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12:30 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 …
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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Kills Lively
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™ Pages.  Tonight we're launching a similar, but slightly different experience in the U.S. with Yahoo! Glue™ beta.
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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, Inquirer and Engadget
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Business Wire:   Samsung Now Producing 256GB Solid State Drive; Substantial …
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
T-Mobile Picks Yahoo For Mobile Portal, Ads (YHOO)  —  T-Mobile is launching a new mobile portal powered by Yahoo (YHOO).  The companies will share ad revenue, but aren't disclosing the length of the deal or whether Yahoo will offer the carrier guaranteed revenue.
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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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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft, labels try to revive subscriptions
Apple:
Apple TV: About Apple TV software updates  —  Products Affected  —  Apple TV  —  Refer the table below for Apple TV Software Update 2.3 features:  —  How To  —  AirTunes Streaming from Apple TV  —  Music can be streamed via AirTunes to Airport Express speakers or other Apple TVs in your house.
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Cory Bohon / TUAW:
Apple TV update 2.3 released
Discussion: Engadget and Moonwatcher
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
How Google's Ear Hears  —  The new voice-search application for the iPhone marks a milestone for spoken interfaces.  —  If you own an iPhone, you can now be part of one of the most ambitious speech-recognition experiments ever launched.  On Monday, Google announced that it had added voice search …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Google Mobile Uses Private iPhone APIs
Discussion: Infinite Loop and The iPhone Blog
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 …
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
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: MAKE Magazine
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Michael J. Miller / Forward Thinking:   Requiem for PC Magazine (Print)
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook Sued For Patent Infringement  —  It's pretty much a rite of passage for any tech company these days, as you get larger and more recognized, some company that has an overly broad and probably obvious patent will sue you for patent infringement.  For the company in question …
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PR Newswire:
Leader Sues Facebook for Patent Infringement
Mike Snider / USA Today:
‘Grand Theft Auto’ yields road to the ‘Lost and Damned’  —  The upcoming episode of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV looks to be a wild one.  —  GTA IV, which was released in April for the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, focused on former Eastern European soldier Niko Bellic …
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 …
Discussion: Alley Insider
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.
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: The Register and CrunchGear
 
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Some open source attacks on Windows may be unfair
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple DisplayPort-Dual Link DVI adapter delayed until December 23. …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Does AT&T's Newfound Interest in Privacy Hurt Google?
Discussion: GigaOM
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple's customer service gets highest marks among callers
Discussion: MacBlogz and MacUser
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Jeff Young / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Boston College Will Stop Offering New Students E-Mail Accounts
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