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8:10 AM ET, November 6, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo: Poor, Alone and Sad  —  Six months ago Jerry Yang took the stage at the D Conference to talk about the state of his business.  His painted a picture of a Yahoo that was spinning in circles with no clear future.  —  Fast forward six months and nothing has changed.
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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.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Yahoo tells Microsoft: ‘Buy us’
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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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.
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.
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.
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Once Thought Safe, WPA Wi-Fi Encryption Is Cracked  —  Security researchers say they've developed a way to partially crack the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption standard used to protect data on many wireless networks.  —  The attack, described as the first practical attack on WPA …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
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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YouTube Blog:
New Features for the YouTube Embeddable Video  —  You don't have to be on the YouTube site to watch videos.  The YouTube player can be added to virtually any website, giving website creators and web surfers infinite access to the YouTube library.  With close to 44 percent …
Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
Photosynth Comes To Live Maps  —  There's a new feature now available on Live Maps: Photosynth!  The Microsoft Live Labs technology, Photosynth, which launched publicly back in August, allows you take your photos and turn them into rich, 3-D experiences.  Now, with the new Live Maps integration …
Discussion: LiveSide and Mashable!
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).
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple outlines shift in strategy, rise in R&D spending, more  —  Apple in its annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday outlined a number of new metrics on the company's business strategy, its retail operations, R&D investment, Snow Leopard-releated expenditures, worldwide operations, and more.
Discussion: Apple 2.0
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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.
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson takes mobile music into 2009 with the W705 Walkman™ phone and Wireless Home Audio System MBS-900  —  Building on an array of innovative launches in 2008, Sony Ericsson announces two new products into its mobile music range looking beyond music into 2009 to offer the most state-of-the art mobile music experience.
Discussion: Unwired View and Engadget Mobile
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
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
YouTube: Does your video ID system really work?  —  It's been a little more than a year since YouTube announced the launch of its system to identify videos uploaded to its site that contained, without authorization, copyrighted content from television program and movie producers.
Discussion: Beet.TV
LCH / Incremental Blogger:
Companies working on Windows 7 touch products  —  In today's Windows 7 keynote (to watch video click here), Steven Sinofsky presented this slide which shows all the companies currently working on Windows 7 touch products.  —  N-Trig I hope will have its Windows 7 multi-touch driver available here.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
US Army to Push X-Files Tech Development, Invade World of Warcraft  —  The US Army is ramping up the development of technology right out of the X-Files, “making science fiction into reality” as Dr. John Parmentola—Director of their Research and Laboratory Management—puts it.
Discussion: bit-tech.net, Kotaku, DoD Buzz and Slashdot
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.
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 …
 
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Hesitating Over a Smartphone's Price? It Could Save You Money
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Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
GBM InkShow: Windows 7 Running on a LS800 Tablet PC
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
We're Gonna Have to Wait a Year for White Spaces
Rick C. Hodgin / TG Daily:
Intel phases out first 45 nm processors
Discussion: The Tech Report and SlashGear
Seth Finkelstein / Guardian:
Google's copyright war will have open access advocates up in arms
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
AT&T Quickfire launching November 10
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashPhone and Crave
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
AMD Slashes Another 500 Jobs to Save Costs
Discussion: CNET News
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Headcount Grew 48% In Fiscal 2008 (AAPL)
Discussion: Jobwire and VentureBeat
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
RIM's Vodafone BlackBerry Storm Unboxed!
Discussion: BlackBerryNews.com and Engadget