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11:35 AM ET, November 16, 2008

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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:
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.
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 …
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 …
Malcolm Gladwell / Guardian:
A gift or hard graft?  —  We look at outrageously talented and successful people - the Beatles, Mozart, Rockefeller, Bill Gates - and assume there is such a thing as pure genius.  Not necessarily, argues Malcolm Gladwell...  The University of Michigan opened its new computer centre in 1971 …
Ohmynews International:
Local Wikipedia Blocked by German MP  —  Left-wing politician obtains injunction in light of Web pages on his Stasi past  —  Wikipedia is very popular in Germany.  With some 825,000 articles, it is the second biggest edition after the English version.  However, this weekend started with a shock for all German Wikipedia lovers.
New York Times:
Packages You Won't Need a Saw to Open  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A number of retailers and manufacturers have a gift for holiday shoppers: product packaging that will not result in lacerations and stab wounds.  —  The companies, including Amazon.com, Sony, Microsoft and Best Buy …
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?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Hockey Stick Moment  —  October was a good month for Twitter.  All those election Tweets brought a 25 percent increase in U.S. visitors from the month before, to 1.45 million unique visitors, according to comScore.  (Worldwide, the number was 5.6 million in September).
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Obama's first address to the nation on YouTube  —  This is just brilliant.  As we wrote about yesterday, President-elect Obama will be giving weekly video addresses alongside the radio addresses that have become routine for previous administrations.  The big key for these video addresses …
Discussion: Change.gov, ReadWriteWeb and ParisLemon
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Santa Clara triple-killing suspect arrested  —  (11-15) 15:27 PST SANTA CLARA — Santa Clara police today arrested the fugitive suspect in the Friday's triple homicide at a semiconductor firm here.  —  Police said they arrested Jing Hua Wu, a recently laid off engineer …
Discussion: Valleywag
PE Hub News:
Blip.tv Raises $5.2 Million  —  Blip.tv, a New York-based online television network, has raised $5.2 million in Series B funding led by Bain Capital Ventures, according to a regulatory filing.  The round was originally announced last month, but without a dollar amount.  —  ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE
 
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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Saabira Chaudhuri / Fast Company:
Digg Bans 20-30 Users for Hate Speech In Response to Fast Company's Women in Web 2.0
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and digg.com
Robin Pomeroy / Reuters:
Facebook pulls Italian neo-Nazi pages after outcry
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Online Age Verification for Children Brings Privacy Worries
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
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