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8:15 PM ET, November 17, 2008

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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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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Files Insider Trading Charges Against Mark Cuban  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2008-273  —  Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 2008 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Dallas entrepreneur Mark Cuban with insider trading for selling 600,000 shares of the stock …
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Track Those Users: Sprout Puts Google Analytics Into Flash Tool
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” …
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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: Mashable! and Inside Facebook
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 …
Discussion: Alley Insider and HipMojo.com
Financial Times:
Rival forecast to catch YouTube  —  By Tim Bradshaw in London and Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles  —  YouTube is in danger of being upstaged commercially by a smaller upstart backed by News Corporation and NBC Universal as the video-sharing site struggles to make its massive global audience appeal to advertisers.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
When Will Hulu Catch YouTube? It Already Has
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, said sources close to the company, 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.
Erick Schonfeld / MobileCrunch:
Adobe To Demo Flash On Mobile (But Only Windows).  Still “Working” On The iPhone.  —  Adobe's Flash Player is on 98 percent of all desktop computers, but it is still struggling to make the jump to mobile phones.  If you want Flash on a mobile device, right now you have to settle for a compromised version: Flash Lite.
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Adobe:
MLB.com Selects the Adobe Flash Platform
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Google SketchUp 7 wants to shape you into a 3D artist  —  Google has released SketchUp 7, the latest free version of its 3D modeling software, along with its premium counterpart, SketchUp 7 Pro.  —  Like previous iterations of the software, SketchUp 7 will enable you to model just about anything …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
OpenTable's iPhone app makes reservations a breeze  —  If you live in an urban environment, reservations are key if you want to eat on a weekend night without a huge wait.  (Hole-in-the wall restaurants and fast food aside, of course, although even hole-in-the-wall places tend to be packed to the gills in my neighborhood.)
Discussion: Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Macsimum News
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   OpenTable Reservations Come To The iPhone
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Once greeted warmly, Google wears out welcome  —  BERLIN: When Google began hiring in Zurich for its new engineering center in 2004, local officials welcomed the U.S. company with open arms.  Google's arrival is still bearing fruit for Zurich: 450 employees, about 300 of them engineers …
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 …
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Update on Silverlight 2 - and a glimpse of Silverlight 3  —  We shipped Silverlight 2 last month.  Over the last 4 weeks, the final release of Silverlight 2 has been downloaded and installed on more than 100 million consumer machines.  It has also recently been published to corporate administrators via …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple flirting with another record quarter for Mac sales  —  After spending 25 hours counting sales of iPhones and Macs at Apple's US-based retail chain, investment bank Piper Jaffray said it believes the company this quarter could meet or beat last quarter's record 2.6 million Mac sales total …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
StarOffice gains native Mac support  —  StarOffice 9 is the first version with native Mac support, but just one of many products that aims to be a low-cost alternative to Microsoft Office.  —  (Credit: Sun Microsystems)  — Home - News - Beyond Binary  —  Beyond Binary  —  November 17, 2008 7:01 AM PST
Microsoft:
Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Out of Beta and Ready for Purchase  —  Microsoft announces new customers, partners and online services.  —  Today, at a launch event in San Francisco, Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division at Microsoft Corp., was joined by customers …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Steps Up SEO for Brand Pages with Millions of New Indexable Links  —  In a move that will increase the amount of Page Rank and traffic Google gives to Facebook Pages, Facebook launched a new feature over the weekend that essentially added hundreds of millions of new internal links …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Lonely CEO Media
The Official Google Blog:
Ads in new places  —  At Google we're great supporters of experimentation because it's only by trying new things (even if some of them don't work out) that you discover better, more creative ways to operate.  We've been testing different advertising formats for years (some have been more successful …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and VentureBeat
John Cook / TechFlash:
Comcast to introduce 50 Mbps Internet connections in Washington  —  Is your Internet connection at home or work feeling a little clunky?  Comcast today announced that it will roll out a new Internet service package next month called Extreme 50 with download speeds of as much as 50 Megabits per second.
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.
Simon Canning / NEWS.com.au:
Google looks to users' needs  —  THE newly named strategic planning director of Google's Creative Lab in New York says the web giant will place greater emphasis on consumers' needs rather then simply inventing things and throwing them into the market in the future.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Delivers Domino's  —  Late last night, broadband-connected TiVo Series2/3/HD owners may have stumbled upon the new Domino's widget.  While we first caught wind of this in regards to the Austrailian TiVo service, US TiVo subscribers are first to tap into Domino's online ordering system …
InfoWorld:
Developers prefer Macs  —  When Terry Weaver wants to create .Net applications, he fires up Visual Studio and types away like any other .Net programmer.  The setup gets a bit weird when he wants to test how the .Net application might appear to a Mac user visiting the Web site.
PewResearch.org:
When Technology Fails  —  It is often the case that new technologies become popular well before the technology itself is understood by the general public.  As these technologies gain traction, it is not always intuitive for new users to know how to use them, much less fix them when they break.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Transmetsa Selling To Novafora for $255.6 Mln
Discussion: Beyond Binary and BetaNews
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Forbes memo confirms print, Web staff merging
Discussion: Alley Insider
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple brings HDCP to a new aluminum MacBook near you
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
DivX Files Lawsuit Against Yahoo On Advertising Payment Breach
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Firefox 3.1 gets tab tearing
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Most users don't office in the cloud: 1% use Google Docs
Discussion: TechSpot
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The End of Instant Messaging (As We Know It)
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
New York Times launching AIR-based news reader
Discussion: CNET News
Business Technology:
Burn Rate: Startups Outside Silicon Valley Also Cut Staff
Discussion: Valleywag
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Nov 24 could be ‘Black Monday’ for computer viruses
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Ribbit launches its web phone platform
Discussion: CNET News and Mashable!
Nicholas Carlson / Alley Insider:
Google's Directions In NYC Subways: Wrong
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped