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4:05 PM ET, November 10, 2008

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BBC:
Study shows how spammers cash in  —  Spammers are turning a profit despite only getting one response for every 12.5m e-mails they send, finds a study.  —  By hijacking a working spam network, US researchers have uncovered some of the economics of being a junk mailer.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
The genius behind Steve  —  The CEO is the heart and soul of Apple Inc. yet he's got a deep management bench from which to choose his eventual successor.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Let's start with some uncomfortable truths.  We wouldn't be publishing an article about the under-the-radar guy who's …
Discussion: Valleywag, Apple 2.0 and Macsimum News
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Bloomberg:
Circuit City, Electronics Retailer, Seeks Bankruptcy  —  Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — Circuit City Stores Inc., the 59-year- old seller of televisions and computers, filed for bankruptcy protection, becoming the biggest retail casualty of the slowing U.S. economy and frozen credit markets.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Does MSN Toolbar Distribution Deal With Java  —  Continuing on with its strategy to build search share by gaining distribution partners, Microsoft has landed a deal to have its MSN Toolbar offered to anyone in the United States who downloads Java for Internet Explorer.
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Scott Moritz / Techland:
Nortel cuts jobs, shakes up management  —  Nortel (NT) plans a major restructuring and another round of job cuts as demand for tech gear plunges.  —  The Toronto networking equipment giant said Monday it would trim 1,300 jobs on top 1,200 cuts previously announced.  Nortel had 32,550 employees at the end of 2007.
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Cyber criminals target Facebook users  —  Facebook has been infiltrated by Nigerian scammers and other cyber criminals who use compromised accounts to con users out of cash.  —  Now that even non-tech savvy internet users know not to respond to, or click on links in, emails from strangers …
Discussion: Sophos, CNET News and All Facebook
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1a hitting Best Buy next month  —  Thanks to our Best Buy ninjas, we've just got some screen shots showing that Sony Ericsson's X1a (North American model) will definitely be hitting best buy early next month.  The actual in stock date as of now is December 7th.  The price?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google, T-Mobile, Give AOL a Hand and a Big Check  —  Apple (AAPL), Research In Motion (RIMM) and Google (GOOG) are duking it out for consumers' smartphone dollars this fall.  But here's an early winner: Time Warner's AOL (TWX), which has just landed a giant contract to push Google's G1 phone for the next two days.
Wall Street Journal:
Dell Lags in New Products  —  Michael Dell last year promised innovative new consumer products to generate “product lust” and spark his company's turnaround effort.  But in the runup to the holiday sales season, Dell Inc. has been slow to deliver on that promise.
Reuters:
YouTube to post full-length MGM films  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - YouTube, the largest video-sharing website, will show full-length television shows and films from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's archives in its latest step to boost advertising revenue by adding professional programing, the company told Reuters on Sunday.
Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
Time Inc. to Employees: Want to Quit?  We're All Ears [MediaMemo]  —  At least some of the Time Inc. employees awaiting their fate will finally get some news today.  Managing editors at five of the magazine group's titles that employ Newspaper Guild members-Time, People, Sports Illustrated …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gawker
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
iPhone trumps RAZR as most purchased US consumer handset  —  Apple's iPhone 3G dethroned the top-ranked Motorola RAZR as the leading handset purchased by adult consumers in the U.S. during the third quarter of the year, according to market research firm NPD.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Dapper MashupAds Turn Your Website Into Contextual, Display Ads  —  The most important ad for a company or brand is its Website.  So why not use that Website to generate ads?  Dapper, a startup that can create a feed from any Website, is applying its technology to generate contextual …
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Vimeo
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Three Rings launches Whirled online games site  —  Banking on virtual fantasy, Three Rings is launching its Whirled virtual world and game platform today after months of beta testing.  —  It's the latest casual online gaming site to let players build their own virtual rooms …
Discussion: CNET News and Virtual Worlds News
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
VMware Wants to Bring Virtualization to Your Smart Phone  —  VMware is looking to bring its virtualization technology to smart phones and cell phones in 2009 through a new virtualization platform called the VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform, or MVP.  The platform will use …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
VideoCrawler: AT&T Launches its Own Video Search Engine  —  It is not quite clear to us how a video search engine fits into AT&T's portfolio, but the telecom giant just launched VideoCrawler, a video search engine it developed in cooperation with Divvio, a Menlo Park-based startup.
Steve O'Hear / last100:
I've been playing with Nokia's new touchscreen phone - the 5800 XpressMusic (aka the Tube)  —  Ever since Nokia officially announced its new consumer touchscreen smartphone, the 5800 XpressMusic (aka the “Tube"), I've been dying to get my hands on the device.
Discussion: Electronista
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Vudu's boast: more HD content than the rest (but is the biz model the right one?)  —  Set-top box movie service Vudu is claiming to offer more High Definition content than any of its competitors — Apple TV, Netflix, XBox 360, and even Blu-Ray itself — reports CNet.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Crave, Gizmodo and Obsessable
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Textbook Rentals Big Business - Kleiner Perkins Goes After Chegg  —  Five year old textbook rental startup Chegg is really starting to ramp up sales, we've heard.  The average college student, they say, spends $900 per year on textbooks.  Chegg saves them 70-80% of that by renting them the books instead of selling them outright.
DigiTimes:
Apple and Asustek reduce notebook outsourcing by 20-30% in 4Q08, says paper  —  Apple and Asustek Computer recently reduced their notebook outsourcing for the fourth quarter this year by 20-30% impacting the two vendors' main OEM partners Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Bill Gates' New Career?  Patent Troll For Nathan Myhrvold?  —  from the kinder-capitalism?  dept  —  Plenty of folks have been wondering just what Bill Gates is up to now that he's left his full-time position at Microsoft.  Longtime rabble-rouser theodp has alerted us to one thing …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Bryan Betts / Computerworld:
Survey: One DNS server in 10 is ‘trivially vulnerable’
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InfoWorld:
Dell ships laptops, desktops with self-encrypting drives
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Electronista:
Study: new MacBooks likely 33% of US sales
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Everybody's Underwater In Silicon Valley
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: China's wasteland of toxic consumer electronics revealed
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
The better part of Nokia's smartphone roadmap goes on display
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google starts fixing Android ‘reboot’ bug
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