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9:45 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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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 …
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: Guardian and 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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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 …
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:   The VC Model is Broken (Again)
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   Why VCs Failed  —  VCs failed this time around for one simple reason …
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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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.
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
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: bit-tech.net and Inquirer
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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 …
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 …
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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Group Hints at Disclosure “On Demand”  —  The chief executive of UK anti-piracy FAST says the chances of a completely voluntary agreement between rights holders and ISPs to tackle file-sharing is “unlikely”.  John Lovelock, boss at the Federation Against Software Theft goes …
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.
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.
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 …
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:
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
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.
 
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DoCoMo's $2.7 Billion Investment in India
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ben Steverman / Business Week:
Best Buy Gets Hit by Spending Slump
Discussion: hypebot
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Valve Tried to Trick Half Life 2 Hacker Into Fake Job Interview
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Neowin.net
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Look Out, Intel. ARM to Enter Netbook, MID Categories
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft-backed Sabi launches cool drawing game for kids
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Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Intel's dire warning
Discussion: Business Week
Ina Fried / Webware.com:
Web-based Office to work on Macs, iPhone
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia's half QWERTY device, Wahoo, headed for AT&T gets pictured; Sorry Charlie!
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Spam Volumes Drop by Two-Thirds After Firm Goes Offline