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9:20 PM ET, November 18, 2008

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Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Stepping down  —  As you've no doubt already read, I've decided that I will step down from my role as Chief Executive Officer after my successor has been selected.  —  Ever since founding Yahoo! with David Filo 13 years ago, I've been passionate about this company, its brand, its employees …
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Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
The Real Dan Lyons bails on blogging  —  First it was Fake Steve Jobs, now it's Real Dan Lyons.  —  A frustrated Dan Lyons told me this afternoon that he is hanging up his personal blog at RealDanLyons.com after his Newsweek bosses made him yank a blog post where Lyons (rightfully) called Yahoo's PR staff “lying sacks of s**t.”
Discussion: Valleywag
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Reaction: “You Can Kick This Dog, but It Still Barks”  —  Yesterday, after the news got out that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang was stepping down from his job and that a search was on for a new CEO, BoomTown got inundated with reaction from everyone from readers of this blog to Internet players to Yahoo employees.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:   Yahoo!'s Five Biggest Mistakes
Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
Microsoft chopping Zune prices  —  With the economy tanking and the holidays looming, Microsoft is hoping to salvage some Zune sales by chopping prices.  —  The software maker plans to announce on Wednesday a price cut for its flash-based models.  The 4GB version will drop to $99 …
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Cesar Menendez / Official Zune Insider Blog …:
Zune 3.1: Update Your Zune!  —  The team has been doing a little extra work heading into the holiday season; in fact this week is a busy one.  You are going to see some pretty cool things coming for Zune that we thinks you'll enjoy...Aside from the sweet Common commercial - Afrika Bambaataa!
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Plans for No-Cost Consumer Security Offering  —  New anti-malware solution will broaden PC protection and help improve Windows experience.  —  To address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets, smaller PC form factors …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft to offer free consumer security suite  —  Microsoft on Tuesday said it is changing its strategy for offering PC antivirus software, with plans to discontinue its subscription-based consumer security suite and instead offer individuals free software to protect their PCs.
Windows Live OneCare Team Blog:
Consumer Security Strategy Update
Discussion: Microsoft and Security Watch
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Hosting Time-Life Photo Archive, 10 Million Unpublished Images Now Live  —  TimeWarner and Google have announced that starting today Google will make available millions of images from the Life Magazine photo archive.  The vast majority (97 percent) of these images have never been seen by the public …
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Paco Galanes / The Official Google Blog:
LIFE Photo Archive available on Google Image Search  —  The Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination; The Mansell Collection from London; Dahlstrom glass plates of New York and environs from the 1880s; and the entire works left to the collection from LIFE photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gjon Mili, and Nina Leen.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
How Can So Much Spam Come From One Place?  —  At roughly 4:30 p.m. Eastern time last Tuesday, the volume of junk e-mail arriving at inboxes around the world suddenly plummeted by at least 65 percent, an unprecedented drop caused by what is believed to be a single, simple act.
Discussion: Security Fix and securosis.com
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Dead network provider arms Rustock botnet from the hereafter
Discussion: Computerworld and Sophos
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Judge grants Apple's motion to dismiss Psystar's counterclaims  —  A California judge on Tuesday granted Apple's motion to dismiss counterclaims on the part of unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar, who charged the Mac maker with violating antitrust laws through its vigorous attempts …
Arn / MacRumors:
Mid-2007 Prototype MacBook Air Found on eBay  —  MacRumors forum member Brett33 bought an “as is” MacBook Air on eBay for a selling price of $730.  As it turns out, it appears the machine is actually a prototype model of Apple's MacBook Air.  —  After receiving the unit …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Mark Cuban / blog maverick:
SEC P2  —  RE: SEC Civil Action in the United States District  —  for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division  —  The SEC knows their case centers on one telephone conversation between two individuals- 4 years ago.  The SEC claims there was an agreement between these parties …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mark Cuban versus SEC: Insider trading or insider politics
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Alley Insider
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Boxee  —  One of the big “aha moments” for me in the past couple years came when I hooked up a Mac Mini to a large display in our family room in the spring of 2007.  Slowly but surely, our family started using the Mac Mini instead of the cable set-top box and the DVD player.
