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3:30 PM ET, November 13, 2008

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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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Collapses, Analysts Get Bearish  —  It's inevitable: When you're banging the drum on a stock and all it does is hit you on the head with a two-by-four day after day you eventually get discouraged.  (Don't we know it.)  No Google bull has truly capitulated yet, as far as we know …
Discussion: Digital Daily
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Dell Offered Voluntary CTO Separation Plan  —  If there's one thing to be said about Dell's chief technology officer, Kevin Kettler, it's this: the man knows how to set an example.  —  It's been nary a week since an econalypse-brutalized Dell (DELL) began offering workers voluntary separation plans …
Discussion: Valleywag and The Register
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Dell CTO Kevin Kettler to step down
Discussion: Valleywag, Guardian and bit-tech.net
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Trumpets Cashback Successes  —  Microsoft Live Search Cashback launched with great expectation in some quarters that it would grow Microsoft's search share dramatically.  That, so far, has failed to happen.  But Microsoft says it is making progress toward its own more realistic goal …
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
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
Discussion: VatorNews and louisgray.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Where in the World Is Yahoo's Board?  —  With a $10 stock price, the turning down of Microsoft's $31 a share offer, a collapsed search advertising deal with Google (GOOG), fleeing execs and bad news aplenty, it's easy to blame Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and call for his ouster.  —  After all, the buck does stop with him.
Discussion: metarand
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.
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.
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.
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
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 its DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) System.  The system starts with your choice of the professional Scarlet or “master professional” EPIC brains …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Obsessable and Slashdot
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
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 …
Electronista:
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 reaches US  —  Dell today officially launched the Inspiron Mini 12 for the US after its initial run in Japan.  The 12-inch crossover between a netbook and ultraportable now starts at $549 and is partly slower than the smaller Mini 9.  A lesser 1.33GHz Atom is compensated …
Discussion: Liliputing, SlashGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla fixes 11 new flaws in Firefox, six critical  —  It also patches Firefox 2.0; just one more update coming for older browser  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp. on Wednesday patched 11 vulnerabilities in Firefox 3.0 — and 12 bugs in the older Firefox 2.0 — that could be used to compromise computers and steal information.
Discussion: Mozilla.org
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
World's Second-Largest Search Engine Starts Selling Ads  —  Google makes its billions selling ads against its text search results, charging marketers per click.  Now its trying the same thing with YouTube, reports the Times:  —  An advertiser - or a video maker who wants to promote a work …
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
New Mac OS X 10.5.6 test build has over 90 fixes  —  Apple seems to be making a fair bit of progress on the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.6 update.  This week, the company released a new test build of the package to its update testers.  This time around, Italian site HMBT is defying Apple's customary NDA …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Napster Judge's Suggestions On How To Fix Copyright: Massive Bureaucracy
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Keynote Address by Satya Nadella of Microsoft Live Search
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Digital Picture Frame & Digital Photo Frame Reviews:
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
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Discussion: Engadget
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD launches video conversion software, opens new fronts against Nvidia
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Anti-Piracy Group Hints at Disclosure “On Demand”
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Nehalem by the numbers: The Ars review
Discussion: Electronista and MacBlogz
Fred / A VC:
A Slightly Different Perspective
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Your school chum's not asking about you: Classmates.com sued
Discussion: Gadgetell, PC World and Slashdot