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11:00 AM ET, November 5, 2008

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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Launches Effort to Spark Startups  —  Microsoft's new BizSpark project is an effort to spur startups and entrepreneurs to use Microsoft technology when launching new companies.  Microsoft is giving away software, services and support to startups earning less than $1 million to help …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft offers free software for start-ups  —  LOS ANGELES—In its boldest bid yet to win the affections of emerging businesses, Microsoft on Wednesday announced a program that will allow some start-ups to use its server software free of charge.  —  Dubbed BizSpark, the program will be open …
Discussion: TechFlash and Technology Live
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's BizSpark initiative offers free servers and software to startups  —  With an initiative called BizSpark, software giant Microsoft is making a new pitch for startups to run their business on Microsoft's tools.  —  It's an enticing free upfront three-year package, bundling together software …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter launches groups in Japan Today  —  Twitter has launched a group and community feature in Japan today, called Twicco.jp.  In the demo video I took at the Digital Garage conference you can see it lets users create and follow a group instead of an individual account.
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Careful what you say on Twitter - delete option removed?  —  It appears that the micro-blogging service Twitter has removed the option to delete a ‘tweet’ once it's been published, making the service a haven for digital litter — the trail of information about you or things you've said that perhaps …
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Gives Japan Groups, Takes Delete Away from Everyone Else
Discussion: SheGeeks
Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
A vote for broadband in the “white spaces”  —  All eyes are on the presidential election today, but another important vote just took place at the Federal Communications Commission.  By a vote of 5-, the FCC formally agreed to open up the “white spaces” spectrum — the unused airwaves between …
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Between the Lines:
FCC opens up wireless ‘white spaces;’ Assessing winners, losers and wild-cards  —  The Federal Communications Commission has opened up so-called wireless white spaces-unused spectrum between broadcast channels-in a move the agency hopes paves the way for ‘Wi-Fi on Steroids’.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TechCrunch
Moon Ihlwan / Business Week:
New Samsung Phone: a Real iPhone Killer?  —  To hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talk about Samsung Electronics' new upgraded smart phone, T*Omnia, Korean consumers will soon get the mother of all smart phones on the planet.  “The T*Omnia is at the forefront of this new generation of mobile devices …
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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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: GOOGLE WITHDRAWING FROM YAHOO DEAL; Not Worth The Legal Fight  —  It was only a matter of time, after all indications were pointing to the deal not going through in the original or even watered down form: Google has withdrawn from its ad search deals with Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO).
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Bold Is Big, Bulky And Beautiful  —  Change is a familiar concept in the mobile-phone industry.  Most recently, Apple and Google introduced mobile devices with two vital innovations: They run on fast 3G networks and use touch screens.  Yesterday Research In Motion …
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Blackberry Bold, the ‘Buick of Smartphones’
Discussion: Datamation and All Things Digital
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake Calls gives iPhone users an excuse to leave ackward situations  —  You know how the situation - you're on a meeting or talking to someone whom you don't particulary like and you would die for an interruption.  Usaully nothing happens and you're stuck in a conversation/meeting pretending to listen.
Discussion: AppScout and mobilesyrup.com
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works  —  CNN's holographic election coverage is fancy pantsy, but how did they manage to send 3D 360 degree footage of virtual correspondent Jessica Yellin from Chicago all the way to the station's election center in NY?  As Arthur C. Clarke says, Magic.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
10 election tweets worth remembering  —  It was a marathon evening for media buffs as Barack Obama beat rival John McCain to become the United States' first African-American president-elect.  You couldn't miss it on Twitter, as the microblogging service exploded with election updates, commentary, and speculation.
Arn / MacRumors:
Software Fix for MacBook Pro Trackpad Issue “Coming Soon”  —  Earlier this week, a number of complaints emerged about a trackpad issue found on the new MacBook Pros.  PCPro.co.uk relays one customer's experience: … The problem even drew the attention of Apple according to one blogger …
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9 to 5 Mac and PC Pro
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First  —  SAN FRANCISCO — During past downturns, layoffs were mostly a private affair.  Big companies tended to issue vague press releases filled with jargon about “downsizing,” and start-ups often gave people the pink slip without telling the world anything at all.
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
What Fadell's Departure Means for Apple  —  Development chief Tony Fadell's exit underscores concerns about whether Apple is doing enough to groom management talent that could succeed Steve Jobs  —  At a company as tight-lipped about its inner workings as Apple (AAPL), changes at the top can be hard to gauge.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Online Meltdown Update: AOL Ads Down 6% In Third Quarter  —  More fuel for the online advertising pessimists among you: Advertising revenues at AOL dropped 6% in the third quarter.  —  This isn't a total shock.  The previous quarter, AOL had only been able to manage 2% advertising growth …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Inevitable Slow-Motion Death of the Tablet PC  —  Todd Bishop's TechFlash site has a worthwhile read up on the unhappy response of Tablet PC enthusiasts to Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's description of the Tablet PC as a “niche” product at last week's PDC event.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
James Sherwood / The Register:
Users pour forth MacBook trackpad woes  —  An official Apple forum has become a sounding board for numerous complaints that the MacBook's new multi-touch glass-covered trackpad isn't behaving itself.  —  Owners of shiny new metal MacBooks grumble that the trackpad freezes after roughly 50 clicks …
Mark Ward / BBC:
The end of an era - Windows 3.x  —  An application has expectedly quit.  —  Windows 3.x has come to the closing moments of its long life.  —  On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences for the software that made its debut in May 1990 in the US.  —  The various versions of Windows 3.x …
Discussion: The Register, Neowin.net and Slashdot
Electronista:
Meizu to launch iPhone clone Nov. 30th  —  Meizu's shadow to the iPhone, the M8, should be available in at least a limited form before the end of the month, according to a post by company head J. Wong.  While already tentatively slated for November, the touchscreen phone should be launched …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and Engadget
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Borrell: Banner advertising the big loser in '09 online ad decline  —  A new report by Borrell Associates scheduled for release today paints a dim picture for those who've bet the ranch on a future of counting page views and ad impressions.  The credit crisis and the general economic downturn …
Discussion: Zero Percent Idle
 
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John Ozimek / The Register:
Is the internet going down down under?  —  It's the end of the net as we know it
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Warner: Time Inc. Layoffs Will Cost Us More Than $100 Million
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Glam Media Slows Payments Due to Economy
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Our airwaves, indeed  —  Tom Evslin is celebrating the FCC's decision …
Discussion: Industry Standard
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Tomorrow is the Sony Ericsson day!
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
SMBs Driving Mobile Broadband Adoption
Discussion: FierceWireless
 Earlier Items: 
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Election 08: Homepages of Major News Sites, Right After the News
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Yammer goes down, companies all over go silent
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
David Pogue / New York Times:
Shazam! A Projector Is Shrunk
Discussion: GeekBrief.TV and Engadget