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4:45 PM ET, November 20, 2008

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
BlackBerry Storm review  —  By now most of us have heard this story in one fashion or another: when Steve Jobs and Apple were in the planning stages of the iPhone, the first carrier they brought the device to was America's largest network, Verizon.  Even if you haven't heard how the tale ends …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
BlackBerry's Storm Presses Into the Touch-Phone Fray  —  To its fiercest devotees, one of the best things about the BlackBerry is its carefully designed physical keyboard, which the skilled BlackBerry addict can play like a violin.  These folks scorn Apple's popular iPhone …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon BlackBerry Storm review  —  The BlackBerry Storm.  It feels like ages ago since we first broke news of this bad boy, but the release is finally right around the corner.  Literally, it's tomorrow!  Need we say more?  Heck yeah!  We've got a pretty substantial review on the device …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Storm Review (Verdict: Not Quite a Perfect Storm)
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 …
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Teenagers' Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing  —  Good news for worried parents: All those hours their teenagers spend socializing on the Internet are not a bad thing, according to a new study by the MacArthur Foundation.  —  “It may look as though kids are wasting a lot of time hanging …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
College Stops Giving Students New Email Accounts: Start Of New Trend?  —  Officials at Boston College have made what may be a momentous decision: they've stopped doling out new email accounts to incoming students.  The officials realized that the students already had established digital identities …
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Jeff Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:   Boston College Will Stop Offering New Students E-Mail Accounts
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple developing always-on iPhone status indicators  —  Apple has conceptualized a means of displaying icon-like status indicators on the iPhone's displays even when the handset is locked and the backlight turned off, a new company filing shows.  —  The Cupertino-based electronics maker notes …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Mufin Now Open to All: Discover Music by Sound Analysis on iTunes and Facebook  —  Mufin, the music recommendation engine that suggests songs based on their sound characteristics, is now open to everyone in public beta.  With the launch, Mufin is also introducing two new applications: Mufin for iTunes and Mufin for Facebook.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mufin Opens Automated Music Recommendation Engine To The Public
Discussion: RotorBlog.com
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Twelve Greatest Defunct Tech Magazines Ever  —  And so it came to pass that on November 19th, 2008 publisher Ziff Davis announced that PC Magazine-in the print version that gave it its name-was going to the great newsstand in the sky.  When it gets there, it'll have plenty of company …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Canadian regulators allow P2P throttling  —  Massive Canadian ISP Bell Canada scored a big win today, as the country's telecoms regulator issued a long-awaited decision in which it concluded that Bell can continue to throttle P2P traffic at will.  In a turn of events that would have seemed shocking …
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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.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Gluing Together the Best Content on the Web  —  You may have heard about our experimental visual display of search results on Yahoo! India, called Glue(TM) Pages.  Tonight we're launching a similar, but slightly different experience in the U.S. with Yahoo! Glue(TM) beta.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Orb 2.0 brings live television streaming to iPhone, no jailbreak needed  —  Orb, one of my long-time favorite applications for remotely streaming home media has finally come to the iTunes AppStore.  Up to now, Orb was only possible on jailbroken phones, but somehow, Apple has approved the application for everyday use.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple DisplayPort-Dual Link DVI adapter delayed until December 23.  Bah!  Humbug!  —  I don't know what to say.  I am livid.  Not only has Apple charged me $100 to use my 30 inch screen with my Unibody MacBook, the adapter is huge and takes a USB port for power.  Oh, and there was a one month wait for these part initially.
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, Gizmodo and MacBlogz
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yes, Actually, Music Can Be Free  —  from the if-you-know-a-little-economics,-that- is dept  —  A few folks have submitted links to a blog post by Mark Mulligan, who is a VP and Director of Research for Forrester.  In the post, Mulligan talks about why music can't be free, noting:
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
Kindle A Year Old, Hasn't Changed Reading... Yet (AMZN)  —  Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle e-book reader celebrated its first birthday yesterday.  How was its first year?  —  Amazon doesn't share sales figures, so we don't really know.  Today, either supply is low or demand is high — there's a three to four week wait to buy them for $359.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Drops Web Video Show MobLogic.TV  —  CBS has pulled the plug on MobLogic.TV, a news and politics Web video series it launched with some fanfare last spring.  —  This isn't quite the same as canceling the show, in the traditional TV sense: The MobLogic.TV site still exists …
Discussion: Alley Insider, Beet.TV and NewTeeVee
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
World Of Warcraft's “Lich King” Shatters One-Day Sales Record  —  All those geeks camping out in the cold did it: They helped Blizzard Entertainment set a new one-day sales record for PC games.  —  The new World of Warcraft add-on “Wrath of the Lich King” sold a whopping 2.8 million units in its first 24 hours.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
EtherPad is a collaborative, real-time text editor created by, among others, two ex-Google employees*.  An EtherPad document is quickly set up without any need for registration.  You can then share the URL of the document, and others who will visit that page will then be able to see, in real-time, whatever you're typing**.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
eMusic: 250 Million Songs Downloaded. iTunes: 5 Billion+  —  Will the music subscription business ever grow beyond its current niche?  It looks increasingly doubtful.  Today, eMusic announced that since it launched its current music subscription service in 2003, customers have downloaded 250 million songs.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Is the Web Hurting Guilty Pleasure TV Shows?  —  So, um, I watch Gossip Girl.  But I do it on my laptop, when nobody else is around.  —  And as I read recently of complaints by Lipstick Jungle's creators that its cancellation threats are unfair because much of its audience isn't measured …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Douglas Gresham / Techdirt:
Singers Sue Label For Failing To Sue Others For Infringement  —  Techdirt has covered many copyright lawsuits in the past, but this one is a bit different.  Singers Daryl Hall and John Oates have filed a suit against their publisher, Warner/Chappell Music, who they claim have failed to enforce …
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Said to Continue Discussions With Time Warner  —  Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc., facing dimming prospects for a takeover by Microsoft Corp., is continuing discussions to buy Time Warner Inc.'s AOL business, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Yahoo and Time Warner executives …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Debating the Vices and Virtues of Google  —  The question on the table is “Google violates its 'don't be evil' motto.”  —  You can vote “yes” or “no” yourself in the comments below.  But first read some of the arguments put forward in an Oxford-style debate on the question held this week …
 
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Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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Sega Apparently Learned Nothing From EA's Spore-DRM Mistakes
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Nokia to add IBM's Lotus Notes email to smartphones
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