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8:40 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 …
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.
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Holiday shoppers like Apple and Dell
Discussion: Business Technology
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Spot.Us Experiments With Citizen-Funded Community Journalism  —  Newspapers are dying across the country.  Local papers are shutting down, Gannett is laying off 3,000 people, the Christian Science Monitor will no longer put out a print edition, and even the New York Times is facing a serious cash crunch.
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David Cohn / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Spot.Us: Launching a Site and Being Iterative
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and Epicenter
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: Gizmodo, The Register and TechFlash
Chrix Finne / Google Reader:
Is Your Web Truly World-Wide?  —  The Reader team is happy to announce that another 20% project has come to fruition: automatic translation in Reader!  Post by 20% volunteer and glottology expert, Brett Bavar.  —  Believe it or not, the web truly is world-wide.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Rock Band Creators Score $300 Million-Plus Payday (VIA)  —  When Harmonix founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy — the guys behind mega-hit games Guitar Hero and later, Rock Band — sold their company to Viacom's (VIA) MTV for a reported $175 million in 2006, the deal didn't end there.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Valleywag and PE Hub Blog
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
How To: Max Out Apple TV's Potential With Boxee  —  This is a guide that, if followed, will unchain your Apple TV from its cruel iTunes tether, turning it into the useful living room conduit of music, video and web-based content it should have been all along via the media center software Boxee.
Discussion: MAKE Magazine
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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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo's BrowserPlus continues to dismantle wall between browser and desktop  —  BrowserPlus, Yahoo's Google Gears competitor for allowing web applications to work with your desktop, rolled out two cool new features today: Drag-and-drop file uploads and desktop notifications.  —  These are smart additions.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
What's up with BrowserPlus?  —  Last Friday we quietly pushed …
Discussion: Webware.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Blockbuster in a rush to get you that set-top box there was no rush for  —  “Is there any real urgency for us to go out there and create a whizbang set-top box?  No,” Blockbuster chief executive Jim Keyes told paidContent in August.  So it's somewhat surprising to hear that the company …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and SlashGear
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Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:   Fully digital living room still a few years away
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.
Discussion: Reuters, GMSV, Gizmodo, GigaOM and Destructoid
npd.com:
The NPD Group: iPhone 3G Leads U.S. Consumer Mobile Phone Purchases in the Third Quarter of 2008  —  Overall consumer mobile phone purchases declined 15 percent year-over-year
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Darien Graham-Smith / PC Pro:
Windows 7: faster or just smarter?  —  If you've been following the PC Pro blogs, you'll know that we recently received a preview build of Windows 7.  Useful work has pretty much ground to a halt as we've all set about nuking our Vista installations and upgrading our work PCs to this unsupported pre-alpha OS.
Discussion: 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, All Facebook and CNET News
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: Valleywag
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 …
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick Up Followers on Twitter  —  At 10:15 pm I discovered that I had not brought a Macbook power supply on the trip.  I was in a hotel on Coronado Island, and early the next morning I was flying to an aircraft carrier off San Diego for an overnight visit.
Discussion: ThreatChaos
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
The better part of Nokia's smartphone roadmap goes on display  —  Okay, so maybe the N96 isn't your cup of tea.  Perhaps you're disappointed that Nokia didn't blow out its inaugural entry into the wide world of touch with something just a little more superphone-ish than the 5800.
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.
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.
Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
Boingo acquires airport Wi-Fi operator, adds 25 airports to network  —  Boingo has acquired Opti-Fi Networks, a company that manages Wi-Fi networks in 25 airports in North America.  Boingo now has 55 airports in its roaming network which already includes John F. Kennedy …
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Look Out Google Site Search, Lijit Says It's Right On Your Heels
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo's mobile voice search good, not great
Peter Judge / PC World:
Meru Brings Virtual Ports to Wi-Fi
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Steve O'Hear / last100:
I've been playing with Nokia's new touchscreen phone …
Discussion: Electronista
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: China's wasteland of toxic consumer electronics revealed
Discussion: CNET News, Switched and Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Textbook Rentals Big Business - Kleiner Perkins Goes After Chegg
 Earlier Items: 
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
It's time to rip the lid off
Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
Time to Quit?  Layoff Memos From Time, Sports Illustrated …
Discussion: Gawker and paidContent.org
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Three Rings launches Whirled online games site