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2:35 PM ET, November 18, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
Cost of Jerry Yang As Yahoo CEO: $2 Billion
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:   Jerry Yang's departure: What it means for Yahoo users
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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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Why Amazon's CDN Offering Is No Threat To Akamai, Limelight or CDN Pricing  —  As expected, I've already read half a dozen posts this morning from those who are saying Amazon's new CloudFront CDN offering is either going to challenge CDNs such as Akamai and Limelight for business or will force CDNs to cut their pricing in the market.
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Distribute Your Content With Amazon CloudFront
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
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Google Hosting Time-Life Photo Archive, 10 Million Unpublished Images Now Live  —  TimeWarner and Google have announced that starting today Google will make available millions of images from the Life Magazine photo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.
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 and Slashdot
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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Dave Burke / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for iPhone now with Voice Search and My Location
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
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
HP to Workforce: Seriously, There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays  —  Add Hewlett-Packard to the list of companies extending their annual holiday shutdown to cut costs in a souring economy.  The company said this week that it is doubling its normal weeklong holiday hiatus.
Discussion: Chris O'Brien and Valleywag
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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).
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!
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.
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: Switched and PR Newswire
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.
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
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 …
BBC:
Grenade camera to aid UK troops  —  A “grenade” camera, that would enable soldiers to look into hazardous areas, is being developed for UK troops.  —  Dubbed the I-Ball the wireless device is robust enough to survive being thrown onto a battlefield.  —  The I-Ball's internal camera gives …
Discussion: CrunchGear, SlashGear and The Raw Feed
 
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Computing From Weather to Warcraft
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