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8:40 PM ET, November 21, 2008

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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.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Gigaom Network Parting Ways With Federated; Going With IDG's Tech Ad Network  —  Gigaomni Media (GOM), the parent company of the popular network of tech sites including Gigaom, is parting ways with its long time ad partner Federated Media, and moving to a more enterprise-focused IDG TechNetwork …
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:   TechCrunch Ad Rates Slashed 35%
Reuters:
Hundreds wait at Verizon stores for BlackBerry Storm  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of people lined up at some Verizon Wireless stores on Friday to buy the BlackBerry Storm, the first touch-screen phone from Research In Motion that aims to compete with Apple's iPhone.
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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.
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Users Face Serious iPhone OS 2.2 Problems  —  Users who have updated to iPhone OS 2.2 are facing some significant issues, including problems with third-party apps, Internet connection issues, problems deleting email and more.  —  Third-party Applications broken Some third-party applications …
Discussion: MacBlogz and MacFixIt
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Apple:
About the security content of iPhone OS 2.2 and iPhone OS for iPod touch 2.2
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 …
Discussion: MediaMemo, Epicenter, CNET News and Gawker
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Ian King / Times of London:
Business big shot: Arianna Huffington, online entrepreneur  —  Arianna Huffington looks set to cement her position as the Queen of Capitol Hill in the next few days.  —  The Times has learnt that the Huffington Post, her influential political website, will confirm within the next week …
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
If You Liked This, Sure to Love That  —  THE “NAPOLEON DYNAMITE” problem is driving Len Bertoni crazy.  Bertoni is a 51-year-old “semiretired” computer scientist who lives an hour outside Pittsburgh.  In the spring of 2007, his sister-in-law e-mailed him an intriguing bit of news: Netflix …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and broadstuff
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 …
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Land Grab in the Face of a Downturn
Zach Honig / Gearlog:
Apple Notebooks Take Huge Performance Hit without Battery  —  Ever run your MacBook or MacBook Pro without the battery installed?  Most people don't, but some notebook users pop them out when their systems are running on AC with hopes of extending the life of their battery by a few months.
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).
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google SearchWiki 101: An Illustrated Guide
Discussion: PC World, TG Daily, GMSV and InformationWeek
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Palm, smartphone maker, in worldwide layoffs  —  A tipster tells us that Palm, the troubled smartphone maker, is laying off 10 percent of its staff.  I called a spokeswoman at the company, who confirmed the layoffs but not the number of employees affected; Palm, at last count, had about 1,050 employees.
Discussion: Technologizer
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Ryan Kairer / PalmInfocenter:
A Round of Layoffs at Palm
Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Palm orders layoffs as Apple and RIM take toll
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 …
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Paul Allen's secret MySpace page?  —  Life as a single billionaire can be tricky.  Let's say you want to set up a MySpace page to interact with your Hollywood pals.  How do you inject it with your personality without revealing your true identity to anyone else who might stumble across it?
Discussion: Valleywag
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Why Reuters Left Second Life, And How Linden Lab Can Fix It  —  The Register is reporting the Reuters Second Life bureau has closed, and adds about the embedded reporter there:  —  Reports of a marketing evac team swooping in a virtual huey to snatch Eric Reuters from the firm's Sadville bureau …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Spamhaus: Microsoft Now 5th Most Spam Friendly ISP  —  Microsoft is rising quickly on a running list of the Top 10 Worst Spam Service ISPs as maintained by spamhaus.org, a group that tracks unsolicited commercial e-mail.  —  The software giant debuted on the list earlier this month at number 9 …
Discussion: Zero Day and Valleywag
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple's 2008 ad budget: Nearly a half billion dollars  —  There's been a lot of talk recently about how much money Microsoft is spending (and some would say wasting) on its new advertising campaigns to promote its brand.  Of course you know the ones: The Bill Gates/Seinfeld ads and the newer “I'm a PC” ads.
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.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Top Sprint Nextel Executive to Leave  —  John Garcia, a top Sprint Nextel Corp. executive in charge of one of the wireless carrier's main business units, is leaving the company, a spokeswoman said.  —  Mr. Garcia is stepping down as head of the CDMA business, the unit that control's 70% of Sprint's customer base.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
 
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Dante to dialects: EU's online renaissance
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Is Hulu “Just Reruns”? CEO Says There's Value in That
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Ulteo offers server based computing solution for Linux desktops, apps
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Spammers look east after McColo shutdown
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
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