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1:30 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 …
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.
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: … [More coverage on this story here and here.]  —  [Updated: Please see further updates below]
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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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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 Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Realizes No One Wants To Pay Microsoft To Fix Its Own Security Flaws  —  Back in 2005, when Microsoft was first mulling the idea of offering security software, we noted that the company was between something of a rock and a hard place.  If it decided to charge for the software …
Discussion: DSLreports and Microsoft
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BBC:
Microsoft to offer free security
Discussion: open and Pocket-lint.co.uk
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Microsoft Should Bid Again — and Yahoo Should Accept  —  Now that Yahoo co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang has finally stepped aside, removing what many saw as one of the main barriers to bringing the two companies together, Microsoft should re-ignite acquisition talks with the company.
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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?
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 Lim / CNET News:
LG Prada 2: Hands-on with LG's refitted fashionista  —  Yesterday we sashayed along to the launch of the chic new LG Prada phone — aka the LG Prada 2 — to find out what the fashion-conscious phone has to offer.  The original Prada phone was one of the first touchscreen handsets to hit the UK market …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Music Industry Squanders $69 Billion Worth Of Free Promotions In 2007  —  from the got-your-attention?  dept  —  Over the years, we've seen so many bogus reports on the supposed “losses” to various industries due to unauthorized file sharing, that it's about time the story was flipped.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft hiring could be slow through 2010  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told shareholders Wednesday he expects the company's move to slow its hiring will continue beyond the middle of next year.  —  Headcount, he said, will experience “much, much slower growth for the remainder of this financial year and I suspect into next year.”
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: Computerworld and WebProNews
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 …
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 …
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.
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: I4U News, Gadget Lab and Engadget
Fred / A VC:
Do You Ever Do Any Real Work?  —  That's a question I used to get all of the time in the early days of this blog.  I don't get it so much anymore.  Because slowly but surely people are wising up to the fact that blogging is work and its a very valuable use of my time  —  Take yesterday for example.
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
WebMD, QualityHealth Parent Cancel $50 Million-Plus Acquisition …
Discussion: Alley Insider
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Cellphone industry eyes charger power savings
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
Exclusive (teaser): Tour Round Nokia Test Labs
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Baidu sorry for medical scam ads
Discussion: p2pnet
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
iPhone calls up No. 1 ranking for mobile metrics
Discussion: Electronista
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Configurator is live!  —  I'm extremely happy to say that Adobe …
Discussion: Underexposed and webmonkey
Lee Gomes / Forbes:
Eye-Catcher  —  Sling Media goes up against YouTube and Hulu …
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
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