloom has fallen off the Google (GOOG) rose.  It is likely to stay off, in our opinion, until Google demonstrates a compelling revenue ramp in a new product that can eventually pick up where the search business is leaving off.
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
TheStreet.com To Close San Francisco Office (TSCM)  —  More layoffs in the world of financial journalism.  Spokespeople at TheStreet.com (TSCM) confirm the financial site is closing its San Francisco office, which the company opened in the late 90s.  No word from TheStreet on how many people …
Mercury News:
Santa Clara police responding to report of triple homicide shooting  —  Police are investigating a triple-homicide shooting inside an office building in Santa Clara late this afternoon.  —  Officers are looking for a man identified as Jing Wu, 47, of Mountain View in connection with the shooting …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
New court documents reveal internal Microsoft fighting over Vista, Intel  —  A new court filing reveals disputes at Microsoft's highest levels leading up to Windows Vista's release — including CEO Steve Ballmer describing former Windows chief Jim Allchin as “apoplectic” …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Citrix buys venture-backed Vapps for $26.6 million  —  Citrix said today it bought audio-conferencing services firm Vapps for $26.6 million in cash.  If Vapps continues to perform well, it will get an additional $4.4 million from Citrix.  Counting options, the value of the deal is $34 million at most.
Discussion: Bits and PE Hub News
Business Technology:
How Old Is Your Work Computer?  —  It used to be that every three years, workers would get brand new computers from their businesses' tech departments.  But for many those days are over.  —  The reason: Delaying computer upgrades is one of the easiest ways for a tech department to cut its budget.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over hairline cracks in iPhone 3G casings  —  Apple is facing yet another lawsuit over the performance of its iPhone 3G on AT&T's network but with added allegations that the company is ignoring the occurrence of hairline cracks in the handset's enclosure.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Microsoft and Facebook: In an open relationship with your data  —  Which third parties can access sensitive data that users post on Facebook, such as email addresses?  It depends on the partner, according to Facebook.  So here's the latest tidbit about how this policy is being implemented.
Discussion: The Real McCrea and TechCrunch
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD: Netbooks?  No thanks  —  In case you missed it, Advanced Micro Devices is passing on Netbooks.  At least as Intel and its partners have defined the category.  —  In fact, a lot of the media outlets missed this point completely, insisting that AMD is going to go head-to-head with Intel …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Gizmodo and PC World
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Record Labels to Sue Vuze, Limewire and SourceForge  —  French record labels have received the green light to sue four US-based companies that develop P2P applications, including the BitTorrent client Vuze, Limewire and Morpheus.  Shareaza is the fourth application, for which the labels …
Discussion: Techdirt
Ben Robinson / IntoMobile:
No Mobile phone conversations on the train - please tell me it's true! … We've all been there - having some inordinate bore tell their friend/family/significant other that they are “on the train” - well done Sherlock, next you'll be telling us where you are going - oh, you just have...
 
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