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3:35 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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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
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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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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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 …
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:
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: The iPhone Blog, Gizmodo and MacBlogz
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
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.
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 …
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
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Under Worm Assault, Military Bans Disks, USB Drives  —  The Defense Department's geeks are spooked by a rapidly spreading worm crawling across their networks.  So they've suspended the use of so-called thumb drives, CDs, flash media cards, and all other removable data storage devices from their nets …
Discussion: Zero Day, The Register and CrunchGear
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.
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: Business Wire, Gizmodo and Inquirer
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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, NewTeeVee and Beet.TV
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 …
 
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