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4:50 AM ET, November 21, 2008


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The Official Google Blog:
SearchWiki: make search your own  —  Have you ever wanted to mark up Google search results?  Maybe you're an avid hiker and the trail map site you always go to is in the 4th or 5th position and you want to move it to the top.  Or perhaps it's not there at all and you'd like to add it.
Stephen Shankland /
Google SearchWiki brings custom search results  —  Disagree with Google's search results?  You'll be able to do something about it with a change the company plans to release starting Thursday.  —  Google's SearchWiki is a feature that lets people elevate, delete, add, and annotate search results.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Google SearchWiki Launches, Lets You Build Your Own Search Results Page
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
19-year-old Commits Suicide on  —  In a striking display of the power of live video, Abraham K. Biggs committed suicide on Wednesday while broadcasting himself on video site  As we understand it from various forum posts, the 19-year-old Floridian was apparently egged …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple releases the iPhone 2.2 update.  It's a big one  —  The signs were all pointing to a tomorrow launch of the 2.2 software update for the iPhone — Apple jumped the gun.  (Though I guess technically it is November 21st on the east coast of the U.S.) The update is available now through iTunes …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 2.2 firmware update available now, Google Street View and plenty more  —  It's here.  Google Street View and over the air Podcast downloads from iTunes.  Yup, public transit and walking directions too and the ability to share your location via email.
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
A Historic Collapse in U.S. Corporate IT Spending  —  ChangeWave's latest corporate IT purchasing survey shows an accelerating collapse in U.S. business spending that has reached historic proportions - with record pullbacks occurring both in the current 4th Quarter and going forward.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   We're Doomed ...  What an abundance of ugly statistics we've seen this past week.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
PE Obama's Phone Records Breached By Verizon Employees  —  Verizon Wireless today admitted that some of its employees had been looking into President-elect Barack Obama's cell phone billing records.  In a release, the company said: … This is a good enough reason for all of us to question …
Discussion: Techdirt, CNN, Reuters and Gizmodo
Marla Aaron / IAB:
Internet Advertising Revenues in Q3 '08 at Nearly $5.9 Billion  —  11% Increase from Q3 '07, Up Slightly from Q2 '08 Despite U.S. Economic Woes  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) today announced that Internet advertising revenues reached almost $5.9 billion …
James Orry /
PS3 Trophies to be mandatory from January 2009  —  Gamers won't have to put up with titles released without Trophies.  — can exclusively reveal that from January 2009 all newly released PS3 games will be required by Sony to support the console's Trophy system.
Rex Crum / MarketWatch:
Apple shares lose ‘iPhone premium’  —  Stock back to levels before blockbuster device was unveiled  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — For nearly two years, since the introduction of the iPhone at the 2007 Macworld show, Apple Inc.'s stock had been on a tear that was impressive even for a company …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Why Firefox Won't Survive Chrome  —  [Editor's Note: In a departure from form, I will mostly blog shorter posts today so that I can post more to Apple Watch and Microsoft Watch.  It's a stylistic experiment; please offer feedback in comments or by e-mail.]  —  GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?
Discussion: OStatic blogs
The Faces of Mechanical Turk  —  When you experiment with Amazon's Mechanical Turk, it feels like magic.  You toss 500 questions into the ether, and the answers instantly start rolling in from anonymous workers around the world.  It was great for getting work done, but who are these people?
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
YouTube Tests Out High Quality, Stereo Surround Videos  —  YouTube has quietly started testing out real HD quality videos on a smattering of its content, a development that is getting attention from viewers in message boards and blog forums this week.  The new format could be a big move for YouTube …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
All-Star Witness List In Lawsuit Over Constitutionality Of RIAA Lawsuits  —  from the that's-quite-a-witness-list dept  —  Last month we had mentioned how Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson was taking on the RIAA's strategy of suing music uploaders by claiming that the laws the RIAA was relying on were unconstitutional.