Matthew Broersma / ZDNet:
Mozilla to end support for Firefox 2  —  The Mozilla Foundation is planning to end support for the Firefox 2 browser in mid-December, despite the persistence of significant flaws in the most-recent version of the popular browser.  —  The ‘end of life’ (EOL) plan for Firefox 2 is part …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA win: Tennessee to police campus networks  —  Tennessee has agreed to filter computer networks for unauthorized music downloads at the state's colleges and universities.  —  Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen signed into law a bill designed to thwart music piracy at the state's campuses …
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
RIAA Wins, Campuses Lose as Tennessee Governor Signs Campus Network Filtering Law
Discussion: Techdirt and p2pnet
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Web Sites That Dig for News Rise as Watchdogs  —  SAN DIEGO — Over the last two years, some of this city's darkest secrets have been dragged into the light — city officials with conflicts of interest and hidden pay raises, affordable housing that was not affordable, misleading crime statistics.
Discussion: Open Source
Dan Goodin / The Register:
US teen hacker ‘DShocker’ confesses three-year crime spree  —  DDoS, botnets, SWAT calls, bomb threats, credit fraud...  A juvenile hacker with a reputation for stirring up trouble in online gaming groups has admitted to multiple computer felonies, including cyber attacks that overwhelmed …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Eric Schmidt: Open Broadband to Competition  —  (Washington, DC) Riding high on his visible role as an adviser to the Obama campaign, Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke to a packed auditorium in the Ronald Reagan Center here today at an event sponsored by the New America Foundation.
Discussion: CNET News and InfoWorld
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Sirius, XM subscribers revolt over merger-induced changes  —  Long-time Sirius satellite radio subscriber Stan Petrov is fed up and he's not going to take it anymore.  He signed on with Sirius two years ago and bought several receivers.  But since Sirius merged with XM radio, he has lost his access to coverage of NBA games.
Discussion: Alley Insider and Switched
Dawn / Shizzow Blog:
Expanding to the Bay Area & Bootstrapping  —  The Portland beta of Shizzow has gone really well, and we've been saying that we would eventually be opening Shizzow up to other cities.  Today is the day!  —  We wanted to announce that we will be opening up Shizzow to people in California with a focus on the Bay Area.
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
SAP Trimming Head Count, “Can't Rule Out” Layoffs  —  Since the world's economic crisis began in September, SAP AG has adopted a “we do not hire, we do not replace” employment policy.  —  The early results are in.  And when you exclude acquisitions (see Business Objects, January 2008) …
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Blu-ray Working Great, For Pirates  —  Blu-ray “won” the next-generation DVD standards battle, but that victory has, thus far, been pretty hollow, as consumers haven't wholeheartedly embraced the new format (and the new DVD players they need to take advantage of it).
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ars Technica and Crave
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Yahoo: Should Microsoft Rebid or Walk Away?  —  The stock price was up in midday trading, over $12, after closing at $10.63 yesterday (as of this posting, Yahoo share price was $11.35).  The only way Microsoft should buy Yahoo—and all of it—is if the stock price is low.
Discussion: Tech Confidential
 
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Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Open Sourcing BrowserPlus: Q & A with Lloyd Hilaiel
Discussion: CNET News, Ajaxian and Mashable!
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Feds shutter one-stop stalker shop
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
IBM to buy Transitive
Discussion: Bits
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
So, How's That Digg Recommendation Engine Been Working For You?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Messaging Reaches Record-Breaking Numbers
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SC08: Michael Dell Details Everyday Supercomputing
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Why Amazon's CDN Offering Is No Threat To Akamai, Limelight or CDN Pricing
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Computing From Weather to Warcraft
Discussion: WoW Insider and Massively
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple sees Mac sales rise 28% amid latest notebook launch
Discussion: MacBlogz and Infinite Loop
Edible Apple:
Old school Steve Jobs flicks off IBM
Discussion: Global Nerdy