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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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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Defaults Videos In HD Format: But Forgets Embed Feature  —  YouTube announced that all videos on their web site will now be in the wider format HD format, 16:9 ratio.  The YouTube player is now 960 pixels wide, as opposed to the standard format of 4:3 ratio.
Discussion: PC World
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Goes Wide
Discussion: GeekTonic and FoOlRulez blog.
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.”
ifoAppleStore:
Apple Store Will Now Match Competitors' Prices  —  Apple has apparently fired the first shot in the holiday shopping battle, by announcing internally that retail store employees have the authority to match the prices of other authorized retailers.  The stores have also cancelled …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco To Shut Down For 4 Days At Year End  —  If you want to know how bad it is going to get for all of us in Silicon Valley, just look at Cisco Systems.  For first time in its history the company is going to shut down for four days at the end of the year, according to a report by UBS Research.
Eric Horvitz / Microsoft Research Home:
Cyberchondria: Studies of the Escalation of Medical Concerns in Web Search  —  Available Documents:  —  The World Wide Web provides an abundant source of medical information.  This information can assist people who are not healthcare professionals to better understand health and disease …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Examines Causes of ‘Cyberchondria’  —  If that headache plaguing you this morning led you first to a Web search and then to the conclusion that you must have a brain tumor, you may instead be suffering from cyberchondria.  —  On Monday, Microsoft researchers published the results …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Will Apple launch a netbook?  And other burning questions  —  Apple has said “it doesn't do cheap,” but one analyst reckons that Steve Jobs & Co. will address the netbook market at some point-either with an 11-inch MacBook Air priced between $800 and $1,000 in 2009 or a tablet Mac in 2010.
Discussion: MacBlogz and MacNN
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AppleInsider:
Piper Jaffray addresses 12 more ‘unanswered Apple questions’  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster on Tuesday issued one of his trademark reports to address a number ‘unanswered questions surrounding the Apple story,’ such as when the company plans to next update its iPhone and the prospects for an Apple netbook.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Adds Samsung Omnia™ To Its Touch Screen Lineup  —  Advanced Touch Screen Smartphone Features Samsung's Innovative TouchWiz™ Technology and the Power of Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Review: Samsung Omnia for Verizon Wireless
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Electronista
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.
Nokia:
Nokia 6260 slide - made for high speed sharing  —  Espoo, Finland - People use mobile devices to share their lives with friends and family and with this in mind, Nokia introduces the Nokia 6260 slide.  The phone call is the most obvious way to use the new handset to connect with people …
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and Phone Scoop
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Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:   Nokia 6260 slide feature phone packs HSPA, WiFi, GPS, 5MP camera and more!
Scott Gilbertson / The Register:
Rock-solid Fedora 10 brings salvation to Ubuntu weary  —  Next RHEL looking good  —  Review Fedora might not be getting a complete makeover or flashy new features in version 10, out today, but some welcome enhancements under-the-hood make this a worthwhile upgrade.
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
Magnify.net Raises $750K For Web Video Service  —  NYC-based Web video startup Magnify.net has raised about $750,000 in Series A1 financing.  This is in addition to the $1 million it raised in February.  Innovation Ventures led the round, and all major investors returned, including RoseTech Ventures …
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone developer stoops to straight bribery  —  Best application ever, five stars, taverymuch  —  One iPhone developer has found a novel way to increase rankings in the iTunes store: pay people $5 a time to post positive reviews, thus ensuring the general public gets an unbiased view of application quality.
eMarketer:
Economy Deals Online Ad Spending a Hit  —  Digital still stronger than traditional  —  There seems to be more bad news about the economy every day, and falling ad spending numbers are part of the mix.  Although online advertising is still on a positive growth curve, that growth is slowing …
Electronista:
TiVo Mobile brings remote queuing to iPhone  —  TiVo and web firm Mobui today rolled out TiVo Mobile.  The web app gives the iPhone, iPod touch and other mobile devices with full web browsers the ability to remotely schedule one of TiVo's Series 2 or 3 DVRs and to find shows using …
John Leyden / The Register:
Unofficial fix issued for Vista networking flaw  —  Crash bang wallop  —  A system-crashing bug with potential malware implications has been uncovered in Vista.  But a fix for the vulnerability, which revolves around flaws in the operating system's network stack, may have to wait until the next service pack.
Fred / A VC:
Making Twitter Smarter  —  Soren and Howard have been busy building out stocktwits and today they sent me a link to a firefox extension that makes twitter a bit smarter.  When you add the stocktwits extension to firefox, a stock tweet will look like this:  —  Those tickers are now hotlinked to stocktwits.
Discussion: /Message
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Was Ebay's BillMeLater Acquisition A Huge Blunder?  —  When eBay paid $945 million for BillMeLater in October, we blinked.  The business assigns credit at the point of sale to ecommerce customers who can't use credit cards because they don't have them, have maxed out credit limits, or choose not to.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Is the video game industry recession-proof?  —  Nintendo is hoping that strong sales of its Wii console are evidence that it, at least, is immune to the economic downturn.  Others agree that the video game industry as a whole will suffer less than other technology sectors.  —  (Credit: GameSpot)
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 …
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Ninendo DS In Red Mario Bros Limited Edition On Black Friday  —  It's not a special Black Friday deal, but DS fans may think it's a bit special all the same: Nintendo's launching a limited edition Mario Red DS bearing the M logo this Friday.  It'll also come with a bundled copy of New Super Mario Bros, and it'll set you back $150.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
KickApps Actually Raises $14 Million In Series C Round  —  Yesterday, word leaked out that white-label social networking startup KickApps raised another round of funding.  But the amount reported by PEHub ("over $13 million"), based on an old Reg. D filing at the SEC, wasn't exactly precise.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
PlaySpan raises $16.8 million for gaming virtual goods platform  —  Virtual goods sales are starting to look better than real world goods sales these days.  PlaySpan announced today that it has raised $16.8 million for its virtual goods platform and online payments business for online games.
Google Watch:
Microsoft, Not Google, Has the Real Search Wiki  —  The New York Times this weekend put the spotlight on a research project Microsoft is working on for next-generation search that is more like a search-oriented wiki than Google's own SearchWiki.  —  No, this isn't Kumo.
 
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Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Opera Mini 4.2 Ready to Roll with New Servers and Skins
BBC:
Mobile internet usage on the rise
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
BlackBerry Storm Ship Date Moved Up A Week (RIMM)
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Redstone Weighs Sale of Theaters
Discussion: Alley Insider, MediaFile and Gawker
Ashlee Vance / International Herald Tribune:
HP unit sheds stepchild status to take on Cisco
Discussion: Bits
AppleInsider:
Best Buy cuts prices on Apple's Mac line for 4-day sale [u]
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Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
Universal, Warner, SonyBMG join iTunes Plus?
Discussion: iLounge and MacDailyNews
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Musical Chairs at MSN: Here's a Partial Scorecard of What's What
Discussion: paidContent.org
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Telco Startup Raises $100M for Northeast Buildout
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Suicide Viewed Live and Reaction Spur a Debate