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5:50 PM ET, November 7, 2008

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Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Chinese hack into White House network  —  Chinese hackers have penetrated the White House computer network on multiple occasions, and obtained e-mails between government officials, a senior US official told the Financial Times.  —  On each occasion, the cyber attackers accessed …
Nick / Rough Type:
Who killed the blogosphere?  —  Blogging seems to have entered its midlife crisis, with much existential gnashing-of-teeth about the state and fate of a literary form that once seemed new and fresh and now seems familiar and tired.  And there's good reason for the teeth-gnashing.
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John Oates / The Register:   Bloggers getting bigger and messier
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Internet As A Force In Politics: “Obama Would Not Have Won Without The Internet”  —  New York Magazine's John Heilemann is leading a panel at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this morning on “The Web and Politics.”  Joining him is San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome, Arianna Huffington and Joe Trippi.
Discussion: Epicenter, Webware.com and HipMojo.com
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Christina Clark / Download Squad:
Barack Obama - President 2.0?
Discussion: Gawker and BBC
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Cash Panic Sweeping The VC Industry  —  Why have VC firms and PE firms clamped down on investments so fast?  Why are they shouting from the rooftops that portfolio companies had better start cutting costs immediately?  —  Well, for one thing, because they're not boneheads.
Discussion: Gawker
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Cash panic sweeping VC industry: The capital calls problem  —  Reports are growing that the financial crisis is hurting big investors that have traditionally sustained the venture capital industry.  Large institutions, such as pension funds, financial institutions (including some of the banks …
Discussion: Valleywag and PE Hub Blog
Gary Burd / FriendFeed Blog:
Instant FriendFeed - Notifications and Posting over IM  —  The great thing about IM is that it's instant.  You know right away when someone wants to reach you.  To give users the option of having that same immediacy when it comes to FriendFeed, we're now offering FriendFeed over IM:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed goes where Twitter can't: IM  —  Back in the day before people like Al Gore were using Twitter, users used to enjoy getting updates by way of instant messages.  It was useful to get updates in real time through an application (some IM service) that you probably already had open.
Discussion: Mashable! and MediaMemo
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple iPhone Chief Claims He Didn't Violate IBM Contract  —  Mark Papermaster says in court papers that the two tech vendors are not direct competitors.  —  Apple's newly appointed chief of iPod and iPhone engineering said his move to Cupertino does not violate a non-compete contract he signed …
Discussion: MacUser, Macsimum News and MacDailyNews
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple gambling on Papermaster's leadership skills
Discussion: MacNN
Christina Wodtke / The LinkedIn Blog:
Announcing LinkedIn Events  —  LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Answers cater to two of the three most important activities professionals engage in to further their career and starting today, we're launching the third and most important piece of that puzzle - LinkedIn Events.
Erick Schonfeld / MobileCrunch:
Study: iPhones Twice As Reliable As BlackBerries  —  The iPhone is twice as reliable as the Blackberry after one year of ownership, a new study by SquareTrade finds.  SquareTrade, which sells extra warranties for cell phones and other devices, looked at the failure rates of 15,000 phones covered under its plans.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Rodney Gedda / Techworld:
Microsoft ‘interested’ in open source browser: Ballmer  —  Browser extensions likely to attract proprietary development  —  Microsoft has given its most ringing endorsement of open source Web browsers to date with chief executive officer Steve Ballmer not ruling out adopting such technology …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Making Money On MySpace: Payments and Virtual Gifts Coming Soon  —  In the platform wars between Facebook on the one side and MySpace, Google, and the whole OpenSocial crew on the other, the side that makes it easier for application developers to make the most money will win.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Tech-On! : tech news:
