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9:30 PM ET, November 22, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google SearchWiki Vanishes (Updated)  —  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.
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
BlackBerry Storm shipments delayed due to apparent version glitch  —  If you're one of the many, many BlackBerry Storm buyers who cleaned out inventories at Verizon stores on Friday, all that time spent waiting in the cold just became a bit more worthwhile.  Online orders are being subject …
Discussion: AppScout and Alley Insider
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
NTV is Live from YouTube Live  —  YouTube is hosting its big YouTube Live event right now here in San Francisco.  Liz and I are on the UG-scene and will be providing updates throughout the evening.  Mainstream stars like Will.I.Am, AKON and Katy Perry are rubbing shoulders with web celebs …
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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: Mashable!, TechCrunch and Startup Meme
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.
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.
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: Crave, Gizmodo and Engadget
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 …
 
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Sarah Milstein / New York Times:
Now, Brevity Is the Soul of Office Interaction
Matt Rutherford / TechCrunch:
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Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
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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
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
Rock Band Creator Eyeing iPhone Music Game, Says Tapulous Not A Threat (VIA)
Discussion: Game | Life