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4:50 AM ET, November 16, 2008

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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.
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Santa Clara triple-killing suspect arrested  —  (11-15) 15:27 PST SANTA CLARA — Santa Clara police today arrested the fugitive suspect in the Friday's triple homicide at a semiconductor firm here.  —  Police said they arrested Jing Hua Wu, a recently laid off engineer …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Sad Day In Silicon Valley
Discussion: GigaOM, TechFlash and Valleywag
Malcolm Gladwell / Guardian:
A gift or hard graft?  —  We look at outrageously talented and successful people - the Beatles, Mozart, Rockefeller, Bill Gates - and assume there is such a thing as pure genius.  Not necessarily, argues Malcolm Gladwell...  The University of Michigan opened its new computer centre in 1971 …
Discussion: alex.moskalyuk, digg.com and Slashdot
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?
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
USB 3.0 to Deliver a Tenfold Speed Increase  —  Tighten your seat belts.  Data transfer is going into overdrive as the ubiquitous Universal Serial Bus, better known as USB, prepares to make a tenfold jump in speed.  —  That means the vast sea of USB devices — from HD camcorders to hard drives …
Discussion: TechSpot and digg.com
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).
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Obama's first address to the nation on YouTube  —  This is just brilliant.  As we wrote about yesterday, President-elect Obama will be giving weekly video addresses alongside the radio addresses that have become routine for previous administrations.  The big key for these video addresses …
PE Hub News:
Blip.tv Raises $5.2 Million  —  Blip.tv, a New York-based online television network, has raised $5.2 million in Series B funding led by Bain Capital Ventures, according to a regulatory filing.  The round was originally announced last month, but without a dollar amount.  —  ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE
Saabira Chaudhuri / Fast Company:
Digg Bans 20-30 Users for Hate Speech In Response to Fast Company's Women in Web 2.0  —  After Fast Company's Women in Web 2.0 article and the subsequent blog post that followed both ended up on Digg, I talked to Beth Murphy, the site's Director of Marketing and Communications, about Digg's culture, its problems and policies.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and digg.com
Robin Pomeroy / Reuters:
Facebook pulls Italian neo-Nazi pages after outcry  —  ROME (Reuters) - Facebook said on Friday it had removed several pages from its site used by Italian neo-Nazis to incite violence after European politicians accused the Internet social networking site of allowing a platform to racists.
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 …
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.
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Gizmodo's 20 Essential iPhone Apps
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Profiles Adds Photos, Inching Closer to Lifestreaming
Discussion: RotorBlog.com and VentureBeat