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6:50 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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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 …
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 …
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: Channel 10
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: Bits, Laughing Squid and Pulse2
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.
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 …
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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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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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
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.
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Intel's dire warning  —  In a surprise announcement, Intel (INTC) said Wednesday that its gloomy fourth quarter forecast wasn't nearly gloomy enough.  Instead of pulling in between $10.1 billion and $10.9 billion in sales, the chip giant expects closer to a dreadful $9 billion.
Discussion: Business Week
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Intel:   Intel's Fourth-Quarter Business Below Expectations
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.
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.
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: Inquirer, bit-tech.net and PC World
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...
Discussion: The Toybox and Unwired View
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Electronic Arts wants women in the game  —  EA tries to take its sports formula to women  —  Electronic Arts has built up a mighty brand in EA Sports, which is known around the world for its Madden NFL, FIFA and Tiger Woods franchises.  The only problem: it's almost entirely a guy thing.
Discussion: Reuters
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
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Robot ticketer welcomes cashless thrillseekers  —  As the use of e-money gains popularity in Japan, versatile FeliCa RFID readers that support multiple forms of electronic currency are popping up in convenience stores and vending machines, making it easier for users to pay with the swipe of a phone.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft-backed Sabi launches cool drawing game for kids  —  Kids educational programs haven't been the most exciting market for game makers.  But Microsoft is announcing today that it has backed Sabi, a spin-out with an educational game dubbed Itza Bitza that features a novel drawing technology.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Formally Introduces ‘Sponsored Videos’  —  YouTube is formally announcing “sponsored videos.”  This is an evolution and expansion of what was has been informally running under the heading “promoted videos.”  The effort seeks to marry Google AdWords bidding and targeting with YouTube video content.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and CNET News
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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: Neowin.net
Belkin News:
New Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable Makes the Move from a PC to a Mac Computer Easy … (Compton, CA) - November 12, 2008 - The new Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable provides a simple way to transfer files, settings, preferences, and more from your PC to a new Mac computer.
 
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Look Out, Intel. ARM to Enter Netbook, MID Categories
Discussion: SlashGear, Liliputing and Engadget
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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James Falconer / IntoMobile:
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 Earlier Items: 
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
There, there, Ron  —  I am the honoree of an attempted hatchet job …
Discussion: Slate and Gawker
Lisa Gade / MobileTechReview.com:
Sony Reader PRS-700
Discussion: The Toybox and TeleRead
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Almost To $10. Referee, Please Call This Fight.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Sky Is Falling: Google Shares Below $300
Discussion: MarketWatch and paidContent.org
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Announces New Advertising Metrics
Discussion: FaceReviews