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4:45 PM ET, November 15, 2008


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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone: Has Google lost its voice?  —  For tech bloggers, this was bigger than Barack Obama.  —  How else to explain the reaction Friday to John Markoff's story in the New York Times about Google (GOOG) bringing voice activation to the iPhone, letting you search for everything from pictures …
Discussion: TUAW and Googling Google
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac:
Uh oh, Google voice app video pulled from Youtube..Apple not letting it into store?  —  Our worst fears realized?  The Google speech recognition app hasn't hit the iPhone yet after being touted yesterday.  “So what?” you say?  “Give Apple a few days to look at it” you say?  —  More bad news.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Sandra Gonzales / Mercury News:
Man who lost job at Santa Clara startup killed 3, including CEO and another top executive, police say  —  A recently laid-off tech employee Friday opened fire inside the Santa Clara office where he used to work, police said, killing three people, including the CEO and another top executive …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Sad Day In Silicon Valley  —  The San Jose Mercury News reports that a 47 year old man named Jing Hua Wu, after being laid off from his job at a fabless digital radio semiconductor startup in Santa Clara called SiPort, came back to the office on Friday afternoon with a gun and killed three people.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Parija B. Kavilanz /
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 ( — Wal-Mart is highlighting flat screen TVs, Blu-ray players …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sees Traffic and Peers Surge  —  Only a few days before the largest BitTorrent tracker will celebrate its 5th anniversary, the Pirate Bay reached a new milestone.  The site now tracks 25 million peers, which is more than the entire populations of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark combined.
Discussion: Slyck and Mashable!
Harry A. Jessell / TVNEWSDAY:
Obama Names FCC Transition Team  —  Two academics — Susan Crawford and Kevin Werbach — will lead the Obama FCC transition team with the responsibility of advising the incoming administration on policy, budget and personnel matters, the Obama-Biden office announced today.  —  Story continues after the ad
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's 20 Essential iPhone Apps  —  It's been four months almost to the day since iPhone 2.0 came, and we've been hitting the App Store hard every week ever since to sift through what's new in iPhone App land.  This week, we've decided to hold back for a second, take a breath …
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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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Oblong's g-speak: the ‘Minority Report’ OS brought to life  —  If you've been waiting for that Minority Report-style interface to really come to fruition, you can finally exhale.  One of the science advisors from the Steven Spielberg film — along with a team of other zany visionaries …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
URLs for iPhone-Optimized Google Sites  —  Google's interfaces optimized for iPhone, Android and WebKit-based browsers look extremely well and they have more features than the standard mobile versions.  For example, Google's homepage shows suggestions and has customizable navigation links …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Profiles Adds Photos, Inching Closer to Lifestreaming  —  Rolfe Schewe sent me a heads-up on Twitter tonight that Google Profiles now has added photo streaming.  All you need to do is point Google toward Picasa, Flickr or any other photo sharing service that supports feeds and it will pull in your public photos.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Eric Schmidt and the YouTube election
Discussion: Tech Beat
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
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Discussion: Valleywag and The Raw Feed