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9:50 AM ET, November 15, 2008

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Parija B. Kavilanz / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart's Black Friday deals: High tech  —  Ad showing retailer's planned discounts focuses on consumer electronics like a Samsung 50-inch plasma HDTV, Magnavox Blu-ray player and Xbox 360.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Wal-Mart is highlighting flat screen TVs, Blu-ray players …
Discussion: Technologizer, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Wal-Mart Now Going After Search Engines For Linking To Sites With Black Friday Ads  —  from the gotta-keep-the-lawyers-busy dept  —  It would appear that Wal-Mart's lawyers need to come up with excuses to keep billing Wal-Mart every year around this time.  Despite the fact that Wal-Mart employees admit …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Watch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Layoffs Set for December 10 (And, No, Jerry Yang Is Not Leaving Too)  —  While they're not as significant as the potential 6,000 layoffs at Sun Microsystems (JAVA) announced earlier today, several sources at Yahoo said that the previously announced layoffs at the Internet giant are set to take effect on December 10.
Business Wire:
Study Finds Google Docs Struggles to Gain Foothold in Productivity Suite Market Dominated by Microsoft  —  BERKELEY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—From May to November 2008, ClickStream Technologies' standing panel of adult U.S. internet users showed that use of free productivity applications …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Top execs cast blame in Vista Capable ‘mess’  —  New e-mails unsealed in a lawsuit Friday show that a Hewlett Packard executive was outraged at a Microsoft decision to loosen the requirements necessary for a PC to be labeled ‘Vista Capable.’  —  The HP executive's concerns then triggered …
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Sandra Gonzales / Mercury News:
Man who lost job at Santa Clara startup killed 3, including CEO and another top executive, police say  —  A recently laid-off tech employee Friday opened fire inside the Santa Clara office where he used to work, police said, killing three people, including the CEO and another top executive …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Record Labels to Sue Vuze, Limewire and SourceForge  —  French record labels have received the green light to sue four US-based companies that develop P2P applications, including the BitTorrent client Vuze, Limewire and Morpheus.  Shareaza is the fourth application, for which the labels …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Techdirt and digg.com
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
How Google Can Fix Company And Stock  —  The bloom has fallen off the Google (GOOG) rose.  It is likely to stay off, in our opinion, until Google demonstrates a compelling revenue ramp in a new product that can eventually pick up where the search business is leaving off.
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile Customer Delight Day - Free Minutes!  —  We just got word that T-Mobile will be holding Customer Delight Day tomorrow - that's November 15!  What does this mean?  Well, it means free minutes for you T-Mobile subscribers.  Here's how it works:
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Tech Industry, Long Insulated, Feels a Slump  —  The technology industry, which resisted the economy's growing weakness over the last year as customers kept buying laptops and iPhones, has finally succumbed to the slowdown.  —  In the span of just a few weeks, orders for both business …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Toybox
Harry A. Jessell / TVNEWSDAY:
Obama Names FCC Transition Team  —  Two academics — Susan Crawford and Kevin Werbach — will lead the Obama FCC transition team with the responsibility of advising the incoming administration on policy, budget and personnel matters, the Obama-Biden office announced today.  —  Story continues after the ad
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD: Netbooks?  No thanks  —  In case you missed it, Advanced Micro Devices is passing on Netbooks.  At least as Intel and its partners have defined the category.  —  In fact, a lot of the media outlets missed this point completely, insisting that AMD is going to go head-to-head with Intel …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Eric Schmidt and the YouTube election  —  Is YouTube making Google a political player?  The video-sharing site, with its stratospheric bandwidth bills and questionable new ad formats, may never pay Larry and Sergey back in cash for the $1.65 billion they shelled out to buy it in 2006.
Discussion: Tech Beat
Hanna Mahuta / media.www.dukechronicle.com:
P2P POLICY TO REQUIRE RIAA PROOF  —  Duke will now require agencies like the Recording Industry Association of America to provide evidence of copyright infringement before forwarding pre-litigation notices to students, the Office of Student Affairs said Tuesday.
New York Times:
Israeli Candidate Borrows a (Web) Page From Obama  —  JERUSALEM — Click on the Russian-language version of the campaign Web site of Benjamin Netanyahu, the conservative Likud leader running for prime minister of Israel, and up pops a picture of the candidate with Barack Obama.
Discussion: Valleywag, The Raw Feed and Gawker
 
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Adam DuVander / webmonkey:
Terms of Service Changes a Wild Goose Chase
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Microsoft and Facebook: In an open relationship with your data
Discussion: The Real McCrea and TechCrunch
Ben Robinson / IntoMobile:
No Mobile phone conversations on the train - please tell me it's true!
Agence France Presse:
No US inauguration tickets on eBay
Discussion: Associated Press
James Sherwood / The Register:
3 pledges 14.4Mb/s HSDPA in 2010
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
TheStreet.com To Close San Francisco Office (TSCM)
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Citrix buys venture-backed Vapps for $26.6 million
Discussion: Bits and PE Hub News
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
Nick Denton: Pay-for-page-views was too successful
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
How Long Does Google Baby the iPhone?
John Leyden / The Register:
AVG slaps Trojan label on Adobe Flash
Craig Rubens / GigaOM:
Bond Comes to Your iPhone
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch