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10:55 AM ET, November 19, 2008

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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.
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AppleInsider:
Apple may release Snow Leopard early next year  —  An Apple director has inadvertently broken word that his company may be planning to release Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard three months earlier than expected.  —  Speaking at the Large Installation System Administration (LISA) …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and WinBeta
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 …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Updated: BNP member list mashed with Google maps creates a sea of red dots, but dangerously inaccurate  —  BREAKING NOW:  —  Creator of the Map, Ben Charlton, removes it from his site.  Here's his post explaining why: … [Updated: Please see further updates below]  —  Original story:
Discussion: The Register
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Inevitably, the BNP members' list is on a mashup. …
Discussion: spod.cx and TechCrunch UK
Agence France Presse:
iPhone sex: Google application baffled by British accents  —  LONDON (AFP) - A new voice-recognition search tool for the iPhone has problems understanding British accents, leading to some bizarre answers to spoken queries, a newspaper report and users said Wednesday.
Discussion: The Register
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.
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Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Announcing the Search-based Keyword Tool
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?
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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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Seeks Decisive Leader
Discussion: Alley Insider and Valleywag
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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Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
HP Announces the TouchSmart tx2 Multi-Touch Tablet PC  —  We now have two multi-touch tablet pcs on the market, with HP bringing the first consumer-focused multi-touch tablet pc, the TouchSmart tx2.  The tx2 sports an N-Trig capacitive touch digitizer.  —  Complete specs, pictures …
Discussion: SlashGear, Mobility Today and I4U News
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apptera gets more funding and a former Yahoo VP on its board  —  Voice and visual mobile ad network Apptera clearly doesn't think that mobile advertising is going to take as big a hit as other forms of online advertising.  In fact, from its perspective, mobile advertising may be the perfect …
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 …
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.
Reuters:
DoCoMo, KTF to sell Google phone next year: report  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc and South Korean partner KTF Co will jointly develop a smartphone using Google Inc software for launch next year, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
1 in 10 Brand Searches Led Away from the Brand Website  —  This week we are publishing a report on online brand protection.  This issue is huge for marketers with our research showing that more than 1 in 10 US Internet searches for leading brands is led away from the brand owner's website.
Discussion: WebProNews
BBC:
Main BBC channels go live on net  —  BBC shows including EastEnders, Heroes and Never Mind The Buzzcocks will be available to watch live online from next week, the BBC has announced.  —  BBC One and BBC Two will be streamed live, - just as BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies and BBC News …
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
PermissionTV and Move Networks Bring High Quality Video to the Masses  —  One of the things standing in the way of monetizing video content online is the low quality of most web video.  But PermissionTV and Move Networks are trying to change that.  Today, the two video purveyors announced …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Six Apart Gives Journalists Free Blogs  —  San Francisco-based blogging startup Six Apart has announced they will be giving away free accounts on their TypePad blogging system for professional bloggers and journalists who recently lost their jobs as well as those who fear the axe is coming.
Discussion: MediaFile
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 …
NASA:
STATUS REPORT : STS-126-09  —  STS-126 MCC Status Report #09  —  Astronauts Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve Bowen completed the first of four spacewalks scheduled for Endeavour's mission to the International Space Station today.  The spacewalk was the 115th in support of ISS construction.
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Novell Mark Two Years of Interoperability Progress  —  Strong customer demand, technical collaboration and commercial success affirms strategy and partner model.  —  Marking the two-year anniversary of their agreement to build a bridge between SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mint adds SMS access  —  Personal finance site Mint is getting a useful SMS query capability: You send the word “Bal” or “balance” to short code 696468, and it will send back the balances of your bank and credit accounts.  Simple.  And potentially useful if you're out and want to know if you have money to pay for or charge an item.
Discussion: Mashable!
Wss / Netcraft:
November 2008 Web Server Survey  —  The November 2008 survey shows worldwide monthly growth of nearly three million websites, with responses now being received from a total of 185,167,897 sites.  —  Apache once again tops this month's growth, gaining 1.3 million sites to 93 million …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Firefox extension makes Flash games full-screen
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Confirmed: iPhone 3G coming to Wal-Mart on December 28th …
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Sony's digital gamble
Bill Ray / The Register:
BlackBerry Storm is a little too consumer for some
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Voice in Google Mobile App: A Tipping Point for the Web?
Discussion: textually.org
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NASA:
NASA Successfully Tests First Deep Space Internet
Discussion: SitePoint, Webware.com and The Register
Matt / Xobni Blog:
Xobni brings the internet into Outlook... 4 ways your Outlook will never be the same
Agence France Presse:
Web 2.0 gives new tools to hate groups: experts
Discussion: Techdirt
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Developer strikes it rich with iPhone game
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Teen hacker confesses three-year crime spree
Arn / MacRumors:
Mid-2007 Prototype MacBook Air Found on eBay