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1:55 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 …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Macsimum News
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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.
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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Reuters:
Circuit City files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  —  Circuit City Stores Inc (CC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the No. 2 U.S. consumer electronics retailer, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, falling victim to tighter credit terms from vendors and a loss of market share to Best Buy Co …
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.
Discussion: The Register and Inquirer
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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.
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: CNET News, Sophos and All Facebook
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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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 …
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
VMware Lends Virtual Hand to Mobile Phone Crowd
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Keystream Inserts Ads Into Empty Spaces  —  Keystream, a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup whose technology automatically inserts ad placements unobtrusively into empty spaces within video streams, came out of stealth mode, announced its software-as-a-service product and made public its funding situation today.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Keystream Unveils SmartAd, Wants To Turn Watching Videos Into A Painful Experience
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.
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
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Agency.com Sues Rival Over Clients  —  Agency.com LLC sued rival digital-ad firm iCrossing Inc., alleging that it poached several of its top executives and clients.  —  Agency.com, a unit of Omnicom Group, filed suit in state court in Dallas on Thursday, alleging breach of contract …
Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Netbooks: An opportunity for Windows, and a threat to Linux  —  The netbook revolution is upon us.  Less than a year ago, the cheap, Atom-powered mini-laptops were a novelty.  Now they are shaking up the regular laptop industry.  Netbooks are taking marketshare and mindshare, thanks in large part to their low prices.
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
iPhone trounces BlackBerry, Treo in reliability  —  Man, not only is the iPhone beating BlackBerry in sales and customer satisfaction, but the latest study from SquareTrade is showing that BlackBerrys malfunction about twice as much as an iPhone.  Ouch.  The survey gathered results …
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?
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and WMExperts
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google starts fixing Android ‘reboot’ bug
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Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
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Geraldine Le Meur / LeWeb'08:
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft eyes Visual Studio advancements
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
Chris Mellor / The Register:
EMC's cloud technology erupts into view
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
FT.com Relaunching This Week: Pink Front Page, New Name Target ‘Obsessive’ Users
Discussion: RotorBlog.com
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Digg Dudes' Web Studio Revision3: Layoffs Last Month, But Ad Sales Are Up
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Beet.TV