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12:40 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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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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The iPhone's midnight update
Discussion: CNET News and Infinite Loop
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple releases iPhone 2.2 update
Discussion: MacUser
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
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Now Lets You Upvote Results and Comment On Them
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
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 …
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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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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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.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
BlackBerry Storm Is Verizon's Mobile Game Changer in Fight with iPhone  —  Verizon Wireless is betting on the new BlackBerry Storm for the all-important holiday season, hoping the highly anticipated smartphone can compete against the iPhone offered by rival wireless provider AT&T. Verizon Wireless …
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Tries To Grow The Mobile Web By Breaking It
Discussion: PC World
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
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.
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: CostPerNews and Mashable!
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 …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
‘Dark Knight’ soon to become 2008's most pirated movie  —  Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but movie fans like to show their love for a great movie by stealing it, as data from TorrentFreak on The Dark Knight downloads suggests.  With over one million downloads in just a week …
Discussion: Techdirt, BetaNews and Beyond Binary
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
 
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Richard Siklos / Fortune:
User-generated video under siege
T. Philips / eMercedesBenz:
Mercedes-Benz Debuts myCOMAND Internet-Based Infortainment System …
Discussion: dailywireless.org, Gearlog and Gizmodo
Rob Spectre / (d)N0T:
Facebook Epic Email Fail - Loses Settings
Discussion: Inside Facebook and TechCrunch
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
We're not endorsing internet throttling: CRTC
Discussion: bce.ca and p2pnet
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome May Be Pre-installed On New PCs
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
Beta Testing News: An Updated AdWords Interface
MediaShift:
Should Newspapers Become Online Ad Brokers for Local Businesses?
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Land Grab in the Face of a Downturn
Discussion: Creative Capital
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Fights Pirates at Affiliate
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Alley Insider and Valleywag
Dan Moren / Macworld:
The perfect storm of data loss: a cautionary tale
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Parody Is Still Fair Use Last We Checked
Rex Crum / MarketWatch:
Apple shares lose ‘iPhone premium’