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5:50 AM ET, November 25, 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 …
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YouTube Blog:
Bigger Isn't Always Better... But in This Case, We Believe It Is  —  Over the years we've heard a lot of feedback from you about what you'd like to change about YouTube, and the size of our video player is always top of mind.  That's why today we're excited to announce a bigger YouTube player.
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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Rael / Values of n Blog:
A fork in the road  —  Today marks a fork in the road for this particular startup.  Values of n, the company behind Stikkit and I Want Sandy, will be closing its doors.  Both services will going offline at close of business (5pm PST) on Monday December 8th, 2008.
Discussion: Pat Phelan
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Twitter buys a company, closes it, keeps its founder/engineer
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 …
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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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Blockbuster joins the movie set-top-box game with 2Wire MediaPoint player  —  We've rubbed our eyes four or five times now, but the factual heat remains: Blockbuster — of all companies — has decided to dive headfirst into the movie set-top-box arena.  We wanted to believe the rumors were false …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Student Writes to Steve Jobs, Gets Free Final Cut Studio 2  —  Sometimes Xmas comes earlier and when you less expect it: A Greenwich High School student wrote a letter directly to Mr. Jobs himself asking politely for an student discount on Final Cut Studio 2.
Discussion: MacBlogz
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.
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Treating URL Protocol Schemes as Cruft  —  One of the more visible changes in last week's iPhone OS 2.2 update is a new toolbar in Safari.  Here's the previous toolbar from Safari in iPhone OS 2.1:  —  It now looks like this:  —  The new toolbar looks much more like an iPhone-sized version …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Kyte gets Google AdSense, fresh new mobile sites  —  On Monday night video-broadcasting platform Kyte is launching several new ways to make money with its service.  Included are two new ad servers from AdTech Helios IQ and Lightningcast, as well as a new option to pick up Google AdSense …
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and Beet.TV
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 …
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, TG Daily and IntoMobile
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Electronista:
Microsoft building Tegra-based smartphone?
Discussion: SlashGear and PhoneReport v2.0
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: InfoWorld and Communications …
Josh Elman / Facebook Blog:
TV, Friends and Facebook  —  Full-length television is coming to Facebook, via a new generation of applications.  Entire shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, and The Simpsons and more will be available through a wide range of TVLoop “Addicted to...” applications and Mesmo TV.
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: Gizmodo, 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 …
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 …
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
Use Your Cellphone To Control Your Box With TiVo Mobile Website  —  Adding to an ever expanding list of new features like pizza ordering and Netflix streaming, TiVo's now bringing you the option of SlingBox-esque control of your box on your cellphone.  Their new mobile site, m.tivo.com …
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.
Paddy Maguire / BBC:
Compulsive gamers ‘not addicts’  —  Ninety per cent of the young people who seek treatment for compulsive computer gaming are not addicted.  —  So says Keith Bakker the founder and head of Europe's first and only clinic to treat gaming addicts.  —  The Smith & Jones Centre in Amsterdam …
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
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Google stock rains on the tech rally parade
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