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8:00 PM ET, November 16, 2008

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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Obama appoints YouTube (Google) as secretary of video  —  It's great that President-elect Barack Obama is delivering his regularly scheduled Saturday address in both audio and video form.  After using the Internet to help him get elected and connect with younger voters …
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
The New Washington Tech Agenda  —  Table of Contents:  —  President-elect Barack Obama brings a decidedly different technology agenda to the White House than President Bush did eight years ago.  Widely considered the most tech-savvy president ever elected, Obama sees an activist government …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Obama's first address to the nation on YouTube
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Update On Google iPhone Voice Recognition App: Look For It On Monday  —  Google's voice recognition search application for the iPhone, originally set for launch on Friday, will likely go live sometime Monday, we've heard from a source with knowledge of the situation.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Shane Kim loves Nintendo, talks up new Xbox Experience as social network  —  Microsoft executive Shane Kim touted the New Xbox Experience coming next week as the company's attempt to broaden its reach and shift its Xbox Live online gaming service from a multiplayer matchmaking service …
Discussion: Kotaku and GoNintendo
Randall Stross / New York Times:
What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?  —  ELLEN SPERTUS, a graduate student at M.I.T., wondered why the computer camp she had attended as a girl had a boy-girl ratio of six to one.  And why were only 20 percent of computer science undergraduates at M.I.T. female?
Discussion: Startup Chatter
Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler:
Kindle Economics  —  A few weeks ago I evaluated Amazon's Kindle.  While I really liked the device, the big problem I had with it was that at its current price of $359.00 it was too expensive at this point for mass consumer adoption.  —  At what point, however, do consumers start ditching their dead-tree books for e-books?
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Lose the BlackBerry?  Yes He Can, Maybe  —  WASHINGTON — Sorry, Mr. President.  Please surrender your BlackBerry.  —  Those are seven words President-elect Barack Obama is dreading but expecting to hear, friends and advisers say, when he takes office in 65 days.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Gets Out Of User Generated Video Business  —  AOL is on a product-cutting spree.  In addition to the shuttering of XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile And Bluestring, the company will also be shutting down the AOL Video Uploads service starting this week.  —  Users must move their videos prior …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Online Ad Growth Grinds To A Halt  —  We all know online advertising decelerated in the third quarter, but how bad was the slowdown overall?  To find out, we added up the online advertising revenues for Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL, which together account for the majority of online advertising.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
USB 3.0 to Deliver a Tenfold Speed Increase  —  Tighten your seat belts.  Data transfer is going into overdrive as the ubiquitous Universal Serial Bus, better known as USB, prepares to make a tenfold jump in speed.  —  That means the vast sea of USB devices — from HD camcorders to hard drives …
Don Day / Lost Remote:
Why story comments are destructive  —  It's all the rage these days.  Story comments.  Aren't they neat?  Joeblow2938 said the story is great!  JaneinOmaha said the story sucks.  BlueFriend found a way to tie the story to George W. Bush and the downfall of society.
Elinor Mills / Crave: The gadget blog:
Study: Young people, men more optimistic when tech fails  —  When faced with a technology breakdown, levels of optimism and frustration vary depending on age and gender, according to a new study to be released on Sunday.  —  That's the straight lead.  The one I was pondering writing is:
 
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New York Times:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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