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3:30 PM ET, November 16, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Update On Google iPhone Voice Recognition App: Look For It On Monday  —  Google's voice recognition search application for the iPhone, originally set for launch on Friday, will likely go live sometime Monday, we've heard from a source with knowledge of the situation.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Lose the 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.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Obama appoints YouTube (Google) as secretary of video  —  It's great that President-elect Barack Obama is delivering his regularly scheduled Saturday address in both audio and video form.  After using the Internet to help him get elected and connect with younger voters …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Obama's first address to the nation on YouTube
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Gets Out Of User Generated Video Business  —  AOL is on a product-cutting spree.  In addition to the shuttering of XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile And Bluestring, the company will also be shutting down the AOL Video Uploads service starting this week.  —  Users must move their videos prior …
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 …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?  —  ELLEN SPERTUS, a graduate student at M.I.T., wondered why the computer camp she had attended as a girl had a boy-girl ratio of six to one.  And why were only 20 percent of computer science undergraduates at M.I.T. female?
Discussion: Startup Chatter
Ohmynews International:
Local Wikipedia Blocked by German MP  —  Left-wing politician obtains injunction in light of Web pages on his Stasi past  —  Wikipedia is very popular in Germany.  With some 825,000 articles, it is the second biggest edition after the English version.  However, this weekend started with a shock for all German Wikipedia lovers.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sean P. Aune / Mashable!:
Black Friday Deals: 10 Best Resources  —  In the United States, the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday.  Many stores offer tremendous discounts starting very early in the morning.  For some, the day becomes a major operation as they strategize where to go for the best deals.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Gizmodo
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
TV Breaks Out of the Box  —  My friend Susanna has never had a cable subscription.  —  Sure, she has occasionally felt left out of the national conversation over the years — mainly, when “The Sopranos” was on.  But these days, when she's able to watch “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Valleywag
New York Times:
Packages You Won't Need a Saw to Open  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A number of retailers and manufacturers have a gift for holiday shoppers: product packaging that will not result in lacerations and stab wounds.  —  The companies, including Amazon.com, Sony, Microsoft and Best Buy …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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Saabira Chaudhuri / Fast Company:
Digg Bans 20-30 Users for Hate Speech In Response to Fast Company's Women in Web 2.0
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Robin Pomeroy / Reuters:
Facebook pulls Italian neo-Nazi pages after outcry
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Online Age Verification for Children Brings Privacy Worries
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Twitter's Hockey Stick Moment
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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