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11:15 PM ET, November 5, 2008

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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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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Sue Decker's Memo to the Yahoo Troops
Discussion: TechFlash, New York Times and Wallstrip
US Department of Justice:   Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. Abandon Their Advertising Agreement
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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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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Jerry Yang: I'm a fighter
Discussion: CNET News, TechFlash and TechCrunch
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 …
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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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
WinHEC: Sinofsky, DeVaan keynotes cover details of Windows 7
Discussion: TechFlash and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org and CircleID
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: VentureBeat and MacRumors
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).
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Internal Yahoo memo suggests CEO Jerry Yang may be out  —  Here's a rumor (printed below) that we got and which has apparently been making the rounds.  It's important to note that the NYT has since written a story saying that Yahoo has denied the rumor, and that both Yahoo and Microsoft …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Rumors, Rumors All Around, But Not a Drop Correct
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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: Gizmodo, SlashPhone and Crave
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.
Discussion: geeksugar, CNET News, Gearlog and Portfolio
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Netflix Giving Away 48 Hour Streaming Trials With New XBOX 360 Games  —  Inside the case of the new James Bond XBOX 360 game that came out today is a special insert card that allows you to trial the Netflix streaming service for 48 hours.  While the trial won't officially kick off until later …
Discussion: Joystiq, last100, CrunchGear, Kotaku and Engadget
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Gasses Up The Gulfstream Again  —  Apple (AAPL) chief Steve Jobs had a busy summer: Launching the iPhone 3G, introducing it into dozens of countries, and shipping almost 7 million of them.  Oh, and lots of flying around in his private jet.  —  Every quarter, Apple reports …
Discussion: MacBlogz and MacUser
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, Engadget and SlashGear
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Obama Victory Creates Historic Global Demand for Web Content  —  As the world watched the U.S. campaign coverage and the Obama victory speech on computers seven hours ago, demand for news content hit a historic record, according to data from Akamai, the Cambridge, Massachusetts provider …
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM looks to beat identity thieves with a USB ZTIC
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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
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 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Headcount Grew 48% In Fiscal 2008 (AAPL)
Discussion: VentureBeat and Jobwire
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
RIM's Vodafone BlackBerry Storm Unboxed!
Discussion: BlackBerryNews.com
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Study: Fortune 500 Doesn't Get SEO
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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