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12:05 PM 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.
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).
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Now Lets You Upvote Results and Comment On Them
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Inventor of the Wiki Responds to Google Search Wiki
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 …
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
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 …
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Tries To Grow The Mobile Web By Breaking It
Discussion: PC World
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
BlackBerry Storm Is Verizon's Mobile Game Changer in Fight with iPhone
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 …
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
19-Year-Old Lifecaster Commits Suicide on Justin.TV [smcb]
Discussion: DailyTech and Valleywag
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: and OpsanBlog
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 …
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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
AMD's Phenom II shows overclocking potential  —  After initial overclocking disappointment with the Phenom, AMD has put effort into giving the Phenom II a fair amount of overclocking overhead.  —  At a demo yesterday journalists were shown a 45nm Phenom II processor running at 4GHz air-cooled …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Why Firefox Won't Survive Chrome
Discussion: Mark Evans
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 …
Discussion: Compete Blog
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
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: Mashable! and CostPerNews
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
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Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
Beta Testing News: An Updated AdWords Interface
Should Newspapers Become Online Ad Brokers for Local Businesses?
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Consumer Reports launches iPhone app just in time for Christmas
Discussion: PR Newswire
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Fights Pirates at Affiliate
Discussion: Alley Insider and Valleywag
Dan Moren / Macworld:
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
All-Star Witness List In Lawsuit Over Constitutionality Of RIAA Lawsuits
Discussion: p2pnet
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Parody Is Still Fair Use Last We Checked
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Another big batch of Microsoft e-mails
Discussion: TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog
Rex Crum / MarketWatch:
Apple shares lose ‘iPhone premium’
The Opposite of Momentum  —  or “Sophie's Choice” for Rubyists.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
For Sony, No Discounts Means Stress-Free Shopping
Discussion: TWICE