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5:25 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 …
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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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 MacDailyNews
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Survey: Corporations warming to the iPhone
Discussion: Computerworld
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: Lifehacker and RotorBlog.com
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.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
New World of Warcraft expansion sold 2.8 million in 24 hours
Discussion: GameDaily and Technology Live
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 …
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 and Forward Thinking
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 …
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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Michael Geist Blog:
CRTC Denies CAIP Application on Throttling, But Sets Net Neutrality Hearing
Discussion: crtc.gc.ca
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Bits
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.
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 and Gizmodo
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
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 …
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:
Business Wire:
Dell Achieves 9-Percent Increase in Fiscal Third-Quarter EPS, Driven by Improved Competitiveness, Execution  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL - News):  — Rigorous cost management drives 11-percent year-over-year reduction in operating expense dollars
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
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 …
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**.
Discussion: Download Squad and Lifehacker
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Amazon CTO: Cloud infrastructure keeps companies focused on innovation
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Under Worm Assault, Military Bans Disks, USB Drives
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New York Times:
Web Sites Wage Holiday Price Wars