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11:35 PM ET, November 24, 2008

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google cutting contractor workforce  —  Google is in the process of paring back a contractor workforce that numbers about 10,000, the company confirmed Monday.  The news, though, isn't as fresh as it might appear at first blush.  —  The contractor cut story made the rounds Monday …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
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Daya Baran / WebGuild:
Google Layoffs - 10,000 Workers Affected  —  Google has been quietly laying off staff and up to 10,000 jobs could be on the chopping block according to sources.  Since August, hundreds of employees have been laid off and there are reports that about 500 of them were recruiters for Google.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP's outlook for next year unchanged despite tough economy  —  Hewlett-Packard reported its fourth fiscal quarter earnings this afternoon for the quarter ended Oct. 31 that were consistent with the company's upbeat preliminary results.  The surprising thing is that the world's biggest …
Twitter Blog:
Meet Rael Dornfest  —  Rael Dornfest is a famously talented engineer, author, and entrepreneur.  Before founding Values of n, Rael served as Chief Technology Officer at O'Reilly Media and is known for his pioneering work on RSS as well being the series editor of O'Reilly's celebrated Hacks books.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter buys a company, closes it, keeps its founder/engineer  —  The micro-messaging service Twitter, fresh off its rejection of an offer to be acquired by Facebook, has turned around and made a purchase itself: A personal productivity and information management solutions company called Values of n, Twitter reports on its blog.
Rael / Values of n Blog:
A fork in the road  —  Today marks a fork in the road for this particular startup.
Discussion: Webware.com
Max Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Making Facebook Safe Against Spam  —  Last Friday, Facebook won an important victory for our users - and against spam and those who create it.  —  We've all experienced spam - those unwanted and, sometimes, inappropriate marketing messages.  The bad guys behind those messages are always looking …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook awarded $873 million in lawsuit against spammer
Discussion: Ars Technica and TechCrunch
David Worthington / Technologizer:
A Zune Phone?  Likely.  —  It is plausible that rumors about Microsoft being close to announcing its answer to the iPhone are true.  Microsoft must maintain parity with Apple, and its acquisition of Sidekick creator Danger Inc. has given it the industrial design known-how to get the job done.
Discussion: VentureBeat, IntoMobile and I4U News
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Electronista:
Microsoft building Tegra-based smartphone?
Discussion: SlashGear and PhoneReport v2.0
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web 2.0 Music Pioneer iLike Looking for Buyers  —  iLike, the Web start-up that made a name for itself by becoming Facebook's de facto music service, is looking for a buyer, according to multiple sources.  I'm told that iLike is actively soliciting a list of buyers that include RealNetworks and Ticketmaster …
Discussion: TechFlash and Alley Insider
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Music service iLike may be for sale
Esteban Kozak / The LinkedIn Blog:
Announcing LinkedIn's New Search Platform  —  I am writing today to announce the full release of LinkedIn's new search platform to over 31 million LinkedIn users.  —  The new search platform at LinkedIn is redefining the way professionals go about finding talent, business partners, customers or a former colleague.
Discussion: CNET News, RotorBlog.com and WebProNews
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   LinkedIn Launches Streamlined People Search
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Why the iPod Touch Didn't Get Google Street View  —  The new 2.2 update for the iPhone brings a lot of great new features.  Google Street View, direct viewing, listening and download of podcasts and a few small but neat tweaks.  The iPod Touch also got a 2.2 upgrade, but it lacks one headline feature: Street View.
Discussion: Appletell
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Why Apple Got Sued in Texas  —  When a Los Angeles man sued Apple for patent infringement Monday he filed the case in East Texas, not California.  As many lawyers will tell you, the U.S. Distinct Court for the Eastern District of Texas has become a magnet for technology and other patent cases over the years.
