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7:50 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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Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
TechCrunch Ad Rates Slashed 35%  —  The recession has slammed into tech advertising, apparently, even at hot sites like TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, and GigaOm.  (Okay, and Silicon Alley Insider).  —  Federated Media, which sells ads across a boatload of top-tier tech sites, has slashed ad rates at all of the above.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Gigaom Network Parting Ways With Federated; Going With IDG's Tech Ad Network
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 …
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
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
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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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 …
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Palm orders layoffs as Apple and RIM take toll
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.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, jkOnTheRun and Electronista
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
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.
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 …
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Brian Prince / eWeek:   Botnet Operators Likely to Change Tactics in Wake of McColo, Intercage ISP Shutdowns
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 …
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 …
 
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