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5:25 PM ET, November 17, 2008

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Markcuban / blog maverick:
The SEC  —  I wish I could say more, but I will have to leave it to this, and let the judicial process do its job.  —  November 17, 2008  —  RE: SEC Civil Action in the United States District  —  for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division  —  Mark Cuban today responded …
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Files Insider Trading Charges Against Mark Cuban  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2008-273  —  Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 2008 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Dallas entrepreneur Mark Cuban with insider trading for selling 600,000 shares of the stock …
Financial Times:
Rival forecast to catch YouTube  —  By Tim Bradshaw in London and Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles  —  YouTube is in danger of being upstaged commercially by a smaller upstart backed by News Corporation and NBC Universal as the video-sharing site struggles to make its massive global audience appeal to advertisers.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
When Will Hulu Catch YouTube?  It Already Has  —  Lots of chatter today about comments from research outfit Screen Digest, which suggest that video upstart Hulu will catch up to YouTube next year.  The U.K.-based company says that next year, both will generate $180 million in U.S. revenue.
Market Wire:
Symantec CEO John W. Thompson to Retire  —  Board Names Enrique Salem President and Chief Executive Officer  —  Symantec (NasdaqGS:SYMC - News) today announced that John W. Thompson, chairman and chief executive officer, will retire as CEO at the end of the fiscal year.
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News:
Symantec CEO Thompson to retire
Discussion: The Register
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Delivers Domino's  —  Late last night, broadband-connected TiVo Series2/3/HD owners may have stumbled upon the new Domino's widget.  While we first caught wind of this in regards to the Austrailian TiVo service, US TiVo subscribers are first to tap into Domino's online ordering system …
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Microsoft:
Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Out of Beta and Ready for Purchase  —  Microsoft announces new customers, partners and online services.  —  Today, at a launch event in San Francisco, Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division at Microsoft Corp., was joined by customers …
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Erick Schonfeld / MobileCrunch:
Adobe To Demo Flash On Mobile (But Only Windows).  Still “Working” On The iPhone.  —  Adobe's Flash Player is on 98 percent of all desktop computers, but it is still struggling to make the jump to mobile phones.  If you want Flash on a mobile device, right now you have to settle for a compromised version: Flash Lite.
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Once greeted warmly, Google wears out welcome  —  BERLIN: When Google began hiring in Zurich for its new engineering center in 2004, local officials welcomed the U.S. company with open arms.  Google's arrival is still bearing fruit for Zurich: 450 employees, about 300 of them engineers …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
P&G Digital Guru Not Sure Marketers Belong on Facebook  —  Advertisers Shouldn't ‘Hijack’ Conversations, but Applications Hold Promise  —  CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) — Social networks may never find the ad dollars they're hunting for because they don't really have a right to them, said Ted McConnell …
Discussion: Alley Insider
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple flirting with another record quarter for Mac sales  —  After spending 25 hours counting sales of iPhones and Macs at Apple's US-based retail chain, investment bank Piper Jaffray said it believes the company this quarter could meet or beat last quarter's record 2.6 million Mac sales total …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
StarOffice gains native Mac support  —  StarOffice 9 is the first version with native Mac support, but just one of many products that aims to be a low-cost alternative to Microsoft Office.  —  (Credit: Sun Microsystems)  — Home - News - Beyond Binary  —  Beyond Binary  —  November 17, 2008 7:01 AM PST
Discussion: InfoWorld, TechSpot and MacNN
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Update on Silverlight 2 - and a glimpse of Silverlight 3  —  We shipped Silverlight 2 last month.  Over the last 4 weeks, the final release of Silverlight 2 has been downloaded and installed on more than 100 million consumer machines.  It has also recently been published to corporate administrators via …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Breaking: Major League Baseball Tags Adobe, Microsoft's Silverlight has Setback  —  Adobe has landed a two-year agreement with MLB.com to stream its 2,500-plus spring training, regular season and post-season games live to MLB.com's 1.5 million subscribers.  Games were previously streamed …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
OLPC's Give One, Get One Deal: This Time For Sure!  —  The One Laptop Per Child Foundation-creator of the XO “$100 laptop” designed to help educate kids in developing nations-is back with its “Give One, Get One” for the second holiday season.  In a nutshell, you make a $399 donation to the foundation.
Discussion: InformationWeek, TeleRead and Gearlog
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
OpenSocial, Facebook, Microsoft vie for developers  —  OpenSocial is growing up fast.  What started out as Google's effort to create a common application programming interface for developing small applications that can tap into multiple social-networking services is becoming a full-fledged development platform.
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Google SketchUp 7 wants to shape you into a 3D artist  —  Google has released SketchUp 7, the latest free version of its 3D modeling software, along with its premium counterpart, SketchUp 7 Pro.  —  Like previous iterations of the software, SketchUp 7 will enable you to model just about anything …
Discussion: Ars Technica and WinBeta
Simon Canning / NEWS.com.au:
Google looks to users' needs  —  THE newly named strategic planning director of Google's Creative Lab in New York says the web giant will place greater emphasis on consumers' needs rather then simply inventing things and throwing them into the market in the future.
David Meyer / ZDNet:
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 unleashed  —  Version 3.0 of the universal serial bus specification has been released.  —  Unveiled on Monday by the USB Implementers Forum, the USB 3.0 spec can theoretically support data-transfer speeds of up to 4.8Gbps — 10 times the speed provided by USB 2.0.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Ribbit launches its web phone platform  —  Ribbit, the web phone company recently acquired by BT for $105 million, is has opened its developer platform to the general public.  Although the Mountain View, Calif. company makes useful applications like the recently-updated Ribbit for Salesforce …
Discussion: CNET News, Mashable! and VoIP Watch
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Proxim's 802.11n Hits 320 Mbps  —  Wireless LAN provider Proxim cracks new speed records with new 802.11n deployment featuring a distributed wireless architecture that Proxim claims will cost half the price of competitors' wireless local area networks.  By eliminating the centralized controller found …
Discussion: Computerworld
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The End of Instant Messaging (As We Know It)  —  Those pop-up chat boxes are giving way to a new raft of tools that help Web surfers communicate in real time  —  It's the end of instant messaging as we know it.  Those chat boxes once commonplace on a computer desktop amid documents …
Electronista:
Dell outs Studio XPS, XPS 730x with Core i7  —  Dell today quickly seized on Intel's Core i7 debut by launching two new systems, including one completely new line.  The Studio XPS upgrades the regular Studio desktop with features friendly to gamers and high-end media with Core i7 processors and dedicated video as the baseline.
Wall Street Journal:
Cellphone Makers Brace for the Shake-Up  —  Motorola and Sony Ericsson Look Particularly Vulnerable as Budget-Conscious Consumers Decide to Postpone Upgrades  —  The cellphone industry is poised for its first major shake-up since the beginning of the decade as the global economic downturn hurts sales …
Discussion: FierceWireless and Engadget
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Victory in Vomit: The Sickening Secret of Mirror's Edge  —  By now you have probably heard the warning: Playing Mirror's Edge will make you vomit.  —  The hot new videogame is a sort of “first-person runner”: You're a courier who travels across the rooftops of a locked-down, police-state city …
Discussion: digg.com
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Extinction Threatens Yellow-Pages Publishers  —  Industry's Web Sites Have Small Audiences, and Economic Downturn Has Eroded Ad Dollars; Hearst Unit Throws In With Google  —  The yellow-pages industry is running out of lifelines.  —  In recent years, as its customers migrated to the Web …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Track Those Users: Sprout Puts Google Analytics Into Flash Tool  —  Sprout, a Flash platform that first launched in January 2008 to let developers easily create Flash widgets and websites, is reaching another milestone today: integration of Google Analytics into Flash to properly track user engagement and participation.
 
