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2:25 PM ET, November 21, 2008

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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.
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Apple:
About the security content of iPhone OS 2.2 and iPhone OS for iPod touch 2.2  —  This document describes the security content of iPhone OS 2.2 and iPhone OS for iPod touch 2.2.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until …
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 Nov. 21 on the east coast of the U.S.) The update is available now through iTunes …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
iPhone 2.2 firmware released, iPod Touch version missing some features
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and MacUser
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo Finally Sells Off Kelkoo  —  Yahoo has been rumored to be selling Paris-based comparative shopping site Kelkoo for some time now, and it appears that they have found a buyer.  Yahoo acquired Kelkoo in 2004 for €475 million.  —  The company has been sold …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, It Wasn't Broke  —  Bucket tests and experimental products are one thing.  But to mess with the real Google search is serious stuff.  Why did they do it?  —  Google's overall search share has grown substantially this year (and all other years since it went live).
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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.
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 …
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Fred / A VC:
Getting A Piece Of My Action  —  In the past week, I've had two different discussions with readers of this blog who wanted in on one of our deals.  One reader wanted to invest in Twitter, the other in Boxee.  I told them both it wasn't possible.  There are all sorts of reasons why it's not possible …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome May Be Pre-installed On New PCs  —  How did Internet Explorer become the number one browser in the world?  Simple - it came with every new computer you purchased, pre-installed and ready to go.  Now it seems Google is contemplating doing the same with their browser, Google Chrome.
Discussion: Homotron.net
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Libby Purves / Times of London:   Google mulls pre-installing Chrome browser on computers
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Is Apple scared of RIM?  —  Is it a coincidence that Apple's iPhone 2.2 update was released on the same day the BlackBerry Storm hit stores with a touch screen, 3G connectivity, and enterprise-friendly functionality that rivals anything Apple has on the market?  —  I think not.
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
BlackBerry Storm Is Verizon's Mobile Game Changer in Fight with iPhone
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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CNN:
Obama's cell phone records breached
Discussion: DSLreports
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Land Grab in the Face of a Downturn  —  The social-networking site is moving aggressively to sign up more users around the world while much of Silicon Valley hunkers down  —  Watch the Video...  As gloom descends on Silicon Valley, most startups and giants are growing cautious and cutting back.
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 …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
The GUI that almost conquered the pocket  —  Farewell then, UIQ  —  The death of UIQ deserves a footnote for posterity - and a chance to take look back at a decade in which almost everything that everyone predicted for mobile data proved to be wrong.  Given the way the market turned out, it didn't stand a chance.
Aleem Mawani / Docs Blog:
Get to Google Docs from Gmail  —  Are you a Gmail addict?  Ever wanted quicker access to your online documents without having to leave your precious inbox?  Well, we've recently launched a Google Docs gadget to give you direct access to your documents straight from Gmail.
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Journal Invades News York Times' Ad Turf  —  Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — The Wall Street Journal is invading the New York Times' advertising turf as competition intensifies in a souring U.S. economy.  —  Saks Inc., a Times advertiser since 1924, recently chose to promote a new Chanel boutique …
Rob Spectre / (d)N0T:
Facebook Epic Email Fail - Loses Settings  —  Logging into Facebook, it seems the social networking darlings of the day have committed a bit of a production boo-boo.  Above my profile at around 11pm PST this evening, I received the following notice: … You lost my what?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Inside Facebook
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
User-generated video under siege  —  Remember how home-grown online video was going to be the future?  Well, it's not turning out that way.  —  LOS ANGELES (Fortune) — If you visit YouTube.com - where close to half of all online video is seen - the power-to-the-people motto “Broadcast yourself” appears at the top of your browser.
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Other Apple updates: iTunes 8.0.2, Pro App Update 2008-004  —  I'm sure you, like me, furiously downloaded the iPhone OS 2.2 update this morning and immediately began checking out the Google Transit features added to Maps.  In that case, you might have missed some other updates from Apple …
Discussion: Lifehacker, TUAW and AppleInsider
Brent Csutoras:
STUMBLEUPON READIES FOR ANOTHER VERSION RELEASE  —  Some of you, who had joined the Beta group to experience the new version of StumbleUpon, might have noticed the old verison, or V2, when visiting the site today.  —  StumbleUpon made an announcement in their Beta Group discussions area …
Discussion: CostPerNews and Mashable!
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
New iPhone Apps Help Drivers Beat Speed Traps  —  Apple's iPhone has been used for everything from following the 2008 election to deciding where to grab a bite on the go.  Now, it's helping lead-footed drivers avoid costly speeding tickets.  —  NMobile and Trapster are two mobile applications …
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
DVDs, Hollywood's Profit Source, Are Sagging
Discussion: paidContent.org
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
‘Dark Knight’ on its way to becoming 2008's most pirated movie
Discussion: Techdirt and BetaNews
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
We're not endorsing internet throttling: CRTC
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Consumer Reports launches iPhone app just in time for Christmas
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Verizon Wireless Tries To Grow The Mobile Web By Breaking It
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BitGravity Testing New “Multiview” Product; This Is How I Want To Watch Sports
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