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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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Will Microsoft's antivirus move draw antitrust fire?
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.”
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Yahoo!s Five Biggest Mistakes  —  The Web portal's employees open up (a little) about the company's problems.  —  Sirens blared outside Yahoo!'s campus Tuesday, a day after chief executive Jerry Yang said he will step down as the Web portal continues to struggle to gain a grip …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
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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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's New Search-Based Keyword Tool Tells You What Keywords You're Missing  —  Google released a new keyword tool tonight, named the Search-Based Keyword Tool.  This tool goes beyond what the other Google tools provide and tells you what keywords you are currently missing out on based on search query data from your site's content.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Answers Trickle Out as Spammer Networks Remain Compromised  —  At about 4:30 p.m. Eastern time last Tuesday, the volume of junk e-mail arriving at inboxes around the world suddenly plummeted by about 65 percent.  Confronted with information that one Silicon Valley computer firm …
Discussion: Security Fix and securosis.com
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Dead network provider arms Rustock botnet from the hereafter  —  McColo dials Russia as world sleeps  —  McColo, a network provider that was yanked offline following reports it enabled more than half the world's spam, briefly returned from the dead over the weekend so it could hand-off command …
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
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: 9 to 5 Mac and AppleInsider
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 …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Psystar antitrust claim against Apple dismissed
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ocarina Surges To Top Paid iPhone App Position  —  Ocarina, the second iPhone application from Silicon Valley based Smule, has surged to the top spot on the iPhone App store just a little over a week after launching (you can download it here for $.99).  —  Why?
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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 …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mark Cuban versus SEC: Insider trading or insider politics
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
HP anounces world's first multi-touch notebook, TouchSmart tx2  —  HP has done a pretty good job with their line of convertible tablets thus far and today they announced the latest addition that incorporates multi-touch two-finger control, the TouchSmart tx2.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Economic Bust, Cybercrime Boom  —  Tough times boost the Internet's criminal markets—and buoy spending on IT security.  —  The first ripples of a growing wave of cybercrime may be appearing.  —  In the physical world, the connection between declining business and crime is simple enough …
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Developer strikes it rich with iPhone game  —  (CNN) — With its glassy touch screen, powerful graphics, crisp sound and tilt feature, the iPhone is more than a smart phone for some users — it's a portable entertainment system.  —  It's also become a potential gold mine for entrepreneurs who create games for the device.
Discussion: Kotaku
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Search BOSS Releases Key Terms  —  Today we're pleased to announce the availability of the first of a series of new BOSS features called Key Terms.  —  We began opening up our search infrastructure four months ago with Yahoo! Search BOSS.  Since then, we've heard again and again …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The New Citysearch Launches in Beta, Goes Hyper-Social With Facebook Connect  —  Citysearch is finally coming around to replacing its creaking site design with something a little more contemporary.  Today, it is launching in a major rethink of its entire site in beta that drills deeper into neighborhoods …
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 …
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
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) …
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Teen hacker 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 his victims …
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
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Yelp Traffic Stats Suggests Broad Local Usage  —  Yelp is often dismissed as a bar and restaurant site for recent college grads in San Francisco.  But site usage released by the company suggests that it has rather broad usage, and shouldn't be so readily pigeon-holed.
 
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Chris Morris / Forbes:
Nintendo's Community Roots
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku and GoNintendo
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Tech To Do list  —  The internet and technology are credited …
Discussion: Beet.TV and The 463
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
TiVo latest valley company to announce layoffs
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Feds shutter one-stop stalker shop
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
IBM to buy Transitive
Discussion: Bits
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
So, How's That Digg Recommendation Engine Been Working For You?
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Yahoo: Should Microsoft Rebid or Walk Away?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Messaging Reaches Record-Breaking Numbers
Discussion: CNET News
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Sirius, XM subscribers revolt over merger-induced changes
Discussion: Switched, Alley Insider and PR Newswire
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Blu-ray Working Great, For Pirates
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Crave