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7:10 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.
Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
The Real Dan Lyons bails on blogging
Discussion: Valleywag
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Google Hosting Time-Life Photo Archive, 10 Million Unpublished Images Now Live  —  TimeWarner and Google have announced that starting today Google will make available millions of images from the Life Magazine photo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.
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!
Cesar Menendez / Official Zune Insider Blog …:
price moves for zune 3.0
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
Discussion: Computerworld and Sophos
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Plans for No-Cost Consumer Security Offering  —  New anti-malware solution will broaden PC protection and help improve Windows experience.  —  To address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets, smaller PC form factors …
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaMemo
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mark Cuban versus SEC: Insider trading or insider politics
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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.
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and Matt Cutts
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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
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
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
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 …
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 …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
RIAA Wins, Campuses Lose as Tennessee Governor Signs Campus Network Filtering Law  —  Last week, the RIAA celebrated the signing of a ridiculous new law in Tennessee that says: … While the entertainment industry failed to get “hard” requirements for universities in the Higher Education Act passed …
Discussion: Techdirt, Threat Level and p2pnet
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.
Discussion: Tech Confidential
 
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
BP, Soros Fund invest in ethanol-making microbe
Discussion: PE Hub News
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
IBM to buy Transitive
Discussion: Bits
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
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
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Messaging Reaches Record-Breaking Numbers
Discussion: CNET News
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SC08: Michael Dell Details Everyday Supercomputing
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Taboola Raises $4.5M, Scores CNN Deal
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent.org
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: Massively and WoW Insider
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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