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4:45 AM ET, November 18, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Jerry Yang's Entire Memo to His Employees on Stepping Down as CEO  —  BoomTown has obtained the entire memo from Jerry Yang to his employees at Yahoo about his plans to step down as Yahoo CEO.  —  Yang, a truly nice man-which has been a plus and a minus for him-and an Internet visionary for sure …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Jerry Yang to Step Down, As a Search for New CEO Commences  —  Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang will step down from his job as CEO, as soon as the board finds a replacement for him, in what sources close to the situation call a joint decision by him and the company's directors.
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Conducting Search for New CEO  —  Co-Founder Jerry Yang to Step Down Following Appointment of New CEO  —  and Return to Former Role as Chief Yahoo! and Board Member  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) today announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a search for a new Chief Executive Officer.
Dan Lyons / Real Dan Lyons Web Site:
Kara Swisher: Everybody look at me!  Not at Jerry!  At me!  At me!  At me!  —  I just received an angry email from Kara Swisher of AllThingsD who chides me because in my previous post about Jerry Yang stepping down at Yahoo I did not mention that Kara Swisher actually broke this story today …
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yang Steps Down As Yahoo CEO, Search For Successor Begins  —  Expect Yahoo's share price to jump tomorrow - Jerry Yang will be stepping down as CEO of the company, a job that he took on an interim basis in June 2007.  —  Yang will return to his former role as Chief Yahoo, and will remain on the board of directors.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo CEO Yang to step down
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why Apple Won't Allow Adobe Flash on iPhone  —  Don't hold your breath waiting for the iPhone to support Adobe's Flash software: Apple's terms-of-service agreement prohibits it.  —  Although Adobe says it is working on a version of its popular Flash player for the iPhone …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe bringing full-fledged Flash to phones  —  Adobe Systems CTO Kevin Lynch touts Flash for mobile phones at the Adobe Max conference.  —  (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET Networks)  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Inspired by a new generation of smartphones, Adobe Systems has begun a new …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft crashes Adobe RIA party
Discussion: PC World and InformationWeek
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Adobe brings Flash to T-Mobile G1 - Android and Adobe Flash, together at last
Discussion: AndroidGuys
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The SEC  —  I wish I could say more, but I will have to leave it to this, and let the judicial process do its job.  —  November 17, 2008  —  RE: SEC Civil Action in the United States District  —  for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division  —  Mark Cuban today responded …
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Dave Burke / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Mobile App for iPhone now with Voice Search and My Location  —  The new Google Mobile App for iPhone makes it possible for you to do a Google web search using only your voice.  Just hold the phone to your ear, wait for the beep, and say what you're looking for.  That's it.  Just talk.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Rolls Out Verified App Program, Plus One Hell Of A Revenue Model For Themselves  —  Facebook is launching its “Verified Apps” program today.  The program was first announced over the summer at their F8 Developer Conference - Third party applications will be segmented into “Great Apps” …
Nick Mihailovski / Google Analytics Blog:
Want to track Adobe Flash?  Now you can!  —  Image of Analytics Flash Visual Component in Flash CS3  —  Today, at the Adobe MAX Conference in San Francisco, in a joint collaboration with our friends at Adobe and a few ace third party developers, we announced a simplified solution …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
P&G Digital Guru Not Sure Marketers Belong on Facebook  —  Advertisers Shouldn't ‘Hijack’ Conversations, but Applications Hold Promise  —  CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) — Social networks may never find the ad dollars they're hunting for because they don't really have a right to them, said Ted McConnell …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Guys Behind Ridiculously Addictive Flash Games Launch The Casual Collective  —  In early 2007 David Scott created a game called Flash Element TD that was an overnight sensation, reaching 2 million plays in only two days.  A few months later, Paul Preece (a friend of Scott's) …
Discussion: Webware.com, VentureBeat and GigaOM
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Adobe:
MLB.com Selects the Adobe Flash Platform
Discussion: TechFlash
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What does ‘SharePoint in the cloud’ really mean?  —  Microsoft began shipping, starting November 17, the final version of its Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Microsoft-hosted services.  Are these products full versions of Microsoft's enterprise software running in “in the cloud”?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Transmetsa Selling To Novafora for $255.6 Mln  —  Transmeta (TMTA) this afternoon announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the company to privately held Novafora, a fabless chip company based in San Jose, for $255.6 million in cash.  Transfora develops digital video processors.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple brings HDCP to a new aluminum MacBook near you  —  High Definition Content Protection (HDCP)—you can't live with it, but you practically can't buy an HD-capable device anymore without it.  While HDCP is typically used in devices like Blu-ray players, HDTVs, HDMI-enabled notebooks …
Discussion: Gizmodo
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Caterpillar Cone: The new Fail Whale for Twitter?  —  Twitter has been having issues all day today (you know, just like the good old days).  But right now, instead of the typical Fail Whale picture (shown when Twitter is down), there is a database maintenance message and a picture …
Discussion: louisgray.com
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud: Amazon CloudFront  —  Today marks the launch of Amazon CloudFront, the new Amazon Web Service for content delivery.  It integrates seamlessly with Amazon S3 to provide low-latency distribution of content with high data transfer speeds through a world-wide network of edge locations.
Discussion: TechCrunch
InfoWorld:
Microsoft files suit to defend Visual Studio users  —  In a new lawsuit, Microsoft asks a San Francisco court to declare invalid several patents assigned to an online transactions company in hopes of defending customers who have been sued by the patent holder, WebXchange.
AppleInsider:
Apple releases fix for quirky MacBook glass trackpads  —  Apple has released a software update to address an issue where trackpad clicks would randomly go unrecognized on its latest notebook offerings: the MacBook (Late 2008) and MacBook Pro (Late 2008).  —  “This firmware update addresses …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SGN's iFun Turns iPhone Into PC Game Controller  —  We've had a blast playing SGN's suite of Wii-like games over the last few months - iGolf, iBowl and iBaseball (basketball, tennis and boxing are coming soon).  The apps are being downloaded like crazy on the App store, and no wonder …
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Incase Power Slider for iPhone 3G doubles the juice, lets you sync  —  Been cursing your iPhone 3G's disappointing battery life?  Don't have the heart to saddle the thing with that big ol' Juice Pack?  The Power Slider by Incase promises to double your phone's power for up to 5 hours talk …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and PMP Today
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
OpenSocial, Facebook, Microsoft vie for developers  —  OpenSocial is growing up fast.  What started out as Google's effort to create a common application programming interface for developing small applications that can tap into multiple social-networking services is becoming a full-fledged development platform.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
 
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Mass market who? Vudu targets high end home theater crowd
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft expects 25 million Xbox 360 consoles sold globally by end of November
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Graham Cluley / Sophos:
DDoS attack strikes anti-money laundering website
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Forbes memo confirms print, Web staff merging
David Dizon / ABS-CBN News:
ABS-CBN acquires minority stake in Multiply
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Once greeted warmly, Google wears out welcome
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