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11:30 AM ET, November 19, 2008

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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Ziff Davis To Close PCMag Print; Focus on Online; Still Looking For Options For Gaming Division  —  Ziff Davis, the tech/gaming media company that recently exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is now taking the brave but inevitable step of closing down the print version of PCMag to focus its energy …
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Nicholas Carlson / Alley Insider:
PC Magazine Goes Out Of Print  —  Founded in 1982 and at times so rich with ads its issues reached as many as 600 pages, Ziff Davis's PC Magazine will issue its last print edition this January, thereafter becoming an online-only publication.  Ziff Davis, which recently exited bankruptcy will lay off seven print production employees.
David Rothman / TeleRead:   Sigh, the p-edition of PC Magazine will vanish: Yet another lesson …
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) Due in 1st Quarter of 2009?  —  Apple's Director of Engineering of Unix Technologies Jordan Hubbard spoke at LISA '08 last week.  LISA (or Large Installation System Administration Conference) is a technical conference targeted at engineers and system administrators.
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AppleInsider:
Apple may release Snow Leopard early next year  —  An Apple director has inadvertently broken word that his company may be planning to release Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard three months earlier than expected.  —  Speaking at the Large Installation System Administration (LISA) …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and WinBeta
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Updated: BNP member list mashed with Google maps creates a sea of red dots, but dangerously inaccurate  —  BREAKING NOW:  —  Creator of the Map, Ben Charlton, removes it from his site.  Here's his post explaining why: … [Updated: Please see further updates below]  —  Original story:
Discussion: The Register and twopointouch
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Agence France Presse:
iPhone sex: Google application baffled by British accents  —  LONDON (AFP) - A new voice-recognition search tool for the iPhone has problems understanding British accents, leading to some bizarre answers to spoken queries, a newspaper report and users said Wednesday.
Discussion: The Register
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-On With the HP TouchSmart tx2z  —  When the Dell XT debuted with multi-touch drivers last spring we were excited about the ability to use multiple fingers on its capacitive touch screen to rotate pictures and pinch and zoom in on Web sites.  But at over $2,000 (the starting price now is about $1,800) …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Engadget and I4U News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ocarina Surges To Top Paid iPhone App Position  —  Ocarina, the second iPhone application from Silicon Valley based Smule, has surged to the top spot on the iPhone App store just a little over a week after launching (you can download it here for $.99).  —  Why?
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Yahoo!s Five Biggest Mistakes  —  The Web portal's employees open up (a little) about the company's problems.  —  Sirens blared outside Yahoo!'s campus Tuesday, a day after chief executive Jerry Yang said he will step down as the Web portal continues to struggle to gain a grip …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's New Search-Based Keyword Tool Tells You What Keywords You're Missing  —  Google released a new keyword tool tonight, named the Search-Based Keyword Tool.  This tool goes beyond what the other Google tools provide and tells you what keywords you are currently missing out on based on search query data from your site's content.
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Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Announcing the Search-based Keyword Tool
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Confirmed: iPhone 3G coming to Wal-Mart on December 28th, select Sam's Club stores as well  —  Shortly after we posted about the iPhone coming to Wal-Mart this morning, it seemed like all of our ninjas came out of the woodwork to bombard us with info.  Rather than post an update, we want to lay out what is now confirmed info.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apptera gets more funding and a former Yahoo VP on its board  —  Voice and visual mobile ad network Apptera clearly doesn't think that mobile advertising is going to take as big a hit as other forms of online advertising.  In fact, from its perspective, mobile advertising may be the perfect …
Lee Gomes / Forbes:
Eye-Catcher  —  Sling Media goes up against YouTube and Hulu to grab eyeballs for online video.  —  That you are going to be watching a lot of video on the Web—that's something that everyone in Silicon Valley takes for granted.  But where are you going to be watching it?  That's up for grabs.
Ellen Byron / Wall Street Journal:
Google, P&G Swap Workers  —  At Procter & Gamble Co., the corporate culture is so rigid, employees jokingly call themselves “Proctoids.”  In contrast, Google Inc. staffers are urged to wander the halls on company-provided scooters and brainstorm on public whiteboards.
Reuters:
DoCoMo, KTF to sell Google phone next year: report  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc and South Korean partner KTF Co will jointly develop a smartphone using Google Inc software for launch next year, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
1 in 10 Brand Searches Led Away from the Brand Website  —  This week we are publishing a report on online brand protection.  This issue is huge for marketers with our research showing that more than 1 in 10 US Internet searches for leading brands is led away from the brand owner's website.
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
BBC:
Main BBC channels go live on net  —  BBC shows including EastEnders, Heroes and Never Mind The Buzzcocks will be available to watch live online from next week, the BBC has announced.  —  BBC One and BBC Two will be streamed live, - just as BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies and BBC News …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The New Citysearch Launches in Beta, Goes Hyper-Social With Facebook Connect  —  Citysearch is finally coming around to replacing its creaking site design with something a little more contemporary.  Today, it is launching in a major rethink of its entire site in beta that drills deeper into neighborhoods …
 
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NASA:
NASA Successfully Tests First Deep Space Internet
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Agence France Presse:
Web 2.0 gives new tools to hate groups: experts
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Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Developer strikes it rich with iPhone game
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