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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.
theflip.com:
Pure Digital Introduces Flip MinoHD™ - The World's Smallest HD Camcorder  —  3 oz.  camcorder puts the power to shoot and share stunning HD video in your pocket  —  The maker of Flip Video™ - the best-selling family of affordable and simple-to-use digital camcorders …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's E63 breaks free for mass market consumption  —  The E63 just broke the shackles of the rumor monger to become Nokia's latest messaging device.  With a pre-tax, pre-subsidy price of just €199, Nokia hopes to see the Symbian S60 device generate some mass-market appeal.
Discussion: Electronista, IntoMobile and SlashPhone
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.
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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Ajay Kamalakaran / Reuters:
Microsoft nears deal on search with Verizon: report
Discussion: Search Engine Land and LiveSide
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Major Source of Online Scams and Spams Knocked Offline  —  Update, Nov. 12, 9:04 a.m ET: washingtonpost.com has just published my story on the evidence of malicious activity from McColo.  More to come in follow-up blog posts today.  —  A U.S. based Web hosting firm that security experts …
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 …
Discussion: iLounge
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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 …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Disney will buy Yahoo, Ballmer will keep his 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.  —  Those were a few of the crystal ball gazes tonight …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Nick Denton: “Publishers are sleeping their way to extinction”  —  Think things are bad in the media business?  You ain't seen nothin' yet.  That's the message Nick Denton, the owner of Gawker Media, an online publisher whose properties include this website, lays out in a new essay soon to be published on his personal blog.
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 …
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
How Google knows when you're likely to get the flu  —  Google Trends is a fun way to compare the popularity of search terms, but the technology behind it can also be put to some important uses.  Google.org, the nonprofit arm of Google, is using Trends to generate a flu tracker, showing the prevalence of flu outbreaks across America.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Me.dium Changes Name To OneRiot, Launches Social Search Engine  —  OneRiot, the company formerly known as Me.dium, has launched OneRiot.com, a social search engine that crawls and indexes the pages viewed by OneRiot toolbar users.  The idea behind OneRiot is to measure the “pulse” …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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,” …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Business Wire:
Best Buy Sees Softer Consumer Spending, Lowers Fiscal 2009 EPS Guidance  —  Best Buy's Market Share Continues to Increase  —  MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY - News) reported today that falling consumer spending, driven by the recent turmoil in the financial markets …
Discussion: Between the Lines
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm hitting Verizon on November 24th, pre-launch on 20th?  —  We just got our hands on this document detailing the latest release dates for the Storm on Verizon.  Just be careful, we have all learned that target launch dates come and go quicker than a Sprint subscriber.
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
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
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Vivian Schiller, President & CEO, National Public Radio: NPR Can Solve Hyperlocal  —  When we caught up with Vivian Schiller, the just-announced president and CEO of National Public Radio, she was in a surprising location: her own kitchen in Bethesda, catching a breath …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
VMware wants to put a hypervisor in your handset  —  With the rise of smartphones, netbooks, and various devices in between, the focus of the computing world is turning to mobile devices.  So, it's no surprise that VMware has decided to follow the industry's gaze; last month …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Technorati Founder Dave Sifry Officially Launches OffBeatGuides.com …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
First look: Sling's upcoming web video portal with Live TV
Discussion: Download Squad and Crave
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?
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
New Relic Raises $6 Million For Rails Performance Monitoring
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Argentine judge: Google, Yahoo must censor searches
Business Technology:
Handicapping Obama's Tech-Czar Search
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Obama's Twitter goes silent
Justin Uberti / Gmail Blog:
Say hello to Gmail voice and video chat