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2:05 PM ET, November 12, 2008

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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Major Source of Internet Spam Yanked Offline  —  Web Hosting Firm Shuttered After Connection to Spammers is Exposed  —  The gleaming, state-of-the-art, 30-story office tower in downtown San Jose, Calif., hardly looks like the staging ground for a full-scale cyber crime offensive against America.
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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 …
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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.
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft starts rolling out IE 6 for Windows Mobile
Discussion: eWeek
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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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 …
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 and Digital Daily
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Rough Type and The Raw Feed
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Close To Blowing Another $1 Billion On Verizon Search And Mobile Deal  —  Let's see... Microsoft will be paying twice what Google is offering AND will be giving away Windows Mobile (a paid product) for free.  Look forward to hearing the long-term economic rationale for this one:
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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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpace launches searchable video widget  —  Now you can put a TV on your MySpace profile—sort of.  —  The News Corp.-owned social network has built a new widget for its developer platform called “Primetime,” a video player that syndicates much of the professionally created content available on its MySpaceTV media hub.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Mashable! and WebProNews
wmpoweruser.com:
First Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots!  —  Smartphonefrance.info has scored a major scoop by having the first purported pictures of Windows Mobile 6.5, and they look pretty good indeed.  —  It seems Microsoft has taken the call for eye candy on board, and everything looks large, bold and anti-aliased.
InfoWorld:
Microsoft offers push e-mail with new SMB servers  —  Microsoft is offering smaller businesses the same kind of Windows Mobile push services that enterprises get with new versions of its server software, expected to be launched on Wednesday.  —  In addition, as part of a promotion …
Discussion: The Register
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Silverlite  —  Google's release of its Gmail Video service is noteworthy for several reasons.  It is integrated into the Gmail console, adding voice and video services to the realtime console that is being built out around XMPP.  It is remarkably easy to use; Dan Farber just called to test …
AppleInsider:
Apple releases big bug fix patch for 4th gen iPod nano  —  Apple on Tuesday evening released a significant bug fix update for its recently released fourth-generation iPod nano digital media players, which adds support for a couple of the company's new headphone offerings …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Macsimum News
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: One Microsoft Way and jkOnTheRun
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Viigo Partners with DailyLit to Bring E-Books to Your Smartphone  —  Viigo recently entered a partnership with DailyLit to offer their library of books via the Viigo service.  If you're big into e-books, then the new service might be just right for you, especially if you don't really want to add another app to your device.
Discussion: mobilesyrup.com
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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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
iPhone tethering package may resemble BlackBerry plan
Discussion: MacBlogz, Boy Genius Report and TUAW
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: Red Eagle to make multiple films and games based …
Discussion: Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
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