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2:45 PM ET, November 15, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Sad Day In Silicon Valley  —  The San Jose Mercury News reports that a 47 year old man named Jing Hua Wu, after being laid off from his job at a fabless digital radio semiconductor startup in Santa Clara called SiPort, came back to the office on Friday afternoon with a gun and killed three people.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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 …
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 …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Oblong's g-speak: the ‘Minority Report’ OS brought to life  —  If you've been waiting for that Minority Report-style interface to really come to fruition, you can finally exhale.  One of the science advisors from the Steven Spielberg film — along with a team of other zany visionaries …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Profiles Adds Photos, Inching Closer to Lifestreaming  —  Rolfe Schewe sent me a heads-up on Twitter tonight that Google Profiles now has added photo streaming.  All you need to do is point Google toward Picasa, Flickr or any other photo sharing service that supports feeds and it will pull in your public photos.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo's 20 Essential iPhone Apps  —  It's been four months almost to the day since iPhone 2.0 came, and we've been hitting the App Store hard every week ever since to sift through what's new in iPhone App land.  This week, we've decided to hold back for a second, take a breath …
Discussion: textually.org and digg.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sees Traffic and Peers Surge  —  Only a few days before the largest BitTorrent tracker will celebrate its 5th anniversary, the Pirate Bay reached a new milestone.  The site now tracks 25 million peers, which is more than the entire populations of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark combined.
Discussion: Slyck
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone: Has Google lost its voice?  —  For tech bloggers, this was bigger than Barack Obama.  —  How else to explain the reaction Friday to John Markoff's story in the New York Times about Google (GOOG) bringing voice activation to the iPhone, letting you search for everything from pictures …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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:
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.
 
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Hanna Mahuta / media.www.dukechronicle.com:
P2P POLICY TO REQUIRE RIAA PROOF
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Eric Schmidt and the YouTube election
Discussion: Tech Beat
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Tech Industry, Long Insulated, Feels a Slump
Discussion: TechCrunch and New York Times
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
How Google Can Fix Company And Stock
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Microsoft and Facebook: In an open relationship with your data
Discussion: TechCrunch
James Sherwood / The Register:
3 pledges 14.4Mb/s HSDPA in 2010
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
TheStreet.com To Close San Francisco Office (TSCM)
New York Times:
Israeli Candidate Borrows a (Web) Page From Obama
Discussion: Valleywag and The Raw Feed