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3:45 AM ET, November 6, 2008

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web 2.0 Summit: a conversation with venture capitalist John Doerr  —  Journalist John Heileman is interviewing John Doerr on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit.  His first question: Who should Barack Obama name as chief technology officer for the U.S. government?  —  Doerr said there are three …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Jerry Yang: I'm a fighter  —  Yang (left) and Battelle on Wednesday at the Web 2.0 Summit.  —  (Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET News)  —  SAN FRANCISCO—This hasn't been the best year for a lot of people in the tech industry.  But nobody can argue that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang hasn't had a particularly rough time.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Cheerful Gloom From Mary Meeker  —  Nobody can show more in less time than Mary Meeker, the technology and Internet analyst at Morgan Stanley.  —  In the first session of the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Ms. Meeker terrified the audience with the prospects of the coming recession, then offered a vision of ultimate redemption.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Video Coverage of Web 2.0 Summit  —  Thanks to our partners at TechWeb, co-hosts of the Web 2.0 Summit along with O'Reilly Media, ReadWriteWeb is pleased to present ongoing video coverage of the event.  You can select sessions in the widget below, as they are released on video to ReadWriteWeb over the next couple of days.
Discussion: Christine.net and O'Reilly Radar
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Live blogging at the Web 2.0 Summit: The kickoff with Larry Brilliant of Google.org  —  The Web 2.0 Summit has kicked off in San Francisco, and there is no sign of a downturn here.  It's a full house, with maybe 900 people in the room.  The crowd has a lot of international attendees …
The Official Google Blog:
Ending our agreement with Yahoo!  —  In June we announced an advertising agreement with Yahoo! that gave Yahoo! the option of using Google to provide ads on its websites (and its publisher partners' sites) in the U.S. and Canada.  At the same time, both companies agreed to delay implementation …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Yahoo CEO Yang disappointed Google didn't fight harder for search deal
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Sue Decker's Memo to the Yahoo Troops
Discussion: Business Week and TechFlash
AppleInsider:
Apple tells Mac mini fan to hang in there  —  Apple appears to be taking its policing of the rumor mill to the phones, in one case dialing a customer who expressed concern over Internet reports on the Mac mini's fate to assure him the situation would be addressed in due time.
Discussion: I4U News, VentureBeat and MacRumors
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft lays out more Windows 7 features  —  At its WinHec conference in Los Angeles today, Microsoft laid out a host of what it deemed as “fundamental” improvements in its next operating system, Windows 7, when compared to Vista.  —  A boot up test pitting Vista and 7 at this morning's keynote
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
WinHEC: Microsoft shows off Windows 7 fundamentals
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
WinHEC: Sinofsky, DeVaan keynotes cover details of Windows 7
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Cuts 10% Of Staff  —  We've just heard from LinkedIn that the Sequoia-backed business network will be cutting 36 of 370 employees, or around 10% of the company.  LinkedIn is saying that some of these employees will be reassigned to new roles (though the company won't comment on how many new roles there will be).
Discussion: Reuters, VentureBeat and CNET News
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
An Obama presidency: Good, bad news for technology  —  When Barack Obama becomes president in January with a strongly Democratic Congress, he'll have the chance to push a technology policy that relies more on government subsidy and regulation than that of his immediate predecessor.
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Obama Picks High-Tech and Washington Veteran to Transition Team  —  A veteran of Internet business operations and Washington tech policy was named to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, a move that could signal the prominence of high-tech policy in the new administration.
Newsweek:
Hackers and Spending Sprees … The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns were victims of a sophisticated cyberattack by an unknown “foreign entity,” prompting a federal investigation, NEWSWEEK reports today.  —  At the Obama headquarters in midsummer …
Kate Bulkley / Guardian:
Movie star in the making: China's answer to YouTube  —  With 12 million users a day, Gary Wang's Tudou is the biggest video sharing site in China - and it's set to get much, much bigger  —  If the world thought that the PC and mobile phone had revolutionised the way we live our lives …
Discussion: Gizmodo and WatchingTV Online
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
MySpace Music CEO Debuting Tomorrow?  —  MySpace's very, very long search for someone to run the social network's new music site is just about over: A person familiar with the situation says the company has just about wrapped up negotiations with Courtney Holt, who heads up digital music at Viacom's (VIA) MTV.
Erica Sadun / Ars Technica:
Android liberation: T-Mobile G1 jailbroken  —  In the Unix world, “jailbreak” refers to the process where an entire filesystem is open for public access.  Under “jail,” only a small subset of a disk can be read from and written to freely.  Over the weekend, members of the xda-developers forum discovered …
Randi Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
The Spirit of Democracy  —  It was an extraordinary day.  —  Election Day in the U.S. brought Americans to the polls in record numbers.  The election of Barack Obama as America's 44th President was both historic and emotional.  It was an unforgettable finish to the campaign …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cisco Quarter Solid, Guidance Terrible (CSCO)  —  Cisco (CSCO) was the first company to sound the alarms about the recession.  So what do they have to say now?  —  Things aren't getting better, and CEO John Chambers says October was especially terrible — a 9% year-over-year drop in orders.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple delays entry MacBook Air untill after Thanksgiving  —  Apple is apologizing to customers this week who had placed orders for its new entry-level NVIDIA-based MacBook Airs, explaining that due to an unforeseen issue, it's unlikely to deliver those systems until shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
An Exclusive Look at the CTL 2go Tablet (or Intel Classmate Netvertible)  —  Back in August, at the Intel Developer's Forum we got a first look at the early Classmate tablet or “netvertible.”  At the time, Intel detailed that they would be brought to market by OEMS at the end of 2008.
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
Electronista:
SanDisk tech promises 100x faster SSD writes  —  SanDisk on Wednesday said it has developed a way to eliminate one of the few performance bottlenecks of solid-state drives.  A new flash file system known as ExtremeFFS uses a page-based method that no longer ties the logical location of data on the drive to its physical space.
Discussion: Ars Technica, SlashGear and Engadget
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
OMG! iPhone keyboard!  OMG!  —  This hack adds a third-party mini-keyboard to the iPhone, effectively turning Cupertino's darling into a Compaq iPaq circa 2001.  Does the iPhone really need a keyboard, people?  —  After using the iPhone for a little over a year, I find that the onscreen keyboard is intuitive and useful.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Street View Easter Egg  —  Google recently hinted at a new Easter Egg part of Google Maps Street View.  And it has surfaced now - it's called Street With a View.  From the project description:  —  On May 3rd 2008, artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team …
Discussion: Webware.com
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Headcount Grew 48% In Fiscal 2008 (AAPL)  —  While tech firms like Dell (DELL), HP (HPQ), Yahoo (YHOO), and Motorola (MOT) are cutting back, Apple increased its headcount 48% in fiscal 2008, climbing from 21,600 full time employees to 32,000.  Temps and contractors increased from 2,100 to 3,100.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Jobwire
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
AT&T Quickfire launching November 10  —  One of the more interesting devices to hit AT&T's lineup in recent memory — the PCD-sourced Quickfire — is getting ready to hit in the next few days, making good on a promise to deliver the 3G Sidekick killer in November.
Discussion: SlashPhone, Gizmodo and Crave
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple to Pay Departing “Father of iPod” $300,000 Shut-Up Money Annually  —  “Advisor” to Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a killer gig-if you can swing it.  Just ask Tony Fadell.  The now former senior vice president of the company's iPod division will collect an annual salary of $300,000 until March 24 …
 
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Rick C. Hodgin / TG Daily:
Intel phases out first 45 nm processors
Discussion: The Tech Report
Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
Google's copyright war will have open access advocates up in arms
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Slashes Another 500 Jobs to Save Costs
Discussion: CNET News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Video Startup Veoh Cuts 18% of Staff
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Palm shares sink on worries about capital
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget Mobile
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
RIM's Vodafone BlackBerry Storm Unboxed!
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Gasses Up The Gulfstream Again
Discussion: MacBlogz and MacUser
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Netflix Giving Away 48 Hour Streaming Trials With New XBOX 360 Games
Discussion: CrunchGear, last100, Joystiq and Kotaku
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Obama Victory Creates Historic Global Demand for Web Content