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1:25 AM ET, November 15, 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  —  President elect Obama will bring the President's weekly “fireside chat” into the 21st century by offering it not just on the radio, but in video on YouTube as well.  It's as if the new populist President really cares whether the next generation has a connection to what he's doing.
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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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: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Wal-Mart Now Going After Search Engines For Linking To Sites With Black Friday Ads
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Watch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Layoffs Set for December 10 (And, No, Jerry Yang Is Not Leaving Too)  —  While they're not as significant as the potential 6,000 layoffs at Sun Microsystems (JAVA) announced earlier today, several sources at Yahoo said that the previously announced layoffs at the Internet giant are set to take effect on December 10.
Discussion: Alley Insider
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” …
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Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:   Top execs cast blame in Vista Capable ‘mess’
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
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 …
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.
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!”
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: PC World, PC Magazine and NEWSFACTOR
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.
New York Times:
Israeli Candidate Borrows a (Web) Page From Obama  —  JERUSALEM — Click on the Russian-language version of the campaign Web site of Benjamin Netanyahu, the conservative Likud leader running for prime minister of Israel, and up pops a picture of the candidate with Barack Obama.
Discussion: Valleywag, The Raw Feed and Gawker
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 …
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)
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Crisis Hits Tech Sector With Layoffs as Sales Slump  —  Joining a rapidly growing list of technology companies reeling from the financial turmoil, Sun Microsystems, which sells server computers, has started a broad overhaul in which up to 6,000 employees could lose their jobs.
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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
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
John Leyden / The Register:
AVG slaps Trojan label on Adobe Flash  —  Third false alarm follows upgrade offer  —  AVG, the popular anti-virus package, has falsely identified Adobe Flash as potentially malicious.  The snafu comes just days after AVG slapped a bogus Trojan warning on a core Windows component.
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 WebProNews
 
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Ben Robinson / IntoMobile:
No Mobile phone conversations on the train - please tell me it's true!
Agence France Presse:
No US inauguration tickets on eBay
Discussion: Associated Press and The Register
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD: Netbooks? No thanks
Discussion: Between the Lines, Gizmodo and PC World
James Sherwood / The Register:
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Craig Rubens / GigaOM:
Bond Comes to Your iPhone
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