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11:50 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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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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Live Wave 3: Microsoft's kinder and simpler consumer services strategy?
Discussion: Teching It Easy
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 …
Oliver Marks / Collaboration 2.0:
Twitterank Creator Speaks  —  After my post yesterday afternoon about Twitterank, its creator Ryo Chijiiwa contacted me by email to ask if I'd like to hear his side of the story: I offered him a guest post.  Over to Ryo:  —  I blame the Family Guy.  There I was in my hotel room …
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Mark Evans:
Getting Sloppy With Data/Passwords  —  For all the talk about privacy and security, it seems that a lot of people are downright sloppy when it comes to who they provide personal information.  —  A couple of prime examples this week where large numbers of unsuspecting or naive happily handed …
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Profy and Twitterrati
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.
Discussion: VC Cafe, HipMojo.com, TechCrunch and Beet.TV
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Fred / A VC:
A Slightly Different Perspective  —  I've been reading a bunch of posts recently suggesting that the VC model is broken.  But guess what?  It's always been broken.  As Jeff Nolan points out in a short and sweet post: … Jeff's truth has been the story with the venture capital asset class …
Discussion: broadstuff and metarand
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:   The VC Model is Broken (Again)
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD launches video conversion software, opens new fronts against Nvidia  —  Just after taking a swing at Intel, Advanced Micro Devices is opening up another front in the battle with graphics chip rival Nvidia.  —  Today, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD is announcing that it will release …
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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.
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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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Intel:
Intel's Fourth-Quarter Business Below Expectations  —  Intel Corporation today announced that fourth-quarter business will be below the company's previous outlook.  The company now expects fourth-quarter revenue to be $9 billion, plus or minus $300 million, lower than the previous expectation of between $10.1 billion and $10.9 billion.
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Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Intel's dire warning
Discussion: Reuters and Business Week
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 …
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
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.
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 …
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RED's Digital Still and Motion Camera System now official
Discussion: Gizmodo, Obsessable and Slashdot
Peggy Anne Salz / msearchgroove:
MCN Delivers Mobile Search & Merchandising To Avea; Debuts …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Universal Remote removes the PC setup with the URC Digital R50 remote
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Business Week:
DoCoMo's $2.7 Billion Investment in India
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Anti-Piracy Group Hints at Disclosure “On Demand”
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Valve Tried to Trick Half Life 2 Hacker Into Fake Job Interview
Discussion: Neowin.net and Boing Boing Gadgets
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Look Out, Intel. ARM to Enter Netbook, MID Categories