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4:55 PM ET, November 21, 2008

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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 …
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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.
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Users Face Serious iPhone OS 2.2 Problems
Discussion: MacBlogz and MacFixIt
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 …
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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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).
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Startup Chatter
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
HuffPo Raises $15 Million Third Round From Oak Investment Partners; $100 Million Valuation Ballpark  —  Update: We have confirmed from our sources that the investor is Oak Investment Partners, the big money investment firm.  Oak has invested in other digital media related companies like Federated Media …
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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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 …
Fox News:
Pentagon Hit by Unprecedented Cyber Attack  —  As a result of the cyber attack, the Defense Department has banned the use of external hardware devices throughout a vast network of military computers.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken …
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Ulteo offers server based computing solution for Linux desktops, apps  —  Ulteo is now offering what Microsoft and Citrix will not: a server based computing solution for the Linux desktop and Linux applications.  —  The company, which late last year launched the first OpenOffice open source desktop online …
Discussion: Datamation
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Time to Say Good-bye, and Thanks  —  Three years ago, when John Battelle and Chas Edwards met with me for a cup of coffee across the street from the old Business 2.0 offices in downtown San Francisco, their company, Federated Media, was still in its infancy, and our company, Giga Omni Media, was little more than a dream.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Beet.TV
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Palm orders layoffs as Apple and RIM take toll  —  Faced with strong competition from Apple and Research in Motion and economic headwinds, Palm has decided to lay off some workers.  —  Valleywag reported that the layoffs could involve as many as 10 percent of the company's 1,050 employees.
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
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.
John Leyden / The Register:
Spammers look east after McColo shutdown  —  Zombie networks likely to resurface in two weeks  —  Analysis One week after rogue ISP McColo was shut down spam levels have yet to return to normalcy.  But security experts are under no illusions that this represents anything more than a temporary reprieve …
Discussion: eWeek
Oxyfish:
Yieldex wins Amazon AWS Start-up Challenge!  —  We won!  Out of nearly 1000 startups who applied, we won!  —  This is a great validation of our fantastic technical team.  We have been chosen as one of the most innovative users of Amazon's cloud computing technology.  We could not have done this without your hard work.
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?
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Omnia begins landing at Verizon Stores, BGR readers begin drooling over live pics  —  Ok, so the BlackBerry Storm might not be the perfect handset for every touchscreen fiend out there but that doesn't mean Verizon customers should despair just yet.  Just lookie here …
 
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Brent Csutoras:
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Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Consumer Reports launches iPhone app just in time for Christmas
Discussion: PR Newswire
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
The GUI that almost conquered the pocket
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Tries To Grow The Mobile Web By Breaking It
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