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9:50 PM ET, November 12, 2008

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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Host of Internet Spam Groups is Cut Off  —  Spam Drops After Internet Providers Disconnect a California Hosting Firm  —  The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide dropped drastically today after a Web hosting firm, identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged …
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Spam Volumes Drop by Two-Thirds After Firm Goes Offline  —  The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide plummeted on Tuesday after a Web hosting firm identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged in spam activity was taken offline.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Washington Post Story Convinces Service Providers To Pull The Plug …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple may launch most aggressive Black Friday sale yet  —  With Black Friday sale information from rival PC vendors beginning to leak online, experts at Barclays Capital say they expect Apple to counter the promotions with a more aggressive than usual one-day sale, offering deep discounts on a number of Mac models.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The VC model is broken  —  These days, the more you talk to folks about Silicon Valley's venture capital industry, the more negative the message is becoming.  —  And for good reason.  There's no more patience.  Last time, circa 2001, the entire VC industry got a “get-out-jail-free card” after the Internet bubble burst.
Discussion: TechCrunch, HipMojo.com and Beet.TV
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Valleywag To Become Section of Gawker.com  —  Rumors are flying that Valleywag will be “shuttered.”  It won't.  It will be consolidated into Gawker.  —  Gawker CEO Nick Denton foreshadowed this move in this sky-is-falling post this morning.  Valleywag's 1 million uniques will be worth …
Discussion: Bits, Pulse2 and Laughing Squid
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Extremely literal boss demotes editor to columnist
Discussion: MediaMemo
Nick Denton:
A 2009 Internet Media Plan  —  To judge from a hysterical press, one might think the apocalypse was already upon the media industry: rolling cuts this month at Time Inc., the hallowed magazine group; a new catchphrase among advertising pundits, flat is the new up; and revisions …
Discussion: CostPerNews, MediaMemo, Valleywag and Gawker
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Formally Introduces ‘Sponsored Videos’  —  YouTube is formally announcing “sponsored videos.”  This is an evolution and expansion of what was has been informally running under the heading “promoted videos.”  The effort seeks to marry Google AdWords bidding and targeting with YouTube video content.
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Classmates.com User Sues; Schoolmates Weren't Really Looking for Him  —  When Classmates.com told user Anthony Michaels last Christmas Eve that his former school chums were trying to contact him, he pulled out his wallet and upgraded to the premium membership that would let him contact long …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia's half QWERTY device, Wahoo, headed for AT&T gets pictured; Sorry Charlie!  —  Well, what do we have here?  It seems as if it's a never before seen Nokia handset!  We don't have a name to call it other than the internal codename, “Wahoo”, but what we can do is recap some of the specs of the device for you...
Discussion: Unwired View and InformationWeek
Brandon Falls / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Google's SEO Starter Guide  —  Webmasters often ask us at conferences or in the Webmaster Help Group, “What are some simple ways that I can improve my website's performance in Google?”  There are lots of possible answers to this question, and a wealth of search engine optimization information on the web …
Bruce Polderman / Google LatLong:
Roman history comes to life in Google Earth  —  Were you someone who struggled to stay awake in ancient history class?  If so, perhaps this was due to those uninspiring “artist renditions” in your textbook.  Reading countless pages that described how a monument, building or city may have appeared …
Joshuapa / Windows Mobile Team Blog:
Internet Explorer Mobile 6  —  •Ed EMEA we announced the availability of emulators and documentation for Internet Explorer Mobile 6, which is the next generation browser for Windows Mobile.  Available on new Windows Mobile devices soon, this browser will provide a high-quality browsing experience …
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Daily Mail:
Pictured: The robot that can pull faces just like a human being … Scientists have created the first ‘humanoid’ robot that can mimic the facial expressions and lip movements of a human being.  —  ‘Jules’ - a disembodied androgynous robotic head - is controlled only by his own software …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple iPhone Gets The Business From Citrix  —  Just last week, JD Power made headlines when it released a study showing that Apple's iPhone was the top mobile device among business users.  It was a surprise since Apple[AAPL Loading...  () ] was clearly trying to create …
Wall Street Journal:
iPhone Faces Off With Game Champs  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone has shaken up the cellphone business.  Its next target: Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp.  —  The iPhone and its sister device the iPod touch, which feature big screens and powerful graphics, are emerging as serious competitors …
Belkin News:
New Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable Makes the Move from a PC to a Mac Computer Easy … (Compton, CA) - November 12, 2008 - The new Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable provides a simple way to transfer files, settings, preferences, and more from your PC to a new Mac computer.
