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7:25 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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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.
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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Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
The Real Dan Lyons bails on blogging
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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Patrick Klepek / MTV Multiplayer:
Netflix Speaks Out On Sony Movies Disappearing From Xbox 360 Service — It's Not A Glitch  —  A week ago, I started watching “An Evening With Kevin Smith 2″ through the Netflix streaming service on my Xbox 360 but didn't finish.  Now, I can't watch the rest.
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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
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?
Bill Ray / The Register:
BlackBerry Storm is a little too consumer for some  —  Enterprise-ready version coming soon, says Voda  —  Enterprise customers getting hold of a BlackBerry Storm are finding the handset is not quite as enterprise as they might have hoped.  —  The issue arise with the way that RIM, owner of the BlackBerry brand, segments customers.
Ellen Byron / Wall Street Journal:
Google, P&G Swap Workers  —  At Procter & Gamble Co., the corporate culture is so rigid, employees jokingly call themselves “Proctoids.”  In contrast, Google Inc. staffers are urged to wander the halls on company-provided scooters and brainstorm on public whiteboards.
Discussion: Alley Insider and Valleywag
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: Gadget Lab, AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Ziff Davis To Close PCMag Print; Focus on Online; Still Looking For Options For Gaming Division  —  Ziff Davis, the tech/gaming media company that recently exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is now taking the brave but inevitable step of closing down the print version of PCMag to focus its energy …
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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 …
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
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.
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 …
 
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Voice in Google Mobile App: A Tipping Point for the Web?
Agence France Presse:
Web 2.0 gives new tools to hate groups: experts
Discussion: Techdirt
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Economic Bust, Cybercrime Boom
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Yelp Traffic Stats Suggests Broad Local Usage
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
1Cast: Sort Of Like Redlasso, But Legal
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Search BOSS Releases Key Terms
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Teen hacker confesses three-year crime spree