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12:10 PM ET, November 22, 2008

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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.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Beth's Blog
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google SearchWiki 101: An Illustrated Guide
Discussion: GMSV, TECH.BLORGE.com and Forbes
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 …
Jesse David Hollington / iLounge:
Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iPhone 2.2 (Updated)  —  Early this morning Apple released the much-anticipated iPhone 2.2 firmware update, adding significant new enhancements to the Maps application and podcast downloading capabilities, as well as a few other bug fixes and improvements.
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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.”
Wall Street Journal:
Maxim Publisher Could Be Turned Over to Creditors  —  The publisher of men's magazine Maxim is in restructuring talks that are expected to turn over the company to creditors, in another blow to star media deal maker Steve Rattner.  —  The negotiations are fluid and could still fall apart …
CNN:
Verizon fires workers over Obama cell phone records breach  —  (CNN) — Verizon Wireless has fired employees connected to a breach of records from a cell phone used by President-elect Barack Obama this year, a Verizon source said Friday.  —  The source would not say how many people were terminated but said …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Ars Technica
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Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
Rock Band Creator Eyeing iPhone Music Game, Says Tapulous Not A Threat (VIA)  —  Rock Band and Guitar Hero co-creator Alex Rigopulos scored part of a $300 million-plus payday when he sold his gaming company Harmonix to Viacom (VIA) in 2006, but he's not resting on his laurels.
Discussion: Game | Life
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
What we do and don't know about Microsoft's Morro  —  With the details on Microsoft's decision this week to discontinue OneCare next year, as well as Symantec's and Kaspersky's thoughts on the decision, it's now time to focus on the product codenamed Morro.  Microsoft has revealed very little …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Mandate A La Carte Cable When It's Happening Online Already?  —  We've been among those who think that the government shouldn't be forcing cable providers to offer a la carte channels.  While people always insist that if they got a la carte cable, it would be cheaper, the facts are quite different.
Kerry Picket / NewsBusters.org:
New AG Choice Advocated To Stifle Speech On Web  —  In April 1999, the Columbine High School massacre happened.  The shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, reportedly learned how to construct sophisticated bombs through their internet activity.  This discovery caused then Deputy Attorney …
Matthew Broersma / ZDNet:
Mac OS X targeted by Trojan and backdoor tool  —  Two pieces of malicious software affecting Apple's Mac OS X appeared this week: a Trojan horse with the ability to download and install malicious code of an attacker's choice, and a hacker tool for creating backdoors, according to security vendors.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple's 2008 ad budget: Nearly a half billion dollars  —  There's been a lot of talk recently about how much money Microsoft is spending (and some would say wasting) on its new advertising campaigns to promote its brand.  Of course you know the ones: The Bill Gates/Seinfeld ads and the newer “I'm a PC” ads.
Grzegorz Czajkowski / The Official Google Blog:
Sorting 1PB with MapReduce  —  At Google we are fanatical about organizing the world's information.  As a result, we spend a lot of time finding better ways to sort information using MapReduce, a key component of our software infrastructure that allows us to run multiple processes simultaneously.
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.
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
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Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
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Taylor Buley / Forbes:
When Everyone Can Mine Your Data
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
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Top Sprint Nextel Executive to Leave
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Paul Allen's secret MySpace page?
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Botnet Operators Likely to Change Tactics in Wake of McColo, Intercage ISP Shutdowns
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