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4:25 PM ET, November 17, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Kara Scannell / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Charges Mark Cuban With Insider Trading  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission filed insider trading charges against Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks, for allegedly dumping shares in Mamma.com upon learning it was raising money in a private offering (full text of complaint).
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.
Discussion: Alley Insider
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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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.
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.
Discussion: Electronista
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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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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 …
Discussion: Screenwerk and The Precursor Blog
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
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
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
OpenTable's iPhone app makes reservations a breeze  —  If you live in an urban environment, reservations are key if you want to eat on a weekend night without a huge wait.  (Hole-in-the wall restaurants and fast food aside, of course, although even hole-in-the-wall places tend to be packed to the gills in my neighborhood.)
Discussion: TechCrunch and Macsimum News
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.
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
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
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.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Gartner: 85 percent of enterprises using open source  —  Admit it.  When you read that headline - “Gartner: 85 percent of enterprises using open source” - you assumed that was a good thing, right?  Who's afraid of enterprises saving a lot of money and getting much more flexible IT for their IT budgets?
Discussion: InfoWorld
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Nov 24 could be ‘Black Monday’ for computer viruses  —  An internet security company has warned that next Monday could be the worst day of the year for computer attacks.  —  The spread of viruses and malicious software is expected to peak on Nov 24, along with attempts by hackers to seize control of computers, according to PC Tools.
Business Technology:
Burn Rate: Startups Outside Silicon Valley Also Cut Staff  —  It's been all the rage for Silicon Valley technology startups to reduce their workforce in recent weeks to gird for an economic downturn.  Now tech startups outside Silicon Valley are following suit.
Discussion: Valleywag
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”.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
New York Times launching AIR-based news reader  —  Correction, 11:25 a.m. PST: This story misspelled the last name of The New York Times vice president of research and development.  He is Michael Zimbalist.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—During the keynote speech of the Adobe Max conference …
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.
Jeremy Pepper / Boingo:
BOINGO ACQUIRES WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES WI-FI  —  Boingo Will Provide Wi-Fi Access to Eleven Ferry Terminals and Fifteen Ferries  —  LOS ANGELES - November 17th, 2008 - Boingo Wireless®, announces that it has acquired the Wi-Fi networks for the Washington State Ferries …
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
 
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
FOIA docs show feds can lojack mobiles without telco help
John Cook / TechFlash:
Comcast to introduce 50 Mbps Internet connections in Washington
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and TechFlash
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Most users don't office in the cloud: 1% use Google Docs
Discussion: TechSpot
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Steps Up SEO for Brand Pages with Millions of New Indexable Links
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The End of Instant Messaging (As We Know It)
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Latest test builds of 10.5.6 suggest update just about ready
Discussion: HMBT - Blog, TUAW and AppleInsider
Electronista:
Fujitsu intros two enterprise-class SAS drives
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Official Best Buy Blackberry Storm Pricing - not bad as previously thought
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Pirates Prey on Blu-Ray DVD Format
Discussion: Engadget HD and Neowin.net
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
A coming of age for YouTube
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Sanity check: The IT labor shortage is real and offshoring is overblown
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Burned Once, Intel Prepares New Chip Fortified by Constant Tests
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