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5:10 PM ET, November 10, 2008

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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 …
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Arn / MacRumors:   Apple COO Tim Cook as Possible Steve Jobs Replacement?
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.
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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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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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
MacBook Nano Looks Like It Came from Cupertino  —  I don't know if these MacBook Nanos are a custom hack or if they come from some kind of shady outlet selling retrofitted MSI U100 laptops made to look like shiny—and fictional—Apple notebooks with Mac OS X installed.
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?
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: TechFlash, The Register and Gizmodo
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
Electronista:
Study: new MacBooks likely 33% of US sales  —  Apple's recent MacBook lineup and the iPhone may make it one of the better-positioned companies to survive a likely steep drop in spending during the holidays, according to new data from ChangeWave.  The analyst firm says that a full third …
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Computerworld and MacBlogz
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Everybody's Underwater In Silicon Valley  —  As tech stocks plummet, more Silicon Valley workers find themselves holding worthless options — the kind that would allow them to buy company stock at higher prices than they are currently being publicly traded.  —  They're “underwater.”
Discussion: Epicenter and Valleywag
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacBlogz and SlashGear
Peter Judge / PC World:
Meru Brings Virtual Ports to Wi-Fi  —  Meru Networks has announced “virtual ports” for its wireless networks — a development it claims will finally enable Wi-Fi to replace Ethernet by making it as reliable as a switched Ethernet port.  —  The new fast version of Wi-Fi, 802.11n …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
 
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Rock Band Creators Score $300 Million-Plus Payday (VIA)
Discussion: Bloomberg and PE Hub Blog
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Max Out Apple TV's Potential With Boxee
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and A VC
All About N-Gage:
You can only transfer N-Gage games to another phone once
APC:
Can Windows 7 overcome Vista driver woes?
Discussion: BetaNews and OSNews
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: China's wasteland of toxic consumer electronics revealed
Discussion: Switched and Neowin.net
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
The better part of Nokia's smartphone roadmap goes on display
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com and Unwired View
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Textbook Rentals Big Business - Kleiner Perkins Goes After Chegg
 Earlier Items: 
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft eyes Visual Studio advancements
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Netbooks: An opportunity for Windows, and a threat to Linux