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11:40 PM ET, November 18, 2008

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Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Stepping down  —  As you've no doubt already read, I've decided that I will step down from my role as Chief Executive Officer after my successor has been selected.  —  Ever since founding Yahoo! with David Filo 13 years ago, I've been passionate about this company, its brand, its employees …
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Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
The Real Dan Lyons bails on blogging  —  First it was Fake Steve Jobs, now it's Real Dan Lyons.  —  A frustrated Dan Lyons told me this afternoon that he is hanging up his personal blog at RealDanLyons.com after his Newsweek bosses made him yank a blog post where Lyons (rightfully) called Yahoo's PR staff “lying sacks of s**t.”
Discussion: Valleywag and Deep Jive Interests
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Five Biggest Mistakes  —  The Web portal's employees open up (a little) about the company's problems.  —  Sirens blared outside Yahoo!'s campus Tuesday, a day after chief executive Jerry Yang said he will step down as the Web portal continues to struggle to gain a grip …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft to offer free consumer security suite  —  Microsoft on Tuesday said it is changing its strategy for offering PC antivirus software, with plans to discontinue its subscription-based consumer security suite and instead offer individuals free software to protect their PCs.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Will Microsoft's antivirus move draw antitrust fire?
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft chopping Zune prices  —  With the economy tanking and the holidays looming, Microsoft is hoping to salvage some Zune sales by chopping prices.  —  The software maker plans to announce on Wednesday a price cut for its flash-based models.  The 4GB version will drop to $99 …
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Cesar Menendez / Official Zune Insider Blog …:
Zune 3.1: Update Your Zune!  —  The team has been doing a little extra work heading into the holiday season; in fact this week is a busy one.  You are going to see some pretty cool things coming for Zune that we thinks you'll enjoy...Aside from the sweet Common commercial - Afrika Bambaataa!
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
How Can So Much Spam Come From One Place?  —  At roughly 4:30 p.m. Eastern time last Tuesday, the volume of junk e-mail arriving at inboxes around the world suddenly plummeted by at least 65 percent, an unprecedented drop caused by what is believed to be a single, simple act.
Discussion: Security Fix and securosis.com
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Dead network provider arms Rustock botnet from the hereafter  —  McColo dials Russia as world sleeps  —  McColo, a network provider that was yanked offline following reports it enabled more than half the world's spam, briefly returned from the dead over the weekend so it could hand-off command …
Discussion: Computerworld
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Judge grants Apple's motion to dismiss Psystar's counterclaims  —  A California judge on Tuesday granted Apple's motion to dismiss counterclaims on the part of unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar, who charged the Mac maker with violating antitrust laws through its vigorous attempts …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Psystar antitrust claim against Apple dismissed
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Hosting Time-Life Photo Archive, 10 Million Unpublished Images Now Live  —  TimeWarner and Google have announced that starting today Google will make available millions of images from the Life Magazine photo archive.  The vast majority (97 percent) of these images have never been seen by the public …
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Paco Galanes / The Official Google Blog:
LIFE Photo Archive available on Google Image Search  —  The Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; The Mansell Collection from London; Dahlstrom glass plates of New York and environs from the 1880s; and the entire works left to the collection from LIFE photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili, and Nina Leen.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's New Search-Based Keyword Tool Tells You What Keywords You're Missing  —  Google released a new keyword tool tonight, named the Search-Based Keyword Tool.  This tool goes beyond what the other Google tools provide and tells you what keywords you are currently missing out on based on search query data from your site's content.
Arn / MacRumors:
Mid-2007 Prototype MacBook Air Found on eBay  —  MacRumors forum member Brett33 bought an “as is” MacBook Air on eBay for a selling price of $730.  As it turns out, it appears the machine is actually a prototype model of Apple's MacBook Air.  —  After receiving the unit …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA win: Tennessee to police campus networks  —  Tennessee has agreed to filter computer networks for unauthorized music downloads at the state's colleges and universities.  —  Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen signed into law a bill designed to thwart music piracy at the state's campuses …
