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10:05 PM ET, November 15, 2008

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Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac:
Uh oh, Google voice app video pulled from Youtube..Apple not letting it into store?  —  Our worst fears realized?  The Google speech recognition app hasn't hit the iPhone yet after being touted yesterday.  “So what?” you say?  “Give Apple a few days to look at it” you say?  —  More bad news.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone: Has Google lost its voice?  —  For tech bloggers, this was bigger than 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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Say Goodbye to BlackBerry?  Yes He Can, Maybe  —  WASHINGTON — Sorry, Mr. President.  Please surrender your BlackBerry.  —  Those are seven words President-elect Barack Obama is dreading but expecting to hear, friends and advisers say, when he takes office in 65 days.
Discussion: ZDNet Government and The Raw Feed
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
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Hockey Stick Moment  —  October was a good month for Twitter.  All those election Tweets brought a 25 percent increase in U.S. visitors from the month before, to 1.45 million unique visitors, according to comScore.  (Worldwide, the number was 5.6 million in September).
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: RotorBlog.com and VentureBeat
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
The Death of Tangible Media is a Little Murky  —  You can always tell when the weekend is approaching.  If it isn't Twitter getting killed, it's podcasting dying, death of blogs, slaughter of the record labels or one or more form of Heritage media.  It's honestly quite difficult to top it every week.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Online Age Verification for Children Brings Privacy Worries  —  WHEN it comes to protecting children on the Internet and keeping them safe from predators, law enforcement officials have vocally advocated one approach in particular.  They want popular sites, like the social network MySpace …
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, Mashable! and digg.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Man Writes Software, Blogs About it, Makes $100k in 5 Months  —  We love this story.  Back in July we wrote about the inspiring experience of Peldi Guilizzoni, a lone software developer who'd built a web design mock-up tool called Balsamiq and who was opening up his financial records on his blog to show everyone how things were going.
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
Harry Huai Wang / Facebook Blog:
Never Forget a Birthday  —  Facebook's birthday reminders enable thousands of birthday greetings every day.  Whether a message, a Wall post, a greeting sent through applications like Birthday Cards, Birthday Calendar, and Birthday Greeting Cards, or an old-fashioned phone call …
 
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Sad Day In Silicon Valley
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Adam DuVander / webmonkey:
Terms of Service Changes a Wild Goose Chase
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Eric Schmidt and the YouTube election
Discussion: Tech Beat
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Tech Companies, Long Insulated, Now Feel Slump
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Top execs cast blame in Vista Capable ‘mess’
Discussion: TechFlash and Gizmodo