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10:20 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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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).
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Inventor of the Wiki Responds to Google Search Wiki
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.
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 …
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple releases iPhone 2.2 update  —  New version offers Maps upgrade, podcast-download features  —  Apple released a software update for both generations of the iPhone and iPod touch late Thursday night Pacific time.  The update, version 2.2, features major additions to the Maps application …
Discussion: MacUser
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  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Records from a cell phone used by President-elect Obama were improperly breached, apparently by employees of the cell phone company, Verizon Wireless said Thursday.  —  “This week we learned that a number of Verizon Wireless employees have …
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
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 …
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
19-Year-Old Lifecaster Commits Suicide on Justin.TV [smcb]
Discussion: DailyTech and Valleywag
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.
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
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   We're Doomed ...  What an abundance of ugly statistics we've seen this past week.
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
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Consumer Reports launches iPhone app just in time for Christmas  —  It's all about timing and Consumer Reports knows that.  Hence, they are launching a new application for iPhone and iPod Touch users just in time for the holiday shopping season.  Available for free at Apple's AppStore …
Discussion: PR Newswire
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?
Discussion: Mark Evans and OStatic blogs
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.
Discussion: Creative Capital
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 …
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.
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
 
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
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Associated Press to cut 10 pct jobs in '09: sources
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Phishing, e-mail money laundering scams on the rise
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Parody Is Still Fair Use Last We Checked
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Another big batch of Microsoft e-mails
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
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Discussion: TWICE
Brad Stone / Bits:
Sezmi, a TV 2.0 Start-Up, Cuts 20 Percent of Staff
Discussion: Startup Meme and NewTeeVee
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Clearwire Stockholders Approve Transaction to Combine Clearwire …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google - the world's first firewalled monopoly
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