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1:40 AM ET, November 27, 2008


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David Pogue / New York Times:
No Keyboard?  And You Call This a BlackBerry?  —  Research in Motion (R.I.M.), the company that brought us the BlackBerry, has been on a roll lately.  For a couple of years now, it's delivered a series of gorgeous, functional, supremely reliable smartphones that, to this day, outsell even the much-adored iPhone.
Dcornish / Connected Data:
Why we develop for the iPhone or “Swing where the ball will be”  —  This is the top story on Techmeme.  —  When the pitcher releases the ball a batter has to decide where they will swing.  If they wait too long the ball will be in the catcher's mitt before they decide.
Discussion: Edible Apple
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
First Hand Accounts Of Terrorist Attacks In India On Twitter, Flickr  —  Forget CNN, which so far has few details of the ongoing attacks in Mumbai, India that have left at least 80 dead (Update: they're starting to catch up now).  People are giving first hand reports of what they're seeing directly on Twitter.
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
First impressions: Apple 24-inch LED Cinema Display  —  As we noted yesterday, Apple's new 24-inch Cinema Display has shipped, and arrived this afternoon.  While we have only had about an hour to test it out so far, we're quite pleased.  It should be noted that this new display …
Discussion: MacBlogz, MacRumors and
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Search the Web Through a Vertical Lens  —  Over the last few months we've showcased a handful of innovative mashups that developers have created using Yahoo! Search BOSS.  The creations have ranged in functionality and focus, but all have included interesting applications of Yahoo! Search's index, infrastructure and technology.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Launches “Vertical Lens” Search Through BOSS
Discussion: WebProNews and
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
Icahn Doubles Down: Buys Another 7 Million Shares of Yahoo!  —  Well, don't accuse Carl Icahn of cutting and running.  After losing $1 billion on his massive Yahoo bet—he bought 69 million shares last spring at about $25—Carl Icahn has (figuratively speaking) doubled down.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Massive botnet returns from the dead, starts spamming  —  Criminals regain control after security firm stops preemptively registering routing domains  —  Computerworld) A big spam-spewing botnet shut down two weeks ago has been resurrected, security researchers said today, and is again under the control of criminals.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Lori Drew Not Guilty of Felonies in Landmark Cyberbullying Trial  —  LOS ANGELES — Lori Drew, the 49-year-old woman charged in the first federal cyberbullying case, was cleared of felony computer-hacking charges by a jury Wednesday morning, but convicted of three misdemeanors.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Techdirt and Hack a Day
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Is Email = Efail?  —  While I've always practiced reasonable email hygiene, for the last 6 months I've been in near-constant email bankruptcy mode.  This concerns me.  —  Yes, it's partly my fault for being a world champion procrastinator, but I'm not sure it's entirely my fault.
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone OS 2.2 Problems Run Rampant  —  Users, in droves, continue to report a bevy of issues after the update to iPhone OS 2.2.  Among the most serious and widespread problems: disappearing applications (both Apple's and third-party), loss of WiFi connectivity, loss of 3G or EDGE signal strength and an inability to sync with iTunes.
Discussion: VentureBeat, iPhone Buzz and Appletell
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter kills Canadian SMS updates.  Can the U.S. be far behind?  —  As regular readers know, I hate SMS (text messaging).  It's not the idea or technology that I hate, it's just the ridiculous costs associated with it.  Why should I pay AT&T $15 a month for unlimited text messages …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Twitter: No more outbound texts for Canada
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Barack Obama's Adds OpenID  —  OpenID has had a lot of big supporters, but this week President Elect Barack Obama's added the ability for users to log in using an OpenID account and to post comments to sections of the website using OpenID.
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Microsoft shuts down LeBron James  —  In a move that might be a lesson for my beloved (and, just occasionally, beloathed) Golden State Warriors this Friday, Microsoft has shut down LeBron James.  —  Two years ago, MSN and the Cleveland Cavalier superhero who looks 35 and is, allegedly, 13 or 14, announced big plans.
Discussion: Plain Dealer and Microsoft Pri0
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 2.2 SDK offers undocumented TV-out features  —  The other day, Ars showed you how to dump iPhone frameworks.  Today, we can confirm that the updated MediaPlayer framework (it's a public framework) offers a working solution for exporting video out live to a connected TV screen.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Apple Macs and Notebooks Remain Hottest Holiday Gift Ideas in 2008  —  With the 2008 holiday shopping season here, consumers looking for that special gift are likely checking out the new Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro that hit the market earlier this year.  The two new Apple MacBooks remain high …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Oh Where, Oh Where Has Autonomy Gone?  —  One of the few constants in Silicon Valley has been a giant billboard set on a hill beside Highway 101, near San Francisco airport.  For eight years, the billboard has carried a variety of messages from Autonomy, a high-end search company that few people know.
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Why you can't trust ‘friends’ on Facebook  —  Facebook is popular and growing — especially with criminals.  Here's why they love it.  —  Computerworld) Every form of communication, from snail-mail to e-mail, chat and others, is subject to fraud and scams.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SEC Outlines Its Reasoning For Shutting Down P2P Lender Prosper  —  Last month, peer-to-peer lender Prosper stopped all new lending on its site because of scrutiny by the SEC. Prosper agreed to register under the Securities Act, a process which can take months.
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Sony movies trickling into Xbox 360 via Netflix Instant Watch  —  Last week, we reported that Sony had balked at letting its movies and TV shows be streamed by Netflix to Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console.  —  That was then.  Now it seems that a number of titles from Sony and its subsidiaries …
Discussion: CNET News
James Plath / News:
Samsung Blu-ray players to deliver Netflix in HD  —  Tools:  —  Recommend this news to a friend »  —  Samsung Electronics America, a market leader and award-winning manufacturer of consumer electronics, today announced that its two cutting-edge Blu-ray players, the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Is No Longer Silicon Valley's Legal Defender  —  When Google settled the lawsuit over its book scanning project, we noted with disappointment how this appeared to signal the end of Google's earlier position of fighting certain legal battles on principle.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Microsoft's Live launches malware detection service for webmasters  —  Playing catch-up with Google's Safe Browsing diagnostic, Google's warnings for potentially hackable sites, and Yahoo's SearchScan introduced through their partnership with McAfee, Microsoft's Live Search has updated …
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Discussion: Electronista
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
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