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12:45 PM 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 …
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 …
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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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: metarand
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:   The VC Model is Broken (Again)
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  —  Zynga, a social gaming network whose backers include Kleiner Perkins, has released a new multiplayer Poker game on the iPhone that will likely leave its competitors in the dust.  The application, called Live Poker …
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.
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.
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Mark Evans:
Getting Sloppy With Data/Passwords
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Digitalsmiths raises $12 million for video search and analytics  —  Digitalsmiths is announcing today it has raised $12 million in a second round of funding for its video search and analytics business.  It's not a huge amount of money, but given the current economic climate, it's significant.
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
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
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 …
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.
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.
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: PC World, Inquirer and bit-tech.net
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RED's Digital Still and Motion Camera System now official  —  After a morning of drip-fed images, RED just went official with DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) System.  The system starts with your choice of the professional Scarlet or “master professional” EPIC brains which can then be configured …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Slashdot and Obsessable
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 …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing for patent on versatile tablet docking station  —  Apple continues to file for patents on a versatile docking station that would be ideal for a tablet computer larger than the iPhone and offer the option of charging the device through either metal contacts or induction.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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 …
en-us.www.mozilla.com:
Firefox 3 Release Notes  —  Check out what's new, the known issues and frequently asked questions about the latest version of Firefox.  As always, you're encouraged to tell us what you think, either using this feedback form or by filing a bug in Bugzilla.
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: Between the Lines and MacRumors
 
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Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
World's Second-Largest Search Engine Starts Selling Ads
Discussion: Valleywag and New York Times
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Dell CTO Kevin Kettler to step down
Peggy Anne Salz / msearchgroove:
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Universal Remote removes the PC setup with the URC Digital R50 remote
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DoCoMo's $2.7 Billion Investment in India
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