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4:00 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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Ballmer: ‘We are done’ with Yahoo acquisition idea  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw his daily bucket of cold water on the notion that the software maker will return with a new bid for all of Yahoo.  —  “We are done with all acquisition discussions with Yahoo,” Ballmer said …
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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.
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
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Is Yahoo done with search?  —  Among the many windmills Jerry Yang tilted at in his brief career as Yahoo's CEO was his devotion to Web search.  It veered on an obsession for him.  It played into his decision to resist Microsoft's offers to shower him with cash, first for his whole company, then for just its search business.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Search Suffers Another Blow, as Key Engineer Departs for Microsoft  —  Yahoo-which has stuck to its guns by staying in the search business, even though many think it is a losing game and should be sold off to Microsoft-has lost a key engineer in that arena to, uh-oh, Microsoft.
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Why doesn't anyone care about HP?  —  In case you missed it, Hewlett-Packard announced today that it will be bringing a multitouch notebook to consumers in the form of the TouchSmart tx2.  The device will feature a swivel, LED-backlit display, Windows Vista, and full touch capabilities on the screen.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Crave
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Hewlett-Packard Out-Touches Apple
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-On With the HP TouchSmart tx2z
Discussion: Gadget Lab, I4U News and Engadget
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 …
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
Behold the Power of google.com  —  What would you give for one day of Google eyeballs?  What would it be worth to you to have one single ad running on Google's oh so sparse and much hailed homepage?  My guess, that for better or worse, many an online marketing department would be more than happy …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sources: Apple, music labels talk DRM-free songs  —  A year after iTunes began offering music free of copy protection software from EMI, Apple is in discussions with the other three top recording companies about acquiring open MP3s, according to two music industry sources.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Electronista and MacBlogz
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.
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.
Signal vs. Noise:
Why the Drudge Report is one of the best designed sites on the web  —  A couple weeks ago on Twitter I said: “I still maintain the Drudge Report is one of the best designed sites on the web.  Has been for years.”  A few people agreed, but most didn't.  Some thought it was a joke.  I wasn't kidding.
CBC News:
CRTC to rule on Bell's throttling on Thursday  —  Internet watchers are on the edge of their seats as the CRTC is set to make a landmark ruling Thursday on Bell Canada Inc.'s throttling of speeds.  —  The regulator will hand down its decision at 9 a.m. after twice delaying the ruling.
Discussion: DSLreports and p2pnet
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia E71 coming to AT&T as E71x; live and in the flesh  —  There it is people, looking sexy as ever - we can only hope that the “X” doesn't stand for “Xtra crippled”.  It looks like we're now pretty close to seeing AT&T formally announce the E71, rebranded as the E71x, as a welcome addition to its smartphone line.
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.”
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail Themes.  That's Totally Ninja.  —  Apparently a lucky few Gmail users had a “Themes” tab pop up under settings.  No longer do you have to suffer through the boring-if-functional standard Gmail interface for the 16 hours a day that you keep the page loaded.  Try “Ninja” instead.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
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.
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
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.
Google Mac Blog:
Vocito (Voe-kee-toe)*  —  For those of you who are lucky enough to be be part of the GrandCentral Beta Program, there's a new toy on the Google Mac Playground.  Vocito* is a quick dialer that lets you dial your phone directly from your desktop.  —  Vocito is also integrated into Address Book …
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 …
 
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Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
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Andrew Lim / CNET News:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Realizes No One Wants To Pay Microsoft To Fix Its Own Security Flaws
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
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Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Configurator is live!  —  I'm extremely happy to say that Adobe …
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Lee Gomes / Forbes:
Eye-Catcher  —  Sling Media goes up against YouTube and Hulu …
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