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2:00 AM ET, November 21, 2008


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The Official Google Blog:
SearchWiki: make search your own  —  Have you ever wanted to mark up Google search results?  Maybe you're an avid hiker and the trail map site you always go to is in the 4th or 5th position and you want to move it to the top.  Or perhaps it's not there at all and you'd like to add it.
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
19-year-old Commits Suicide on  —  In a striking display of the power of live video, Abraham K. Biggs committed suicide on Wednesday while broadcasting himself on video site  As we understand it from various forum posts, the 19-year-old Floridian was apparently egged …
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
A Historic Collapse in U.S. Corporate IT Spending  —  ChangeWave's latest corporate IT purchasing survey shows an accelerating collapse in U.S. business spending that has reached historic proportions - with record pullbacks occurring both in the current 4th Quarter and going forward.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
We're Doomed ...  What an abundance of ugly statistics we've seen this past week.  An increase in tech sector layoffs and people talking about them.  A decrease in chip sales.  A decrease in online spending.  And now a decrease in corporate IT spending as well.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple releases iPhone 2.2 update, it's a big one  —  Apple releases the iPhone 2.2 update.  It's a big one  —  The signs were all pointing to a tomorrow launch of the 2.2 software update for the iPhone — Apple jumped the gun.  (Though I guess technically it is November 21st on the east coast of the U.S.) …
Discussion: MacRumors and TUAW
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
iPhone security posting suggests 2.2 firmware tomorrow
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gizmodo and I4U News
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Court filing: HP's Hurd complained to Ballmer about rocky Vista upgrades  —  In an e-mail message after Windows Vista's release, Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Mark Hurd complained to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about the computer maker's “call lines being overrun” with customers' Windows …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Another big batch of Microsoft e-mails
Discussion: TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
PE Obama's Phone Records Breached By Verizon Employees  —  Verizon Wireless today admitted that some of its employees had been looking into President-elect Barack Obama's cell phone billing records.  In a release, the company said: … This is a good enough reason for all of us to question …
Discussion: CNN, Reuters, I4U News, Gizmodo and Verizon
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?
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?
Rex Crum / MarketWatch:
Apple shares lose ‘iPhone premium’  —  Stock back to levels before blockbuster device was unveiled  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — For nearly two years, since the introduction of the iPhone at the 2007 Macworld show, Apple Inc.'s stock had been on a tear that was impressive even for a company …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and TUAW
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 …
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 …
Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire Stockholders Approve Transaction to Combine Clearwire and Sprint's 4G Mobile WiMAX Business  —  Clearwire Secures Lender Consents for Transaction  —  Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR), one of the world's largest providers of personal broadband and mobile Internet service …
Associated Press:
Clearwire shareholders approve deal with Sprint
Discussion: Electronista and
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 …
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.
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 Edible Apple
David LaGesse / US News:
America's Best Leaders  —  Home > Nation & World > America's Best Leaders  —  America's Best Leaders: Jeff Bezos, CEO  —  The founder of the massive online retailer is a true Internet pioneer … My own view is that every company requires a long-term view.
Discussion: TechFlash and Andrea on Amazon …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
All-Star Witness List In Lawsuit Over Constitutionality Of RIAA Lawsuits  —  from the that's-quite-a-witness-list dept  —  Last month we had mentioned how Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson was taking on the RIAA's strategy of suing music uploaders by claiming that the laws the RIAA was relying on were unconstitutional.
Discussion: p2pnet, ZDNet Government and Slashdot
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Amazon CTO: Cloud infrastructure keeps companies focused on innovation  —  On the night of the historic U.S. presidential election, news outlets across the country streamed live video of the news coverage on their Web sites.  Obviously, the Web traffic that night, compared to others, was exponentially greater.
Discussion: Blogs, ZDNet and eWeek
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twilio: Powerful API For Phone Services That Can Recreate GrandCentral's Core Functionality In 15 Lines Of Code  —  Every once in a while we come across a company that seems to have a giant bullseye on it for acquisition, with a great product, viable business model, and a talented team.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
It's Official: Yahoo Search Exec Suchter to Microsoft  —  Yesterday, based on sources, BoomTown reported, that Yahoo search exec Sean Suchter was headed to Microsoft.  —  Now it's official.  Here's a Microsoft (MSFT) statement on the hiring of Suchter (pictured here), an important tech leader at Yahoo …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Parody Is Still Fair Use Last We Checked  —  from the but-it-won't-stop-the-lawsuits dept  —  The EFF is representing a NYC activist who is protesting redevelopment efforts for New York City's Union Square.  The woman, Savitri Durkee, set up a website parodying the website of Union Square Partnership …
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Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Associated Press to cut 10 pct jobs in '09: sources
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Phishing, e-mail money laundering scams on the rise
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Shane Mcglaun / Kit:
Neuros Link streams Internet programs without a local computer
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Gear Diary
Saul Hansell / Bits:
For Sony, No Discounts Means Stress-Free Shopping
Discussion: TWICE
Dan Farber /
Yahoo open pages continue to dribble out
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal and TechCrunch
Brad Stone / Bits:
Sezmi, a TV 2.0 Start-Up, Cuts 20 Percent of Staff
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 Earlier Items: 
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google - the world's first firewalled monopoly
Discussion: Broadband Politics
Howard Dahdah / Computerworld:
Film industry sues iiNet over BitTorrent downloads
Discussion: Techdirt, DSLreports and TorrentFreak
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Debating the Vices and Virtues of Google
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yes, Actually, Music Can Be Free