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6:10 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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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 and Digital Daily
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Google Hosting Time-Life Photo Archive, 10 Million Unpublished Images Now Live  —  TimeWarner and Google have announced that starting today Google will make available millions of images from the Life Magazine photo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.
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
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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 and Sophos
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: Webware.com and Epicenter
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!
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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
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 …
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
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
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, Switched and PR Newswire
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 and InfoWorld
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Online retail sales growth anemic, dropping to 1 percent  —  A new batch of data on ecommerce spending contains some potentially bad news for Amazon.com and other online retailers.  —  Internet measurement firm ComScore reports that U.S. online spending grew by just 1 percent in October …
Discussion: WebProNews
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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).
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Taboola Raises $4.5M, Scores CNN Deal  —  Taboola, a video discovery startup that launched at NewTeeVee Live 2007, announced today it has raised $4.5 million in second-round funding from return backer Evergreen Venture Partners and angel investors.  The round brings the Tel Aviv-based company's total funding to $6 million.
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent.org
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.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Yahoo: Should Microsoft Rebid or Walk Away?  —  The stock price was up in midday trading, over $12, after closing at $10.63 yesterday (as of this posting, Yahoo share price was $11.35).  The only way Microsoft should buy Yahoo—and all of it—is if the stock price is low.
 
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Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Second wind for muni WiFi? Mesh-networking startup hopes so
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So, How's That Digg Recommendation Engine Been Working For You?
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
SAP Trimming Head Count, “Can't Rule Out” Layoffs
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Mobile Messaging Reaches Record-Breaking Numbers
Discussion: CNET News
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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
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacBlogz
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Apple now taking orders for 24-inch LED Cinema Display
 

 
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