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2:55 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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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 …
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 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Storm Review (Verdict: Not Quite a Perfect Storm)
Discussion: Ubergizmo
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
IAB Reports U.S. Online Advertising Almost $5.9 Billion In The Third Quarter
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Samsung launches 256GB solid-state drive  —  Samsung on Wednesday night said it has begun mass-producing 256GB solid-state drives.  This size tops the largest-capacity SSDs found in laptops today.  —  Samsung currently offers 64GB and 128GB SSDs for laptops.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Inquirer
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Business Wire:
Samsung Now Producing 256GB Solid State Drive; Substantial …
Discussion: DVICE, DailyTech and The Tech Report
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacBlogz
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 …
Business Wire:
T-Mobile Introduces web2go and Simplified Data Pricing  —  Internet On The Go Available Across Phone Portfolio And Unlimited Data Pricing Provide Tremendous Value  —  Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc., is introducing web2goSM, an intuitive and improved Web browsing experience designed to work across T-Mobile's portfolio of phones.
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Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
T-Mobile Picks Yahoo For Mobile Portal, Ads (YHOO)
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:
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: Gizmodo
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces New Zune Pass Music Subscription Model  —  Consumers can now keep the tracks they love.  —  Zune, Microsoft Corp.'s digital music and entertainment service, today announced landmark agreements with major and independent music labels to bring significant new value to the subscription music model.
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Reuters:
Nokia to add IBM's Lotus Notes email to smartphones  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia smartphones will be able to access IBM Lotus Notes corporate email starting from next month, the two firms said on Thursday, as the world's top handset maker battles Blackberry-maker RIM.
Discussion: eWeek and Alley Insider
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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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Sega Apparently Learned Nothing From EA's Spore-DRM Mistakes  —  You would think that, given the widespread negative publicity generated by EA's choice to use draconian DRM with the release of Spore, that other video game companies might recognize that they'd be better served going in a different direction.
The Official Google Blog:
Lively no more  —  In July we launched Lively in Google Labs because we wanted users to be able to interact with their friends and express themselves online in new ways.  Google has always been supportive of this kind of experimentation because we believe it's the best way to create groundbreaking products …
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.
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Normally, It's a Good Thing to Get Featured on Techcrunch  —  Well, not this time. … I'm reminded, at times like these, of Brent Csutoras' crude, yet masterfully prescient words of wisdom on the subject of manipulative SEO & Social Media - Shut the @#$%!  Up.  If you're selling links, you want to be:
Discussion: AdMoolah and ProBlogger Blog Tips
New York Times:
Web Sites Wage Holiday Price Wars  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As deserted malls and department stores struggle to court cash-short consumers with steep discounts this holiday season, a similar and even more ferocious price war is being waged online.  —  Internet retailers, trying to navigate …
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.
Discussion: Electronista
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
CBS Drops Web Video Show MobLogic.TV
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Yahoo Said to Continue Discussions With Time Warner
Douglas Gresham / Techdirt:
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Does AT&T's Newfound Interest in Privacy Hurt Google?
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