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11:00 PM ET, November 3, 2008

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Keith Thornhill / Y! Live Blog:
Stopping our broadcast...  Our mission here on the Brickhouse team is to quickly develop product ideas that can add value to Yahoo! as a whole.  To do this effectively we constantly evaluate our early-stage products and sometimes have to make the hard decision to move on …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo Live gestates for 9 months, won't survive delivery
Discussion: Podcasting News and next.yahoo
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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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple: No new products before the holidays  —  Despite Internet rumors of forthcoming product releases, an Apple representative confirmed that the company has no plans to release any new products before the holidays.  —  “Our holiday line-up is set,” Apple spokesman Bill Evans told Macworld.
Business Wire:
Amazon Announces Beginning of Multi-Year Frustration-Free Packaging Initiative  —  Amazon.com has launched “Frustration-Free Packaging,” a new initiative designed to make it easier for customers to liberate products from their packages.  Amazon is focusing first on two kinds of items …
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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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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.
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Sean / Seeking to Understand:
Emailed Steve Jobs, Apple Called Back!  —  I mostly love my new MacBook Pro - but one thing that has been driving me slightly insane is that the trackpad misses clicks sometimes.  You hear and feel the click - it just doesn't register the click.  I've read through the Apple discussion forums …
Discussion: AppleInsider
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Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Apple rep: We're “looking into” MacBook Pro trackpad issues
Discussion: TechSpot
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro  —  Apple, MacBook Pro, Vista, Windows 7  —  Here we are sitting in the PC Magazine Labs, and it occurs to us: We've got a shiny new Macbook Pro and an early build of Windows 7 on disc, so why not attempt to use one to run the other?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo-Google Neuter Search Deal, Resubmit to Justice Department  —  Yahoo and Google have amended their search partnership proposal and resubmitted it to the Justice Department, the WSJ says.  The duration of the deal has been shortened to two years from ten, and revenue contribution capped at 25% of Yahoo's overall search revenue.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo and Google Offer to Revise Ad Partnership
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Brains behind Hulu leaves NBC  —  George Kliavkoff, the man who helped draw up the blueprint for a string of successful digital media services—from Hulu to Major League Baseball Advance Media—is leaving NBC Universal at the end of the year, CNET News has learned.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
115 People Lose Their Jobs At Spot Runner, Weblistic Acquisition Is Washed Out  —  The layoffs at Spot Runner are a lot worse than we expected.  Instead of 50 to 75 people, Spot Runner is cutting much deeper—eliminating 115 jobs.  Co-founder and CEO Nick Grouf characterizes this as …
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 …
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.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Facebook moves into micropayments for gifts  —  Since its launch in early February of last year, Facebook's online gift store has run off of standard U.S. dollars, letting users purchase gifts one at a time, or in bundles at a slight discount.  However, starting Monday the popular social network …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Airwaves Battle Pits Dolly Parton Against Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Tuesday marks the end of a battle that has lasted for more than two years, with each side predicting apocalyptic consequences should it lose.  —  Not the fight for the presidency.  The one pitting Google against Dolly Parton.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Trials Tiered Broadband in Nevada  —  Following in the footsteps of Time Warner Cable, Frontier Communications and several UK Internet service providers, AT&T unveiled a tiered broadband service in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 1.  According to a Friday filing with the Federal Communication Commission …
Discussion: DSLreports and Ars Technica
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Air Force Aims to ‘Rewrite Laws of Cyberspace’  —  The Air Force is fed up with a seemingly endless barrage of attacks on its computer networks from stealthy adversaries whose motives and even locations are unclear.  So now the service is looking to restore its advantage on the virtual battlefield …
John Morris / The Core Truth:
Intel's Core i7 gets put to the test  —  Intel won't announce its new Core i7 chips until later this month, but the first real reviews are popping up all over the place today.  Based on the early previews, I expected to see good numbers and Core i7, formerly known as Nehalem, delivers.
Discussion: eWeek, Electronista and Crave
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 …
Heather Champ / Flickr Blog:
3 Billion!  —  Also available in: Deutsch, Español  —  Take the pinky of either your left or right hand, hold it next to the corner of your mouth and say “3 beelleeeeon photos...” That's it above — our three billionth photo.  —  Photo from garrett_ryan_smith.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Getting Out Of Used DVD Sales (NFLX)  —  Smart move by Netflix: It's getting out of the used DVD business.  —  No surprise: As a revenue stream, selling used DVDs on its Web site was at best a side show compared to its core business of renting DVDs by mail.
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 …
 
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John E. Dunn / Computerworld:
Spam surges as Google's CAPTCHA falters
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Three's a Cloud for Salesforce.com, Facebook and Amazon.com
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcastic P4P trial shows 80% speed boost for P2P downloads
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google May Hate Prop 8, But That Doesn't Mean They Won't Serve Ads Supporting It
Discussion: Laughing Squid and VentureBeat
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
FCC delays controversial vote
Discussion: Bits and DSLreports
Daniel Boffey / Daily Mail:
Tax website shut down as memory stick with secret personal data …
Discussion: CNET News and The Register
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Has Blu-ray's copy protection been cracked?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Crashing The iPhone  —  Italian systems engineer Piergiorgio …
Discussion: TUAW, MacNN and The iPhone Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Abate / The Technology Chronicles:
When the chips are down, no wonder investment suffers
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Register
Will Park / IntoMobile:
iPhone Dev Team: iPhone 2.2. OS jailbreak success!
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Xohm WiMax Invades DC
Nick Cooper / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Analytics for Google Apps
Discussion: Google Watch and Googling Google
Lessig Blog:
Enormously important news from the Free Software Foundation
Discussion: Joi Ito's Web
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Which Twitter-clone Should Your Company Consider?
Discussion: bub.blicio.us