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Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Firefox 3.1 gets tab tearing
Kate / mobilesyrup.com:
Confirmed: Nokia E71 officially coming to Rogers
Discussion: IntoMobile and Boy Genius Report
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Plista Receives Funding From Draper
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent
Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
Samsung Gravity touches down
Discussion: Electronista and FierceWireless
Wayne Friedman / Broadcasting & Cable:
Recession Threatens to Stall Mobile TV
Discussion: CNN
John Cook / TechFlash:
Comcast to introduce 50 Mbps Internet connections in Washington
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and TechFlash
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Steps Up SEO for Brand Pages with Millions of New Indexable Links
Discussion: VentureBeat and Lonely CEO Media
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
OpenTable's iPhone app makes reservations a breeze
Discussion: TechCrunch and Macsimum News
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
New York Times launching AIR-based news reader
Discussion: CNET News
Business Technology:
Burn Rate: Startups Outside Silicon Valley Also Cut Staff
Discussion: Valleywag
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Nov 24 could be ‘Black Monday’ for computer viruses
Nicholas Carlson / Alley Insider:
Google's Directions In NYC Subways: Wrong
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Official Best Buy Blackberry Storm Pricing - not bad as previously thought
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool, Gearlog and I4U News
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Pirates Prey on Blu-Ray DVD Format
Discussion: Engadget HD and Neowin.net
 

 
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