‘Mobile Phones Will Shoot Full HD Video in 2012,’ Ericsson Says  —  Ericsson AB of Sweden revealed its efforts in the mobile broadband market at a press conference Nov 6, 2008.  —  In the area of mobile communications, innovative technologies such as “HSPA evolution,” which is the successor to HSPA …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Windows 7 to arrive by 2009 holiday season  —  Expect to see Windows 7 right around this time next year.  —  CNET reports that during a technical session at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft director Jim Howe gave a presentation that seemed to confirm …
Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
Twitter Planning to Open Up the Firehose “by Thanksgiving”  —  By Jesse Stay of Stay N' Alive (Twitter/FriendFeed)  —  In an assuring statement in the Twitter API Developers Group, Alex Payne, the API lead at Twitter, shared that they have plans to have their Fire-hose of Data available …
Discussion: Webware.com
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
GBM InkShow: Windows 7 and N-Trig Pre-Beta Multi-Touch Demo  —  When N-Trig released their Windows 7 multi-touch drivers today, it was all I could do to finish up some needed work and keep focused on the task at hand.  Soon enough, though, I had an opportunity to install the new drivers …
Hitwise Intelligence:
Guest Post - Sizing Up the Long Tail of Search  —  At Hitwise our clients are always discovering new trends from the vast amount of data we offer.  From those findings we frequently get asked by clients to let them post their findings to our research blog.  So I am happy to present …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Arrives: Sleek but Slow  —  This morning the stork dropped off one of the most highly-anticipated netbooks of the year.  Everyone wanted to see and touch the Inspiron Mini 12 because it's the first netbook with a 12-inch display.  How good was the keyboard?  How bright was the display?
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Former Time Inc. Exec Domeniconi to Lead Microsoft U.S. Ad Sales  —  Will Be Responsible for Digital Media Assets From Xbox Live to Facebook Display Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — To try to pull together all of its myriad digital media assets for clients, Microsoft has lured an executive from the magazine world.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Barclays Cuts FY Q1 iPhone Forecast; Sees Ultra-Portable Macbook, Possible Phone Price Cuts In 2009  —  The latest cautionary comment from the Street on the prospects for Apple (AAPL) iPhone sales for the December quarter comes from Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Focus Switches To Search Deal With Microsoft  —  Jerry Yang's list of options for stopping the bleeding at Yahoo (YHOO) has continued to dwindle.  Pressured by the Feds, Google (GOOG) pulled out of the search outsourcing deal.  Despite speculation, Microsoft (MSFT) …
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Yahoo adds social features to Yahoo Buzz  —  Updates expand on Yahoo Open Strategy with new comments section, activity hub  —  Computerworld) Yahoo Inc. this week added new social elements to the beta version of its Yahoo Buzz social news site, which identifies the top news stories …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Online Money Transfer Service iKobo Calls It Quits  —  Atlanta, GA-based iKobo, a company that provides a worldwide online money transfer service, is discontuining its operations, effective immediately.  In an e-mail to its users, the company writes:
Discussion: YugaTech and Startup Meme
Gamasutra:
Exclusive: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii First/Third Party Game Attach Rate Exposed  —  As part of today's in-depth analysis of new Nintendo-published graphs on the state of the market, Gamasutra has calculated the attach rate (also known as ‘tie ratios’ — the number of games sold per console) …
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Subletting Office Space At NYC Googleplex (GOOG)
Discussion: Startup Meme
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Game Studio Brash Entertainment's Millions Vanish
Discussion: The Cut Scene, Kotaku and Startup Meme
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Researchers Hijack Storm Worm to Track Profits
Discussion: The Spam Diaries
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon's Touch Pro caught on video
Discussion: pocketnow.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft touts 25 percent eBay Cashback rebate
Discussion: Live Search and LiveSide
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Introducing The First Extension For Fennec (aka Firefox Mobile)
Electronista:
MS deems hybrid graphics unstable for Windows 7
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
LimeWire adds social features
Discussion: Slyck
Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 Benchmarks
Discussion: Lifehacker and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Worldwide broadband prices drop 20% in less than a year
Discussion: DSLreports and broadstuff
Reuters:
Sprint Nextel Lost 1.3 Million Customers in Quarter
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon Building Large Data Center in Oregon
Discussion: TechFlash and Oregonian
Alex Serpo / CNET News:
Ballmer rules out new bid for Yahoo