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7:20 AM ET, November 26, 2008

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sling Opens Up Its Hulu Competitor To The Public  —  Sling Media, the company behind the popular Slingbox TV-streaming hardware devices, has opened the gates to its video portal Sling.com.  The site pits Sling directly against Joost and Hulu (though Hulu is a Sling partner) …
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Sling takes its video portal public
Discussion: CrunchGear
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Google silences Gmail security blogorumors  —  Domain hijack vuln doesn't exist  —  Google security pros have taken exception to recent reports of a Gmail vulnerability that led to a rash of domain hijackings.  They were the result of a plain-vanilla phishing campaign, they say.
Discussion: Inquirer and TechSpot
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Chris Evans / Google Online Security Blog:
Gmail security and recent phishing activity  —  We've seen some speculation recently about a purported security vulnerability in Gmail and the theft of several website owners' domains by unauthorized third parties.  At Google we're committed to providing secure products, and we mounted an immediate investigation.
Brad Stone / Bits:
E-Commerce Shrinks for First Time, Research Firm Says  —  Just as many Web retailers feared, online shoppers are being unusually frugal this holiday season.  —  During the first 23 days of November, according to a report to be released later on Tuesday by the research firm comScore …
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Business Technology:
Online Retail: Dead or Just Resting?  —  Online retailers are hoping that the United States is a nation of procrastinators.  —  Because the holiday season will be rough if current trends continue.  The amount of money consumers spent online on retail goods between November 1 and November 23 fell 4% …
Discussion: shop.org and VatorNews
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Apple's deceptive iPhone ad banned in the UK  —  Apple's TV advert for the 3G iPhone has been attacked on the web for being deceptive, and as Media Guardian reported this morning, it has now been banned in the UK.  The Advertising Standards Authority received 17 complaints that the ad was misleading for …
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BBC:
Apple made to drop iPhone advert  —  An Apple iPhone advert has been banned by the advertising standards watchdog for exaggerating the phone's speed.  —  The advert boasted the new 3G model was “really fast” and showed it loading internet pages in under a second.
Discussion: textually.org
Michael Gartenberg / MobileDevicesToday:
Microsoft will NOT do their own phone anytime soon  —  Rumors persist and folks believe that there will be a Zune or some other Microsoft branded phone.  I've talked about this in the past but it's worth saying again.  —  Sorry Joe and David, there won't be a Microsoft phone.  I say this for a simple reason.
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Digital Sales Surpass CDs at Atlantic  —  Since MP3s first became popular a decade ago, music industry executives have obsessed over this question: when would digital music revenue finally surpass compact disc sales?  —  For Atlantic Records, the label that in years past has delivered artists …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   What Happened to the Digital Music Boom? Ask Apple.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google admits breaking App Store rules  —  Google acknowledged breaking the official rules of Apple's iPhone software development kit when it created the latest version of the Google Mobile application for the iPhone, but denied a more serious charge.  —  A Google spokesman confirmed Tuesday …
Discussion: MacBlogz and digg.com
Google LatLong:
Happier travels through Street View with Pegman  —  Today we're happy to announce some big improvements to the Street View feature in Google Maps!  Thanks to feedback from our users, we've now made Street View even better and easier to use.  —  For one thing, Pegman, our plucky mascot, is now close at hand wherever you go.
