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4:15 PM ET, November 21, 2008

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 2.2 firmware update available now, Google Street View and plenty more  —  It's here.  Google Street View and over the air Podcast downloads from iTunes.  Yup, public transit and walking directions too and the ability to share your location via email.
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Apple:
About the security content of iPhone OS 2.2 and iPhone OS for iPod touch 2.2  —  This document describes the security content of iPhone OS 2.2 and iPhone OS for iPod touch 2.2.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple releases the iPhone 2.2 update.  It's a big one  —  The signs were all pointing to a tomorrow launch of the 2.2 software update for the iPhone — Apple jumped the gun.  (Though I guess technically it is Nov. 21 on the east coast of the U.S.) The update is available now through iTunes …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
iPhone 2.2 firmware released, iPod Touch version missing some features
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and MacUser
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo Finally Sells Off Kelkoo  —  Yahoo has been rumored to be selling Paris-based comparative shopping site Kelkoo for some time now, and it appears that they have found a buyer.  Yahoo acquired Kelkoo in 2004 for €475 million.  —  The company has been sold …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Land Grab in the Face of a Downturn  —  The social-networking site is moving aggressively to sign up more users around the world while much of Silicon Valley hunkers down  —  Watch the Video...  As gloom descends on Silicon Valley, most startups and giants are growing cautious and cutting back.
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Gets SEC Stock Exemption  —  The social networking giant received a waiver from the Securities & Exchange Commission so it can keep handing out equity to new employees  —  Earlier this year the social networking site Facebook grew concerned that an obscure securities regulation might force …
Discussion: All Facebook
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
Facebook Gets SEC Stock Exemption To Keep Hiring
Discussion: TechCrunch
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Is Apple scared of RIM?  —  Is it a coincidence that Apple's iPhone 2.2 update was released on the same day the BlackBerry Storm hit stores with a touch screen, 3G connectivity, and enterprise-friendly functionality that rivals anything Apple has on the market?  —  I think not.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, It Wasn't Broke  —  Bucket tests and experimental products are one thing.  But to mess with the real Google search is serious stuff.  Why did they do it?  —  Google's overall search share has grown substantially this year (and all other years since it went live).
Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
Sync Your Live Writer Drafts With Mesh  —  If you're a blogger, then you're probably familiar with the Windows Live Writer program, arguably one of the best blogging tools out there.  However, because this program is a desktop software application, the drafts you saved on one computer …
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Fred / A VC:
Getting A Piece Of My Action  —  In the past week, I've had two different discussions with readers of this blog who wanted in on one of our deals.  One reader wanted to invest in Twitter, the other in Boxee.  I told them both it wasn't possible.  There are all sorts of reasons why it's not possible …
Discussion: Startup Chatter
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Journal Invades News York Times' Ad Turf  —  Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — The Wall Street Journal is invading the New York Times' advertising turf as competition intensifies in a souring U.S. economy.  —  Saks Inc., a Times advertiser since 1924, recently chose to promote a new Chanel boutique …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Palm orders layoffs as Apple and RIM take toll  —  Faced with strong competition from Apple and Research in Motion and economic headwinds, Palm has decided to lay off some workers.  —  Valleywag reported that the layoffs could involve as many as 10 percent of the company's 1,050 employees.
Discussion: Valleywag
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
User-generated video under siege  —  Remember how home-grown online video was going to be the future?  Well, it's not turning out that way.  —  LOS ANGELES (Fortune) — If you visit YouTube.com - where close to half of all online video is seen - the power-to-the-people motto “Broadcast yourself” appears at the top of your browser.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Beet.TV
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Other Apple updates: iTunes 8.0.2, Pro App Update 2008-004  —  I'm sure you, like me, furiously downloaded the iPhone OS 2.2 update this morning and immediately began checking out the Google Transit features added to Maps.  In that case, you might have missed some other updates from Apple …
Aleem Mawani / Docs Blog:
Get to Google Docs from Gmail  —  Are you a Gmail addict?  Ever wanted quicker access to your online documents without having to leave your precious inbox?  Well, we've recently launched a Google Docs gadget to give you direct access to your documents straight from Gmail.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
HuffPo Raises $15 Million Third Round From Oak Investment Partners; $100 Million Valuation?  —  Update: We have confirmed from our sources that the investor is Oak Investment Partners, the big money investment firm.  Oak has invested in other digital media related companies like Federated Media …
Discussion: Alley Insider and Times of London
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome May Be Pre-installed On New PCs  —  How did Internet Explorer become the number one browser in the world?  Simple - it came with every new computer you purchased, pre-installed and ready to go.  Now it seems Google is contemplating doing the same with their browser, Google Chrome.
Engineering Windows 7:
The Windows 7 Taskbar  —  Happy Birthday Windows!  Given all the interest in the most used user-interface of Windows we thought it would be good to take a look back and see how we got to Windows 7.  —Steven  —  We were very excited to unveil elements of the Windows 7 desktop …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Omnia begins landing at Verizon Stores, BGR readers begin drooling over live pics  —  Ok, so the BlackBerry Storm might not be the perfect handset for every touchscreen fiend out there but that doesn't mean Verizon customers should despair just yet.  Just lookie here …
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget Mobile
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Why Reuters Left Second Life, And How Linden Lab Can Fix It  —  The Register is reporting the Reuters Second Life bureau has closed, and adds about the embedded reporter there:  —  Reports of a marketing evac team swooping in a virtual huey to snatch Eric Reuters from the firm's Sadville bureau …
Rob Spectre / (d)N0T:
Facebook Epic Email Fail - Loses Settings  —  Logging into Facebook, it seems the social networking darlings of the day have committed a bit of a production boo-boo.  Above my profile at around 11pm PST this evening, I received the following notice: … You lost my what?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Inside Facebook
John Leyden / The Register:
Spammers look east after McColo shutdown  —  Zombie networks likely to resurface in two weeks  —  Analysis One week after rogue ISP McColo was shut down spam levels have yet to return to normalcy.  But security experts are under no illusions that this represents anything more than a temporary reprieve …
Discussion: eWeek
Oxyfish:
Yieldex wins Amazon AWS Start-up Challenge!  —  We won!  Out of nearly 1000 startups who applied, we won!  —  This is a great validation of our fantastic technical team.  We have been chosen as one of the most innovative users of Amazon's cloud computing technology.  We could not have done this without your hard work.
 
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
IETF: Should we ignore the Kaminsky bug?
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
DVDs, Hollywood's Profit Source, Are Sagging
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaFile
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
‘Dark Knight’ on its way to becoming 2008's most pirated movie
Discussion: Techdirt and BetaNews
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
New iPhone Apps Help Drivers Beat Speed Traps
Discussion: Compete Blog
Brent Csutoras:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Consumer Reports launches iPhone app just in time for Christmas
Discussion: PR Newswire
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
The GUI that almost conquered the pocket
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Tries To Grow The Mobile Web By Breaking It
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BitGravity Testing New “Multiview” Product; This Is How I Want To Watch Sports
Verizon:
Personal Cell Phone Account Of President-Elect Obama Accessed …