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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 …
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch, Valleywag and p2pnet
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Reaction: “You Can Kick This Dog, but It Still Barks”  —  Yesterday, after the news got out that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang was stepping down from his job and that a search was on for a new CEO, BoomTown got inundated with reaction from everyone from readers of this blog to Internet players to Yahoo employees.
Discussion: Epicenter
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 …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Yahoo: Should Microsoft Rebid or Walk Away?
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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Google Hosting Time-Life Photo Archive, 10 Million Unpublished Images Now Live  —  TimeWarner and Google have announced that starting today Google will make available millions of images from the Life Magazine photo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.
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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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 …
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Fashion Your Firefox: Add-Ons Made Simple
Discussion: Epicenter and Webware.com
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: securosis.com
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mark Cuban versus SEC: Insider trading or insider politics  —  Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban has fired a salvo back at the Securities and Exchange Commission today, after it charged him with insider trading yesterday.  Cuban broke his legal obligation to keep financial information confidential regarding …
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Alley Insider
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Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
SEC P2  —  RE: SEC Civil Action in the United States District
Discussion: MediaMemo
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 …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Engadget
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Seattle Times:
Microsoft's decision to change Vista Capable marketing for Intel angered HP, others
Discussion: Alley Insider
Waxy.org:
Deconstructing Google Mobile's Voice Search on the iPhone  —  I've experimented with audio transcription lately, but always with big, clumsy humans.  I'd happily use [cyborgs] speech recognition software, but even today, automatic conversion of voice-to-text is still flawed.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Google lets you search with your voice on iPhone
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Sirius, XM subscribers revolt over merger-induced changes  —  Long-time Sirius satellite radio subscriber Stan Petrov is fed up and he's not going to take it anymore.  He signed on with Sirius two years ago and bought several receivers.  But since Sirius merged with XM radio, he has lost his access to coverage of NBA games.
Discussion: Alley Insider and Switched
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).
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!
Discussion: Global Nerdy
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!
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.
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: Sophos
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SC08: Michael Dell Details Everyday Supercomputing  —  Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., in a speech at the SC08 Conference in Austin, Texas, today highlighted the democratization of supercomputing thanks to the use of standards and off-the-shelf parts.
Michael / MobileDevicesToday:
Microsoft updates Zune pricing  —  Microsoft tweaks the Zune pricing a bit for the holidays.  They're only changing the flash devices.  HD Zune price will stay the same.  The 16gb flash will drop to $179, the 8gb will go to $139 and the 4gb now hits $99.  Nice prices but will they be enough to drive market share?
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
Motorola's Plan To Woo iPhone Coders: Bribery, Widgets  —  How does once-hot mobile phone maker Motorola (MOT) plan to capture developers' attention away from Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android platforms?  Good, old-fashioned bribery, of course.
Chris Remo / Gamasutra:
Interview: Flash Tower Defense Creators On VC Deal, Social Gaming Site  —  Successful Flash game developers Paul Preece and David Scott have launched Casual Collective, a new free-to-play social gaming site, and have received $1 million in funding from investment firm Lightspeed Venture Partners.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
VideoEgg Extends Its Ad Network To the iPhone, Disses AdMob
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Messaging Reaches Record-Breaking Numbers
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Taboola Raises $4.5M, Scores CNN Deal
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
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sees Mac sales rise 28% amid latest notebook launch
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Apple now taking orders for 24-inch LED Cinema Display
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Help! Iphone snapped my husband's genitals
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