Arn / MacRumors:
Black Friday Discounts on Macs Have Begun  —  MacMall has announced their Black Friday sale which will runs from now until midnight P.T. on Friday, November 28th.  Last year's MacMall sale delivered some of the largest discounts available online.  This year, however, MacMall faces stiff competition …
Discussion: IntoMobile, SlashGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
eBay Traffic Plummeting (EBAY)  —  eBay's (EBAY) core business continues to fall apart.  Some of the decline is likely the result of the declining economy.  The rest of it is likely the result of the trends that have been clobbering eBay for the past two years: competition, overpricing …
Arn / MacRumors:
QuickTime 7.5.7 for DisplayPort Allows Standard Definition Playback  —  Apple has issued a new QuickTime update for the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air which come equipped with the mini DisplayPort.  The update addresses the issue of standard definition playback through the DisplayPort:
Discussion: Gizmodo, Alley Insider and AppleInsider
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NYT sees success in Facebook push  —  The New York Times is happy to be your Facebook friend.  An internal memo yesterday from Times president Scott Heekin-Canedy touted the newspaper's “successful” advertising campaign on Facebook in the days following the presidential election.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Social Networking Traffic Up as Advertising Falls Flat  —  More than half the country actively uses social networking sites, but so far advertising on these properties is nothing short of anemic  —  More than half the country actively uses social networking sites, but so far advertising …
Discussion: sfnblog, Swarming Media and ReveNews
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Will undone deals be the next Big Thing in Silicon Valley?  —  Consider two discussion topics recently submitted to ExpertCEO, a new online community with Silicon Valley roots that allows chief executives to anonymously kvetch, commiserate and seek advice among their peers.
Discussion: broadstuff
PR Newswire:
Toshiba to Launch 16GB microSDHC  —  Additional enhancements to SDHC memory card lineup include ultrafast, Class 6 SDHC cards in 8GB and 16GB capacities  —  Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba), a leading innovator in memory card technologies and solutions, and Toshiba America Electronic Components …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Live Search:
Webmaster tools now sniffing for malware  —  Last week we announced Project Silk Road, our vision for delivering a broad suite of products and services for publishers and web developers, including a customizable Live Search API, rich content, multiple media and source types, and the ability to monetize through ad-serving.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Why I switched from Firefox to Chrome  —  Sorry if it sounds like I'm drinking the Google Kool-Aid here, but I switched from Mozilla Firefox to Google Chrome as my default browser for the very reason Google's executives said we should: speed.  (Get Google Chrome from Download.com.)
Discussion: CNET News, Matt Cutts and digg.com
Gregg Keizer / LinuxWorld.com:
Mozilla eyes extra beta for Firefox 3.1  —  Mozilla will probably add a third beta to the development schedule for Firefox 3.1 to get a better handle on remaining bugs and give several new features, including a faster JavaScript engine and a private browsing mode, more testing time, the company's browser director said Tuesday.
Discussion: Open Source
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Spam levels fluctuate as crooks try to revive botnets  —  Some researchers say spam still down, others see it bouncing back  —  Computerworld) Two weeks after a hosting firm's shutdown sent global spam volumes plummeting, some researchers continue to claim that junk mail rates remain dramatically down …
Associated Press:
Widening Internet search lead propels Google stock  — Widening Internet search lead propels Google stock  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s stock snapped out of its recent funk Tuesday after new data showed the Internet search leader is becoming even more dominant in the most lucrative part of the online advertising market.
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Writers' Guild Claims Studios Ignoring Earlier Settlement As Actors Get Ready To Strike  —  While I have no doubt that the movie studios are being sleazy and underhanded in how it deals with both writers and actors concerning various contracts, it still seemed like both movie and TV writers …
Discussion: Associated Press
 
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Lenovo kills notebooks with a text message
Discussion: SlashGear and digg.com
Alpha Doggs / Network World:
Can crowdsourcing be used to monitor the Internet?
Discussion: P2P Blog and Slashdot
Tom Yager / Ahead of the Curve:
Is the BlackBerry Storm doomed for lack of Wi-Fi?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and InfoWorld
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
New England Venture Summit - VCs are still investing
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YCombinator Startup Creates A Better Download App Store For Windows (BaseShield)
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Update on the AOL-Yahoo Deal: “Like Trying to Catch a Falling Knife”
Discussion: Valleywag
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What Sun Should Do  —  Sun is going through a lousy spell right now.
Richard Jalichandra / Technorati:
Changes and Tough Decisions at Technorati
Discussion: TechCrunch and Webware.com
Murad Ahmed / Tech Central:
Ten celebrities who play World of Warcraft
Discussion: digg.com
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple's new VP could cause ‘irreparable harm’ to IBM, says judge
Discussion: Edible Apple and Macsimum News
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Move over, Ajax. Here comes Microsoft's ‘Kojax’
Mike Blumenthal / Search Engine Land:
MapQuest: “We've Come Out Of Hibernation”