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5:10 AM ET, November 19, 2008

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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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Will Microsoft's antivirus move draw antitrust fire?
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 …
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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 …
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.”
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.
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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Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) Due in 1st Quarter of 2009?  —  Apple's Director of Engineering of Unix Technologies Jordan Hubbard spoke at LISA '08 last week.  LISA (or Large Installation System Administration Conference) is a technical conference targeted at engineers and system administrators.
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?
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
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
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 …
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Answers Trickle Out as Spammer Networks Remain Compromised
Discussion: Security Fix and securosis.com
James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
NXE Netflix streaming loses Sony's Columbia Pictures movies [update 2]  —  [Original headline: “NXE Netflix streaming queues suddenly gimped"]  —  Our Netflix streaming queues just got considerably shorter on the eve of the NXE launch.  Acting on a tip, we popped into our Netflix account and sure enough …
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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 and Alley Insider
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Matt / Xobni Blog:
Xobni brings the internet into Outlook... 4 ways your Outlook will never be the same  —  Xobni brings the internet into Outlook...  4 ways your Outlook will never be the same  —  Matt November 19th, 2008  —  Xobni users can now search their free Yahoo! Mail from inside the Xobni Outlook sidebar …
Discussion: Webware.com
Agence France Presse:
Web 2.0 gives new tools to hate groups: experts  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Social networks MySpace and Facebook and video-sharing site YouTube are being used as powerful new tools by extremist groups to spread a message of hate, participants in a conference on Internet hate speech warned here on Monday.
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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