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4:40 PM ET, November 14, 2008

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Is Taking Questions (Spoken, via iPhone)  —  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.
Business Wire:
Sun Microsystems Aligns Business with Global Economic Climate and Amplifies Growth Opportunities Across Open Source Platforms  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA - News) today announced a series of changes designed to align its cost model …
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Margaret Kane / CNET News:
Sun restructures, lays off up to 6,000  —  Sun Microsystems has announced a restructuring that will involve layoffs of 15 percent to 18 percent of its global workforce.  —  The company also announced a reorganization of its software operations and the departure of Rich Green, executive vice president of software.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft launches online store: Is there deeper meaning here?  —  Microsoft has launched something long overdue: An online store.  Yes Virginia, you can download Windows.  —  The launch is a bit quiet.  Trevin Chow, a senior program manager at Microsoft, announced the “first-party” store on his blog.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Microsoft launches second retail site
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
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 …
Martin Peers / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Consumers Are Checking Out  —  Google's business model is revealing its Achilles' heel.  —  The Internet giant's big perceived advantage over traditional media has long been its consumer-driven business model.  Whereas traditional media has more of a marketer-driven approach …
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Microsoft Blog
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Alex Patriquin / Compete Blog:
Happy 2nd Anniversary, Google Docs & Spreadsheets
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
October Game Sales: Nintendo Wii Kicking PS3 Butt  —  Nintendo (NTDOY) is eating Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony's (SNE) lunch in the console wars, the NPD Group says.  —  Look at the sales figures for consoles in October:  — Wii: 803,000 consoles  — Xbox 360: 370,000  — PS3: 190,000
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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.
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The world's most super-designed data center - fit for a James Bond villain  —  This underground data center has greenhouses, waterfalls, German submarine engines, simulated daylight and can withstand a hit from a hydrogen bomb.  It looks like the secret HQ of a James Bond villain.  —  And it is real.
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.
BBC:
European debut for ‘$100 laptop’  —  Europeans will soon be able to buy their own XO laptop.  —  The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organisation is planning to sell the devices via online store Amazon's European outlets from 17 November.  —  The machines will be sold under the Give One …
Vivek Wadhwa / Business Week:
Engineering: Suddenly Sexy for College Grads  —  As the financial crisis deepens, science and math grads who once flocked to investment banking are now considering jobs in engineering  —  Early in his college career, Tyler Bosmeny assumed that after graduating, he would do what hundreds …
Discussion: The Toybox
WindowsForDevices.com:
Smart camera sports Atom  —  Matrox Imaging announced a Windows CE “smart camera” that uses a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor.  The Iris GT features 256MB of RAM, 1GB of flash storage, a gigabit Ethernet port, USB 2.0 and RS232 serial ports, plus an opto-coupled trigger input and strobe output, says Matrox.
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” …
Craig Rubens / GigaOM:
Bond Comes to Your iPhone  —  iPhone apps might some day be the gold mine for advertising.  In the meanwhile, we are seeing the emergence of a new trend: iPhone apps as ads.  Hollywood studios are the first ones to react and using free applications to promote its movies.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Very Curious Microsoft-Facebook User Data Relationship  —  Facebook's ties to Microsoft go back to 2006 when they first signed an advertising deal.  A year later they took a $240 million investment, and the advertising relationship was extended this year.
Discussion: MSN and The Real McCrea
 
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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Weather Channel's iPhone app hails videocasts
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Lawyer: Guns N' Roses Uploader to Walk
Discussion: The Register
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Is Take-Two Thinking of Subscription-Based GTA and BioShock?
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Serena to Dump Microsoft Exchange for Google Gmail, the Cloud
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is the VC Model Broken? Far From it
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Crisis Spreads to Tech Sector as Sun Plans to Cut Work Force
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Alex Castle / Maximum PC all:
Why is Google Running Ads for Known Malware Sites?
Discussion: DailyTech, Slashdot and TechSpot
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Businesses warming up to the iPhone
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
Lawmaker Plans Bill on Web Neutrality
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
The Coming Wireless Revolution
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GirlInYourShirt: $75 Buys Your Startup Marketing For A Day
Discussion: AppScout and The Drama 2.0 Show
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Entrepreneurs Ask VCs for Cash Back
Discussion: Business Week
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Invest Like It's 1998: Microsoft Stock Hits 10-Year Low …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Federated Media slashes rates to $5 CPM
 

 
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