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7:45 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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft's New Photo Sharing Service: Live Photos
Discussion: 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
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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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 and bit-tech.net
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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.
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
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
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
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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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.
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 …
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
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.
Ben Steverman / Business Week:
Best Buy Gets Hit by Spending Slump  —  Investors flee after the retailer's executives say they don't know how gloomy this holiday season will be  —  Best Buy (BBY) terrified investors on Nov. 12 with bad news indeed.  The electronics retailer said it sees consumers sharply cutting back their spending.
Discussion: hypebot
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Napster Judge Calls for Major Copyright Reform  —  Judge Miriam Hall Patel, who presided over the case that killed off original Napster, proposed a bold plan Monday to reform copyright for the digital age by creating a new public/private organization with authority over the licensing and enforcement of copyright.
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.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and Microsoft
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
 
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Look Out, Intel. ARM to Enter Netbook, MID Categories
Discussion: SlashGear, Liliputing and Engadget
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Electronic Arts wants women in the game
Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
Obama's CTO: Never Mind Who; What Should S/he Do?
Discussion: Lifehacker, CNET News, TechFlash and Bits
Ina Fried / Webware.com:
Web-based Office to work on Macs, iPhone
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Visual Voicemail Coming to the T-Mobile G1 via PhoneFusion's …
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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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Announces New Advertising Metrics
Discussion: FaceReviews
Daily Mail:
Pictured: The robot that can pull faces just like a human being
Discussion: Infocult and broadstuff