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12:45 PM 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 …
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:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
One more BNP thing - heatmaps replace pins, but Pandora's box is now open
Discussion: open
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Inevitably, the BNP members' list is on a mashup. …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and All Points Blog
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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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: Digital Daily
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Google tells the world how to talk
Discussion: InformationWeek
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.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to launch 65W desktop CPUs for all-in-one PCs  —  Intel is planning to launch three 65W low-power desktop CPUs targeting small form factor (SFF) PCs and all-in-one PCs in the middle of January next year, according to sources at PC vendors.  —  Intel will launch the Core 2 Quad Q8200s …
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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
Patrick Klepek / MTV Multiplayer:
Netflix Speaks Out On Sony Movies Disappearing From Xbox 360 Service — It's Not A Glitch  —  A week ago, I started watching “An Evening With Kevin Smith 2″ through the Netflix streaming service on my Xbox 360 but didn't finish.  Now, I can't watch the rest.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft hiring could be slow through 2010  —  Speaking at Microsoft's shareholder meeting on Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that he expected the company's move to slow its hiring will continue beyond the middle of next year.  —  Headcount, he said, will experience “much …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0, Epicenter and CNET News
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft-hosted Online security-service for business users due in 2010  —  Microsoft's just-announced free anti-virus/anti-malware service, codenamed Morro, isn't the only new Microsoft security service in the works.  —  Company officials made a passing reference at their SharePoint Online …
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, I4U News and Engadget
Wss / Netcraft:
November 2008 Web Server Survey  —  The November 2008 survey shows worldwide monthly growth of nearly three million websites, with responses now being received from a total of 185,167,897 sites.  —  Apache once again tops this month's growth, gaining 1.3 million sites to 93 million …
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.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
No One Expects... Monty Python on YouTube!  —  Break out the comfy chair — famed British comedy troupe Monty Python now has a channel on YouTube.  And in a very Python-esque manner, they've kicked the whole thing off with an introductory video that calls out YouTube users for ripping them off over the past three years.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Baidu sorry for medical scam ads  —  The music machine rolls on  —  Unlicensed music distributor Baidu has admitted taking money from unlicensed medical companies.  —  Baidu dominates the search business in China, the bulk of its revenue coming from pay-for-placement in its search pages, which it calls “Page Rank Bid”.
Discussion: p2pnet
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
 
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
iPhone calls up No. 1 ranking for mobile metrics
Discussion: Electronista
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Configurator is live!  —  I'm extremely happy to say that Adobe …
Discussion: Underexposed and webmonkey
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Chip industry sales slowing due to financial turmoil
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Lee Gomes / Forbes:
Eye-Catcher  —  Sling Media goes up against YouTube and Hulu …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Six Apart Gives Journalists Free Blogs
Discussion: MediaFile
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
PermissionTV and Move Networks Bring High Quality Video to the Masses
Discussion: Beet.TV
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mint adds SMS access
Discussion: Mashable! and Lifehacker
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Sony's digital gamble
Bill Ray / The Register:
BlackBerry Storm is a little too consumer for some
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