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Visual Voicemail Coming to the T-Mobile G1 via PhoneFusion's Fusion Voicemail Plus App  —  PhoneFusion announced today an upcoming Fusion Voicemail Plus app that will bring visual voicemail to the T-Mobile G1 handset.  The app will let G1 users centralize their voicemail boxes in one place …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Twitter: One Billion Tweets.  Wow.  —  Popacular, a site that measures popularity of websites according to the number of related tweets, has a huge counter that counts the overall number of tweets.  I don't know how accurate this thing can be, given that it's third party, but if it is …
Discussion: TechCrunch and mocoNews.net
intc.com:
Intel's Fourth-Quarter Business Below Expectations  —  Intel Corporation today announced that fourth-quarter business will be below the company's previous outlook.  The company now expects fourth-quarter revenue to be $9 billion, plus or minus $300 million, lower than the previous expectation of between $10.1 billion and $10.9 billion.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Almost To $10.  Referee, Please Call This Fight.  —  Yahoo dipped again today (as did the market in general), down nearly 9% to $10.34.  That means they've officially destroyed $31 billion in shareholder value since turning down Microsoft's acquisition offer earlier this year.
Discussion: BoomTown and Associated Press
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Nick Denton's Payroll Shrinks by One: Right-Hand Man Noah Robischon to Fast Company  —  On the same day Gawker Media's Nick Denton makes a splash with dire pronouncements about the future of media, he is also doing some internal reshuffling: Right-hand man Noah Robischon is moving on to Mansueto Ventures …
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Gullible Twitter users hand over their usernames and passwords - did you get your Twitterank yet?!  —  Mana from the heavens for cloud sceptics - on a day a lot of professional photographers lost all their images due to the failure of photo hosting site Digital Railroad went under …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
There, there, Ron  —  I am the honoree of an attempted hatchet job by Ron Rosenbaum in - what's the name of that site?  Salon? no, Slate (I always get them confused).  I'll spare you his three pages of bluster (O, for the days of scarce space on paper) and get to his point …
Discussion: Slate
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Best Buy cuts outlook; Sees ‘most difficult climate ever seen’  —  Best Buy said Wednesday that it is facing “rapid, seismic changes in consumer behavior have created the most difficult climate we've ever seen” and cut its earnings and revenue projections.  Indeed, Best Buy's same store sales fell a whopping 7.6 percent for October.
Lisa Gade / MobileTechReview.com:
Sony Reader PRS-700  —  As an avid book reader, I've been a fan of the Sony Reader line of devices since the PRS-500 came out 2 years ago.  With the PRS-505, released last year, things got even better— the 505 was faster, had a whiter virtual page and even better contrast.
Discussion: TeleRead
 
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Ina Fried / Webware.com:
Web-based Office to work on Macs, iPhone
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Announcing AppData - The Easiest Way to Track Facebook Application Traffic
Discussion: VentureBeat
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Gartner Sees $1.5B for Web Studio Video by 2012
Discussion: Contentinople, MediaMemo and Gartner
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
ISPs To Speed Up P2P Transfers
Discussion: PRWeb
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
A taste of web 3.: Kevin Rose gets a cold, creates Twitter account …
Discussion: Technologizer, Mashable! and Valleywag
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Sky Is Falling: Google Shares Below $300
Discussion: MarketWatch and paidContent.org
 Earlier Items: 
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Announces New Advertising Metrics
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC MAX 4G officially announced, world's first GSM / WiMAX phone
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Gearlog
AppleInsider:
Apple releases big bug fix patch for 4th gen iPod nano
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Silverlite  —  Google's release of its Gmail Video service …
Major Nelson / Xbox Lives Major Nelson:
Xbox 360 Console banning
Discussion: Neowin.net, TechFlash and TechSpot
Nicholas C. Zakas / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
The New Yahoo! Front Page and YUI 3.0