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12:50 PM ET, November 17, 2008

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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.
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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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Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Hulu is Catching Up With YouTube — Fast  —  Network television hub Hulu is on track to meet the advertising earnings of video behemoth YouTube by next year, barely a year after its launch.  —  YouTube had 83 million unique viewers in September, compared to Hulu's relatively tame 6 million.
Discussion: Webomatica and WebProNews
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 …
Discussion: Gadgetell, Switched, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
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AdAge:
Why Yahoo Still Matters for You  —  Despite Recent Blows, Size Keeps It a Valuable Partner for Advertisers  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Its Google search deal is history, Microsoft is no longer a suitor, and a combination with Time Warner's AOL is theoretical, at least for now.
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 Mobile
John Markoff / New York Times:
A Computing Pioneer Has a New Idea  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Steven J. Wallach is completing the soul of his newest machine.  —  Thirty years ago, Mr. Wallach was one of a small team of computer designers profiled by Tracy Kidder in his Pulitzer Prize winning best seller, “The Soul of a New Machine.”
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.
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Amazon Launches OLPC ‘Give 1 Get 1’ Laptop Drive  —  The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) association launched its Give 1 Get 1 program for a second time, allowing people to buy one of their iconic green mini-laptops and donate one to a child in the developing world at the same time for just US$399.
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 …
David Meyer / ZDNet:
SuperSpeed USB released  —  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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
A coming of age for YouTube  —  To some YouTube fans, the Web's iconic video-sharing site may appear to be losing its soul.  —  Two years ago, YouTube executives disdained anything but the most unobtrusive forms of advertising (no prerolls for them), and even promised to pioneer new ad formats.
James Sherwood / The Register:
Asus launches 'world's fastest' smartphone  —  Asus has unveiled its latest smartphone, which, it claimed, is the “fastest business PDA phone in the world”.  —  Under the Asus P565's shell is an 800MHz Marvell processor that Asus said will help the phone deliver “system performance beyond anything else on the market”.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Pirates Prey on Blu-Ray DVD Format  —  HONG KONG — Movie pirates are going after Blu-ray, using a technological twist that makes their illicit copies both cheap to make and tough for consumers to spot.  —  Pirates are taking advantage of the fact that many viewers can't tell …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Engadget HD
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
No More Landlines - Comm Forecast #1  —  By the end of President Obama's first term, there won't be any more copper landlines left in the country.  One of the challenges facing the Federal Communications Commission and the new administration is how to deal with the fallout from the end of this venerable technology.
Discussion: Signal to Noise
John Markoff / New York Times:
Burned Once, Intel Prepares New Chip Fortified by Constant Tests  —  HILLSBORO, Ore. — Rows and rows of computers in Intel's labs here relentlessly torture-tested the company's new microprocessor for months on end.  —  But on a recent tour of the labs, John Barton, an Intel vice president …
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.
BBC:
Ubuntu set to debut on netbooks  —  Mobile phone chip designer Arm has announced an alliance with the makers of the Ubuntu open source software.  —  The deal will produce a version of the operating system for small net-browsing computers known as netbooks.
Discussion: Gadgetell and p2pnet
Nicholas Carlson / Alley Insider:
Google's Directions In NYC Subways: Wrong  —  Google launched step-by-step public transportation directions for Google Maps in September.  To advertise the feature, Google bought ads in New York's subway cars.  —  The ads are cute.  They give directions from Grand Central to Madison Square Garden.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Apple Forgets to Add Google iPhone App to the Store  —  Have you tried Google's new voice-enabled search application for the iPhone yet?  No, and neither have we.  Amidst the big launch on Friday, and the corresponding ballyhoo in The New York Times, one thing was forgotten: the application itself.
Discussion: Portfolio, Wikinomics and MarketingVOX
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Gartner: 85 percent of enterprises using open source
Discussion: InfoWorld
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Barclays Again Cuts Apple iPhone Forecast
Discussion: AppleInsider
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
Official Best Buy Blackberry Storm Pricing - not bad as previously thought
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool, I4U News and Gearlog
Rick Broida / CNET News:
Price Watch: Sharp Blu-ray player, $179.99
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
RIM working on LTE BlackBerry for release when LTE is deployed?
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
InfoWorld:
OpenOffice five times more popular than Google Docs
BBC:
The ties that bind  —  Regular columnist Bill Thompson wonders …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Grid Networks Now Streams Video to TV
Discussion: Webware.com
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Sanity check: The IT labor shortage is real and offshoring is overblown
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
dmedia G400 WiMAX MID coming in 1H 2009
Discussion: Engadget and UMPCPortal
Radhika / Designlaunches.com:
Esc Clock won't let you be tardy
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Engadget
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Fighting Traffic Jams With Data
Discussion: Smart Mobs