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12:05 PM ET, November 12, 2008

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Brad Stone / Bits:
A Camcorder Insurgent Goes HD  —  The fastest growing company in Silicon Valley over the past few years was not Facebook, VMWare, or all-mighty Google.  According to Deloitte, the professional services firm, it was a company whose name you probably won't recognize but whose product you will …
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Katherine Boehret / The Mossberg Solution:
Flip Camcorder Goes High-Def  —  Over the past couple of years, Pure Digital Technologies has changed the way people think about video cameras by turning these heavy, expensive, intimidating devices into affordable, user-friendly gadgets that fit into a shirt pocket.
Nicholas C. Zakas / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
The New Yahoo! Front Page and YUI 3.0  —  At the beginning of this year, the Yahoo! Front Page team embarked on an ambitious project to completely remake the face of the company.  The goal was to make the Front Page into the most important starting point on the web while also showcasing Yahoo!'s commitment to openness.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Major Source of Online Scams and Spams Knocked Offline  —  A U.S. based Web hosting firm that security experts say was responsible for facilitating more than 75 percent of the junk e-mail blasted out each day globally has been knocked offline following reports from Security Fix on evidence gathered …
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Major Source of Internet Spam Yanked Offline
Discussion: DSLreports and blogs.chron.com
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Microsoft said closer to Verizon search deal  —  Microsoft is getting closer to a deal to become the default search provider for Verizon Wireless, according to a report Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal that cited people close to negotiations.  —  Microsoft would share ad revenue …
Discussion: Beyond Search and Clickety Clack
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Microsoft Close To Blowing Another $1 Billion On Verizon Search And Mobile Deal
Ajay Kamalakaran / Reuters:
Microsoft nears deal on search with Verizon: report
Discussion: Search Engine Land and LiveSide
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's E63 breaks free for mass market consumption
Discussion: Electronista, IntoMobile and SlashPhone
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 …
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PR Newswire:
Qualcomm Unveils PC Alternative for Bringing Internet Access to Developing Markets Worldwide  —  Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM - News) today announced a new PC alternative to make high-speed wireless Internet access more widely available and affordable in emerging markets.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and SlashGear
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Qualcomm floats ‘PC alternative’ 3G device
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Discussion: Valleywag
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Business Wire:
Best Buy Sees Softer Consumer Spending, Lowers Fiscal 2009 EPS Guidance
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
John Cook / TechFlash:
Disney will buy Yahoo, Ballmer will keep job and other tech predictions  —  Bill Gates will be the country's first chief technology officer.  Google's stock will tumble to $275 per share.  And Microsoft will buy Adobe.  —  That was some of the crystal-ball gazing that took place tonight at the WTIA's annual predictions dinner.
Google Mobile Blog:
New Google Search results pages for iPhone  —  Starting today in the U.S., when you go to google.com on your iPhone and do a search, you'll see search results that are better optimized for your phone.  You'll still get the full comprehensiveness and quality of regular Google Search results …
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
T-Mobile BlackBerry 8900 officially launched in Germany  —  It was never set in stone that we would see the next generation BlackBerry Curve in time for the holidays (although there were a few hints), but here we are, pleasantly surprised with an official launch on T-Mobile Germany.
Major Nelson / Xbox Lives Major Nelson:
Xbox 360 Console banning  —  I've gotten a few messages and seen some forum threads pop up on console bannings so I thought I'd post and let folks know what's up.  In our our continued effort to keep gameplay safe and secure for our community of more than 14 million members …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 makes date with US: Black Friday for $799.99  —  At long last, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 has a firm date for its launch into the topsy-turvy US market.  Those who've been holding off time and again in anticipation of this WinMo 6.1 powerhouse can finally pat themselves on the back …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: Red Eagle to make multiple films and games based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books  —  The film studio Red Eagle Entertainment is making a big bet today as it announces it is starting a video game publishing studio, Red Eagle Games, that will make games based on the epic fantasy series …
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7 and netbooks: Separating fact from speculation  —  Is Microsoft going to take a revenue hit when it releases Windows 7 because of the changing mix of PCs in the market?  That's the expectation of many company watchers, though I have to admit I'm not quite so sure.  Here's why.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube film service unlikely to be as profitable as iTunes  —  If YouTube and Hulu are to become Web movie houses, will they be the online equivalents of those gleaming multiplexes where all the latest releases appear?  Or will they be the revival houses that screen only outdated flicks?
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
TV Sales Suddenly Decelerate  —  Several weeks ago, I wrote a piece in The Times predicting that TV sales could decline this holiday season.  “The anecdotal evidence is that the stores are pretty quiet.  There is a whisper in the industry that the retailers are ordering fewer units,” …
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Vivian Schiller, President & CEO, National Public Radio …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Technorati Founder Dave Sifry Officially Launches OffBeatGuides.com …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Me.dium Changes Name To OneRiot, Launches Social Search Engine
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
First look: Sling's upcoming web video portal with Live TV
Discussion: Download Squad and Crave
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
VMware wants to put a hypervisor in your handset
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Variety.com / The Cut Scene:
Larry Shapiro becomes president of Oddworld
Discussion: Joystiq
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung NC10 Battery Life Almost 8 Hours with SSD
Xavier / notebooks.com:
AMD Set to Announce Netbook Processors Tomorrow at Analyst Conference?
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Andrew Vanacore / Associated Press:
IBM to help build broadband network in power lines
Discussion: GigaOM
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon to offer mobile app for Disney vacationers
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Who's Got The Flu? Google Flu Trends Reveal State-By-State Activity