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5:15 PM ET, November 21, 2008

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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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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 …
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Users Face Serious iPhone OS 2.2 Problems  —  Users who have updated to iPhone OS 2.2 are facing some significant issues, including problems with third-party apps, Internet connection issues, problems deleting email and more.  —  Third-party Applications broken Some third-party applications …
Discussion: MacBlogz and MacFixIt
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 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 …
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook's Land Grab in the Face of a Downturn
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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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
iPhone 2.2 firmware released, iPod Touch version missing some features
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and MacUser
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Palm, smartphone maker, in worldwide layoffs  —  A tipster tells us that Palm, the troubled smartphone maker, is laying off 10 percent of its staff.  I called a spokeswoman at the company, who confirmed the layoffs but not the number of employees affected; Palm, at last count, had about 1,050 employees.
Discussion: Technologizer
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Palm orders layoffs as Apple and RIM take toll
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).
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Time to Say Good-bye, and Thanks  —  Three years ago, when John Battelle and Chas Edwards met with me for a cup of coffee across the street from the old Business 2.0 offices in downtown San Francisco, their company, Federated Media, was still in its infancy, and our company, Giga Omni Media, was little more than a dream.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
HuffPo Raises $15 Million Third Round From Oak Investment Partners; $100 Million Valuation Ballpark  —  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 …
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 …
Zach Honig / Gearlog:
Apple Notebooks Take Huge Performance Hit without Battery  —  Ever run your MacBook or MacBook Pro without the battery installed?  Most people don't, but some notebook users pop them out when their systems are running on AC with hopes of extending the life of their battery by a few months.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, jkOnTheRun and Electronista
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
If You Liked This, Sure to Love That  —  THE “NAPOLEON DYNAMITE” problem is driving Len Bertoni crazy.  Bertoni is a 51-year-old “semiretired” computer scientist who lives an hour outside Pittsburgh.  In the spring of 2007, his sister-in-law e-mailed him an intriguing bit of news: Netflix …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and broadstuff
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 …
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Ulteo offers server based computing solution for Linux desktops, apps  —  Ulteo is now offering what Microsoft and Citrix will not: a server based computing solution for the Linux desktop and Linux applications.  —  The company, which late last year launched the first OpenOffice open source desktop online …
Discussion: Datamation
Fox News:
Pentagon Hit by Unprecedented Cyber Attack  —  As a result of the cyber attack, the Defense Department has banned the use of external hardware devices throughout a vast network of military computers.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken …
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 …
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
 
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