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3:37 AM ET, November 24, 2008


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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft takes control of domain - watch out for the Live Search rebrand  —  A few months ago Mary Jo Foley got a tip about some new brand names that were being considered for Live Search.  One of these, Kumo, jumped out at us due to the sheer scale of TLDs that had been acquired during 2008 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Rebrand Search.  Will It Be Kumo?  —  Microsoft will relaunch Windows Live Search under a new brand sometime early next year, says a source within the company.  What we don't know is what that new brand will be, although a few names have been thrown around.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and Marksonland
David Carr / New York Times:
Google Seduces With Utility  —  Not long ago, someone invited me out to the Googleplex, the nickname for Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  —  The fact is, I already live there.  And it's starting to worry me.  —  Having grown up in the vapor trail of the '60s …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Did “Lazy Sunday” make YouTube's $1.5 billion sale possible?  —  How did YouTube turn itself into such an essential worldwide service that Google plunked down $1.5 billion in cash and prizes to acquire the video sharing site?  It depends who you ask, of course, but NBC Universal's general counsel …
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Sony's set to roll out new Web shows  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Web site owned by Sony Corp is expected on Monday to unveil a slew of new Internet programs in the latest move by a division of a major media company to bolster online entertainment.
Discussion: Dembot, CNET News and
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Takes on ‘Patent Trolls’  —  Firm Plans to Defensively Buy Patents and Charge Fixed Membership-License Fees  —  A San Francisco start-up is disclosing details of a new service to address patent risks facing technology companies, and has lined up Cisco Systems Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. as initial members.
Discussion: TechFlash
Will Park / IntoMobile:
iPhone and iPhone 3G jailbreak guide - Pwnage Tool 2.2 jailbreaks iPhone 2.2 OS!  —  The iPhone 2.2 OS has been jailbroken via PwnageTool 2.2 and QuickPWN 2.2!  But, you have to update your iPhone 3G using Pwnage Tool if you plan to someday unlock your iPhone 3G.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Symantec says Internet underground economy is organized and rich  —  Did you know that you can buy a keystroke logger for $23 or pay $10 to have someone host your phishing scam?  Having a botnet at your fingertips will cost you $225, and a tool that exploits a vulnerability on a banking site averages $740 and runs as high as $3,000.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Pricing and release info for Verizon's Samsung Omnia  —  You didn't think we'd keep you in the dark for too long did you?  Come on people, you should know your pals at BGR a little better than that by now.  It has only been two days since we showed you the first live pics …
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News and
RyeBrye / RyeBlog:
G1 Multitouch Proof-of-Concept Video  —  Last night, I hacked together a quick proof-of-concept video to show those who aren't inclined to read the debug logs the multitouch capabilities of the G1.  —  Rather than go the proper route, where the multiple finger events would get pushed …
Brandon / Geek Condition:
Gmail Security Flaw Proof of Concept  —  Is it possible for someone to create a malicious filter without having access to your Gmail username and password?  No, however, they can force you to create the filter without your knowledge.  —  The blogosphere is buzzing about a Gmail Security Flaw …
Fred / A VC:
My Techmeme Obsession  —  Just over a year ago, I wrote a post explaining that Techmeme was moving from highlighting the work of individual tech bloggers to the work of professionally produced tech blogs.  In that post, I bemoaned the fact that I had been knocked off of the techmeme leaderboard along …
Discussion: Scobleizer and
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube's Big Live Debut: Pretty Small  —  Did you watch YouTube Live last night?  Odds are you didn't.  The video site's first attempt at a live-streamed event-a sort of awards show + concert-seems to have drawn a peak audience of about 700,000 people, if the folks at Mogulus are interpreting Akamai's data correctly.
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David Meyer / CNET News:
Kernel vulnerability found in Vista
Tim Arango / New York Times:
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Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tough times in Silicon Valley, but some hiring
Jack Hitt / New York Times:
Multiscreen Mad Men
Discussion: Lost Remote, Alley Insider and /Message
Leslie Berlin / New York Times:
Lessons of Survival, From the Dot-Com Attic
 Earlier Items: 
Fred / A VC:
A Lost Decade - But Not For Everyone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Project Palantir: Beautiful Visualization Of People Connecting
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
It's Not Over: We are “the change we need.”
Discussion: Fractals of Change