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8:55 AM ET, November 13, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sweeping Changes At Live.com: It's A Social Network!  —  Microsoft's Live.com portal will change significantly this evening.  No longer will it be a simple search engine with a few other services bolted on.  It's now a social network, too, pulling in activity information and content from around the web.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Introduces Updated Windows Live Services  —  Leading Web companies work with Microsoft to simplify life online with e-mail, messaging, photo and file sharing, and more.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the next generation of Windows Live, an integrated set of online services …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Live Gets More Lively  —  Microsoft is building on principles first articulated in 2005.  In Washington, D.C., I remember meeting several MSN product managers who laid out a simple but profound approach: Connect people to whom they know.  Recognizing that most blogs and photo shares …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft's New Photo Sharing Service: Live Photos  —  Microsoft today announced a new photo sharing product, Microsoft Live Photos, which integrates very nicely with Microsoft's Windows Live Photo Gallery desktop photo application, and is yet another product in the long list of Windows Live services that Microsoft introduced today.
Discussion: Guardian and Channel 10
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The VC model is broken  —  These days, the more you talk to folks about Silicon Valley's venture capital industry, the more negative the message is becoming.  —  And for good reason.  There's no more patience.  Last time, circa 2001, the entire VC industry got a “get-out-jail-free card” after the Internet bubble burst.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   Why VCs Failed  —  VCs failed this time around for one simple reason …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Extremely literal boss demotes editor to columnist  —  In the wake of his apocalyptic predictions for the online-advertising market, Nick Denton, the owner of Valleywag publisher Gawker Media, read my offhand quip about how I would soon be writing Valleywag as a column for Gizmodo or Gawker …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Tech gossip site Valleywag sails into Gawker.com
Discussion: Valleywag, Forbes and The Blog Herald
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Valleywag To Become Section of Gawker.com
Discussion: Pulse2, Bits and Laughing Squid
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Apple Building A Search Engine?  —  We've received multiple (if thin) reports that Apple is working on a search engine of some sort.  —  At first glance, the rumors make sense.  Apple's Safari browser has 6-7% market share, and currently uses Google as the search engine for both the standard …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Brandon Falls / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Google's SEO Starter Guide  —  Webmasters often ask us at conferences or in the Webmaster Help Group, “What are some simple ways that I can improve my website's performance in Google?”  There are lots of possible answers to this question, and a wealth of search engine optimization information on the web …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon announces BlackBerry Storm release date, November 21st, $199  —  At least y'all will have to wait less, not longer, right?  We're finally allowed to publish what the BlackBerry world has been waiting for — the official release date for the BlackBerry Storm.  November 21st is the date that shall live in infamy.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Your school chum's not asking about you: Classmates.com sued  —  “Your former classmates are trying to contact you!  Upgrade now to see their messages!”  That's the pitch many of us have seen from Classmates.com as a lure to pony up for a subscription.  At least one former customer …
Discussion: bit-tech.net and Inquirer
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
AMD introduces 45nm quad-core “Shanghai” Opteron processors  —  Today AMD announces 45nm quad-core Opteron processors, codenamed “Shanghai” designed to deliver superior virtualization experience, performance and power efficiency.  —  The touted highlights of these new pieces of silicon are many and varied:
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Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Gullible Twitter users hand over their usernames and passwords - did you get your Twitterank yet?!  —  Mana from the heavens for cloud sceptics - on a day a lot of professional photographers lost all their images due to the failure of photo hosting site Digital Railroad which went under …
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Ryochiji / Twitterank:
Some follow up...  Thanks to everyone who posted a comment to the previous entry.
Discussion: Microblink
ICANN:
Termination of Registrar EstDomains to Go Ahead  —  The termination of ICANN-accredited registrar EstDomains is to go ahead, effective 24 November 2008.  —  On 28 October 2008, ICANN sent a notice of termination to EstDomains, Inc. (EstDomains) based on an Estonian Court record reflecting …
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.
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Valve Tried to Trick Half Life 2 Hacker Into Fake Job Interview  —  After the secret source code for its then-unreleased shooter Half Life 2showed up on BitTorrent in 2003, gamemaker Valve Software cooked up an elaborate ruse with the FBI targeting the German hacker suspected in the leak …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Neowin.net
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
YouTube to Sell Advertising on Pages of Search Results  —  Google announced on Wednesday that it would begin selling space on YouTube search-results pages to advertisers, part of its effort to turn its expensive acquisition into a major revenue producer.  —  The feature allows anyone …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Site Search lets you index pages faster  —  Google Site Search is giving site owners even more control with a new feature called On-Demand Indexing.  Now you can add pages to your site's search index with literally the push of a button.  —  As the name implies, Site Search is Google's search tool for individual web sites.
Windows Live SkyDrive team blog:
Our next update  —  Six months ago, we announced our last update to SkyDrive right here on the SkyDrive team blog.  Although we've been pretty hush-hush since then, the team has been working diligently to bring you new features and improvements across SkyDrive and the rest of Windows Live based directly on your feedback.
Discussion: LiveSide, Bink.nu and The Windows Blog
Electronista:
IBM lawsuit over “racetrack” memory secrets, iPod  —  Recent filings in the Apple-IBM-Papermaster case reveal that IBM is potentially raising a flag due to an upcoming technology that the company fears could be compromised by Mark Papermaster's employ at Apple.
Discussion: MacRumors
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Analyst: “Worst Economic Environment In Our Collective Lifetimes”  —  Google's stock price closed yesterday at $291, the first time it has dropped below $300 since 2005.  It's 44% off of its 52-week high of $725.  Most analysts think its cheap and getting cheaper - the average price target is still over $500.
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.
 
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Ben Steverman / Business Week:
Best Buy Gets Hit by Spending Slump
Discussion: hypebot
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Look Out, Intel. ARM to Enter Netbook, MID Categories
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Electronic Arts wants women in the game
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft-backed Sabi launches cool drawing game for kids
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Napster Judge Calls for Major Copyright Reform
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Intel's dire warning
Discussion: Business Week
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Web-based Office to work on Macs, iPhone
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Sony Reader PRS-700
Discussion: The Toybox, TeleRead and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Almost To $10. Referee, Please Call This Fight.