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3:55 AM ET, November 4, 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: next.yahoo and Podcasting News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The Apple analyst who couldn't shoot straight  —  What is it with Craig Berger and Apple?  —  The FBR Capital Markets analyst made headlines Monday with a report that Apple had slashed iPhone production for this quarter — down as much as 40% from the September quarter in which Apple racked up record sales of 6.9 million units.
Discussion: PC World
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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.
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.
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Key Apple Executive to Depart  —  Apple Inc. is losing one of its key technology executives.  —  Tony Fadell, a senior executive who was instrumental in the development of the iPod, is leaving Apple for personal reasons, people familiar with the matter said.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Report: Tony Fadell, iPod chief, to leave Apple
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
Arlene Lee / Inside AdSense:
Block this way  —  When we notice a spike in readers who are interested in a specific topic, we like to address it as soon as we can.  There's been some interest in filtering ads from publisher pages, so here's a quick refresher on the filtering tools we offer:  —  Competitive Ad Filter
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John E. Dunn / Computerworld:
Spam surges as Google's CAPTCHA falters  —  Techworld.com) The spread of CAPTCHA-breaking tools has resulted in a sudden surge in the use of blogging sites such as Google's Blogspot to host spam adverts, security vendor MessageLabs has reported.  —  The company's latest Intelligence report …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
Windows 7 on a MacBook Pro  —  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?  —  Check out photos, video, and a run down of the process, after the jump.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Three's a Cloud for Salesforce.com, Facebook and Amazon.com  —  The clouds are aligning: Salesforce.com Monday unveiled plans to make its “cloud” work with Facebook's and Amazon's.  —  “Cloud computing” is the hottest tech buzzterm since “Web 2..” It's come to mean more or less anything having …
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: Profy and VentureBeat
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
About Those Rumors That the New York Times Would Sell About.com  —  We've heard the chatter about the New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) possibly selling About.com ... let's start by admitting that what makes sense to me and what makes sense to the people running the New York Times Company doesn't always dovetail.
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.
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
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.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
The Laptop Celebrates 40 Years  —  Laptops today vary greatly in size, weight and purpose, but they all have one common origin: Alan Kay's Dynabook.  —  Kay, a former Xerox PARC computer scientist, drew up the idea of a portable computer in 1968, when computers still weighed over 100 pounds and ate punch cards.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot
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 …
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.
Gamasutra:
Breaking: THQ Closes Multiple Studios  —  Publisher THQ is making significant staff cuts to its internal development studios, according to information obtained by Gamasutra and another media site, with Paradigm Entertainment reportedly being closed and Juice Games seeing a workforce reduction of about a third.
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 …
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 …
Will Park / IntoMobile:
AndroidBoy brings Game Boy emulation to Android Market  —  We're still getting acquainted with our T-Mobile G1, discovering all the little nuances that the Android OS has to offer.  But, there's just something missing from the Android platform... what could it be?  —  A GameBoy emulator!
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
AltSearchEngines and last100 Go Indie  —  Admin announcement: ReadWriteWeb has made a strategic decision to disband our network, meaning that our two separately branded network blogs AltSearchEngines and last100 are going independent.  —  The reason ReadWriteWeb has made this decision …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Quintura blog
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcastic P4P trial shows 80% speed boost for P2P downloads
Daniel Boffey / Daily Mail:
Tax website shut down as memory stick with secret personal data …
Discussion: CNET News
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Has Blu-ray's copy protection been cracked?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Trials Tiered Broadband in Nevada
Discussion: DSLreports and Ars Technica
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Google Analytics for Google Apps
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Discussion: Joi Ito's Web
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Air Force Aims to ‘Rewrite Laws of Cyberspace’
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Which Twitter-clone Should Your Company Consider?
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
New MacBooks Disable Pwnage Tool, Open Second Front in War on Jailbreaking