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4:30 PM ET, November 3, 2008

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How Low Will Online Ads Go?  Lower, Says J.P. Morgan.  Very, Very Low, Says Gawker's Nick Denton  —  A year ago, the conventional wisdom said that the online advertising market would still grow in an economic slump because online ads were cheaper and more effective.  —  And they are.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
JP Morgan's Online Ad Outlook Worsens; Display's Deterioration Accelerates
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon takes on “wrap rage” with packaging initiative  —  Down with obnoxious packaging that takes longer to free from the ten thousand twistie ties than it took to arrive at your house in the first place!  Everyone has experienced this kind of frustration with items ranging from kids' toys …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Media's Scott Moore and Al Warms to Depart This Week  —  Aside from upcoming layoffs, it seemed as if Yahoo had stanched the flow of major execs from the company.  —  Not so, it seems, as several sources with knowledge of the situation confirm that the two top execs …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Confirms That Moore Is Leaving; Picks Up MSN Vet Dossett To Head U.S. Audiences  —  Yahoo's confirmation that Scott Moore is leaving is about to cross the wires, included in the news that Jeff Dossett is joining the company as SVP-U.S. Audience.  Dossett—who, like Moore, comes to Yahoo …
Discussion: BoomTown and Silicon Alley Insider
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Slashes iPhone Production, Says Chip Analyst (AAPL)  —  Is demand slowing for Apple's (AAPL) red-hot iPhone 3G?  —  Apple has cut its calendar Q4 iPhone production plans significantly more than originally estimated, according to a report by Friedman Billings Ramsey analyst Craig Berger.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
In Landslide, John McCain Is The President Of AOL.com  —  The Wall Street Journal may have essentially called the Presidential election for Democrat Barack Obama this morning, but wait a tick.  AOL.com's homepage political poll results are in, and the site's calling a landslide for Republican John McCain.
Discussion: CNET News and Datamation
Business Technology:
Salesforce.com Wants to Host Your Web Site  —  Salesforce.com is getting into the Web site hosting business, the latest sign that the company's ambitions reach beyond the sales-automation software it's named for.  —  Salesforce.com, whose annual conference gets under way in San Francisco Monday …
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Class action suit filed over PowerBook G4 memory slots  —  Most of the time, the lawsuits that are filed against Apple involve fairly current products like the iPhone, but the most recent suit is a bit of a throwback.  This time around, the PowerBook G4 is in the spotlight.
Discussion: MacUser
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over defective PowerBook memory slots
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Dash Charts a New Course, Cuts 50 Jobs  —  The credit crunch and the subsequent economic slowdown has everyone — from large corporations to individuals — reassessing their fiscal future, and many are taking drastic actions.  The latest moves from the world of Silicon Valley startups comes …
PR Newswire:
Circuit City Stores, Inc. Provides Update on Liquidity and Announces Store Closing Plan  — Company Plans to Close 155 Stores, Further Reduce New Store Openings and Renegotiate Certain Leases — Company Announces Ongoing Evaluation of Additional Cost Reduction Initiatives …
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Circuit City in fight for survival, to close 155 stores
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
New MacBooks Disable Pwnage Tool, Open Second Front in War on Jailbreaking  —  It's a given that each firmware update for the iPhone and iPod Touch will seal up exploits used by the Dev Team to ‘Pwn’ the devices, but nobody expected the new MacBooks to present a problem for would-be Jailbreakers.
Discussion: IntoMobile, iPhone Buzz and PMP Today
James Sherwood / The Register:
Motorola legal tie to pull pricey Aura phone off eBay  —  Exclusive Once you've grown tired of your mobile phone then it's your prerogative to flog it on eBay, right?  Not if you buy Motorola's upcoming Aura phone, because the firm's penned a contract to prevent secondhand sales.
The Official Google Blog:
Visualizing data in the cloud  —  More and more companies are storing data in the cloud, and as this data grows, so does the need for reporting tools to make sense of this information.  To address these growing needs, earlier this year we introduced the Google Visualization API …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: Third party apps killing our security  —  Why would hackers target Microsoft directly when there is so much low hanging fruit hanging from the Windows operating system?  —  The short answer is that hackers won't attack Microsoft directly because they have plenty …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Kindle Offers Glimpse of ROI on Oprah  —  Nod From Talk Queen Causes a Surge in Web Traffic  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Since Amazon launched the Kindle, its electronic reader, a year ago, it has created a swarm of dedicated customer advocates.  But on Oct. 24 it snagged the most important evangelist …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless kills Pay as You Go data plans, data plans now mandatory  —  This has been rumored to be coming but VZW E dropped the bomb on us all by leaking a Verizon Wireless document detailing some drastic changes to Verizon's data plans.  Starting November 14th, 2008 …
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
1,000 Web APIs  —  Last week ProgrammableWeb crossed one of its biggest milestones thus far when we added the 1,000th web service API to our API directory.  This is a long way from the 32 APIs we started with back in the summer of 2005.  Back then even the phrase “web mashup” was only a few months old.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Ryan Stewart
Cherise Fong / CNN:
Internetting every thing, everywhere, all the time  —  (CNN) — It's called “The Internet of Things” — at least for now.  It refers to an imminent world where physical objects and beings, as well as virtual data and environments, all live and interact with each other in the same space and time.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
IDC: Intel Atom lifts processor shipments  —  Intel's Atom processor lifted processor shipments in the third quarter but the future for overall processor shipments is uncertain, IDC said.  —  Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments in the third calendar quarter of 2008 reached record levels again, according to market researcher IDC.
Discussion: Docu-Drama
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
Verizon BlackBerry Storm site updated, treasure hunt announced  —  The BlackBerry Storm notification page set up by Verizon back during the announcement has received a significant overhaul, showing off not only specs and 360°-worth of pictures, but also something of a treasure hunt from November 6th. to the 15th.
John Oates / The Register:
Virgin sacks the Facebook 13, BA customers stink  —  Social networking for fun and P45s  —  Virgin Atlantic has sacked the thirteen staff who labelled customers “chavs” and criticised the maintenance record of the airline's fleet of Boeing 747s which fly from Gatwick.
Discussion: FaceReviews and Pulse 2.0
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Censorship, or What Really Weirds Out Weird Al  —  Visitors to MTV's new online music video site can listen to songs with plenty of crass and vulgar lyrics, but may be surprised to find that certain other language had once been deemed too nasty for broadcast — that is, the names …
 
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Nick Cooper / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Analytics for Google Apps
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Enormously important news from the Free Software Foundation
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Air Force Aims to ‘Rewrite Laws of Cyberspace’
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Facebook membership surges to 120 million users
Discussion: Valleywag
Ian Andrew Bell / GigaOM:
Who Killed the VoIP Revolution?
HP:
HP Cuts Costs, Triples Data Center Capacity with New Energy …
Discussion: Bits, eWeek and Data Center Knowledge
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Which Twitter-clone Should Your Company Consider?
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Disney Should Buy Electronic Arts, WSJ Asserts
Discussion: GamePolitics News
 Earlier Items: 
David Adewumi / VentureBeat:
Weebly scores 1 million users, reaches profitability
Sydney Morning Herald:
Sensis concedes defeat to Google
Discussion: Screenwerk and WebProNews
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
What Ray Ozzie didn't tell you about Microsoft Azure
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
MTV Networks in deal to monetize uploaded videos