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8:10 PM ET, November 22, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google SearchWiki Vanishes  —  Users are reporting that the recent changes to Google's search engine, called SearchWiki, have simply disappeared from the site.  It's certainly gone from my account.  —  I was (and remain) highly critical of SearchWiki, which was announced two days ago …
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
How to Disable Google SearchWiki  —  Google SearchWiki lets you customize the search results by promoting, demoting and adding new pages.  You can also annotate the results.  Some people think that the new feature clutters Google's clean search results, without bringing too much functionality.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
The real story behind the Verizon BlackBerry Storm OS?  —  I want to preface this by saying that the following statements are my opinions and hypotheses, and have not be confirmed nor denied by any of sources of mine or official contacts at either corporation.  It should serve as a nice little “conspiracy theory,” though.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
A Call for Revolution Against Beta Culture  —  I'm tired of this.  This sense of permanent discomfort with the technology around me.  The bugs.  The compromises.  The firmware upgrades.  The “This will work in the next version.”  The “It's in our roadmap.”  The “Buy now and upgrade later.”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Powered BitTorrent Seach Engines  —  Running a BitTorrent site can be quite costly.  Most of the larger sites need over a dozen servers to keep everything running smoothly.  There are some scalable alternatives for BitTorrent startups though.  Two relatively unknown meta-search engines …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
For a Thrifty Audience, Buying DVDs Is So 2004  —  MATTHEW BOWERS, of Chicago, has been paying to have HBO piped into his home every month for nearly two decades.  He tunes in for the occasional episode of “Entourage” and every couple of months orders a movie on demand.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Lifestreaming in Obamaland  —  Barack Obama will be the most shadowed president in history, and it won't be just the Secret Service and press corps surrounding him.  —  Citizens and paparazzi armed with camera phones and a variety of other multimedia devices will chronicle every movement he makes in public and post it online.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Live from Virgin America's Inaugural Wi-Fi Flight  —  This is a first for yours truly: I'm blogging from somewhere above 10,000 feet on Virgin America's press event flight to kick off its commercial launch of Internet in-flight Internet service.  The flight is littered with e-celebrities and a few real ones …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The revenge of the $9.99 iPhone apps  —  When Apple's App Store first launched back in July there was a wide range of prices for individual applications.  While many were free, quite a few of the early games were $5 or $10.  But as time has passed, there's definitely been a trend of the paid apps …
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
Amazon Courting Eggheads To Its Cloud With Free Access To Scientific Data (AMZN)  —  A new feature for Amazon's (AMZN) EC2?  The cloud computing community is abuzz today over Public Data Sets coming soon to Amazon's cloud.  —  Here's how it works: The human genome is about 3 GB in size, not counting annotations.
YouTube Blog:
YouTube Live: It's On!  —  You may have noticed that the YouTube homepage looks a little different.  Want to know why?  YouTube Live, of course.  From 5pm PST/ 8pm EST, we will be furnishing you with three live streams direct from the Live channel, offering you direct access to everything …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Mashable! and Startup Meme
Matt Rutherford / TechCrunch:
Larry Lessig Defends Copyright, Loves Charlie Rose Remixes  —  This guest post is written by Matt Rutherford, Web Strategist and technology producer for Charlie Rose.  Matt focuses on the macro themes affecting the internet and the wider world.  —  In an intimate interview with Charlie Rose …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
What we do and don't know about Microsoft's Morro
Discussion: Ars Technica
Kerry Picket / NewsBusters.org:
New AG Choice Advocated To Stifle Speech On Web
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Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
Rock Band Creator Eyeing iPhone Music Game, Says Tapulous Not A Threat (VIA)
Discussion: Game | Life
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
Google crunches numbers on clean-energy policy
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
The big chill for holiday parties?
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Beast
Grzegorz Czajkowski / The Official Google Blog:
Sorting 1PB with MapReduce