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4:30 PM ET, November 13, 2008

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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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Collapses, Analysts Get Bearish  —  It's inevitable: When you're banging the drum on a stock and all it does is hit you on the head with a two-by-four day after day you eventually get discouraged.  (Don't we know it.)  No Google bull has truly capitulated yet, as far as we know …
Discussion: Digital Daily
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
What just happened at Valleywag?  The FAQ  —  I love Owen, but he has trouble writing in English during a crisis.  So here's the basics on what's happening at Valleywag:  — Some guy named Denton can't figure out how to sell ads on Valleywag.  — So he's going to sneak Valleywag …
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Trumpets Cashback Successes  —  Microsoft Live Search Cashback launched with great expectation in some quarters that it would grow Microsoft's search share dramatically.  That, so far, has failed to happen.  But Microsoft says it is making progress toward its own more realistic goal …
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac Pro Suitable Nehalem (Core i7) Processors Due in 1st Quarter 2009  —  Digitimes reports that Intel is planning on launching the Xeon 5500 and Xeon 3500 series of server CPUs in the first quarter of 2009.  These new processors are based on the Nehalem architecture which has been officially branded as Core i7.
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacBlogz
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Nehalem by the numbers: The Ars review
Discussion: Electronista
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zynga's Live Poker brings live social gaming to the iPhone  —  At first, the social gaming startup Zynga's new iPhone game “Live Poker” seems pretty run-of-the-mill.  The interface is intuitive, the visuals make good use of the iPhone's widescreen, but there are dozens of other poker applications available.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga's Full House Puts Its Online iPhone Poker On Top
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Where in the World Is Yahoo's Board?  —  With a $10 stock price, the turning down of Microsoft's $31 a share offer, a collapsed search advertising deal with Google (GOOG), fleeing execs and bad news aplenty, it's easy to blame Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and call for his ouster.  —  After all, the buck does stop with him.
Discussion: metarand
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
ScreenToaster Makes Screencasting Easy  —  As you may have realized by now, we are big fans of screencasts here at ReadWriteWeb, and every time a new tool comes along that makes screencasting easier and more accessible, we can't help but give it a try.  The latest screencasting tool …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
New Mac OS X 10.5.6 test build has over 90 fixes  —  Apple seems to be making a fair bit of progress on the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.6 update.  This week, the company released a new test build of the package to its update testers.  This time around, Italian site HMBT is defying Apple's customary NDA …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
3 Flat-Screen Makers Plead Guilty to Trying to Keep Prices High  —  Prices for the flat screens in televisions, personal computers and cellphones have plummeted in recent years — but the decline would have been even faster if it hadn't been for an international price-fixing cartel, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
PC Magazine:
EA Debuts Fitness Videogame for Wii  — NEW YORK - Electronic Arts Inc unveiled its first personal training product on Thursday, tapping into the growing appeal of video games as fitness systems as seen with Nintendo Co Ltd's hit title “Wii Fit” earlier this year.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Qualcomm halts UMB project, sees no major job cuts  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O), seeking to cut costs in the face of slowing demand for cell phones, has stopped developing a next-generation wireless technology called Ultra Mobile Broadband and is making small-scale layoffs.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla fixes 11 new flaws in Firefox, six critical  —  It also patches Firefox 2.0; just one more update coming for older browser  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp. on Wednesday patched 11 vulnerabilities in Firefox 3.0 — and 12 bugs in the older Firefox 2.0 — that could be used to compromise computers and steal information.
Discussion: Download Squad and Mozilla.org
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.
Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
Google's Chrome: The Danish Magic Inside  —  Danish JavaScript expert Lars Bak is the wizard behind Google's new Web browser, Chrome, which aims to change the way we use computers  —  A Danish farm nestled just a bike ride away from Aarhus—a small city founded 1,000 years ago by Vikings …
George Colony / George F. Colony:
What does Intel's slip mean?  —  In my last post, “Why this tech recession will be different,” I observed that this slowdown will not be as severe for technology as was the 2001-2003 period.  —  But now comes Intel's announcement that it expects revenue for the fourth quarter to be down 10% from its original forecast.
Reuters:
Microsoft to spend $1 bln on R&D in China  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will spend more than $1 billion in China over the next three years on research and development, an executive said on Thursday.  —  The research spending does not include the $300 million the company …
Discussion: The Register and Guardian
Basheera Khan / TechCrunch UK:
3 targets mass market with ‘Facebook phone’ launch  —  Sometimes it pays to be on this side of the pond, especially if you're a Facebook addict with a yen for mobile gadgetry and don't mind switching to 3 if you're not with them already.  The network will be the exclusive carrier for the INQ⊃1 …
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 file sharing services in 2003, game-maker Valve Software cooked up an elaborate ruse with the FBI targeting the German hacker suspected in the leak …
Sony Corporation:
Sony Commercializes World's First(*1), Industry Leading Resolution(*1) 12.25 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor “Exmor(TM)” for Mobile Phones  —  Also announces 8.11/5.15 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor and lens modules realizing image quality equivalent to compact-type digital still cameras
 
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Tam Vo / VentureBeat:
Live from NewTeeVee Live: CEO Jason Kilar explains why we are so addicted to Hulu
Discussion: NewTeeVee, VatorNews, Beet.TV and GigaOM
AppleInsider:
Docs show Apple failed to find ideal successor for iPod chief
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Napster Judge's Suggestions On How To Fix Copyright: Massive Bureaucracy
Discussion: TeleRead, p2pnet and IPcentral Weblog
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing for patent on versatile tablet docking station
Discussion: Infinite Loop
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD launches video conversion software, opens new fronts against Nvidia
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Group Hints at Disclosure “On Demand”
ICANN:
Termination of Registrar EstDomains to Go Ahead
Discussion: PC World and The Register
Fred / A VC:
A Slightly Different Perspective
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Your school chum's not asking about you: Classmates.com sued
Discussion: Gadgetell