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3:55 AM ET, November 11, 2008

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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Vacation Rental Site Raises $250 Million  —  HomeAway, the largest online vacation rental marketplace, announced Tuesday that it has raised $250 million in venture capital, an extraordinarily large amount of money for an Internet company.  The new round, which is the biggest a tech company …
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.
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
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 Chris O'Brien
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.
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: Download.com editors
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, GigaOM, Valleywag and PE Hub Blog
Google Watch:
Sun, Microsoft Search Deal Underscore Google's Growing Monopoly  —  Update: Funny how things evolve in high-tech, with some deals lasting what seems like ages and others, announced with so much enthusiasm, dying out.  I want to talk about an example of the latter.
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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 …
Wayne Chang / Facebook Blog:
A Rush for Mobile  —  When we recently added the ability to comment on your friends' status updates to the Facebook mobile site, we didn't expect that we would receive nearly a million status comments in the first 24 hours.  —  This may not seem like much, but it was actually part of a really important change.
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Van Natta Takes Playlist CEO Job, With New Investment By Pittman  —  Former Facebook exec Owen Van Natta will take the CEO job at a music discovery site called Playlist, a move that had been speculated last week, after he did not end up taking another position as head of MySpace Music.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Tasks, not search, at DEMOfall08  —  Philipp Lenssen points to a video of a DEMOfall08 panel on “Where the Web is Going” that included Peter Norvig from Google and Prabhakar Raghavan from Yahoo.  —  What is notable in the talk is that (starting at 12:32) Prabhakar and Peter agree that …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Look Out Google Site Search, Lijit Says It's Right On Your Heels  —  Innovative search startup Lijit has done study of search widgets on pages around the web and says its widget is very close to becoming as popular as Google's own “site search”.  We think Lijit is quite interesting and we're …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Sirius XM Loss Balloons On $4.8 Billion Impairment Charge; Revs Grow 16 Percent  —  The newly merged Sirius XM satellite radio company took a big swallow of bitter medicine in Q3, reporting a loss of $4.88 billion ($1.93 per share) versus last year's loss of $119.6 million …
Discussion: Business Week and MarketWatch
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
On its second try, Sandbridge promises a revolution with the Holy Grail of wireless chips  —  Sandbridge Technologies is announcing today that it has created a chip that could represent the Holy Grail of wireless computing: a processor that can perform software-defined radio with low cost and low power consumption.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
AT&T's VideoCrawler: Part Of A Bigger, Three-Screen Content Distribution Plan  —  A strange launch at a strange time, and from a strange source: AT&T (NYSE: T) rolled out a beta version of VideoCrawler, an online video search and aggregation engine.  The public beta comes about three months …
Discussion: PR Newswire and ReadWriteWeb
Apple:
About the security content of iLife Support 8.3.1  —  This document describes the security content of iLife Support 8.3.1, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Google Fixes Embarrassing Android Bug  —  Google has fixed an a potentially devastating bug in its newly released Android operating system.  —  Some users of T-Mobile's G1 phone found that typing any word on the phone's keyboard — in any application — sent whatever they typed to the phone's command line shell.
Discussion: Gizmodo and InformationWeek
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 …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Guns N' Roses Uploader to Plead Guilty  —  The Los Angeles man arrested on accusations that he uploaded nine pre-released Guns N' Roses songs from the upcoming Chinese Democracy album has agreed to plead guilty to one federal count of copyright infringement as part of a deal, authorities said Monday.
Discussion: CNET News
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
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.
 
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Beet.TV and CNET News
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Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
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Discussion: AppleInsider, Gizmodo and MacNN
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Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
Boingo acquires airport Wi-Fi operator, adds 25 airports to network
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo's mobile voice search good, not great
Discussion: Beyond Search
Steve O'Hear / last100:
I've been playing with Nokia's new touchscreen phone …
Discussion: Electronista
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Everybody's Underwater In Silicon Valley
Discussion: Valleywag, Beyond Search and Epicenter
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Textbook Rentals Big Business - Kleiner Perkins Goes After Chegg
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sydney Morning Herald:
Cyber criminals target Facebook users