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8:20 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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Inventor of the Wiki Responds to Google Search Wiki  —  Google put on a full court media push tonight for a major change the company is making to its search experience.  According to the Official Google Blog and a very unusual email the company sent out to press, a new feature called Google Search Wiki will launch soon.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Google Personalizes Search With SearchWiki
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
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.) The update is available now through iTunes …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 2.2 firmware update available now, Google Street View and plenty more  —  It's here.  Google Street View and over the air Podcast downloads from iTunes.  Yup, public transit and walking directions too and the ability to share your location via email.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
19-year-old Commits Suicide on Justin.tv  —  In a striking display of the power of live video, Abraham K. Biggs committed suicide on Wednesday while broadcasting himself on video site Justin.tv.  As we understand it from various forum posts, the 19-year-old Floridian was apparently egged …
Verizon:
Personal Cell Phone Account Of President-Elect Obama Accessed By Unauthorized Employees  —  BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Verizon Wireless President and CEO Lowell McAdam made the following statement today:  —  “This week we learned that a number of Verizon Wireless employees have, without authorization …
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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 …
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Tries To Grow The Mobile Web By Breaking It
Discussion: PC World and mocoNews.net
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.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   We're Doomed ...  What an abundance of ugly statistics we've seen this past week.
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 Arrington / TechCrunch:
BitGravity Testing New “Multiview” Product; This Is How I Want To Watch Sports  —  Content Delivery Network BitGravity is testing a new product they're calling Multiview (at least internally) that delivers up to six different synchronized high definition video streams at once.
Discussion: Beet.TV
James Orry / VideoGamer.com:
PS3 Trophies to be mandatory from January 2009  —  Gamers won't have to put up with titles released without Trophies.  —  VideoGamer.com can exclusively reveal that from January 2009 all newly released PS3 games will be required by Sony to support the console's Trophy system.
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 …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-On With the ASUS Eee PC 1002HA  —  The Eee PC 1000H has held a special place in our heart (hey, we even got it imported on our own from Taiwan) which is why we are a bit sad to hear that ASUS is going to replace the Eee PC 1000H with the Eee PC 1002HA on U.S soil on December 1.
Discussion: Liliputing and Crave
Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
Sync Your Live Writer Drafts With Mesh  —  If you're a blogger, then you're probably familiar with the Windows Live Writer program, arguably one of the best blogging tools out there.  However, because this program is a desktop software application, the drafts you saved on one computer …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Dan Moren / Macworld:
The perfect storm of data loss: a cautionary tale  —  How all my data on MobileMe's iDisk disappeared — without a usable backup  —  As the old saying goes, you learn something new everyday.  But sometimes you learn something and forget something.  Yesterday was one of those days.
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Fights Pirates at Affiliate  —  With its animated hit “Wall-E,” Walt Disney Co. has learned firsthand how hard it is to keep copyright piracy at bay in China, even on a video Web site in which it holds a stake.  —  For months, several high-quality, full-length bootlegs of the robot love story …
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Second Life's death knell  —  Google has shut down Lively, a service where people log on to chat and explore 3D virtual spaces, after a few short months.  The MBAs of Silicon Valley have a pat phrase for the arrival of a competitor on the scene: They say it “validates their space.”
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 …
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.
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
kd.to_tumblr:
The Opposite of Momentum  —  or “Sophie's Choice” for Rubyists.  —  Let me start by saying that I've been a longtime fan of Ruby.  I've been a member of the #caboose cabal forever, and I've written hundreds of thousands of lines of ruby over the course the last 6 years.
 
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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
Austin Modine / The Register:
Does it feel good when I twist your circuits?
Shane Mcglaun / Kit:
Neuros Link streams Internet programs without a local computer
Discussion: Crave
Saul Hansell / Bits:
For Sony, No Discounts Means Stress-Free Shopping
Discussion: TWICE
Brad Stone / Bits:
Sezmi, a TV 2.0 Start-Up, Cuts 20 Percent of Staff
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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David LaGesse / US News:
America's Best Leaders
Discussion: TechFlash and Andrea on Amazon …
Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire Stockholders Approve Transaction to Combine Clearwire …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google - the world's first firewalled monopoly
Discussion: Broadband Politics
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Dell profits slide 5 percent
Discussion: Business Week and The Register
Waxy.org:
The Faces of Mechanical Turk
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple now No. 2 in corporate smartphone market share
Discussion: IntoMobile and Edible Apple
 

 
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