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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
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).
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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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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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Gets SEC Stock Exemption  —  The social networking giant received a waiver from the Securities & Exchange Commission so it can keep handing out equity to new employees  —  Earlier this year the social networking site Facebook grew concerned that an obscure securities regulation might force …
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 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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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
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 …
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
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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
HuffPo Raises $15 Million Third Round From Oak Investment Partners; $100 Million Valuation?  —  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 …
Discussion: Alley Insider and Times of London
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.
Engineering Windows 7:
The Windows 7 Taskbar  —  Happy Birthday Windows!  Given all the interest in the most used user-interface of Windows we thought it would be good to take a look back and see how we got to Windows 7.  —Steven  —  We were very excited to unveil elements of the Windows 7 desktop …
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 …
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget Mobile
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
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
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.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
‘Dark Knight’ on its way to becoming 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 and BetaNews
 
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
IETF: Should we ignore the Kaminsky bug?
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
DVDs, Hollywood's Profit Source, Are Sagging
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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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