Discussion: p2pnet and ZDNet Government
Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire Stockholders Approve Transaction to Combine Clearwire and Sprint's 4G Mobile WiMAX Business  —  Clearwire Secures Lender Consents for Transaction  —  Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR), one of the world's largest providers of personal broadband and mobile Internet service …
Associated Press:
Clearwire shareholders approve deal with Sprint
Discussion: Electronista and
Dan Moren / Macworld:
The perfect storm of data loss: a cautionary tale  —  How all my data on MobileMe's iDisk disappeared — without a usable backup  —  As the old saying goes, you learn something new everyday.  But sometimes you learn something and forget something.  Yesterday was one of those days.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Parody Is Still Fair Use Last We Checked  —  from the but-it-won't-stop-the-lawsuits dept  —  The EFF is representing a NYC activist who is protesting redevelopment efforts for New York City's Union Square.  The woman, Savitri Durkee, set up a website parodying the website of Union Square Partnership …
David LaGesse / US News:
America's Best Leaders  —  Home > Nation & World > America's Best Leaders  —  America's Best Leaders: Jeff Bezos, CEO  —  The founder of the massive online retailer is a true Internet pioneer … My own view is that every company requires a long-term view.
Discussion: TechFlash and Andrea on Amazon …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Second Life's death knell  —  Google has shut down Lively, a service where people log on to chat and explore 3D virtual spaces, after a few short months.  The MBAs of Silicon Valley have a pat phrase for the arrival of a competitor on the scene: They say it “validates their space.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twilio: Powerful API For Phone Services That Can Recreate GrandCentral's Core Functionality In 15 Lines Of Code  —  Every once in a while we come across a company that seems to have a giant bullseye on it for acquisition, with a great product, viable business model, and a talented team.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
For Sony, No Discounts Means Stress-Free Shopping  —  Eliminating price competition among retailers for high-end cameras and TVs is a great benefit for consumers — or so Sony executives argued Thursday.  —  At a chat with reporters in New York, Stan Glasgow, the president of Sony Electronics …
Discussion: TWICE
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple now No. 2 in corporate smartphone market share  —  While Research in Motion continues to dominate the corporate smartphone market, new data shows Apple to be chipping awake at the BlackBerry maker's lead after having recently bludgeoned Palm to become the second leading supplier of advanced handsets to businesses.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Edible Apple
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News: posts 43 percent revenue jump  — announced Thursday a 43 percent increase in third-quarter revenue, beating Wall Street's expectations.  —  Shares of rose about 11 percent in after-hours trading to $25.30 a share.
Discussion: eWeek, Reuters and Tech Trader Daily
The Opposite of Momentum  —  or “Sophie's Choice” for Rubyists.  —  Let me start by saying that I've been a longtime fan of Ruby.  I've been a member of the #caboose cabal forever, and I've written hundreds of thousands of lines of ruby over the course the last 6 years.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google - the world's first firewalled monopoly  —  Pricing power goes virtual  —  Antitrust 2.0 Why did Google leave outgoing Yahoo! chief executive Jerry Yang heartbroken at the search engine altar?  If you believe the words chief ad broker and CEO Eric Schmidt funneled through The New York Times …
Discussion: Broadband Politics
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft: IE 8 won't be done until 2009  —  Microsoft plans to offer one more public test version of Internet Explorer 8 before releasing the final version of the updated browser, the company said late Wednesday.  —  The next test, essentially a “release candidate” version will come in the first quarter of 2009.
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Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Associated Press to cut 10 pct jobs in '09: sources
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Phishing, e-mail money laundering scams on the rise
Austin Modine / The Register:
Does it feel good when I twist your circuits?
Shane Mcglaun / Kit:
Neuros Link streams Internet programs without a local computer
Discussion: Crave
Dan Farber /
Yahoo open pages continue to dribble out
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal and TechCrunch
Brad Stone / Bits:
Sezmi, a TV 2.0 Start-Up, Cuts 20 Percent of Staff
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 Earlier Items: 
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Dell profits slide 5 percent
Discussion: Business Week and The Register
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
College Stops Giving Students New Email Accounts: Start Of New Trend?