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Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
SEC P2  —  RE: SEC Civil Action in the United States District  —  for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division  —  The SEC knows their case centers on one telephone conversation between two individuals- 4 years ago.  The SEC claims there was an agreement between these parties …
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Boxee  —  One of the big “aha moments” for me in the past couple years came when I hooked up a Mac Mini to a large display in our family room in the spring of 2007.  Slowly but surely, our family started using the Mac Mini instead of the cable set-top box and the DVD player.
Matthew Broersma / ZDNet:
Mozilla to end support for Firefox 2  —  The Mozilla Foundation is planning to end support for the Firefox 2 browser in mid-December, despite the persistence of significant flaws in the most-recent version of the popular browser.  —  The ‘end of life’ (EOL) plan for Firefox 2 is part …
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
SAP Trimming Head Count, “Can't Rule Out” Layoffs  —  Since the world's economic crisis began in September, SAP AG has adopted a “we do not hire, we do not replace” employment policy.  —  The early results are in.  And when you exclude acquisitions (see Business Objects, January 2008) …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Search BOSS Releases Key Terms  —  Today we're pleased to announce the availability of the first of a series of new BOSS features called Key Terms.  —  We began opening up our search infrastructure four months ago with Yahoo! Search BOSS.  Since then, we've heard again and again …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Eric Schmidt: Open Broadband to Competition  —  (Washington, DC) Riding high on his visible role as an adviser to the Obama campaign, Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke to a packed auditorium in the Ronald Reagan Center here today at an event sponsored by the New America Foundation.
Discussion: CNET News
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Web Sites That Dig for News Rise as Watchdogs  —  SAN DIEGO — Over the last two years, some of this city's darkest secrets have been dragged into the light — city officials with conflicts of interest and hidden pay raises, affordable housing that was not affordable, misleading crime statistics.
Discussion: Open Source
Dan Goodin / The Register:
US teen hacker ‘DShocker’ confesses three-year crime spree  —  DDoS, botnets, SWAT calls, bomb threats, credit fraud...  A juvenile hacker with a reputation for stirring up trouble in online gaming groups has admitted to multiple computer felonies, including cyber attacks that overwhelmed …
Dawn / Shizzow Blog:
Expanding to the Bay Area & Bootstrapping  —  The Portland beta of Shizzow has gone really well, and we've been saying that we would eventually be opening Shizzow up to other cities.  Today is the day!  —  We wanted to announce that we will be opening up Shizzow to people in California with a focus on the Bay Area.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ocarina Surges To Top Paid iPhone App Position  —  Ocarina, the second iPhone application from Silicon Valley based Smule, has surged to the top spot on the iPhone App store just a little over a week after launching (you can download it here for $.99).  —  Why?
 
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Open Sourcing BrowserPlus: Q & A with Lloyd Hilaiel
Discussion: Webware.com, Ajaxian and Mashable!
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Feds shutter one-stop stalker shop
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
IBM to buy Transitive
Discussion: Bits
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
So, How's That Digg Recommendation Engine Been Working For You?
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
IcePhone: an upcoming triple-flip with Windows Mobile
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Yahoo: Should Microsoft Rebid or Walk Away?
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Messaging Reaches Record-Breaking Numbers
Discussion: CNET News
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SC08: Michael Dell Details Everyday Supercomputing
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Why Amazon's CDN Offering Is No Threat To Akamai, Limelight or CDN Pricing
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Computing From Weather to Warcraft
Discussion: WoW Insider and Massively
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Sirius, XM subscribers revolt over merger-induced changes
Discussion: Switched and Alley Insider
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Blu-ray Working Great, For Pirates
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Crave
Waxy.org:
Deconstructing Google Mobile's Voice Search on the iPhone
Discussion: Ars Technica and MAKE Magazine
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Apple now taking orders for 24-inch LED Cinema Display
 

 
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