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6:55 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 …
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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News: posts 43 percent revenue jump  — announced Thursday a 43 percent increase in third-quarter revenue, beating Wall Street's expectations.  —  Shares of rose about 11 percent in after-hours trading to $25.30 a share.
Discussion: Reuters and Tech Trader Daily
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Salesforce bucks trend for Q3; shares rising.  —  updated: At a time when companies are issuing warnings about missing earnings targets and scaling back expectations, enterprise cloud computing company seems to be bucking the trend.  —  After the bell, reported income …
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance and SmoothSpan Blog
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 …
Stephen Shankland /
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.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Google SearchWiki Launches, Lets You Build Your Own Search Results Page
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 …
The Faces of Mechanical Turk  —  When you experiment with Amazon's Mechanical Turk, it feels like magic.  You toss 500 questions into the ether, and the answers instantly start rolling in from anonymous workers around the world.  It was great for getting work done, but who are these people?
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.
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mufin Opens Automated Music Recommendation Engine To The Public
Discussion: Lifehacker and
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Why Firefox Won't Survive Chrome  —  [Editor's Note: In a departure from form, I will mostly blog shorter posts today so that I can post more to Apple Watch and Microsoft Watch.  It's a stylistic experiment; please offer feedback in comments or by e-mail.]  —  GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?
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:
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
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**.
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