Discussion: Communications …
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Mike Shields / Adweek:
Is the End Near for Display Ads?  —  As ad budgets shrink, buyers and publishers face growing pressure to prove value of banners  —  NEW YORK Digital media buyers have been trying to kill the banner ad for years.  Now, it appears, the recession might just finish the job for them.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReveNews and Alley Insider
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
‘GPhone’ Sales Strong: HTC Eyes 1 Million G1s Shipped In 2008 (GOOG)  —  Google's (GOOG) first cellphone — the T-Mobile G1 — seems to be finding an audience.  HTC, the Taiwanese company that makes the phone, just jacked its sales estimates.  —  HTC now thinks it'll ship 1 million G1s this year …
Discussion: Valleywag and Big in Japan
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google SearchWiki is Not a Wiki  —  Late last week Google unveiled the first major change to its search interface since the introduction of multi-media ("Universal") results into the search results page.  They called it Google SearchWiki.  —  It's a big deal, it's awkward, it's frightening …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: The Beginning Of The End?  —  At a moment in time when smartphones are one of the few hot tech products, Palm (PALM), the industry's pioneer, appears to be dying.  —  This morning, Global Crown Capital analyst Pablo Perez-Fernandez cut his rating on the company to Underweight from Neutral …
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:
T-Mobile G1 Android gets Opera Mini and visual voicemail  —  It seems like the gold rush of applications for the T-Mobile G1 (see my review) has slowed down considerably over the last couple of weeks with just a few apps trickling out here and there.  I imagine most of this is because developers …
Guy Patrick / The Sun:
Juror axed for verdict poll on net  —  A JUROR was kicked off a trial after using Facebook to ask pals if they thought the defendants were guilty.  —  The woman posted details of the child abduction and sex assault case on the website.  —  Then she told friends: “I don't know which way to go, so I'm holding a poll.”
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: British juror axed for disclosures on Facebook
Discussion: All Facebook and Gizmodo Australia
Meera Selva / Associated Press:
Negotiations to put Beatles on iTunes stalled  —  Paul McCartney says negotiations to put Beatles songs on iTunes have stalled  —  LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney said Monday negotiations on a long-awaited deal to make the Beatles' catalog available on the online music service iTunes have stalled.
Erik Gruenwedel / Home Media Magazine:
Blockbuster Bows Set-Top Box  —  Escalating stakes in the burgeoning streaming market, Blockbuster Nov. 25 unveiled a broadband set-top box that allows users to watch video-on-demand (VOD) movies from the Internet on the television.  —  For a limited time, the MediaPoint player …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and CrunchGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Be-A-Magpie Is PayPerPost For Twitter  —  Like much-criticized PayPerPost for blogs, German/UK startup Be-A-Mapgpie will pay you to insert advertisements into your Twitter stream.  —  Advertisers pay on a cost-per-thousand-impression basis, and the ads are promised to be delivered to relevant audiences based on keywords.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google stock rains on the tech rally parade  —  The stock market had a good day today.  The tech-heavy Nasdaq continued its climb back towards 1,500, ending the day up 87.67 points (6.33 percent) to close at 1,472.02.  Looking at various tech stocks, it looks like most had very nice gains today, but one notable one did not: Google.
Discussion: Reuters
Rob Galbraith:
Shipments of Canon EOS 5D Mark II to U.S. dealers commencing tomorrow  —  Shipments of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II will begin leaving Canon USA's distribution centres en route to U.S. dealers starting November 25, 2008, says Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor at Canon USA.
Discussion: Gizmodo and SlashGear
 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple stock surges on belief MacBooks “peel away” Windows users
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Security breach gives PayPal phish the personal touch
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Traditional Media:
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Discussion: WebProNews
Verizon:
Verizon FiOS TV Completes Digital Television Upgrade
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget HD
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
TV Viewing Higher Than Ever — Take That, Internet!
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Peter Davis / Alley Insider:
Why VCs Aren't Investing Anymore
Gene Marcial / Business Week:
Apple Is Ripe for the Picking
Discussion: TUAW
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) alpha hops into view
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Approves Smutty iPhone App By Mistake
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When Twitter Met Facebook: The Acquisition Deal That Fail-Whaled