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8:10 AM ET, November 25, 2008

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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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Goes Wide  —  YouTube has apparently changed all videos on its site to play in widescreen format.  Because most videos on the site were originally uploaded in a ratio closer to 4:3 (the standard size used on non-HD televisions), most videos are playing with horizontal black bars on the side.
Discussion: GeekTonic and FoOlRulez blog.
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
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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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Kindle 2 Slated For “Early Q1″  —  Update on the Kindle 2: It was scheduled to be released in October in time for this holiday season, but Bezos himself reportedly pulled the plug for last minute changes to the software.  Our sources now say it's tentatively scheduled to go on sale in “early next quarter.”
Discussion: Alley Insider, SlashGear and Gizmodo
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
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 …
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Ray Ozzie Wants to Push Microsoft Back Into Startup Mode  —  The keynote speaker at this past summer's TechReady conference—a gathering of 6,000 or so Microsoft engineers from around the world—was the company's chief software architect, Ray Ozzie.  This was not a routine appearance.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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.
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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Telco Startup Raises $100M for Northeast Buildout  —  Pocket Communications Northeast, a subsidiary of San Antonio-based cellular operator Pocket Communications, has raised a first round of $100 million to build out a five-city CDMA network in the Northeast that will join an existing network and customer base in South Texas.
Discussion: Business Technology
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
DigiTimes:
Acer to launch 10-inch Aspire One as early as February next year  —  Acer plans to launch 10-inch Aspire One netbooks in February or March next year, according to Scott Lin, Acer Taiwan president.  —  As for its 8.9-inch netbooks currently available, the 3.5G module-based Aspire One netbooks …
Discussion: SlashGear, Gadget Lab and Engadget
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 …
kottke.org:
Shaq on Twitter  —  And thus ends the first full week of Twittering by Shaquille O'Neal.  The real Shaquille O'Neal.  The NY Times has the details.  Apparently Shaq was spurred into tweeting by an imposter posing as him: … Used to dashing off one-liners to reporters during pre …
Discussion: The KickApps Blog
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 …
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, Beet.TV and ReadWriteWeb
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.
Arthur Klausner / PE Hub News:
FanSnap Adds $5.5 Million  —  FanSnap, a Palo Alto, Calif..-based live event ticket search engine, has raised $5.5 million in second-round funding led by return backer General Catalyst Partners.  The company is currently in beta, and is run by Mike Janes, former chief marketing officer of StubHub.
Discussion: CNET News
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
New leaked images of upcoming Nokia E75  —  For those of you awaiting this QWERTY-slider from Nokia, new pics of the E75 has been spotted out in the wild and leaked pics are now online.  There is a decent 2.4″ screen which looks to cramp up the alphanumeric keypad a bit but a quick slide reveals …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Suicide Viewed Live and Reaction Spur a Debate  —  For a 19-year-old community college student in Pembroke Pines, Fla., the message boards on BodyBuilding.com were a place to post messages, at least 2,300 of them, including more than one about his suicidal impulses.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
 
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Patrick Klepek / MTV Multiplayer:
Sony Sees PSP Piracy Slowdown, Observes ‘Good’ Beating ‘Evil’
Discussion: Kotaku, VideoGamer.com and Destructoid
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
VC Deal Scoop: KickApps, Chromatin, Nabbr & More...
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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David Worthington / Technologizer:
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Google stock rains on the tech rally parade
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