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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 …
Discussion: Security and the Net
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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Online Ad Slowdown, by the Numbers
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 …
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 …
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...
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.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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 …
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces General Availability of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008  —  Solutions designed to help small and midsize businesses save money and compete in a global marketplace.  —  As part of Microsoft Corp.'s $6.5 billion annual investment in products …
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft offers push e-mail with new SMB servers
Discussion: The Register
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube lets advertisers buy search terms  —  SAN BRUNO, Calif.—YouTube said Wednesday that it's rolling out a new ad platform called Sponsored Videos.  —  According to YouTube, which held a press conference at its headquarters, here's how it works: First, YouTube users …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 CrunchGear
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.
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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Layoffs Hit Mobile Entertainment Firm Thumbplay  —  Thumbplay is the latest victim of the downturn.  The NYC-based mobile content firm laid off staff members across the company today, Thumbplay confirms to us.  One source pegs the cuts at 25%; a Thumbplay rep says the actual percentage is “measurably lower,” but wouldn't specify.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Sky Is Falling: Google Shares Below $300  —  So much for the Obama bump.  The markets have resumed their downward spiral, making clear that our economic conditions aren't going to improve anytime soon.  The impact of this sustained selling is even being felt by companies that were …
Discussion: MarketWatch and Associated Press
IDC:
IDC Expects Worldwide IT Spending Growth to Slow Significantly, But Remain Positive, in 2009  —  Worldwide spending on information technology will slow significantly in 2009 as a direct result of the global financial crisis that began in September 2008.  According to a newly revised forecast from IDC …
 
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
A taste of web 3.: Kevin Rose gets a cold, creates Twitter account …
Discussion: Valleywag
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Announces New Advertising Metrics
Business Wire:
Low Prices on the Go...Amazon.com Announces Daily Deal Text Alerts
Discussion: TechFlash and mocoNews.net
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Focusing on MobileMe Improvements in Latest 10.5.6 Builds
Discussion: AppleInsider and HMBT - Blog
Ron Rosenbaum / Slate:
Is Jeff Jarvis gloating too much about the death of print?
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC MAX 4G officially announced, world's first GSM / WiMAX phone
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Gearlog
Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Houston's plan for WiFi bubbles has burst
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TelcoTV: Consumers Say Price Matters
Discussion: GigaOM and FierceIPTV
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Boldly Going Where No Stadium Has Gone Before
Discussion: Gearlog and dailywireless.org
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Silverlite  —  Google's release of its Gmail Video service …
Discussion: techno.blog and TheNextWeb.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I'll Never Let Canada Live This Down: Evil Carpooling Startup Fined
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: Red Eagle to make multiple films and games based …