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2:00 PM ET, November 17, 2008

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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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Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:   Hulu To Be Bigger Than YouTube Next Year?
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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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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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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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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Spec Finalized: It's Fast  —  We already know most of what there is to know about USB 3.0—officially dubbed SuperSpeed USB—but today it's officially set in stone.  To recap, with transfer speeds of 4.8Gbps, it'll dump a 25GB HD file in about 70 seconds …
Discussion: Crave and SlipperyBrick.com
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: TechSpot, MacNN and Internetnews Blog
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InfoWorld:
OpenOffice five times more popular than Google Docs
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 …
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Apple: Barclays Again Cuts Apple iPhone Forecast
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Mashable! and VoIP Watch
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: Engadget HD and Neowin.net
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Alley Insider:
Google's Directions In NYC Subways: Wrong
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Gartner: 85 percent of enterprises using open source
Discussion: InfoWorld
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
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
The ties that bind  —  Regular columnist Bill Thompson wonders …
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Sanity check: The IT labor shortage is real and offshoring is overblown
BBC:
Ubuntu set to debut on netbooks
Discussion: Gadgetell and p2pnet
John Markoff / New York Times:
Burned Once, Intel Prepares New Chip Fortified by Constant Tests
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
No More Landlines - Comm Forecast #1
Discussion: Signal to Noise
 

 
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