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1:50 PM ET, November 18, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Jerry Yang's Entire Memo to His Employees on Stepping Down as CEO  —  BoomTown has obtained the entire memo from Jerry Yang to his employees at Yahoo about his plans to step down as Yahoo CEO.  —  Yang, a truly nice man-which has been a plus and a minus for him-and an Internet visionary for sure …
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New York Times:
Jerry Yang, Yahoo Chief, Steps Down  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Jerry Yang, who, as chief executive of Yahoo, resisted a takeover bid from Microsoft only to later ask that merger talks resume, said he was stepping down.  —  In a memorandum sent to the company's staff Monday evening, Mr. Yang, 40 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Peter (Chernin) Principle-And Other CEO Choices  —  Obviously, the dream CEO for Yahoo is News Corp. President and COO Peter Chernin.  —  And, no surprise, he is the No. 1 choice of most inside and outside Yahoo (YHOO) in the wake of the news late yesterday that current CEO and Co-Founder Jerry Yang is stepping down.
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:   Jerry Yang's departure: What it means for Yahoo users
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Jerry Yang to Step Down, as a Search for New CEO Commences
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Microsoft's D.C. lobbying sank Google-Yahoo deal, Jerry Yang
Discussion: ZDNet Government and p2pnet
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud: Amazon CloudFront  —  Today marks the launch of Amazon CloudFront, the new Amazon Web Service for content delivery.  It integrates seamlessly with Amazon S3 to provide low-latency distribution of content with high data transfer speeds through a world-wide network of edge locations.
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Distribute Your Content With Amazon CloudFront
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon CloudFront: Outlook for CDN Is Cloudy (and That's Good)
Discussion: eWeek, Webware.com, Xconomy and WebProNews
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:   Why Amazon's CDN Offering Is No Threat To Akamai, Limelight or CDN Pricing
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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boxee raises funding as it goes after content, your living room
Discussion: A VC, NewTeeVee and VC Cafe
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.
Dave Burke / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for iPhone now with Voice Search and My Location  —  The new Google Mobile App for iPhone makes it possible for you to do a Google web search using only your voice.  Just hold the phone to your ear, wait for the beep, and say what you're looking for.  That's it.  Just talk.
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Waxy.org:   Deconstructing Google Mobile's Voice Search on the iPhone
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Google Mobile App for iPhone Now Available in the App Store
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR
Major Nelson / Xbox Lives Major Nelson:
Sign up for the preview?  You're in!  —  Instead of adding another 10,000 people to the preview program like we did last week, we've decided to do something a little different: everyone who successfully applied to the preview program (and submitted a valid console ID) will be getting …
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PR Newswire:
Movies Instantly Streamed From Netflix to the TV Debut on the Xbox 360
Discussion: TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Netflix Now Streams Movies To The Xbox 360
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Help!  Iphone snapped my husband's genitals  —  Apple says it is a software glitch  —  THE FRUIT THEMED Iphone apparently has a glitch that will photograph your genitals, attach it to an email and place it in your sent folder.  —  We found the glitch reported in an Apple forum and penned by a woman called Susan.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Business Wire:
HP Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter Results; Provides 2009 Outlook  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced preliminary results for the fourth fiscal quarter 2008 with revenue of $33.6 billion, a year-over-year increase of 19% or 16% when adjusted for the effects of currency.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
HP to Workforce: Seriously, There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays
Discussion: Chris O'Brien and Valleywag
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Vista Capable: E-mails tell story of tense Monday at Microsoft  —  There are several interesting narratives to be found in the 252 pages of e-mail released last night in the Windows Vista Capable class action lawsuit unfolding in Seattle.  Microsoft is accused of deceiving consumers …
comScore:
U.S. Retail E-Commerce Growth Slows to 1 Percent in October as Concerns about Inflation, Jobs and the Financial Markets Cause Consumers to Curb Spending  —  October Represents Softest Year-Over-Year Online Spending Growth on Record  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
October E-Commerce Growth Slows To 1%
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why Apple Won't Allow Adobe Flash on iPhone  —  Don't hold your breath waiting for the iPhone to support Adobe's Flash software: Apple's terms-of-service agreement prohibits it.  —  Although Adobe says it is working on a version of its popular Flash player for the iPhone …
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
Edible Apple:
Old school Steve Jobs flicks off IBM  —  Given the recent litigation involving I.B.M. and new Apple-hire Mark Papermaster, I wouldn't be surprised if Jobs still feels the same way about Big Blue.  —  This photo was taken in mid-Manhattan sometime in the early 80's.  And check it out, no black turtleneck!
AppleInsider:
Apple now taking orders for 24-inch LED Cinema Display  —  Following a month-long wait, Apple on Tuesday finally began taking orders for its new 24-inch LED-backlit Cinema Display through its online store, saying shipments will begin sometime later this month.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Official.  Facebook Is Running A Protection Racket On App Developers  —  Earlier today Facebook released details on its new Verified App Program for third party developers.  —  Basically, application developers (there are 48,000 applications on Facebook today) can apply to become a Verified App.
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Blu-ray Working Great, For Pirates  —  Blu-ray “won” the next-generation DVD standards battle, but that victory has, thus far, been pretty hollow, as consumers haven't wholeheartedly embraced the new format (and the new DVD players they need to take advantage of it).
 
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Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
Motorola's Plan To Woo iPhone Coders: Bribery, Widgets
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Computing From Weather to Warcraft
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Sirius, XM subscribers revolt over merger-induced changes
Discussion: Switched
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
US Court Halts Sale of Spyware Program
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Funai claims major leap in LCD display technology
Discussion: Electronista, SlashGear and Obsessable
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sees Mac sales rise 28% amid latest notebook launch
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