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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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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 …
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:
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 …
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
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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: NewTeeVee, Beet.TV, Mashable! and WebProNews
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC MAX 4G officially announced, world's first GSM / WiMAX phone  —  Hey Sprint, you listening?  Granted, GSM doesn't do Sprint a whole lot of good in the States, but swapping a CDMA radio into HTC's first WiMAX effort here would make for a downright mighty response to the Touch HD.
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and Gizmodo
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.
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.
Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Houston's plan for WiFi bubbles has burst  —  Instead, only select community centers, schools will get access to a free connection  —  It began with the best of intentions: A grand plan to blanket the city with a wireless “cloud” would provide cheap Internet access to the masses.
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 …
Discussion: techno.blog and TheNextWeb.com
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I'll Never Let Canada Live This Down: Evil Carpooling Startup Fined  —  A ridiculous update on a ridiculous lawsuit: In August I wrote about a carpooling startup called PickupPal.  The idea is that people can gather on the site to find others traveling to the same places, and carpool there to save gas.
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
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,” …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Soocial Now In Public Beta, Adds Outlook And Blackberry Support  —  When we came across contact management and synchronization service Soocial earlier this year, we said it made Plaxo look lame.  The Holland-based startup is now waving the private beta phase goodbye and switching to public beta mode …
 
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ExtendMedia's Video Distribution Platform Offers More Flexibility …
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Video game ratings board adds ‘summaries’
Discussion: Ars Technica and Destructoid
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TelcoTV: Consumers Say Price Matters
Discussion: GigaOM and FierceIPTV
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Twitter: One Billion Tweets. Wow.
Discussion: TechCrunch and mocoNews.net
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Boldly Going Where No Stadium Has Gone Before
Discussion: Gearlog and dailywireless.org
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 …